Enjoy a crafty time at Hondón de las Nieves

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CRAFT demonstrations are returning to Hondón de las Nieves.

For the fifth time on August 11 and 12, Hondón de las Nieves are hosts to an original arts and crafts fair which is due to feature between 20 and 30 craft experts not only displaying their skills – and selling them – but also being able to watch them at work, and to ask questions about the tools, the materials and their techniques.

There will be people working with leather, wood and paper, modelling clay, painting or making macramé and jewellery.  Remember The Generation Game and the potter’s wheel?  You’ll get your chance to turn your own little bowl.

There will also be workshops for children and a few stalls with traditional delicacies.  You can try Arab food and other treats in the tea tent or have a sweet or savoury pancake made while you watch.  Many of the locals participate in the fair and a group of youngsters run a tavern.  Keep an eye out for the juggler on stilts!

The fair is organised by Amata, the regional craft association that has spent the last 20 years organising the few real craft markets to be found in this part of Spain.  It’s not easy to make a living in this fashion, when there is so much competition from people selling mainly imported goods, but it can be done.  That’s why Amata insists on that everything on the stalls has to be made by hand and by the person actually on the stall.

This year the fair is held during the fiestas of the Virgen de las Nieves, which are held every other year, because Hondón shares its patron saint with the neighbouring village Aspe.   On Saturday, at the end of the fair, the famous Correfocs (Fire run) is held – at midnight a group of people, dressed as devils and other fantastic characters will run, jump and dance around a big float that drives slowly through the streets of the village while setting off all sorts of fireworks, making it a spectacular and above all a noisy event that attracts hordes of people to the village.

The Craft Fair will be held during the quieter moments starting at 7pm on both Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August and stays open till midnight.

Hondón lies not far from Elche, Crevillente and Novelda; to get there from further away, take the Aspe exit on the A7 (South of Alicante) or A31 (Alicante-Madrid) and in Aspe itself follow the signs for Crevillente and Hondón de las Nieves.

For more information, call 639 979 678.

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