Created in 2002 upon the request of the French government in order to derive value from the country’s enormous intangible assets, the Artistic Crafts Days (Journées des métiers d’art) became the European Artistic Crafts Days in 2012. This initiative of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art has now become the first international event dedicated to crafts.
Each year in the early spring, crafts studios open their doors to the public and outdoor demonstrations are held with the participation of craftspeople, training schools and museums.
In 2019, the theme «Local signatures» was in the centre of this edition and aimed to highlight the richness and the promising future of European local crafts. 16 European countries participated to the EACD in 2019 : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, United-Kingdom. This cultural, economic and tourism event brought together over 9 000 events from Paris to Berlin, Warsaw, Florence and Vilnius.