The meeting place for stonemasons and stone carvers from all over the world.
What is the European Stone Festival?
From 21 to 23 June 2019, we will be welcoming about 150 stonemasons and stone carvers from all over the world to Trondheim, where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and creativity to a wide audience.
Since the festival took place for the first time in the late nineties in Freiburg, it has grown in popularity and been hosted by many different European countries. The festival is taking place in Trondheim for the second time since 2012, and marks the 20th anniversary of the Carving Festival.
The beautiful Courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace, next to Nidaros Cathedral, provides the perfect setting for the event.
The festival is organised by The Restoration Workshop of Nidaros Cathedral (Nidaros Domkirkes Restaureringsarbeider) which, incidentally is also celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.
The theme for the festival in 2019 is “Games” and is open to wide interpretation. However, on signing up to the festival the participants must chose between two tasks. The first task is the “traditional festival task” and culminates in the auction on Sunday. The second task involves carving a stone which may end up permanently decorating stone benches in the City Square in Trondheim. Unfortunately, only five stones will have this honour; the rest of the participating stones will be auctioned off on Sunday. Apprentices, qualified stonemasons, stone carvers and master masons are required to prepare sketches of their design or models to give the visitors a better insight into how a workpiece is realised. The material provided will be soapstone, each block measuring 30 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm.
Besides offering the chance of looking over the shoulder of participants at work, a wide variety of art and stone will be presented, including demonstrations, exhibitions, hands-on activities and a varied supporting programme. There are, of course, supervised activities for the children.
The festivals in the future
2020 Freiburg, 15-17 May, Germany
2021 Salzburg, Austria
2022 Lincoln, England