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Sunday 2.10.

Vernisáž výsledků
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Saturday 2.10.

V sobotu 2.10. se můžete těšit na rozhovory s Kurtem Gebauerem, Anjali Shrinavasan, Vladimírem Zbyňovským a Palo Machem.

Sklářské slavnosti na náměstí
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Aneta Langerová s kapelou
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Pták ohnivák – Teatro Comico
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Monkey Business
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Bára Hrzánová Cigan Tour
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Slavností otevření informačního centra
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Vladimír Zbyňovský
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Petra Švejdarová
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Martin Janecký
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Jakub Berdych
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Barbara Nanning
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Anjali Srinivasan
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Palo Macho a Jana Hojstričová v Kolektivu
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Martin Skalický
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Chemis
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Gizela Šabóková v Ajeto v Lindavě
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Loutkové divadlo na náměstí
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Friday 1.10.

Záznam tvorby a rozhovory s účastníky (Lucie Koldová, Maria Koshenko, Erin Dickson a František Skála) v divadle v Novém Boru

Kolektiv by Night Vol. 4
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Glass market
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Návštěvníci v AZ Design sledují brusiče při práci
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Návštěvníci v Peciose
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Daniel Báča při práci v novoborské sklářské škole
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Erin Dickson v Preciose
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Vladimír Zbyňovský během instalace skleněných tyčí
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Jan Salanský v Preciose
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František Skála v Ajeto Lindava
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Martin Janecký v Ajeto glass
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Martin Skalický
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Miloš Vacík v Pačinek glass
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Martin Skalický
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John Dexter v Pačinek glass
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MARIA KOSHENKOVA v Pačinek glass
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SHALOM TOMAS NEUMAN v Pačinek glass
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Alena Lintava Dvořáková na novoborské sklářské škole
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Anežka Müllerová na huti novoborské sklářské školy
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Barbora Zachovalová v Crystalexu
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Emil Kováč na Polevsku v Ave Clara
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Ethan Stern na huti v Novotný glass v Novém Boru
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František Jungvirt v Crystalexu
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Jarmila Mucha Plocková v Ave Clara na Polevsku
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Jaromír Rybák v TGK Skalice
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Jay Macdonell v Ave Clara na Polevsku
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Kristýna Šabatková na sklářské škole v Novém Boru
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Layne Rowe na huti v Novotný glass v Novém Boru
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Lenka Němcová

Lucie Koldová v Novotný glass Nový Bor
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Marco Lopulalan u Jirky Pačinka v Kunraticích
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Marian Volráb v Ave Clara na Polevsku
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Martin Štefánek na huti novoborské sklářské školy
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Roman Vítek se skleněnou helmou od Jirky Pačinka, v Crystalexu
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Silvia Levenson v TGK Skalice
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Pan Švácha s návštěvou v TGK Skalice
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Torsten Rötzsch na huti Ondřeje Novotného v Novém Boru
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Vladimír Kopecký v novoborském Lasvitu
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Wanda Valihrachová v TGK ve Skalici
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Launch of IGS

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IGS participants distribution in glassworks and workshops



TAKE A PICTURE AND SHARE WITH A TAG #IGS2021

Take a photo during the symposium in front of this photo wall and share your photos on social media with hashtag #igs2021. The wall will appear wherever there’s an action during the IGS - on Thursday it will be at the IGS Check Point at the Glass Museum during the day, then at the opening evening in Lasvit, on Friday at a party in Kolektiv, and from Saturday to Sunday at the Glass Museum again.


Miroslav Liderhaus is a master of two different crafts

Miroslav Liderhaus combines two different crafts in his work – glass and blacksmith craft. On Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm, everyone who comes to Novotný Glass can see for themselves. Miroslav Liderhaus will show his art at the mini furnace on the terrace, and if there is anyone who would like to try something similar, there will certainly be the opportunity to do so.


The small IGS Glass Market

The following companies will present themselves at the Glass Market, a small fair of supplies for glass production:
• Polpur
• Dias Turnov
• Kugler colors
• Air products
• Loxeal
• Bohemia Machine
• Novotny Glass Tools
You can come and choose what you need in the Glass Club at Novotný Glass on Friday or Saturday between 2 pm and 5 pm.


