Making it all work
rules and organisation of our Fairs and Markets
Presentation of stands and participants
In medieval fairs stalls should be wooden structures. Metal ones or metal parts in wooden stalls should be covered with sacking or other "medieval" materials. Participants should wear medieval dress (not "hippy" or India-style!), and no modern trainer shoes, 21st century watches or mobile telephones should be visible (if you have to phone, do this out of view of the public).
The organisers will provide electrical socket outlets to within 15metres of each stand. Each artesan is responsible for providing his own lighting plus an extension cable up to a maximum of 15 metres.
Each stand can have a maximum of 120 watts for general lighting. If you need to draw more (e.g. to demonstrate lighting fixtures) please discuss this at the time of booking. In fact, four bulbs of 30 watts spread the light better than two bulbs of 60 watt. There are also economy fluorescent light bulbs of 18 watts each.
Dogs, cats and children
Dogs, cats and children should be kept under reasonable controll. If members of the public or other crafts people complain, we may decide not to invite the owner or parent - as the case may be - to other ferias.
In our craft fairs we set up a system of background music and in our medieval markets we have live music. Please don´t play your own recorded music, bongos or other instruments in your stall without the explicit permisson of the organizers.
Rules to make life easier
The organizers of Amata try to create a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in their events. If all participants stick to the following rules, it will be a lot easier to achieve this - see also FAQs (i.e. Frequently Asked Questions) for craftspeople.
Please be punctual every day of the feria. We specialise in attracting visitors to the fair who are not Spanish. Many of them come from countries where events start promptly at the times on the poster and are upset or annoyed if things start late. It is in your own interest.
Building up without disturbing others
We build up the stalls starting some two and a half hours before the official opening time of the fair. When you arrive, the organiser will allocate a position for your stand. If by an hour before opening time, you are still not there, you loose your allocated spot; we will start filling the empty spaces and you will have to accept the place that remains.
Park in such a way - if possible - so as not to obstruct other cars and off-load your stand and all your goods as quickly as possible without starting to build up your stand. Only build up your stand after you have parked your car. This makes life easier for everybody.
Working in the stand
We would like you to work at your craft during the fair; space used for working is not charged. If you cannot work, try to have photographs of yourself at work and / or show some tools and unfinished work.