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International Glass Symposium starts today!

Crystalex invites artists and designers from all the over the world to the Czech Republic to create glass art at the 12th edition of the International Glass Symposium (IGS)

Today (October 1st) is the opening day of the 12th International Glass Symposium (IGS) in the town of Nový Bor in the Czech Republic.

In 1982, glass manufacturer Crystalex a.s (pictured) in Nový Bor invited artists and designers from all over the world to its workshops in order to help them give shape to their designs and artistic ideas with the help of local glassmakers. 

The International Glass Symposium has been held every three years since, and over the last thirty-three years more than 500 artists participated. 

This triennale tradition continues in 2015. The XIIth symposium takes place from October 1st through October 4th.

The 2015 programme includes Glass School, a Glass Show at a furnace, a Glass circus, a presentation of glass centrifuging at technology at night, tours of the glass plants, as well as glassware workshops, presentations and lectures and the official opening of the exhibition to celebrate the 145th anniversary of Glass School in Novy Bor. 

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