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Interreg - IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia Programme CCI Number 2014TC16I5CB007


The fair was officially opened at noon on Saturday with the presence of guests, locals of the Fast and a delegation (32 people) from Nis, Serbia (project partners). Greetings to all made Todor Todorov - Chairman of the Board of the Association "Youth Moment for the Future" - Montana and project manager. Mrs. Anna Rangelova - Director of Primary School "G. Rakovski ”in the village of Barziya, Berkovitsa municipality, as well as Mr. Nenad Stojanovic from the Serbian NGO DELI, Nis - project partner in his words to those present expressed gratitude and satisfaction with everything happening and future opportunities for the development of the pottery studio , the school and the favorable environment for development for the local community of Barzia. Crafts such as cutlery, leatherwork and woodworking were presented at the exhibition tents with a variety of beautiful works. With a demonstration camp from Chiprovtsi for carpet weaving, the carpet weaving craft typical for the region was present. Grandma's sweetheart, that thin "thread" connecting the delicious dishes of the grandmother with the childhood and the memories of each older visitor touched Eli Lozanova, organizer of the festival "Grandma's soul". Ellie made a delicious stew in the cauldron and shared it with all the guests. "Potter's Dance" invited in the afternoon at 16.00 all those wishing to learn the variants of the dance presented by Hristo Ivanov - choreographer and founder of the Folk Dance Ensemble "Sitnitsa" Montana. Throughout the fair, the pottery studio built at the Fast School was open to visitors, many of whom sat on the potter's wheels and touched the magic of clay. Despite the limited time (within 5-6 o'clock in the afternoon and considering that the craft requires time and peace) 42 visitors from Montana, Berkovitsa, Sofia, Vratsa Varshets, Barzia and Nis managed to make interesting models on six wheels. The palette of folklore sounds, costume colors and beauty of dance steps was shown on the stage in the school yard. Fast Dance Club opened the program with pitchers and a bunch of horts. Performers from "Folkpalitra" - Sofia, Folk Club "Zheravitsa" - Montana, Folk Dance Ensemble "Sitnitsa" Montana, School of Bulgarian Folk Dance "Stoyanovi" - Montana, folk choir from the National Chitalishte "Petar Bogdan-1909" - Chiprovtsi and a dance group from Nis, Serbia also showed in a unique way their warmth and beautiful emotion to the audience. The host of the event was Petya Genova - journalist, historian, pedagogue, professional in the field of public speaking. Even the drops of spring rain, which caressed all those present at the fair at the end of the concert program failed to dilute the pleasant sensations of everything happening on the day of the event, but on the contrary gave freshness and water to all present, and the second fair. crafts next year FAST 2023. A jury of intellectuals: Nelly Vasileva, Asen Assenov and Dimitar Tomov observed the performances of the artists and presented them with plaques with the emblem of the festival at the end of each of their first performances. On the second day (May 29th), the Fast Pottery Studio brought together partners from the two project organizations: guests from Serbia and the Fast Dance Club. At the end of the meeting, a general photo was taken in front of the school entrance. Youth Urge for the Future Association would like to thank all the participants in the fair, technical staff, sound, lighting, medical insurance, fire insurance, security, catering, partners from Serbia and all people involved in the event!

Project objectives

Adding value to the touristic attractiveness through development CB touristic products - establishment of facilities (training pottery studios) & coaching, as well as conducting contemporary promotion, incl. Folklore & Crafts fair & media channels advertisement, thus creating an innovative approach for meeting the growing demands of young, adult & elder communities & big cities tourists, seeking for skills & knowledge enrichment re. traditional crafts & folklore.

Project activities

Training Pottery Studios in Burzia, Montana district BG & Grkinja, Nishava district, RS Organizing training in pottery for making clay objects. Folklore dances for crafts; Folklore and Crafts fair in Burzia, Montana district, BG & Grkinja, Nishava district, RS; Promotion through media The project applies the approach of mirror activities in the rural settlements of Burzia (Montana BG) and Grkinja (Nishava, RS).

Project Results & outputs

Developed new touristic products, based on Pottery & Folklore through operating training pottery studio & annual open air open to public Folklore & Crafts fair for meeting the growing demands of local communities & tourists for skills and knowledge enrichment.
1 - in Burzia, Montana district, BG;
1 – in Grkinja, Nishava district, RS
Developed promotional tools for placement of the new tourist products – TV film and airing in regional TVs (1); Internet web site (1) Newspaper/TV publications/announcements (1)

Target groups

Young people, Adult people, Elder people and Big cities tourists, interested in traditional craft and folklore; Members of folklore groups;

You can download the Project resume from here as well