Парк кованых фигур

THE FORGED FIGURES PARK 2008

The 10th international Forged Figures Park – 2008 festival of blacksmiths art established by the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise and organized by the Donbass Blacksmiths Guild is going on! Although there are no tents, stage, furnaces and anvils on the square behind the Donetsk City Council building, festival is going on with the exhibition of 70 author’s works from 13 regions of Ukraine as well as from Holland and Belgium. Main events of the Donetsk blacksmiths festival were traditionally held on the third weekend of September. According to the statistics during this period from Friday till Sunday there has been the cloudless sky above Donetsk for some decades. Although, there was a wall of rain around the Donbass capital and...

Donetsk in the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works

On 13th July, 2008 in Friesoythe (Germany) Donetsk was unanimously accepted as an active member of the Ring of European Cities with Iron Works. The number 13 appeared to be lucky as well as token for us. Our city became the 13th member of the association that counts such cities as Bad Hall, Ybbsitz (Austria), Lipnik (Czech Republic), Friesoythe, Stolberg, Olbernhau, Kolbermoor (Germany), Mogliano Veneto, Stia (Italy), Gniew (Poland), Mynämäki (Finland) and Oude Ijsselstreek (Netherlands). As accurately noticed Nikolay Yurenko, the head of the Donetsk City Council culture department, owning to Donetsk entry into the Ring, the diameter of this association has increased to 2,500 km. Donetsk is the first city of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to join...

Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine

Founded at the initiative of The magazine of metal and the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise by the founding convention on 5 February 2005, the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine (UMBAU or just the Union) unites nowadays about 100 masters of blacksmiths art from 20 regions of the country. The Union aims at the development of the art forging as a type of the decorative and applied arts, ensuring of the proper status for the blacksmith-artist in the independent All-Ukrainian creative union. The people and the mass media have completely recognized the art forging as a specific type of art. Exhibitions of the forged author’s works and festivals of blacksmiths art take place in Ivano-Frankovsk and Kiev, Donetsk...

Ybbsitz, Austria, FERRACULUM 2006 review

Lieber Freunde! Danke schon fur 4 unglaublich Tagen! Thank you , thank you and thank you once again! You did it together, helping each other, doing one big thing together — this is the most important result. Once again would like to thank Josef Hofmarcher, Alfred Habermann, Frau Welser, Andreas, Susanne, Brigitta, Monica, Brian , Eddi, Franz and many others whose name we don’t know but they gave their helping hand. Togeter you did a real holiday for all those present! You have done it perfectly. It seemed not only the sun gave its warmth but all the smiths, the people with the creative soul, exchanged the heat of their hearts. Everything was fine , impressive and unforgetable. These days...