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 2019 Conference in Kansas City Missouri!

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Seeking a location to host the 2019 Conference and Dollmaking School, NIADA artist Cindee Moyer traveled to Kansas City to discover an iconic hotel with an illustrious past.  Originally established in 1931, the Hotel Phillips was once the tallest building in town, standing 20 stories high and boasting 400 guest rooms.  Today, it offers 216 elegant guest rooms and is on the national Register of Historic Places, yet it maintains much of the historic charm and original Art Deco features which make it a true gem in the heart of downtown.

An art lover’s paradise, Hotel Phillips offers beauty around every corner. Original Art Deco features include elaborate bronze and nickle metalwork, lustrous walnut paneling, stylish light fixtures and their symbol of light and hospitality, Dawn, the statue in the lobby.

NIADA 2019 runs from Monday July 15th through Wednesday July 17th for the dollmaking school and Thursday July 18th through Sunday July 21st for the conference.

Rooms are $179 for a single or double.  Registration begins on January 1, 2019.

Kansas City’s Power and Light District hosts dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.  In the heart of the city, it also houses the Hotel Phillips.

The Kansas City Streetcar offers a free ride around the District.  It runs primarily on Main Street from the River Market to Union Station, with a multitude of shops and restaurants along the way.

River Market is nestled just south of the Missouri River and hosts a weekend City Market with over 140 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and other local fare.

Union Station is home to the Kansas City Ballet as well the Gottlieb Planetarium,  the KC Railroad Experience, a permanent rail exhibit; Science City, theaters, a 5 1/2 story 3-D screen, shops, restaurants and much more.