Approximately 300 artisans are set to participate in the Ministry of Sport and Community Development’s Christmas Craft Markets across Trinidad, between December 11 and 19, 2020. Themed “All that is We”, these markets will feature craft and items that are 100% locally created and produced by students and tutors of Ministry’s Community Education Programme (CEP). The first market takes place at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, from Thursday 10 to Friday December 11, 2020, from 9:00 am. The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development will officially launch the series of craft markets on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11 am with a tour of the Woodford Square event where she will meet with the CEP artisans and tutors for the first time since assuming office.
The markets themed ‘All that is We” features the skill training tutors and past trainees under the Ministry’s Community Education Programme. While there are several other craft markets hosted across Trinidad and Tobago, the “All that is We” Craft Markets are born out of the government’s investment through the Ministry, in the craft industry where over 10,000 persons participate in the annual programme. Each market promises a selection of live demonstrations and entertainment.
Entrepreneurial development is the cornerstone of sustainability and these markets allow both established and emerging artisans the opportunity to showcase their talent and craftsmanship; moreover, it promotes the Community Education Programme to budding artisans and those with a desire to start their own business.