2017 European Professional Doll Art Festival in Riga

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In September 2017 there will be a European Professional Doll Art Festival in Riga, Latvia for the fourth time. The Show is organized by Inara Liepa with help of her husband and her daughter Santa. The show is set up in a rail road Museum.

There are a few things that make this show so special: the personal choices that Inara put in this show, the special theme that allows Inara to add other art forms to the show, the beautiful displays on pedestals with plain backgrounds. NIADA is invited to present our organization in a special booth. The theme for the 2017 show is “On the wings of the wind”. A number of NIADA artists will be attending who will be announced shortly.

In 2016 the NIADA artists present there were EJ Taylor (Guest of honour), Marlaine Verhelst, Anna Zueva,  Tamara Pivnyuk and Natalja Pobedina.

The Riga Professional Art Doll Festival dates are – 14 September to 17 September, 2017
Latvian Railway History Museum, Uzvaras bulv. 2a

2017 Prague Doll Festival

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In November 2017 there will be a Doll Prague Show for the fifth time. The very first one was more of a quilt show with only one doll and teddybear booth. The Show is organized by Bohdana Klatilova who also has an art doll gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. Part of the show is a well attended doll and teddy bear competition. The 2017 competition theme is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “My Praguers understand me”.

There will be European NIADA artists present at this Show. In former years you could meet EJ Taylor, Ankie Daanen, Anna Zueva, Ana Salvador, Tamara Pivnyuk and Marlaine Verhelst. New NIADA artist Eva Hodinkova is local and a regular participant. In 2015 NIADA was offered a free booth by the Doll Prague organization. The city Prague is a kind of fairytale city, well worth visiting.

The Festival dates are November 24th – November 26th 2017
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NIADA 2017 is going to Nashville, Tennessee!

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NIADA Artists Connie Smith and Susan Scogin traveled to Nashville on a fact-finding mission, and they liked
what they saw! Nashville is a thriving city with an exciting arts scene infused with youthful energy, yet it retains the authenticity of an older city. It has become one of the hottest U.S. tourist destinations, appealing to people from across the globe, with a great location and easy access through the Nashville International Airport (BNA), which provides daily non-stop service to more than 50 destinations.

NIADA 2017 runs from August 28th to 30th for the NIADA School, & August 31st to September 3rd for the conference. Our hotel is the newly renovated Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, located in the heart of Nashville. There is a free shuttle service to any location in the downtown corridor, and the hotel is within walking distance to many exciting sights (see below), with many restaurants nearby.

The rooms are $199 for a single or double. To reserve, call 1-615-259-2000
or go to

Nashville isn’t only about the music, and we think it will surprise you with its wide range of things to see and
do. We’ve listed just a few of them here:

Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, The Frist Center for Visual Arts is a quick bus ride or a 30 minute walk from the hotel, and showcases everything from photography and sculpture to ancient art. The Frist has generously offered conference attendees – free admission.

A four minute walk will take you to the Corvidae Collective Gallery, which features monthly exhibitions of established and emerging artists. Locally made artisan gifts can be found in their gift shop.

Just a few doors down, you’ll find the Nashville Arcade. Built in 1902 and modeled after an arcade in Italy, it has an eclectic group of shops, restaurants and galleries. The interior space is two stories high, open to the gabled glass roof.

A three-minute walk takes you to the Tennessee State Museum, where you’ll find art, history and culture at one of the largest museums in the nation, with special displays of furniture, silver, weapons, quilts, and paintings along with one of the finest collections in the nation of Civil War uniforms, battle flags and weapons.

Another three-minute walk (we told you everything was close!) brings you to the Nashville Public Library- so much more than just books! Domiciled in an aesthetically stunning building, with a magnificent staircase and lofty ceilings, murals throughout the hallways and a beautiful fountain in the courtyard, it houses a Nashville Photo History, a permanent Civil Rights exhibit, and more!

Further afield, but well worth considering, is the Nashville Flea Market at The Fairgrounds. With approximately 800 to 1200 dealers & vendors from 30 states, & an average of 2000 booths, it’s considered one of the top ten flea markets in the country. It’s only open once a month, but the August date is the 25th to 27th- just before our conference!

And if you just can’t leave without a Nashville music fix, we have two suggestions for you: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, a 12 minute walk, has been called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of
its unrivaled collection. It’s housed in a striking building designed to look like a piano keyboard, and is worth the walk just to see it! And for a true Nashville experience, walk back along Broadway, also known as the Honky Tonk Highway, and take in the rollicking mix of music, bright lights and history.

With so much to see and do, you’ll be tempted to come a few days early and stay a few days late.
Don’t miss out– register now and BOOK YOUR ROOM!