Craft demonstrations, and lots more in the craft fair in Aspe

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English Tony, one of the veterans of the market

Every year the small town of Aspe holds a fair at the beginning of September.  This year the Town Hall has decided to make it a real Craft Fair, with demonstarations of old crafts, workshops for children and lots of entertainment, from cabezudos (people walking in the street wearing gigantic papier mache heads) and music at the official opening, to puppet shows, stiltwalkers and, in the evenings, juggling with fire.

The fair will be held in the lovely Plaza Mayor, on 2 and 3 September, in the shade of enormous trees and a setting of old buildings and beautifull arches.  About 20 craftsmen and women will not only set op shop to sell their work, but will actually be at work in the fair to show the love and attention they give to each item they produce.  And for the younger visitors there will be lots of activities: a small ferris wheel, workshops, old fashioned games and competitions.

A local potter and several lace makers will participate and Amata, the craft association organizing the market, will contribute demonstrations of weaving (on an Iberian loom!), book binding and making recycled paper, as well as some 20 stalls with a wide range of hand made goods for all tastes.  You can choose from ceramics and pottery, beautifully hand made felt bags, soft toys, funny hats, leather belts made to measure and much more.  There will be several stalls with designer jewelry in alpaca, macramé, porcelain, ceramics and paper.

The fair opens on Saturday the 2nd of September at 11 o’clock with music and cabezudos; opening times, both Saturday and Sunday, will be from 11 am till 2 pm and then again from 5 till 10 pm or later.  Aspe is a small town 8 kms from Elche and can be reached easily, both from the A7 and the A31 motorway.

More information, also in English, at 639 979 678, and at http://www.amata.es/sp_foto.html you can have a look at photographs of other fairs organized by Amata. 

 

 

 

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