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Artisans Fair of Wool and Grass Moved to Holy Week

By Karla Ortiz

In order to take advantage of the influx of tourists during the Holy Week long weekend and International Artisan’s Day, the official date for the 15th Fair of Wool and Brass has been moved this year from November to March 16–25, authorities announced at a press conference on March 7.

This year, organizers have prepared four events of great importance to craftsmen as well as a tribute on March 19, International Day of the Craftsman, to the elder goldsmith artisan Francisco Mota, in recognition of his long career.

During March 16–25, this Cycle of Conferences will take place at Bellas Artes.

“La Artesanía, una Nueva Mirada en la Economía” and the National Wool and Brass Fair on March 16–25, will feature around 90 exhibitors, 90 perent of which are artisans from the state of Guanajuato. 40 of the artisans will be from San Miguel de Allende. Others will come from Oaxaca and Michoacán.

While the conferences will bring together speakers of international stature from countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, and France, there will also be a gourmet pavilion in the courtyard of the Tourist Council March 16–19, from 11am to 7pm, in order to promote the brands GTO and Made in San Miguel. This pavilion will have more than 40 exhibitors exhibiting items for sale.

And for the first time, the Ibero-American Seminar on Cooperation in Crafts will be held in Bellas Artes as well, with the theme of “Commercial Strategies and Community Development for Global Markets.” Not only will artisans from this country be participating, but artisans, designers and people specialized in the subject from countries such as Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador will also be involved. This seminar, held every two years in different countries, is in its eleventh session.


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