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3rd Interregional Seminar and Study Visit

1st - 4th October 2013, Vilnius (LT)


The third international training session took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, during the first week of october. The ITS 3 was held in the beautiful conference room of hotel "Domus Maria" in the centre of the old town of Vilnius and was mainly centered on the theme of internationalization, professional networking and information exchange. The first day was dedicated to present the selected good practices. The meeting was introduced by representatives of the Vilnius municipality, Lucia De Siervo from the municipality of Florence and Sylvia Amann from Inforelais. The workshop, moderated by Xavier Greffe, brought interesting cases to the attention of the participants. The presentation of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona about Texidors de Terrassa focused on the importance of maintaining a high traceability of raw materials and the strong emotional relationship that occurs between a craftsman and its product. Interesting was also the case of "Ireland's creative expo" presented by The Crafts Council of Ireland, an important event that presents design-led products for 2014 realized by over 350 exhibitors. Artex presented The international Charter of Artistic Craftmanship, realized to promote the sector of traditional artistic craftsmanship, with the purpose of creating European-wide and International synergies. Pietrasanta municipality illustrated the network of arts that is now flourishing inside the city and Aalto University School of Art and Design introduced the development projects of Taito business service. The workshop was concluded by the intervention of Naoko Sato, bringing an interesting contribution about Japanese fine arts.


Two days were dedicated to study visits. The first visit took place in the heart of the Vilnius Old town, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, formerly recognized as Unesco world heritage site. The second day, after the project steering group meeting, the partners visited some selected shops and galleries participating to the "Fine Arts and Ethnographical Trades and Fairs" program. The mission of shops and galleries goes far beyond simple business: selected raw materials and strict manufacturing procedures are the means to preserve the heritage of historical craftsmen production, giving life to a new piece that carries in itself local history and culture that otherwise would disappear with time.


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