Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art in France which in English translates as The European Days of Artisans and Crafts will be celebrates hundreds of different French crafts for three days each spring.
In the artisan craft sector of France some 38,000 companies employ 100,000 people and generate an annual turnover of 8 billion euros, including 727 million in exports.
All across France, hundreds of shops and workshops will open their doors to the public and demonstrate their crafts and know-how from drum and accordion producers, puppeteers, goldsmiths and jewellers to cabinet makers and tapestry makers and many more. The aim is to share their knowledge, creations and passion for their craft via tours, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions.
From puppeteers in Paris, to talks from students of the Ecole du Louvre at the Musée Cluny about the artworks and the heritage of the museum; from artisans joining the largest night market in Paris. Potters, wood turners, jewellers, glass makers and weavers. There are exception openings of public monuments and workshops and talks by artisans.
Towns and villages across France celebrate the work of their artisans as thousands of workshops are organised for the event. The organisers in particular work with villages where crafts are renowned and with towns and villages listed in the “most beautiful villages in France” directory.
There is a different theme each year. Workshops, demonstrations, talks and exhibitions reveal the expertise and passion of artisans all over France.
Full details of all events throughout France are on the Institut National des Métiers d’Art website where you can search by craft and region.