European Artistic Crafts Days 2018
The European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) took place from 6 to 8 April 2018 in Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas and Trakai) and in 19 European countries. After eleven editions, the European Artistic Crafts Days, 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.
EACD was organized in Vilnius by the Old Town Renewal Agency already 4th time. 12 workshops-galleries – members of Vilnius Municipal Crafts’ Programme took part in the EACD, there were 28 educational events and 5 exibitions organised. In 2018, the Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius joined the partners of the EACD. Admission to the museum was free from 6 to 8 April and two exhibitions were 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 “Applied Arts and Design. 1918–2018”. The new partners were also Kaunas Cultural Centre and Trakai Traditional Crafts Centre.
Since 2012, the European Artistic Crafts Days have become a European event. They are now well established in Europe and are becoming increasingly popular in each of the partner countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. In 2018, Ireland is joining the event. In around 10,000 events throughout Europe, the unique programme—comprised of the exceptional opening of workshops, events, and demonstrations of know-how outdoors— invited the general public to meet artisans and visit artistic crafts training centres.