The Slovenia Times

Idrija Bobbin Lace Festival

Jun 14 - Jun 16

Idrija, a former mercury mining town in the west of the country, will hold its Bobbin Lace Festival, one of the biggest heritage events in Slovenia.

Focusing on the multifunctionality, uniqueness and innovative applications of the Idrija lace through space and time, the 42nd edition of the festival is running under the slogan Pop-Up Lace.

It will see a number of exhibitions, group lace-making, creative workshops, a market of crafts and and lace-making tools, guided tours, performances, concerts and the national lace-making competition for children and adults.

This year's theme design is by Karlo Kirri, the main stylist of Joker Out, the Slovenian 2023 Eurovision Song Contest entrant, who have been chosen as ambassadors of the Idrija lace.

The main exhibition will showcase creations by members of the local association of lace makers, while the Idrija Castle will host exhibitions by the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the ┼Żnurce lace-making group from Trebnje, SE Slovenia.

Multimedia artist Eva Petri─Ź will showcase her work called the Astrocyte Garden, and students of the department of textile, fashion and graphic design at the Ljubljana Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering will put up an installation of elements of Idrija lace in the Kajzer Park.

Also on display will be creations by lace makers from Split and Lepoglava in Croatia, products from an international bobbin lace competition and works by students of the Idrija Bobbin Lace School.