Cape Town’s original place of trade – the historic 17th century Castle on the Foreshore– will shortly be a place of entrepreneurship and trading once again. However, instead of wares such as vegetables and livestock, the products on sale from 5-8 June will be exquisite handmade goods from 110 craft producers and designer makers.
The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has teamed up with Kamers for this huge retail pop-up event, part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme (#265). The CCDI was established in 2001 to promote and grow the Western Cape craft and design sector. Kamers is known for its country-wide retail events that feature handmade products, delicious food and wine and live music.
“As one of the WDC2014 projects, Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle) has a distinct focus on innovation.There will be an amazing range of great products on offer,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. “This event will also support product development, help establish new brands in the marketplace, and assist longer-term job creation.”
The handmade goods are produced from materials such as clay, textiles, wood, beads and wool, and range from exquisite jewellery and homeware to stationery and garden products.
Of the 110 exhibitors taking part in Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle), 70 applied directly to Kamers and another 40 were selected by the CCDI from about 55 applicants. The CCDI participants have further honed their costing, pricing and selling skills at two workshops, plus enjoying one-on-one sessions with a professional stylist.
Producers will set up their stands on three interior levels of the historic building, an ideal creative space to display goods, sell and interact. The event should not only attract the general public, but also retail buyers, who will be keen to discover new products and make fresh connections.
Date: 5-8 June
Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
Opening times: 5 June 10am-6pm, 6 and 7 June 10am-8pm, 8 June 10am-3pm.
Tickets: R60 entrance for adults, R40 students and pensioners, children under 18 free.
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