Long Live Crafts
April 30, 2014
The Mazovia Chamber of Crafts and Entrepreneurship (MIRiP) is marking its 85 years with a “Master Craftsman’s Festival” that will take place May 10 at the headquarters of the Polish Crafts Association in Warsaw.
Warsaw’s first Chamber of Crafts, the predecessor of the MIRiP, was founded in 1929. It helped launch the Association of Chambers of Crafts, a nationwide association that represented Polish craftsmen. Since then, the Chamber has been actively participating in major industry events. The Chamber was also an originator of crafts cooperatives.
Over the years, the Chamber has provided assistance to craftsmen, crafts organizations and individuals planning to start a business. This includes legal advice and assistance related to taxes, professional education, marketing and information on available EU funds. The Chamber organizes professional training programs that aim to improve craftsmen’s knowledge and keep them informed about changing regulations as well as structural funds. The Chamber also makes it possible for craftsmen to become qualified apprentices and masters.
The anniversary events will attract parliamentarians, government officials—from the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, and the Ministry of Education—as well as regional and local officials and delegations from Polish and foreign chambers of crafts. To recognize their achievements in the development of craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, outstanding members of crafts organizations will be handed official awards as well as the highest craftsmanship decoration, known as Kiliński’s Saber, in addition to medals for training apprentices in their crafts.
The history of the Chamber will be presented during an exhibition at the headquarters of the Polish Crafts Association at Chodkiewicz Palace (Zawarczyński Hall).
The Warsaw Voice is a media partner of the MIRiP anniversary celebrations.
More information at http://mirip.org.pl/1279,swieto-mistrza.html