Follow the map of the Glass Trail

Several routes of the Glass Trail are prepared for the IGS 2021 visitors on Saturday October 2nd. Using the map, visitors can head for an unusual show to Lindava, Kunratice u Cvikova, Polevsko, Skalice u České Lípy or Kamenický Šenov. There will be special IGS shuttle buses taking visitors to those locations, following four routes starting from one common bus stop in Smetanova St. Early-birds might take the first ones going at 8 am. All glassworks and workshops that are going to present work of well-known artists will be open until 3 pm. Glass schools in Nový Bor and Kamenický Šenov will also open their doors to visitors t o show e veryone that there is still future for Czech glass in them. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit museum, glass studios and galleries focusing on glass. There will be a walking path following those nearby the Square Míru. A full day program is prepared at the square to enrich the experience from the Glass Trail with a bit of culture. Last shuttle buses will run from 3 – 4 pm. As buses do not have regular timetables, it is necessary to wait at the designated station for their arrival. Tired glass journeyers can refresh themselves at the Square Míru with a rich program going on till midnight.


Download the map in PDF format and print it out.


Preparation for IGS

Roman Vítek and František Jungvirt will be working at Crystalex during IGS. Both are already preparing molds for their work. František Jungvirt at AJETO glassworks in Lindava, Roman Vítek at Pačinek Glass glassworks in Kunratice u Cvikova.


František Jungvirt - Sklárna Ajeto


Roman Vítek - Pačinek Glass


Glassmakers and beer belong together

Nejen proto, že pivo je vedle skla tím, co nás ve světě proslavilo. Pivo je i nápojem sklářů a pivovary jsou tak logickými partnery IGS. Českou tradici vaření piva oživují staré rekonstruované i zcela nové malé pivovary. K těm prvním patří Pivovar Cvikov, jehož současný příběh se začal psát v roce 2013, a součástí jeho standardního sortimentu je i osmička Sklář. K dalším pak patří např. piva Klíč, Luž a Hvozd nesoucí názvy vrcholů Lužických hor. Stejně jako v roce 2018 připravuje Pivovar Cvikov pro účastníky a hosty sympozia dárek ze své produkce. K mladým a menším pivovarům pak patří BORN otevřený v roce 2019 na novoborském náměstí. V jeho nabídce najdeme piva s poetickými názvy Dáma, Král a Jezdec. Oba pivovary budou zajišťovat občerstvení na doprovodných kulturních programech sympozia a jistě potěší návštěvníky možností ochutnávky regionálního piva.


Brewery Cvikov


Brewery Born


"Czech Glassmaker " brand

In the Czech Republic there is an adage "Every Czech is a musician". If this was true, for Nový Bor we may also say "Every Czech is a glassmaker". Glass has made us famous in the world, and IGS is an opportunity to show that Czech glassmakers have not lost any of their famous craftsmanship. For the fourteenth time, they will assist well-known artists who come to IGS to realize their designs. Glass companies AJETO Lindava LASVIT EDITIONS, AVE CLARA Polevsko, AZ-DESIGN, CRYSTALEX CZ, KOLEKTIV ATELIERS, NOVOTNÝ GLASS, PAČINEK GLASS Kunratice, PRECIOSA LIGHTING Kamenický Šenov and TGK Skalice u České Lípy together with glass schools in Nový Bor and Kamenický Šenov will provide their space and working capacities to IGS participants. The town and the glass museum are institutions that help glass companies maintain the tradition and secure the future of the famous phenomenon called Czech glass.


Glass and IGS in spotlight

From September 30th to October 3rd, the town with its 12,000 inhabitants situated under Mount Klíč will welcome 50 Czech and foreign glass artists who will present their work here. However, other people professionally connected with glass will also visit the town. Thanks to glass, this small town in the north of Bohemia will become an attractive tourist destination. In 2021, Nový Bor will take on the role of the main organizer of the International Glass Symposium for the fifth time. For four days, this event will turn the town into a world metropolis. IGS has become one of the world's most important events in the field of art glass and presents Nový Bor to the whole world as an important glass destination. It is of great importance for the local glass region, for the visibility of Czech glass and glass craft in the world, it is a great contribution to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage and, finally, it plays an important collection-creating function.


Town dedicated to glassmakers

The town of Nový Bor has been connected with glass production practically since its founding. The town still proudly supports and promotes the glassmaking tradition and crafts, and so it deserves the historical attribute "town of glass" even today. Therefore, the current difficult social situation could not keep the organizing team from beginning with preparations of another year of International Glass Symposium (XIV), which has been an inseparable part of the town since 1982. Despite all the changes that glassmaking has undergone, and which have also affected IGS, Nový Bor region remains an exceptional region when it comes to the variety of glass processing technologies, such as mechanical production, glass blowing at glassworks and an extremely wide range of refining techniques. Such concentration and richness of glass production is completely unique and thus provides great conditions for holing IGS. About six hundred glass artists and designers from home and abroad has already realized their designs at IGS over the years, and in 2021 the town is ready to say to those coming this year: "Welcome to IGS!" The past 12 years, in which IGS has been held by the town, have proven the viability of a unique and functional connection of two very different worlds - local government and business entities.


