The 23rd International Lace Festival in Lepoglava opened on Friday under the theme "Magical Royal Lace". Spain is this year’s partner country.
The festival features lace from 16 countries, including, for the first time, Brazil, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, as well as from 11 lace-making regions in Croatia.
Defence Ministry State Secretary Zdravko Jakop opened the festival as the envoy of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. The President has granted the festival the Croatian Charter for its outstanding contribution to the preservation of Lepoglava lace-making, which is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Heritage, and for the successful promotion of Croatia's ethnographic traditions.
Saturday was Partner County Day at the event and visitors had the opportunity to learn learn about Spain's culture, with emphasis on flamenco dancing and constumes.
Spain’s Ambassador to Croatia, Alonso Dezcallar de Mazarredo, said he was honored Spain was this year's partner country, adding that Spain’s lace-making tradition dated back to the 15th century.
Assistant Culture Minister Davor Trupković announced that a lace-making museum would be opened in Lepoglava. Tourism Ministry Secretary-General Ivo Bašić said events such as this one were important for the industry because they nurtured culture and diversity.
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