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Only one year before the Handweaving Fair opens in Halmstad Arena

Press release   •   Sep 24, 2019 07:10 UTC

Official poster for the Handweaving Fair, design by Anna Kraitz.

With one year to go to the Handweaving Fair, the Swedish Weaving Council can now give a taster of the programme to come. Visitors to the Fair will be able to enjoy parts of the programme both in Halmstad as well as around the region of Halland.

The Handweaving Fair, to be held 24-26 September 2020, is the largest worldwide of its kind. Over the three full days of the event, an estimated 8-10,000 visitors are expected at Halmstad Arena. So with twelve months left, the Swedish Weaving Council can now present a few of the programme items.

Halmstad Arena will be the hub for the big Handweaving Fair. Lectures will be held there on textile art, creative work, historic textiles and textile research, and the arena will also serve as the venue for a range of exhibitors including many with a Halland connection. Tina Ignell, chair for the Swedish Weaving Council, says:

– What is so special about the Handweaving Fair is that it attracts weavers and textile enthusiasts from round the world. For the 2020 Fair, we are putting extra emphasis on showing weaving practice, weaving of many different kinds will take place in live workshop settings and there will be opportunities for people to have a go.

- During the Handweaving Fair in Halmstad there will be activities and shows with children in mind, produced by children and young people from Halland and other parts. So we hope all involved in education see the Fair as a wonderful place for a school trip, says Marita Jönsson at Kultur in Halland - Craft.

The full programme for the Handweaving Fair will be presented in spring 2020.

Other activities taking place in conjunction with the Fair:

  • Unique juried Weave Salon, a survey of what is happening within weaving today, to be shown at Halmstad Art Gallery from 26 August to 13 October 2020.
  • Visitors to the Fair will have opportunities to take part in several study visits within the region, including the prestigious textile workshop of Märta Måås-Fjetterström in Båstad.
  • Bonadsmuseet in Unnaryd (for narrative folk arts) will be open to visitors and have demonstrations of vadmal stamping.

Contact The Swedish Weaving Council
Tina Ignell, Chair

Contact Region Halland
Marita Jönsson, developer for craft and applied arts

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