Make the Love Local Market your one-stop destination for gift shopping this December! The #GiftLocal market will take place at the Castle of Good Hope December 16 and 17 and will host some of the best in local, handcrafted products which you will be able to buy directly from their makers.
Over 50 creative businesses will have stands at the market, offering a wonderful range of products including jewellery, clothing, handmade soaps and skin products, beadwork, comic books and art, artisan coffee and upcycled products, just to mention a few.
2016 marks the 350th anniversary birthday of the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest building. In celebration of this, the Castle has partnered with the Love Local Market to bring you an event that celebrates local talent, from craft, art and design to live music, food and drink.
“We are very excited about this partnership and the direction the Castle is taking. In spite of its sordid past, the Castle remains one of the oldest buildings in the city and we feel it is important that we redefine our view of this heritage site and turn it into something positive,” said Love Local organiser Mwabi Jere-Motaung.
“We hope to do this by creating an inclusive and supportive platform for the creative people of this city to express themselves, be it through their creative businesses, art or performances. This is why we have a particular focus on emerging creatives.”
The primary purpose of the market is to provide a viable trading space for craft producers and designers who are struggling to access market space in the city. There will also be art exhibitions, live music, and kids’ art classes as supporting activities to add to the festive experience for the whole family.
Some recognisable brands to look out for include Useful Pretty Things, Mara Accessories,Kafui Natural Skincare, African Eyes Jewellery and Nubian Kush, to mention a few!
“We are grateful to the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) for their assistance in recruiting some of the creative businesses for the market. As the craft and design sector development agency in South Africa, they play a very important role in assisting small creative enterprises in accessing new markets, and the Love Local market provided such an opportunity,” said Jere-Motaung.
For live entertainment, you can look forward to beats by artists Maputi from Zimbabwe, Plamond from Congo and Day One from South Africa, headlining Zimbabwean songstress Mae Sitholeand South African Deep House DJ Black Wiz. Delicious food and refreshing beverages will be on sale courtesy of food trucks like the Blended Food Truck.
Entrance to the market is R30 for adults and free for kids under 15 years old. Although some of the traders will have mobile card machines, do bring cash to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the experience. Street packing will be readily available. Doors open at 4pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday.