Booths and tents were setup so that the hundreds of people of all ages from the general public and other could view and learn from woodcarvers, wood turners, furniture makers, folk arts workshops. Events also included demonstrations and, performances of various wooden musical instruments. Special children’s events were included over several days. (Enrique Males from Ecuador, a wooden instrument maker and entertainer is shown at his booth.) A technical symposium with 31 speakers ran over two days under the heading of Wood and Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Development. The topics focused on raising awareness of current issues and enhancing multidisciplinary discussions for the crucial role of wood in human civilization and the environment. The day after WWD, many of the attendees traveled to a local community park area to plant black pine tree saplings to emphasize the need for a sustainable source of trees for both beauty and products.
Two unique highlights of the 2015 celebration included an international, collaborative project with 23 artisans from 17 countries that designed and constructed a timber “bridge” (arch) and erected it in the town square a few blocks from the venue of the meeting (see accompanying photo of the arch, artisans and Odunpazarı officials). The second highlight was the integration of performances and demonstrations from 13 musical groups from 15 different countries that combined wooden instruments with song and dance. Many times throughout the celebrations, these musicians shared their talents in creative musical performances including the Opening Ceremony, the Welcome Dinner, and two musical concerts.
WWD Foundation, Chair
IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair