Days of masters 2006

16th festival of traditional crafts and folk productions featuring presentations of Slovak regional music and meals


01 – 02 September 2006, Bratislava Castle


ÚĽUV – Centre for Folk Art Production Bratislava
BKIS – Bratislava Culture and Information Centre
SĽUK – Slovak Folk Art Ensemble
The City of Bratislava

The festival is held under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gašparovič and the Mayor of the City of Bratislava Andrej Ďurkovský. The festival is organised with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Festival offers

  • Live presentation of various craft productions – approximately 90 producers from Slovakia are demonstrating various crafts
  • Informative stands featuring crafters and traditional crafts in Slovakia
  • Magazines and printed materials about crafts for sale
  • Creative workshops for children – lecturers from the ÚĽUV School of Crafts Bratislava and the ÚĽUV School of Crafts Banská Bystrica available
  • Awarding proficient producers with the Master of Folk Art Production title

The festival builds on the preceding 15 annual presentations of crafts, previously known as the Days of ÚĽUV Masters. The new title DAYS OF MASTERS AT THE CASTLE reflects the fact that the event has expanded in size and a new venue has been selected: the organisers have decided that the festival would be held at the premises of the Bratislava Castle. For years to come, the festival will be held on our bank holiday – the Constitution Day.
As soon as this year´s 1st September, the Castle is going to house two-day celebration for families and other visitors of our capital. As the main event, live demonstration of productions of various products such as making baskets, bells pipes, linen, lace or lesser-known pumpkin vessels decorating, etc. will be presented.

Festivals of crafts, held under the auspices of the Centre for Folk Art Production, are usually the presentations of best achievements in folk art production, traditional crafts and folk art in Slovakia. In addition, the upcoming festival DAYS OF MASTERS AT THE CASTLE presents crafts, folklore and eating practices, this year arranged by regions, in Slovakia.
Masters of barrel making, pottery, basket-making, tinkery and smithery will demonstrate traditional production and crafts in a contemporary form. Visitors will experience demonstrations of the production of wooden tubs, shepherds utensils, metal and cast bells, tin casting, loom weaving, leather products, cornhusk and straw products.

Folk art will be represented by textile techniques – embroidery, bobbin lace, glass painting, woodcutting, gingerbread and Easter eggs decorating (perforating, scraping, thread-braiding, wire-braiding). Several makers of musical instruments such as a fujara, pipe and drumbľa will demonstrate how they make the instruments.

Children may join creative workshops and learn some old crafts techniques. Under the guidance of professional lecturers from the ÚĽUV School of Crafts Bratislava and the ÚĽUV School of Crafts Banská Bystrica, they may work with natural materials and learn several easier production techniques, for example woodcarving, wire products making, hand turning on potter´s wheel, cornhusk and straw techniques, gingerbread decorating, bobbin-lace, felting, loom weaving and glass painting.

Six producers will be awarded the title Master of folk art production at an official ceremony on Friday evening, 01 September 2006. The ÚĽUV artistic committee assessing professional competence of folk art makers awards this title, the tradition having been maintained for a long time, on annual basis. The committee comprises of renowned Slovak ethnographers, visual artists and designers. The total of 335 crafters and folk artists from the Slovak republic have been awarded this title so far.