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Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a behind the scenes journey with unique experiences to Cuba!
January 19-22, 2022
TRIP COST: $4,485 per person, double occupancy; $550 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- Full compliance with US Treasury Department regulations for Support for the Cuban People travel to Cuba.
- The trip will include 5 nights at the five star Parque Central Hotel in Havana and meals in the city’s finest restaurants. We will have access to private performances, artist’s studios, including artists Dairan Fernández, Guillermo Estrada, and Clandestina from the 2021 Market, cultural centers, museums and all that this remarkable city has to offer. We will have a private viewing of the amazing art space, Fábrica de Arte Cubano.
- We will also spend two days and nights outside of Havana in the city of Cienfuegos, on the Caribbean coast. This city, settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819, is home to a thriving community of folk art painters. Our visit will coincide with their annual regional exhibit of Arte Naïf, a group of more than 20 artists, including 2020 Market artists, Cenia Gutiérrez, Julio Barbón, and Roberto Gil.
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Brazil | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join IFAM and Josh Schrei on the Folkloric Arts of Brazil and the Majesty of Iguaçu Falls Brazil!
September 4 – 16, 2021
- Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei, some of the best preserved colonial towns of Brazil
- Inhotim museum and botanical garden
- Artisanal cheesemakers of Minas Gerais
- Miniature ceramics of Pernambuco
- Famed block printing of Pernambuco
- Traditional Brazilian lace artisans
- The splendor of Iguaçu falls
- The famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, luxury hotel directly adjacent to the falls
The country of Brazil is home to colorful folk arts traditions, a thriving modern art scene, and magnificent natural wonders.
Join IFAM and Josh Schrei of Tapta Marg Productions as we spend two weeks exploring some of the most vibrant destinations that this beautiful nation has to offer. We’ll start off in the heartland of Minas Gerais, where we’ll visit the quaint colonial towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei and explore a countryside famed for its pastoral farmland and artisanal cheeses. Minas Gerais is also home to Inhotim, a world-renowned outdoor arts museum and botanical garden.
The next part of the trip will take us north to the coast of Pernambuco and Bahia, where we’ll visit traditional blockprinters, puppet makers, laceworkers, and ceramics artists and take time to soak in the spectacular beauty of the coast.
For those who want to add an optional 4-day extension (September 16th – 20th), we will visit Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system on the planet and one of the great wonders of the natural world. From our base at the famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, we’ll explore the majesty of Iguaçu by boat, foot, and even helicopter.
Mexico City | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join the International Folk Art Market on a journey to Mexico City including a very special
private dinner at the home of Frida Kahlo, MUSEO CASA AZUL.
October 6 – 13, 2021
TRIP COST: $5,480 double occupancy $650 – single supplement
Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited
- Spend 4 nights in the historic center of Mexico City at the newly opened Hotel Zócolo Central from where we’ll explore all that this extraordinary city has to offer in terms of museums, murals, folk art and food.
- Behind the scenes visit to the folk art collections of the Museo de Arte Popular and Fomento Cultural Banamex in the glorious Palacio Iturbe.
- A wonderful morning on the canals of Xochilmilco where will be serenaded by mariachis, followed by an afternoon at the
famous Bazaar Sabado in San Angel.
- A two day, one night excursion to the State of Mexico visiting the picturesque weaving town of Malinalco, famous for their finely made rebozos, the iconic Mexican shawl.
- Returning to the city, we will spend our last 2 nights in Coyoacán, a municipality of Mexico City which has retained much of its village like atmosphere. Here we will visit the exquisite home of IFAM artist, Carla Fernandez, and her contemporary artist husband, Pedro Reyes.
- Our farewell dinner will be a magical private evening at the Museo Casa Azul, the former home, and now museum, dedicated to the life of Frida Kahlo.
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India | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Reawaken your spirit of adventure in 2021! Join IFAM and Josh Schrei as we journey into the heart of Gurajat and Rajasthan for 12 days of awe-inspiring travel, folk art immersion, and temple and palace hopping!
October 9-21, 2021
- The local handicrafts, fabrics and tribal arts surrounding Bhuj, including the Qasab-Kutch Craftswomen’s collective, the world-renowned Khatri block printing studio, and the Khatri tie-dye workshop.
- The opportunity to study with local artists and try your hand at block printing and embroidery.
- The sun temple of Modhera, one of only two sun temples in India.
