VÄV 2022 - handweaving fair

22–24 September 2022 at Halmstad Arena

Experience inspiring exhibitions by textile artists, schools, education programs, organizations, children and young people at the world’s largest handweaving fair. You will have the chance to meet weavers at various workshops. Take part in bus excursions, lectures and more.

There are also exhibitions and activities in several places in downtown Halmstad and around Halland. Welcome to a celebration of weaving focused on sustainability, process, and inspiration.

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Buy tickets

Tickets for VÄV 2022 are available for purchase. At vä External link, opens in new window. you can read all about the fair’s opening hours and the various ticket types. You can purchase your tickets via External link, opens in new window.

Learn more about the event

Just imagine it: thousands of people from every corner of the globe will gather at Halmstad’s popular International Handweaving Fair. It is the only fair of its kind in the world. You will meet weavers working with a range of exciting techniques: art performance, warp-weighted looms, medieval weaving, fan reed weaving, new expressions, traditional weaving, ribbon weaving, and children who weave.

On the program

Textile exhibitions. Workshops and Speaker’s Corner. Lectures on textile topics. A large trade fair with sales of materials, books and weaving tools. Schools with textile and weaving education programs will present themselves. In the entrance you will be greeted by a special exhibition created by textile artists.

Welcome to a trade fair focused on sustainability, process, and inspiration. The event is hosted by the Swedish Weaving Council in collaboration with Region Halland (swe) External link, opens in new window. and Destination Halmstad (swe).

Halmstad’s weaving history

Weaving is art - plain and simple. What’s more, it stretches far beyond the edges of your carpet, because weaving is all around you. On the table. On the floor. On the walls. On the ceiling. On the furniture. In your clothes. In the bed linen. As works of fine art. On our webpage “Halmstad’s weaving history,” (swe) we have assembled everything from beautiful weavings to weaving factories.

 Hotel Mårtenson in Halmstad

Hotel Mårtenson

Find accommodations

Halmstad Arena is a 20-minute walk from Halmstad city center and just under ten minutes away by bus. In the city you will find a large selection of hotels in a varied price range. Via our vacancy service, you can see where there is available accommodation in Halmstad during the VÄV fair.

More tips on accommodations in Halmstad

 Halmstad Castle

Halmstad Castle

Attractions and activities in Halmstad and Halland

Here in Halmstad, we love to do all sorts of things. The city’s residents like to practice the art of living whenever we get the chance. And we certainly have both active and tranquil favorites. On our webpage “14 activities we love in Halmstad” you’ll find tips on all sorts of activities.

Downtown Halmstad

In Halmstad’s beautiful city center, there is a great deal to see and do, all within strolling distance. Why not combine a walking tour of our public art with a visit to one of our excellent restaurants? Admire the beautiful city library, whose facade is reflected so beautifully in the rippling waters of the Nissan River. Or why not immerse yourself in Danish-Swedish history at Halmstad Castle? At Norre Port you’ll find one of Sweden’s few preserved city gates, dating from the 1600s. We’ve compiled a list of the “Seven Wonders of Halmstad.” Some are in the city center, while others are a bit further afield. All of them are equally worth seeing. We can also recommend a delicious coffee and pastry at historical Brooktorpsgården External link, opens in new window..

When you are in the city center, be sure to check out the stores Copenhagen Luxe External link, opens in new window., Drakar & Mazariner External link, opens in new window., Köpmansgården External link, opens in new window. and Håll i Hatten External link, opens in new window..

During Saturday, September 24, it is also "Kungsfredsdagen" in the Kungsfreden quarter. The businesses in this quarter invite you to an autumn party with fashion show, sales and more.

In the evening, we recommend having dinner at the long-established Fridolfs Krog External link, opens in new window. and ending with a glass of bubble at the champagne bar A Little Party External link, opens in new window..

If you want to enjoy nature close without venturing far from the city, we can recommend a walk to the summit of Galgberget, which offers wonderful views of the city. It’s also home to the Hallandsgården Open-Air Museum.

On the banks of the Nissan River you will find the Halland Art Museum, which always has exciting exhibitions going on. Here you can also enjoy a delicious brunch at Brunchbaren External link, opens in new window., which is located in the same building. If you take a longer walk, you will come to Slottsmöllan, a historic industrial area that was once a center of textile production. Here you will find The PhotoGallery, External link, opens in new window. which attracts world-famous photographers to exhibit in Halmstad.

Halmstad Tourist Center

You are welcome to stop by the Halmstad Tourist Center, which has lots of tips on what you can experience in Halmstad and its environs. While you’re here, take the opportunity to look up at the stairs. On the wall hangs Barbro Nilsson’s fantastic tapestry, “The Port of Lisbon.” It was woven from a sketch by Sven “X-et” Erixson.

Explore the wide variety of what Halland has to offer

Allow the “A day in Halland” app guide you to experiences throughout Halland. Well-chosen local tips based on where in Halland you find yourself and what you might like to do. You’ll find everything from picnic spots and unique shops to museums and cafés – over twenty tasty tips.

You can also take a look at Visit Halland's website External link, opens in new window. for lots of good tips on things to do in Halland.

 Restaurant Söderfamiljen in Halmstad

Restaurant Söderfamiljen. Photo: Söderfamiljen

Food and drink

Food and drink is not only about food and drink. It is tastes, smells and colors. Let yourself be seduced by the good life here in Halmstad. Enjoy it on a lovely outdoor terrace or sit down at a restaurant with a great view. If your palate needs an extra taste experience, we recommend our gourmet restaurants.

Seeking your meal to have sustainability and our local and global environment in mind, check out our sustainable cafés and restaurants. Also take the advantage of the possibility to visit some of Halmstad’s many farm shops. Local food! It doesn’t get more locally produced than that. For more restaurant and café suggestions to suit all tastes, visit our food and drink page.

 Bus in the center of Halmstad

Getting to and around Halmstad

You can easily get to Halmstad by train, bus, car and plane. If you want to take a trip to our neighboring country of Denmark, there is a ferry line between Halmstad and Grenå. Our webpage “Travelling to Halmstad” offers more detailed information about how to easily get here and about the various transport providers that serve Halmstad.

Bicycles, city buses and parking

We recommend that you use public transport, bike or walk to the International Handweaving Fair. You can walk 20 minutes from downtown Halmstad to Halmstad Arena, or take a ten-minute ride with the city bus. City bus lines 1, 4 and 5 go to Halmstad Arena from Halmstad Resecentrum locations C and E. The same buses also run from Stora torg, right in the heart of the downtown. The city buses are served by Hallandstrafiken, External link, opens in new window. and its website also has all the timetables.

Halmstad Arena has a large parking lot, but the parking spaces fill up quickly at large events. You can see the municipality’s parking spaces via the municipality’s “Hajk” map tool (swe). External link, opens in new window.

Do you need to rent a bike? Halmstad has several bicycle rental companies and companies that rent out electric scooters. Read more about electric scooters and bike rental companies on our webpage “Getting around.”

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