Book Café has teamed up with Zimbabwe Applied Art and Craft Association (ZAACA) for an inaugural afro centric Craft Fair showcasing local products this Saturday.
The event will have arts and craft, African literature, local music CDs and traditional food on sale while on the stage, upcoming marimba band Weingwe will give the audience a taste of their music.
Book Cafe arts centre coordinator Joan Wangedi explains, “We have over 40 exhibitors from various parts of the country including Mutoko, Harare and Bulawayo among others.” She said the venue will be completely transformed to accommodate stands for craft works and a platform for live music performance.
“We have designed the craft fair to be a conducive environment for the whole family to have fun while providing a befitting platform for Christmas shopping,” said Wangedi. Harare has many flea markets that sell several artworks but it’s not always when one can go to a market and find traditional food, live music and artefacts all at the same place.
“We will have a spectacular buffet of authentic traditional Zimbabwean dishes prepared with wholesome, home-grown produce from Mutoko by Svinurai Arts Association. We want to remind people what traditional food is all about,” said Wangedi.
The Book Cafe Craft Fair is an innovative new platform for the promotion and sale of traditional and modern Zimbabwean craft, in a high-traffic venue in the city centre. The fair on Saturday will be the first of many to be held at the venue every second Saturday of the month.
The fair starts at 11am. Entry: $2 for adults, children free.