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A ‘Globalishus’ design show at Calabash 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced that 11 participants from nine countries will join the Design Caribbean stand at the Calabash Literary Festival from May 30 to June 1. 


The stand, which will showcase the work of some of the region’s finest craftsmen, will be a key standing feature of the festival which is scheduled to take place at the picturesque Jake’s Hotel, Villas and Spa in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, Jamaica, a release said. The Calabash Festival not only features some of the most prolific and revered writers from the Caribbean and around the world but has continuously provided an outlet for highly-skilled craftsmen and women to showcase and sell their products in on a highly visible platform to its exponentially increasing audience. 


Caribbean Export said in a release the festival will be expanding its offering by playing host to Design Caribbean with the brands Belzeb Incorporated from Grenada; Very Vanita and Avark from Barbados; Rainforest Pottery and Arawak Leather of Guyana; Hands in Clay and Reve Jewellery and Accessories of Jamaica; Kay Expressions from Belize; St Lucian - Designs by Nadia and Haitian Creations Dorees, all being part of the Design Caribbean pavilion.


“We are thrilled not only by the invaluable support from and collaboration with Caribbean Export, but the opportunity to fully showcase regional artisans alongside local craft and fashion. The Design Caribbean pavilion will be a fitting addition to the Globalishus offering at Calabash,” said Justine Henzell, producer of the Calabash International Literary Festival.


“The Caribbean’s artistes possess an overwhelming wealth of talent making it an extremely difficult deliberation process when we can only support a limited number. 


“This particular staging of Design Caribbean provides the artisans with exposure to an international audience and also much welcomed media attention,” commented Pamela Coke-Hamilton, executive director at the Caribbean Export Development Agency.


Design Caribbean at Calabash provides an opportunity for the artisans to engage directly with their target audiences and allows for artists to be represented under one umbrella but to market themselves individually as brands. The consumer gains a comprehensive sense of the variety of offerings available in the region and the opportunity to delve more deeply into their particular areas of interest. 


• More information about Caribbean Export can be found at


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