3/4/2018-8/4/2018 in France
and in 19 European countries
After eleven editions, the European Artistic Crafts Days (Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art or JEMA), launched in France in 2002, have become the leading European event devoted to the artistic crafts. Coordinated by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA), the cultural, economic, and tourist event showcases the exceptional expertise in the artistic crafts, in all its wealth and diversity. It is now the biggest international event devoted to this sector of activity.
The 12th edition of the European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) will take place in France from 3 to 8 April 2018 and in 19 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.
In around 10,000 events throughout Europe, the unique programme—comprised of the exceptional opening of workshops, events, and demonstrations of know-how outdoors—will invite the general public to meet artisans and visit artistic crafts training centres.

Posted 23 February 2018

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This year in France, the JEMA will present an extensive programme that will take place over a six-day period, from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 April, on the theme of ‘Handing down tomorow’s heritage ’. New events will be held in addition to the 8,500 open workshops and events organised on the weekend of 6 to 8 April.

The transmission of know-how is part of the INMA’s DNA and plays an important role in raising awareness of the artistic crafts among the younger generation. Resolutely orientated towards artistic, cultural, and civic education, the new edition of the JEMA aims to change the image of the artistic crafts metiers, which are still too often undervalued even though they are careers of the future that are continuously evolving, offering enhanced employment opportunities and opportunities for social empowerment, and also an enhanced quality of life for people. 
In France the programme of the next JEMA, which will take the form of a spring event devoted to the artistic crafts, will address this theme by focusing on three key elements:
- A very popular event, which is open to all on the weekend of 6 to 8 April: special meeting with craftsmen and women in their workshops and outdoors, demonstrations of know-how, exhibitions, open days in training centres, and so on.
- ‘Rendez-vous d’exception’, held for the first time, from 3 to 8 April (registration required). They will provide visitors with an opportunity to discover superior know-how in manufactories, Living Heritage Companies (Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant), centres of creation, and heritage and cultural sites, which will be exceptionally open to the general public.
- An exhibition installation named ‘Futurs en transmission’ ‘Handing down tomorow’s heritage’, from 4 to 22 April at the Musée des Arts et Métiers. Designed to promote interactivity, this event will be at the crossroads of an installation and performance, and will present the results of work carried out by students from five grandes écoles (the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d'Art, the École Boulle, the École Duperré, the École Estienne, and the Ensad), who were given an opportunity to immerse themselves in the museum’s reserve collection and conceive the objects and skills of the future by drawing inspiration from past sciences and techniques
AUSTRIA – Vienna
As part of the JEMA, organised under the patronage of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, several workshops will open between 6 and 8 April. The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK) and the ZOOM Kindermuseum (children’s museum), which will be taking part for the first time, will also run specific events for the JEMA.

In the province of Brabant Wallon, an exhibition dedicated to the diversity of crafts skills will be held from 6 to 8 April in a prestigious location, a regional estate located in the commune of La Hulpe. The craftsmen and women will be on site to promote their work and meet the general public.
In Liège, the JEMA will be held on 14 and 15 April. The exhibition ‘Jean-Pierre Gérard-Simon, Taxidermiste-Tanneur’ (‘Jean-Pierre Gérard-Simon, the taxidermist-tanner’), a special event in this edition, will be presented in the Design Station. The ateliers of the Wallonie Royal Opera will organise guided tours of its set and costume workshops. Several ceramic and glass workshops will be run for children at the Les Chiroux Centre for Expression and Creativity (CEC). The Maison des Métiers d’Art (Centre of Arts and Crafts) will also be holding an exhibition entitled ‘Quand je serai grand…’ (‘When I grow up …’), which will display the works of seventeen artisans, creators, and illustrators from Liège.
Namur province will participate in the JEMA between 20 and 22 April, and many of the projects will be aimed at young persons.

In Bulgaria, the Etar Ethnographic Museum, the Bozhentsi History Museum, as well as seven member cities from the Regional Association of Municipalities ‘Central Stara Planina’ (Gabrovo, Dryanovo, Elena, Sevlievo, Teteven, Lukovit, and Lovech) will take part in the 2018 JEMA. Most of the events will take place on 30 March and 1 April.

SPAIN – Madrid
The exhibition ‘Fusión’, displaying glass jewellery made for the national competition of the same name, will open—during the European Artistic Crafts Days—on Friday 6 April. Launched by Fundesarte and the Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcón (the MAVA), the aim of this competition is to promote budding craftsmen and women who specialise in creating contemporary Spanish jewellery.
From 6 to 8 April, many free events will be held throughout Spain aimed at introducing the general public to the work of ceramicists, basket makers, luthiers, jewellery makers, blacksmiths, and many other crafts with which the public is not generally familiar. 5
In Florence, from 6 to 8 April, demonstrations and events will take place at the Officina Creativa. Twenty-six artisans from various sectors will be able to work in a workshop, in the ancient monastery that has a surface area of 3,500 m2; it has recently been converted into a centre for craftsmanship with the intention of promoting innovation and the development of artistic and traditional craftsmanship.
In Milan, the prestigious Salone del Mobile (furniture fair) will be held between 17 and 22 April.
Sardinia will participate for the first time in the JEMA. The programme will include exhibitions/sales, visits of Fablabs, and the opening of workshops to the general public throughout the country.

In 2018, the Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius will join the partners of the JEMA. Admission to the museum will be free from 6 to 8 April and two exhibitions will be held: a permanent exhibition, entitled ‘Luxury and Craftsmanship: European Applied Art of the 16th–20th Century from the Collections of the Lithuanian Art Museum’, and a temporary exhibition entitled ‘100 years of Lithuanian Design’, in the spring.

POLAND – Warsaw
The Praga Museum of Warsaw, located in the historical artisanal district of Warsaw, will take part for the first time in the JEMA. Various events that focus on the transmission of skills will be held by master craftsmen and women.

PORTUGAL – The Azores
The Urban Craft Market will be held between 5 and 8 April at Ponta Dalgada on the island of Sao Miguel and at Praia da Vitoria on the island of Terceira. Various workshops aimed at young persons will be held on the archipelago’s nine islands, as part of the ‘Raízes Pedagógicas’ (‘Educational roots’) programme, a project organised by the Regional Centre for Craftsmanship, aimed at promoting and making the younger generation aware of craftsmanship.

Between 23 and 25 March, the event ‘Hey Clay!’, organised by the Crafts Council, will focus on the craft of working clay throughout the country. The London Glass Blowing Gallery will also hold an exhibition of glassware.

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