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The largest craft fair in the Iberian Peninsula is back in FIL from June 25 to July 3.
The International Craft Fair (FIA) comes back even stronger. From June 25 to July 3, he returns to his 34th edition. The Lisbon International Fair is proud to be the host of the one who is the largest concentrated show of national and international handicrafts on the Iberian Peninsula – and the second largest in Europe.
For the 2022 edition, the International Craft Fair will fill three different pavilions, totaling 30 000 m² of exhibition area. In Pavilion 1, the national handicrafts will be present, as well as an exhibition of 585 m² of the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP), whose theme is the National Craft Award, highlighting the winners and finalists of the 2021 edition in its six Categories: “Great Career Award“, “Innovation Award“, “New Talent Entrepreneurship Prize“, “Research Award“, “Promotion Prize for Private Entities” and “Promotion Prize for Public Entities“. IEFP’s support of the event also allows the participation of 160 artisans and handcrafted production units from various regions of the country.
In Pavilion 2, visitors will be able to know the best produced in international handicrafts. And in Pavilion 3, the gastronomy and the wines are protagonists – with the traditional crossing of references that constitutes the DNA of the fair.
The exposure pavilions (1 and 2) will be open between 15h and 24h. The Gastronomy Pavilion (3) will operate from 12:30 to 24h – with free admission until 2:30 pm.
2022 surpasses the number of countries present in the 2019 edition, which is a milestone in the history of the event. In all, the 34th edition of the FIA has the presence of artisans from 31 different countries, bringing to Lisbon a unique and exclusive patrimony of the most diverse latitudes.
Also, the national handicrafts exceed the numbers of previous editions, with the presence of municipalities from north to south of mainland Portugal and islands. Representing their artisans and their arts, which are part of the cultural identity of each county, will be present at the Fia Alcochete, Barcelos, Caldas da Queen, Coruche, Estremoz, Mafra, Miranda do Douro, Oleiros, Sintra, Viana do Castelo, Vila Green, as well as the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira (Ponta do Sol City Hall).
This year, the FIA highlights the cultural and immaterial heritage recognized by UNESCO. From Portuguese handicrafts, the greatest representation of ever is a huge variety, faithful to its roots, in which tradition and modernity share, respecting the traditional and ancestral techniques, but innovating and reinventing the future of crafts.
“It is increasingly important to make room for new talents and innovation, but also to value and invest in the tradition of crafts. Innovation as tradition, “explains Carla Borges Pita, from the organization of the International Craft Fair.
To promote this diversity, the fair will return this year to promote the craft awards, electing the best traditional handicraft piece and the best contemporary handicraft piece, which will be displayed in an area of its own.