Pačinek Glass comes with a unique program

Representatives of various creative approaches to glass as a unique artistic material will meet at the PAČINEK glassworks in Kunratice u Cvikova.

There will be the founder of Czech samba, a leading Czech percussion player, artist, drumming painter and painting drummer MILOŠ VACÍK/, who first encountered glass at Jiří Pačinek’s Glassworks. / MARCO LOPULALAN, glass master of the iconic glassworks Royal Leerdam Crystal, together with performer INGRID LOPULALAN and MARTINE GRIME, body paint artist, will come to the Czech Republic from Leerdam, Netherlands. Together they will create a unique and never realized combination of glass and body art. / MARIA KOSHENKOVA a prominent contemporary glass artist from Denmark will also come to the symposium. / Czech-American visual artist working in New York, sculptor, painter, performer, founder of the FusionArts Museum and Fusionism concept, SHALOM TOMAS NEUMANN, whose unique assemblages are represented in the collections of major world museums and galleries. / Finally, the highlight of this company will be a major film production designer JOHN DEXTER, who worked on such films as Sleepy Hollow, Captain America, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Star Wars, and who, along with production designer Rick Heinrichs, winner of Oscar in the Artistic Direction category in 2000, collaborated on the films of the world-famous director and visual artist Tim Burton.

IGS 2021 at PAČINEK GLASS glassworks in Kunratice u Cvikova will offer to artists, professionals and the public a unique experience not only at the glass furnace, but also at the Crystal Church, which offers a unique connection between modern art and sacred space.

On Saturday, October 2, it will become the venue for the visit of the Ambassador of the Holy See, Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Mons. CHARLES DANIEL BALVO, who will serve a solemn service here.

More information at www.pacinekglass.com and www.igsymposium.cz


Come experience glass at first sight and choose your star

In order to boost the attractiveness of the symposium for the public, designers, painters, sculptors, architects, personalities from the field of jewellery and fashion, street art and pop culture, art students and their teachers are regularly invited besides glass artists. Choose your star among the participants of IGS 2021!

Where the IGS 2021 participants will work
You will be informed about work time schedule of every symposium participants before the event itself. Organizing firms are tunning all preparation details for work until the last moment. At least now we send you a summary of working places where artists will be presented.

AJETO / LINDAVA
Kurt Gebauer
Martin Janecký
Martin Skalický
František Skála
Gizela Šabóková

AVE CLARA / POLEVSKO
Emil Kováč
Jay Macdonell
Jarmila Mucha Plocková
Mariana Volráb

AZ DESIGN / NOVÝ BOR
Barbara Nanning
Marian Volráb

CRYSTALEX CZ / NOVÝ BOR
Josef Divín
František Jungvirt
Roman Vítek
Barbora Zachovalová

KOLEKTIV ATELIERS / NOVÝ BOR
Jana Hojstričová & Palo Macho
Chemis
Petr Písařík
Hanka Vítková

LASVIT / NOVÝ BOR
Vladimír Kopecký

NOVOTNÝ GLASS / NOVÝ BOR
Lucie Koldová
Layne Rowe
Torsten Rötzsch
Ethan Stern

PAČINEK GLASS / KUNRATICE U CVIKOVA
John Dexter
Maria Koshenkova
Marco Lopulalan
Shalom Tomas Neuman
Miloš Vacík

PRECIOSA LIGHTING / KAMENICKÝ ŠENOV
Erin Dickson
Jan Salanský
Petra Švejdarová

SKLÁŘSKÁ ŠKOLA / GLASS SCHOOL NOVÝ BOR
Daniel Báča
Jakub Berdych sen.
Alena Lintava Dvořáková
Anežka Müllerová
Lenka Němcová
Anjali Srinivasan
Kristýna Šabatková
Martin Štefánek

SKLÁŘSKÁ ŠKOLA / GLASS SCHOLL KAMENICKÝ ŠENOV
Žofia Dubová
Ladislav Průcha
Soňa Třeštíková

TGK / SKALICE U ČESKÉ LÍPY
Silvia Levenson
Jaromír Rybák
Wanda Valihrachová
Vladimír Zbyňovský


