ALTES HANDWERK TIROL“ – traditional Tyrolean handcrafts festival 07 - 08 September 2013 in Seefeld’s pedestrian zone
This year once again, for the 16th time, Seefeld’s business community is organising the ALTES HANDWERK TIROL event, a festival of traditional Tyrolean handcrafts. Every year on the second weekend in September the “old masters of their craft” convene in Seefeld on Saturday and Sunday to enthral visitors with their workmanship.
Preparations for the event, which have been going on for the last six months, are now in the final stage and at the moment it looks like this year will once again be a festival to remember.
With more than 100 stands and presentation areas spread over the entire pedestrian zone, visitors can observe craftsmen and women as they demonstrate their sometimes almost forgotten traditional skills. The artisans are primarily from North, South and East Tyrol, but the organisers have also invited craftspeople from the Salzburg region, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and Bavaria.
This event plays a significant role in Seefeld’s tourism, in particular since the organisers are very selective in their choice of participants in order to create the basis for a unique festival with a distinctive character, a festival that is indeed unparalleled in the entire Alpine region.
Basket weavers, saddlers, quill embroiderers, hand weavers, felt makers, hatters, blacksmiths, barrel makers, wheelwrights and potters, bakers, goldsmiths, chip carvers, sculptors, gold embroiderers, lace makers, old farming equipment including a very special old threshing machine, wood turners, glass blowers, fence makers, sheep shearers, pine burners and fossil oil (ichthyol) burners, Europe’s only nailsmith, mask and horn carvers, monastic artworks, chandlers, violin makers, tanners and many other craftspeople will be demonstrating their often almost forgotten skills.
But it’s not only old handcrafts that have become a permanent feature of this two-day event – skilled musicians will also be performing authentic folk music in eight different areas in the pedestrian zone. And it goes without saying that visitors can enjoy a wide variety of mouth-watering, traditional homemade specialities, and local restaurants will also be offering a special menu over the two days.
Further special attractions are the tractor procession on Saturday led by the “Scharnitzer Bürgermusikkapelle” brass band and, on Sunday, the event culminates in a stunning parade in traditional costumes with 450 participants from North and South Tyrol accompanied by the marching ands from Seefeld and Scharnitz.
The weekend’s activities are complemented by a special exhibition in the chapter house and singing by the ladies’ choir from “Verdings” in South Tyrol at the Holy Mass service on Saturday evening at 6.30 pm in Seefeld parish church.
Before the event gets underway, the organisers from Seefeld’s business community would like to thank all those who are generously contributing to ensure that this unique weekend is, once again, a resounding success. Thanks go, in particular, to the local council, the tourism association, the two municipal maintenance departments, the local restaurants, cafés, bars and hotels, the “Bezirkstrachenverband Innsbruck” (regional traditional costume association) and to all helpers and contributors.
Günther Armbruster and Ernst Meier.