Bornholm is the first region in Europe and the first island community in the world to be honored the title of World Craft Region. The island’s strong community spirit is evident in the vibrant crafts, museums, biennials and international educational opportunities, all of which place Bornholm firmly on the international scene. And with a centuries-old tradition for crafts and well-preserved techniques, the island continues to represent innovative artists and artisans who work with ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and wood.
World Crafts Region
Bornholm is by many a beloved holiday island - and visited by thousands both Danish and international tourists. However, Bornholm is also known for its local food production and high gastronomic level, as well as the wealth of makers throughout the island. The high level among the makers on the crafts scene, who both work with serial productions and contemporary unique objects, gave Bornholm the title of World Crafts Region in 2017. Bornholm is thus the first island in the world and the first country in Europe to receive this prestigious title from the World Craft Council.
Makers Island Bornholm
In order to maintain this momentum on the crafts scene, several strong partners and institutions came together and created Maker's Island as a promising umbrella organization to communicate and manifest Bornholm as a power center for crafts with international impact. Maker's Island is founded by Bornholm Regional Municipality, ACAB, Bornholm Art Museum, Grønbechs Gård, Hjorths Fabrik, Royal Danish Academy - Crafts in Glass and Ceramics, Business Center Bornholm, Destination Bornholm and Center for Regional and Tourism Research.