IGS 2021 has its own intro

While preparing IGS 2021, the organizing team has been facing a completely new situation since the beginning. Everything has been affected by the global covid-19 pandemic and the emergency measures to prevent its spread. This brought uncertainty regarding what form IGS 2021 might take. In addition to the standard variant, the team also started preparing a virtual one. Intro has been prepared exactly for this purpose. It is to open IGS broadcasting. Many people contributed to the creation of the intro and we would like to thank them all. Ricardo Hoineff came up with the idea and was also actively involved in its implementation. It was necessary to create IGS glass logo for the shooting. Pavel Tille created it at glassworks of Nový Bor Glass School in a mold produced by company TGK Skalice u České Lípy. The actual shooting took place at the school glassworks as well. Antonín Nevole shot the scenes, and Ilona Rejholcová documented everything with her camera. Ricardo Hoineff, Pavel Tille and Roman Šauer are responsible for the colors. The final cut was done by FULLART studio. Miloš Vacík, one of the IGS active participants, who will be working at Jiří Pačinek Glassworks in Kunratice u Cvikova, took care of the intro sound. And here is the final form! You can see it thanks to Michal Placák from ARTIX graphic studio, who manages the IGS website. Look forward to IGS broadcasting!


The story of the IGS Intro


Bára Hrzánová
The secret of glass to Nový Bor


Welcome to Nový Bor.
Welcome to the International Glass Symposium.

Organizers of XIV IGS believe that they will be able to say these two short sentences to everyone who will visit Nový Bor from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021. We set on a path to secrets of glass together with Bára Hrzánová already in April. Her guide was the Brazilian stage designer Ricardo Hoineff, who was so enchanted by glass in the Czech Republic that he chose Slunečná, a village near Nový Bor, as his second home. During a short tour of the glassworks and workshops, Bára admired the wide range of magic that can be done with glass and pointed out how similar glass craft is to acting: "Glassmakers working at the furnace are actually very similar to actors on stage and the final product is often the result of teamwork. Neither glassmakers, nor actors would be able perform their craft without the team."


IGS glassmakers will be working
under the auspices of the President of Liberec Region

Martin Půta, the President of Liberec Region, has granted to IGS organizing team the patronage over the International Glass Symposium. In addition to a significant financial support of 600,000 CZK, which has been already agreed upon in contract with Liberec Region, the patronage brings also a great moral encouragement to the local glassmakers. It is a signal to all glass companies which participate in IGS, and at the same represent the most widespread industry in the region, that preservation and development of the traditional glass craft is perceived as essential not only for Nový Bor, but also for Liberec Region and the whole Czech Republic. The attitude of the Liberec Region management is very important to the organizing team for it shows appreciation of the uniqueness of this working meeting of glassmakers from all over the world, not only on the content side, but also appreciation of the cooperation of the public and private sector on its organization.


XIV IGS CONCEPTION AND PLANNED OBJECTIVES

September 30 - October 3, 2021, Venue: Nový Bor, Czech Republic
Motto: Glass without boundaries

The International Glass Symposium (hereinafter referred to as IGS) is one of the world's most important meetings in the field of studio glass. It is also an event with a long and famous history. The founding of IGS dates to 1982. That year, glass icons from what was then Czechoslovakia, and from abroad, met at Crystalex glassworks in Nový Bor for the first time. It was still at a time when state borders were closed to visitors from the West. Despite the difficult conditions, the fought-out meeting took place in great euphoria and brought about extensive cooperation that no political restrictions at the time could prevent. The symposium has since been repeated at regular three-year intervals. During its existence, it has hosted several hundred artists from all continents. From the very beginning, a much wider community than just the glassmakers themselves has contributed to the great results of the symposium and its atmosphere: representation and citizens of Nový Bor, glass experts, observers, gallerists, collectors, curators and publicists from all over the world.

The change of regime in 1989 brought about changes in glassmaking in the Czech Republic as well. The character of the symposium was also affected. The organizational structure, administration and budget, all underwent transformation. In recent years, the town of Nový Bor has become the main organizer and cost bearer of the symposium. However, the symposium could not be held without the cooperation with the most important glass companies in the region which had let the invited glassmakers work in their operations. The professional guarantors of the symposium are important, internationally profiled institutions such as the Glass Museum in Nový Bor and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The joint efforts of all succeeded in maintaining the reputation of the symposium as a grand international meeting of the glass elite, a dialogue of glass professionals regardless of their age, gender, artistic ideas and racial or geographical origin.

