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Department of Arts and Culture hosts The Beautiful Things Craft Supermarket as part of the 50 th Anniversary of the Women’s Anti-Pass March.

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26 Oct 2006

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will host an inaugural Beautiful Things Crafts Supermarket as part of the 50 th Anniversary of the Women’s March Celebrations. The event will be held at the Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria from 15 to 19 November 2006. Mrs. