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May 10, 2012

Village life at Arts and Crafts Expo

It’s the first of its kind; a Village Arts and Crafts Expo that will showcase the talents of Belizean artisans to local and international visitors. This Saturday at the King’s Room of the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City, local artists from villages countrywide will get an opportunity to market a wide range of products from carving to clothing to food items. The event will also provide a medium for the small entrepreneurs to network with stakeholders in the tourism industry. News Five spoke with Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, Clive Myers, who says that the expo is for everyone.

 

Clive Myers, Destination Planning and Development Coordinator

Clive Myers

“An initiative that came from under the destination planning and development department here at the Belize Tourism Board where through one of our outside project of doing a village outreach, we wanted to give local village artisans an opportunity to come to the City and showcase their products—the line of work that they do in their village—and also give them that opportunity to enter the tourism market and see how efficiently they can market their line items—not only to the overnight tourists but also introduce it to the Belizean public at large. We have representation from all six districts—some of them include: Xiabe, San Pedro Colombia; you name it they will be there. We have approximately thirty-six villages from across the country that will be here. The products that you will find at the village expo will include but is not limited to embroidery, wood carving, visual painting, clothing, packaged foods such as chips and soy sauce, different amenities. And we encourage the family, students especially likewise to visit the village expo.  In the morning section, we will have the items primarily for display, but in the afternoon, everyone will get the opportunity to purchase some of the items. And hey mother’s day is right around the corner so why don’t you give your mom [or] that special someone a made in Belize picture frame or hand chain or whatever it may be.”

 

There will also be cultural performances throughout the day starting from nine a.m. to four p.m. Entrance to the expo is free.

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