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Good Practices

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The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • Hortobágy Bridge Fair
    Hungary | Traditional crafts, Livestock breeding

    The Hortobágy Bridge Fair was first organised in the 19th century as an animal fair. Through the years more and more craftsmen visited the fair. The tradition was renewed in 1978, and has been organized annually ever since. As the fair is a gathering event for herdsmen, it helps to preserve the traditions of animal husbandry and the related crafts. The importance of the fair is strengthened by the fact that Hortobágy and the 9-hole Bridge are important elements of the Hungarian identity.

  • The Túri Fair
    Hungary | Traditional crafts, Rest Days and Celebrations

    The Túri Fair Fair (www.turivasar.hu) is is famous in Hungary and there is even a folk song about it. The settlement received the right for keeping yearly a country fair in 1411. The tradition has been renewed in 1978 and the fair has been organized yearly ever since. Craftsmen, tradesmen, artists and tourists visit the fair from all over Hungary and from abroad.

  • The “With Fire and Sword” Festival (Meeting of Hungarian Cutlers, Smiths and Gunsmiths)
    Hungary | Smithcraft, Dancing, Traditional crafts, Cutler

    The “With Fire and Sword” festival (www.tuzzelvassal.hu) has been organised yearly since 2004. The aim is to introduce traditions and techniques of the crafts of cutlers, smiths and gunsmiths. The visitors can buy the products of the craftsmen at the market. The festival offers several cultural programmes: folk dance shows, exhibitions of the history of the crafts, shaving in an authentic barbershop, and conversations with the masters about their crafts.

  • Wooden Carved Crosses in Detva and the Detva Calvary
    Slovakia | Woodworking

    Wooden carved crosses that can be found along roadsides, by churches or other sacred places are typical material culture phenomena of the Podpoľanie region in Central Slovakia.

  • Competition of Cart-Horse Owners (Preteky furmanov)
    Slovakia | Rest Days and Celebrations

    The furman cart-horse competitions are popular events in Slovakia which present special skills of furmani and their horses in overcoming different obstacles and disciplines. This kind of event takes place in several places in Slovakia (eg. in 2013, the 11th year of the Furman horse competition called „O valašku“ took place in Detva).

  • The Woodcarvers’ Days in Štiavnické Bane
    Slovakia | Woodcarving

    Woodcarvers´ Days (Rezbárske dni) is a regular and popular event in Štiavnické Bane. The village is located near the city of Banská Štiavnica which is the centre of the region with a long and important mining history. The city and its surroundings (including the village of Štiavnické Bane) is listed on the World Cultural Heritage UNESCO register.

  • Raztresen – homestead of handicrafts
    Slovenia | Traditional crafts, Leather and Fabrics

    The flagship of homestead of handicrafts Raztresen is the presentation of traditional processing of flax/linen in Bela krajina: from growing the plant through carding and then waving flax into linen.

  • Pisanica (an Easter Egg) from Adlešiči
    Slovenia | Art Objects - decorative, Easter

    The best eggs for decorating should be smooth so the colour sticks evenly. First, the eggs are blown out: piercing the shell on both ends and blowing out from one of either hole, so the contents spill out.

  • Štefan Zelko's Pottery
    Slovenia | Jar making

    The clay is dug in Puconci. It is then stored at Štefan Zelko’s home in a so-called zemeljak. The needed amount of clay is ground several times in a compressing machine. Then it needs to be pressed and kneaded manually in order to squeeze all the air out of the material.

  • The Old Town Easter Fair
    Czech Republic | Easter

    One of the most visited events of the year in Prague. History of the event reaches to times before the Communist era. The market mainly presents handcrafted goods, all types of Easter-related food and drink, as well as examples of the old customs of a traditional Czech Easter. The offered goods and presented activities are, nevertheless, not always directly associated with Easter traditions; plenty of items offered here, for the commercial focus of the event, are more consumption oriented, and therefore often distant from the traditional Czech Easter.