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Crafts pottery for all


The Folklore and Handicrafts Fair was also held by the Nishava River. As the Nisava is common for the two neighboring countries Bulgaria and Serbia, so also the cross-border project "Craft pottery for all" unites the creativity and art of Bulgarians and Serbs and especially through the fair held on 18 and 19 June 2022 included in the planned project activities. On the first day, the guests and residents of the city of Nis, Serbia could enjoy the exquisite handmade figurines and objects decorating the "riverbed" of the Nisava River. The improvised craft alley led people casually to the amphitheatrical stage on the river bank. In the evening, a concert programme with folklore groups from both countries took place to the sound of Bulgarian and Serbian folk music. The dance club "Burziya" presented its programme with pitchers, and the folk dance group "Sitnica" complemented the Bulgarian participation in the forum with folk choirs. People from both groups were direct participants in the project of the event in Nis. The Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Nis, Serbia supported the Bulgarian participation in the event. In the presence of Consul Ilija Bonjolov, Bulgarian folklore graced the Nisava River at the Folklore and Crafts Fair Nis 2022 organized by the Serbian NGO "Deli" under the cross-border project "Craft Pottery for All". The first fair was held two weeks ago in the village of. It was organized by the leading organization of the project, the association "Youth Impetus for the Future" - Montana. In the period 10.11.2020 - 13.08.2022, the association "Youth Impetus for the Future" implements the project "CRAFT FOR ALL (CP4All)", ref. no. CB007.2.12.018, according to the contract RD-02-29-190/09.11.2020 and Adendum №1/PD-02-29-190(1)/ 17.12.2021, funded under the Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG-IPA Bulgaria-Serbia 2014-2020, Priority Axis. Tourism and Specific objective. Cross-border tourism product. The project is implemented together with "DELI - space for creative activity" NGO from the city of Nis, Nisava region, Serbia and applies the approach of mirror activities in localities - Berzia, Montana, Bulgaria and Nis, Serbia. The project aims to add value to the tourist attractiveness of both localities through the development of cross-border tourism products based on folklore and crafts. The beauty of Bulgarian folklore delights the residents and visitors of Nis, Serbia. The amphitheatrical stage on the banks of the river Nisava was the natural conductor of the traditions preserved for centuries by the Bulgarian and Serbian peoples. The pleasant view of the ceramic art on the exhibition stands led the people to the stage, where the dancers from the dance club "Brzija" - Brzija and the Folklore dance group "Sitnica" - Montana, together with Serbian dance and singing groups from the region of Nis, conveyed to the audience their unique emotional charge. The radiant dancers and the richly coloured Bulgarian folk costume (especially the Shopa costume of the dance group from Berzia) combined with the wonderful dance movements gave the audience a real pleasure. Near the stage on two potter's wheels under the guidance of master Dragan guests of the event experienced the art of clay turning. On the second day, the fair participants from the Bulgarian side visited the pottery studio built by "Deli". The equipped studio gave the guests from Burzia the opportunity to sit and work on the potter's wheels. The programme of the fair included for the Bulgarians a tourist walk around Nis. At the end of July, a documentary film about Berzia and Nis is expected to be ready. As a result of the implementation of the project activities, a new tourism product based on pottery and folklore will be created through operating pottery training studios and an annual open-air fair for folklore and crafts to meet the growing needs of tourists to enrich their knowledge and skills in Brzija and Niš. A promotional tool for the positioning of tourism products will also be implemented - an open event and media advertising. More information can be obtained by calling 0884 227 012, e-mail ml.poriv@mail.bg and on the project website http://www.youth-crafts-folk.org.