Nový Bor, a town in northern Bohemia, and its surroundings are historically one of the most important European centers of glass production. At present, over one hundred and twenty glass companies and workshops operate here, offering a whole range of traditional and modern technologies of hot and cold glass production - from mechanical production, manual work in glassworks to a wide range of refining techniques. The Liberec region, where most top glass centers (along with Nový Bor region) are located, is also famous for three secondary glass schools (Nový Bor, Kamenický Šenov and Železný Brod), which also include the Higher Vocational School of Glass (Nový Bor) and Glass Studio at the Technical University of Liberec (Jablonec nad Nisou). All year round, however, at the time of the symposium in particular, the region offers great number of museum exhibitions presenting public collections of historical and modern glass (Nový Bor, Kamenický Šenov, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Železný Brod, Harrachov, etc.), which include private collections as well. While travelling through the capital, you can make a stop and see a permanent exhibition of Czech glass after 1945 in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. There are also many show rooms of glass producers, school galleries and temporary exhibitions which reflect the vigorous glass scene in the Liberec region. Further, many important glass artists live and work in the region. Almost any glass product can be custom ordered in the region - chandeliers and lighting fixtures, vases, glasses, cups, vials, jewelry and bijoux, awards and trophies, stained glass, replicas of historical glass, fused glass sculptures and objects, works for architecture and various semi-finished products.

In 2021, from September 30 to October 3, the glass world will meet for the fourteenth time at the IGS in Nový Bor. The invitation is valid for fifty Czech and foreign glass artists, or artists from other fields, including several product designers who have recently created significant works, come up with new forms of expression or achieved extraordinary mastery in the field of arts and crafts. There are many artists among them who meet these criteria and are, or until recently were also active teachers at secondary schools and universities. Invited participants are at different stages of their careers, and belong to different generations, however they always profile themselves as "trend-setters", i.e. as those who enrich current authorial work with new forms of work and even inspire new trends. At the symposium, they can present or develop their ideas and professional skills and to enrich the experiences of others in feedback. The development of authorial work and cooperation are thus the main goal of IGS in 2021.

Glassmakers invited to actively participate in IGS 2021 will have at their disposal not only the symposium secretariat where organization activities are carried out, but especially the production capacity of eleven entities in total (Ave Clara Polevsko, AZ Design, Crystalex CZ, Kolektiv Ateliers, Lasvit Ajeto Lindava, Novotný Glass, Pačinek Glass Kunratice, Preciosa Lighting Kamenický Šenov, TGK Skalice u České Lípy, Glass School in Kamenický Šenov and in Nový Bor). The division of participants into individual operations will be adapted to the nature of their work.

Program of XIV IGS will consist mainly of the actual realization of art works, however, as we hope a number of various events of a cultural nature will accompany the symposium. As part of the ceremonial opening of IGS 2021, induction of an important representative of Czech and world glassmaking into the IGS Hall of Fame, who is also connected with the region or directly with IGS, will take place.

The meeting in Nový Bor may take place in non-standard conditions of the ongoing fight with the Covid-19 pandemic, which significantly interferes with the preparations of the symposium and will certainly influence its form and scope. Only time will show what the situation will allow the organizers to make available from glass shows, exhibitions, openings, interviews, projections, concerts, glass markets and attractions for children, which are usually part of the symposium days. During the "open day", places of creation, several other glassworks, and much more are traditionally open to the wide public. On this day, special IGS shuttle buses run on the so-called Glass Route between the individual locations. It is the wish of all those who, despite the unfavorable situation, embarked on the symposium preparations to make Nový Bor and its surroundings the center of the contemporary glass world, a place of creativity and mutual meeting as every three years. The symposium will traditionally end with an exhibition of its results at the Glass Museum in Nový Bor (where Check Point will also be located throughout IGS 2021).

The organizers are currently negotiating the assignment of artists to glassworks and workshops, technical equipment and all details of production and the accompanying program. The invited participants will, of course, be informed in advance so that both parties have enough time to negotiate and prepare the work. To get the idea of the character of the symposium visit the website www.igsymposium.cz, where you can find recordings from previous triennials in 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2009, which took place under the direction of the town of Nový Bor.

The reality of holding integral parts of the symposium - public events, entertaining evenings and the blending of the work of glassmakers with the public had to be considered by organizational units of XIV IGS. In the spirit of the IGS tradition and its continuity, the organizers decided not to give up and to prepare the symposium despite all the obstacles. The organizers plan to cope with the necessary measures thanks to non-traditional forms of work and the involvement of digital technologies. In this regard, we expect cooperation and involvement of the Faculty of Art and Design of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The organizing team perceives certain limitations as pressure to adjust the program, change thinking and develop flexibility that will ultimately secure the future of IGS in the coming decades.


IGS 2021 Organizing Team
PhDr. Sylva Petrová IGS 2021 Curator