Artisans from the Caribbean region are invited to exhibit their products from 1-4 September in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at Design Caribbean, a trade show offering access to regional and international buyers.
All artisans engaged in design in the Caribbean region are eligible to participate.
“Design Caribbean is an opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to experience the Caribbean, where all cultures collide to create something beautiful,” says Pamela Coke-Hamilton, executive director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, organisers of the event.
Alongside the main trade fair, there will be many related events including a major musical event, a film programme, spa and wellness and a fashion show.
Participating artisans will also attend a number of product and market development workshops on hot topics such as copyright, growing a business and accessing foreign markets.
Design Caribbean says it will attract buyers from North America, Europe and the Caribbean region.
The show is seeking products from diverse creative specialities, including but not limited to ceramics, jewellery, fashion accessories, home furnishings, spa and wellness items and leather goods.
In addition, there will a number of cash awards and incentives for winning various design categories.
Coke-Hamilton says Caribbean Design operates within a unique environment where “every race, culture and creed has been able to create a truly genuine melting pot of racial, religious and ethnic blending, which has now become the foundation of the Caribbean identity and culture.
“We merge all the varying aspects of our differing ethnic backgrounds to create a spirit, which is uniquely and quintessentially Caribbean,” she says.
“The Caribbean soul is, without apology, dynamic, vibrant and intrinsically beautiful,” she adds. “This is Design Caribbean.”
For participation criteria and sign-up details, email [email protected]