Days of Masters at the Castle 2007

17th festival of traditional crafts and folk productions featuring presentations of Slovak regional music and meals

01 – 02 September 2007, Bratislava Castle

ÚĽUV – Centre for Folk Art Production Bratislava
BKIS – Bratislava Culture and Information Centre 
Chancellery of National Assembly of Slovak Republic
The City of Bratislava 

The festival is organised with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.
It will be held on a bank holiday – the Slovak Constitution Day.


Festival offer:
• Live presentations of various crafts production – approximately 100 producers from Slovakia will demonstrate a variety of crafts
• Informative stands featuring craftsmen and craftswomen and the traditional crafts of Slovakia
• Magazines and printed materials on crafts and craftwork will be available for sale
• Creative workshops for children – lecturers from The ÚĽUV School of Crafts in Bratislava and The ÚĽUV School of Crafts in Banská Bystrica will be available Exterior Sculpturing
• Show of Slovak Traditional Costumes
• Traditional Puppet Theatres
• Theatre Ludus from Bratislava
• Program for Children and Adults
• Choir and Folklore Ensembles
• Traditional Food Tasting

As soon as this year’s 1st September, Bratislava’s Castle is going to house a two-day celebration for families and all visitors of our capital city. As the main event, live demonstrations of productions of various products such as basket-making, bell pipes, linen or lace and bobbin work will be presented.

The traditional festivals of crafts, held under the auspices of The Centre for Folk Art Production in Bratislava are usually presentations of the best achievements in folk art production, traditional crafts and folk art in Slovakia. In addition, the upcoming festival Days of Masters at the Bratislava’s Castle presents crafts, folklore and traditional food and recipes of various regions in Slovakia.
Masters of barrel-making, pottery, basket-making, tinker’s trade and smithery will demonstrate traditional production and crafts in a contemporary form. Visitors will experience their work in a show of the production of wooden tubs, shepherds utensils, metal and cast bells, tin casting, loom weaving, leather products, corn-husk and straw products.

Folk art will also be represented by textile techniques such as embroidery, bobbin lace, glass painting, woodcutting, honeycake and EasterEggs decorating (perforating, scraping, thread-braiding, and wire-braiding). Several craftsmen – producers of music instruments such as the shepherds pipe or “drubmľa” will demonstrate their traditional production of the instruments.
Children may join creative workshops and learn some of the old craft techniques. Under the tutorial of professional lecturers from The ÚĽUV School of Crafts in Bratislava and The ÚĽUV School of Crafts in Banská Bystrica, they may work with natural materials and learn several easy production techniques such as woodcarving, creative elaboration of the wire, hand turning on potter’s wheel, corn-husk and straw techniques, honeycake decorating, bobbin lace work and lace making, loom weaving and glass painting.