Traditions and art at the Handicraft Fair

Handicraft Fair

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The National Handicraft Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the year, where nationals, foreigners and tourists can find original gifts, that special item to decorate their homes or just taste authentic Panamanian food. The fair will take place from Wednesday 13 to Sunday, June 17 at the Atlapa Convention Center.


More than 560 artisans from all the provinces will come with their wares. The fair, now in its 41st version, showcases not only crafts, but the Panamanian culture in its various manifestations such as gastronomy, music and dance.


This year the fair has dedicated an important space to the promotion of the “sombrero pintao” (painted hat) as recognition of the techniques used by artisans to create this item which has been declared an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO.


The fair’s slogan is “music, handicraft and youth”, and it seeks to promote young artisans, who will replace the older generation after learning the craft from parents and grandparents, injecting innovation while retaining the more traditional handicraft.


Handicraft Fair

The fair will pay homage to the “sombrero pintao”


There will also be an area dedicated to the Congo culture, as part of the campaign launched by Panama to have this culture recognized as a ‘Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. Visitors can also obtain items with the World Youth Day (WYD) logo, which will take place in Panama next January.


Other fair activities include workshops about the importance of recycling, business techniques, sewing, how to create business on the web, how to register your brand and the importance of copyright among others. The workshops will be from Thursday 14 to Saturday 17.


The main stage will have special performances courtesy of Ulpiano Vergara, Samy and Sandra Sandoval, Los Beachers and Manuel De Jesús Ábrego, as well different folkloric dance troupes.


The fair opens on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Entrance costs $3 adults, pensioners $1.50, children and students $1.


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