More than 120 local artisans will be featured at the Craft Hub TT National Christmas Village and Craft Market at the Queen’s Park Savannah Paddock, this Saturday, December 10, from 10 am to 9 pm.
It is an initiative by the Export Centres Company Limited (ECCL), the State Enterprise mandated to develop the craft industry.
“This initiative aims at facilitating the marketing, sale, and promotion of Trinidad and Tobago’s craft, and encouraging a “shop local” movement,” ECCL explains in a release.
It added: “ECCL continues to support artisans and craft entrepreneurs as we promote the skills and innate talent of our citizens, while preserving our rich and diverse heritage and culture. Importantly through such initiatives, we also contribute to economic diversity and job creation.”
The Christmas Village and Craft Market will be opened officially by ECCL’s Line Minister, Shamfa Cudjoe MP, the Minister of Sport and Community Development.
In addition, ECCL’s sister state enterprise ExporTT will be present with thirty women entrepreneurs under their SheTrades initiative, along with TSTT’s Parlour, which offers products for online purchase.
“Those attending the Christmas Village and Craft Market will also have the opportunity to make wholesale orders from ECCL’s online National Wholesale Craft Store, and online purchases from ECCL’s National Craft E-Store,” the company said. “There will be free Wi-Fi powered by bmobile, in addition to Linx and credit card amenities.”
Patrons can expect to be entertained with live performances by Alicia Jagassar and Los Alumnos de San Juan, Rome, and Andre Donawa, along with a wide selection of DJs.
ECCL says there will be hamper giveaways courtesy ExporTT, and an assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day.