Following three years of intensive preparation and planning, the first newly branded show – DESIGN CARIBBEAN – is now officially launched in Dominican Republic. Design Caribbean is a trade show (to be held in Dominican Republic September 1-4) for artisans in the region who are export ready and able to produce uniquely designed, hand crafted superior quality merchandise.
In honour of the launch, His Excellency, Domingo Jimenez, Secretary of State and National Authorizing Officer for the EDF, Director General for Mutilateral Cooperation gave an inspiring speech welcoming the trade show and its artisans to a wealth of global opportunities. As well, musical artists Shaggy and Alison Hinds endorsed the show and its benefits for regional artisans. They treated the audience to a sensational concert.
“We are very excited about Design Caribbean – a key part of the broader effort to help artisans, designers and other talented people of the region to access the international marketplace,” said Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export.
“Covering many creative industries – design, art, film, music – the show will be a true celebration of the region’s innovation and originality. So much more than just about bringing together buyers and sellers, Design Caribbean will highlight the ‘best of the best’ and provide education and vital exposure for the region’s artisans.”
All artisans engaged in art and design in the Caribbean region are eligible to participate in the Design Caribbean trade show. Over the past few months, many hopeful participants have undergone a screening procedure to ensure that the ‘best of the best’ artisans get to take part.
Product buyers can expect to see diverse products including ceramics, jewellery, fashion accessories, home furnishings, spa and wellness items, specialty foods and leather goods. A number of cash awards and incentives will be awarded in each category.
The city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was selected as the first location to host the first newly-branded Design Caribbean show because it boasts a large population of 10 million people, with four million residing in the city centre of Santo Domingo, where the trade fair will be held.
Design Caribbean 2011 is sponsored by ITC – International Trade Commission, European Union, FedEx, Abordage and American Airlines.