- Rani-Ki-Vav, one of the finest examples of ancient stonework in all of India
- The markets and textile museums of Ahmedabad
- Agashiye rooftop restaurant, one of the best restaurants in India!
- A safari into the Little Rann wildlife sanctuary, home to unique native flora and fauna.
- The white city of Udaipur with its gorgeous lakes and palaces.
The Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for their
varied cultures, vibrant art, village handicrafts, jaw-dropping
stone temples, and stately palaces. From the embroidery
traditions of Kutch to the bustling markets of Ahmedabad to
the white palaces of Udaipur, this is India at its most colorful
and awe-inspiring. Join IFAM Assistant Director and Santa
Fe-based tour operator Josh Schrei as we journey into the
heart of Gujarat and Rajasthan for twelve days of awe-inspiring
travel, folk art immersion, and temple and palace hopping.
Only 4 Spots Left!
Egypt | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience, including Cairo, Abu Simbel, and a 4-night Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor in majestic Egypt!
November 10-20, 2021
Add-on to Jordan Available!
TRIP COST: $7,990 per person; sharing $1,890 single supplement. Based on 10 travelers, or a surcharge will apply. Space is limited.
- Navigate through 7000 years of Egypt’s stories at a privately guided early morning visit to the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum.
- Be awed by the 13th century B.C. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, visiting the iconic twin temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside.
- Enjoy a private evening dinner cruise along the Nile River aboard an elegant, traditional Egyptian felucca.
- Meet Market artist, Ahmed Kamal of the Tent Makers of Cairo in his home town. Kamal will take you on a tour of one of the oldest thoroughfares in Cairo – Shari Khayyamiya. There, you will witness, up close and personal, the ancient craft of Suwan, where portable tents are made from beautiful cloth patterns, an art form that has been carried on for hundreds of years.
- Board the elegant Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for a 4-night cruise along the Nile, visiting Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Kom Ombo and Karnak Temple – just to name a few.
- Stay at Egypt’s elegant “first boutique hotel” Villa Belle Époque, and the 5-star luxury Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, in a 19th century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile, and the Winter Palace Luxor Hotel.
- Visit El Fayoum Oasis by 4×4, with a stop along the way to Wadi al Hitan, with contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal.
- And, of course, no trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
Egypt holds a special place in many a traveler’s imagination, with its legendary tombs, temples, pyramids and splendid, storied past. Take these magnificent monuments and more, from imagination to reality on the 2020 Egypt Passport to Folk Art Trip.
Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a very special 10-day journey to Oaxaca City, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Huatulco!
Postponed Until November 30 – December 9, 2021
TRIP COST: $4,860 double occupancy; $685 single supplement. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.
- Spend 5 nights in the charming city of Oaxaca where we will visit with several IFAM artists over the years.
- Visit the area’s spectacular museums and colorful markets.
- Visit the extraordinary ruins of the UNESCO Site, Monte Alban, and the dramatic art center, CASA, created by famed Oaxacan artist, Francisco Toledo.
- Experience the exceptional cuisine for which Oaxaca is so famous.
- Travel to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for 2 nights where we will be immersed in the textiles of this region, a style made famous by Frida Kahlo. We will learn about the food and dance that is particular to the Istmo and be treated to a Tehuano fashion show.
- Our final 2 nights will be on the beautiful Oaxacan coast in Huatulco where we will have the unique opportunity to travel by boat to the coves where the famous purpura pansa sea snails live. Here we will see how the artists have, for centuries, extracted the purple dye from these delicate creatures before gently placing them back on the rocks.
- Our journey will end in Huatulco with flights available from Huatulco International Airport.
(NEW) Guatemala | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Antigua, Lago de Atitlán, and Chichicastenango
Join the International Folk Art Market on a spectacular journey to a magical land, including visits with some of our most treasured artists.
March 5 -12, 2022
TRIP COST:$4,750 per person, double occupancy $600 single supplement. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited
- 3 nights in the beautiful city of Antigua, where we will enjoy a visit from Market artist, Amalia Güe. Amalia, along with her beautiful huipiles, will travel from her village in Alta Verapaz to spend time with us.
- While in Antigua we’ll visit: Casa de Artes, a family run store specializing in premier Mayan folk art; the indigo natural dye studio of Olga Reiche; and the village weavers of Aguas Calientes.
- 4 nights at the lovely Hotel Atitlán overlooking the majestic Lago de Atitlán from where we’ll explore the town of Panajachel and the villages along the lake. We will meet with the artists of Multicolores, a group of over 50 women rug makers who have participated at IFAM for several years to the delight of thousands.
- Travel across the lake to explore San Juan la Laguna, home to many painters, natural dye cooperatives, and coffee and cacao farms.
- Visit the colorful and famous Sunday Market at Chichicastenango. After a lavish lunch of traditional foods, we’ll stop by the workshop of some local mask makers before heading back to Panajachel for dinner and music at the ever popular, Guajimbos.
Painting by Antonio Coche, San Juan la Laguna
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Morocco | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join BJAdventures and IFAM in this magical 12-day journey through Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Atlas Mountains & Marrakech in Morocco!
May 2022, Dates TBD
Optional Add-On to Sahara Desert, TBA!
“From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, with sometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin in the night…” Edith Wharton – In Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco will thrill even the most seasoned traveler. Exotic, golden, historic and stunning are just a few of the words visitors use to applaud Morocco, a country steeped in unique culture, tradition, cuisine, and landscape.
Visit the workshops of some of IFAM’s master folk artists. Marvel at exquisitely delicate stucco and mosaic tile work, amazing carpets and textiles, brilliant samples of the art of Islamic architecture. Join us on this trip of a life-time!
- Stays in extraordinary 4 and 5 star boutique hotels across Morocco.
- Daring dinners like those at NUR in Fez, recently featured in the New York Times.
- Take in Tangier, Europe’s gateway to Africa and guardian of the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Wander the “blue pearl” of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen.
- View imposing Roman ruins: the House of Orpheus, the Forum, the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, and more in Volubilis.
- Walk the labyrinths of the ancient Fez Medina and Mellah (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), experiencing the aromas of sacred spices and foods, and bustling alleyways that overflow with beautiful Berber wares.
- Visit IFAM artist Amina Yabis and the women’s association she founded to see firsthand how hand-woven buttons have provided economic opportunities for their community.
- You’ll also visit IFAM master weaver Khadouj Boufi who founded the Hana Women’s Association, and immerse yourself in their gorgeous boucherite rugs that are made using age old techniques while using discarded, up-cycled fabrics.
- Take an enchanting drive through the striking countryside of the Atlas Mountains.
- Experience the mosques, palaces, and lavish gardens of beautiful, bustling Marrakech.
- Meet other contemporary artists like jeweler Amina Agueznay.
- Take a behind-the-scenes tour at the Musée d’Art Contemporain African Al Maaden!
- Included: airport transfers, accommodations, all meals, local beverages, tours/entrance fees, expert English speaking guides, local transport, and gratuities.
- Not included: international flights, train ride if flying into Casablanca, travel insurance (required), spirits and specialty coffees, room services, personal expenses, optional activities, camera/video fees, and fast-track immigration.
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Uzbekistan | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Join IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Nukus!
October 7 – 23, 2022
Add-on to Kyrgyzstan Available!
- Journey back in time at the old quarter of Tashkent, Khast-Imam Square to see one of the oldest surviving Korans before visiting embroiderer Madina Kasimbaeva with her dark red “Palak” designs, Muhayo Alieyava’s Bibi-Hanum for contemporary apparel with Uzbek textiles, the Museum of Applied Arts and ceramicist Akbar Rakhimov.
- Visit the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis of Samarkand, A UNESCO World Heritage Center, where elaborately decorated buildings that date to the 1300s reflect the development of the monumental art and architecture of the Timurid dynasty, and Valentina Romanenko, a famous textile designer known for her rich blends of silk, painting and embroidery.
- Sightsee around the beautiful Registan Square and its imposing madrassahs, before making paper with local artists.
- Visit the biggest mosque in Samarkand – Bibi-Khanum and the colorful and frenetic Siob Market that is nearby.
- Find an antique ikat or embroidery at the Urgut Market before meeting ceramists at the Urgut Ceramic School.
- Continue on the Silk Road to Bukhara to visit the famous embroiderer Farkhod Ramazoznov.
- Pack in more of the beautiful artisan traditions of Bukhara by visiting a silk weaving workshop, the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory, the Museum of Blacksmith’s Art, and much more!
- Explore the historic walled city of Khiva visiting woodcarvers, carpet weavers and UNESCO silk weavers. Visit Nukus to see the Museum of Igor Savitskiy, where wondrous works of art from the Karakaplak people are housed.
- Along the way, enjoy unique Uzbek dining experiences (including making pilav with locals) while staying in charming inns and hotels that are beautifully appointed with traditional Uzbek decor.
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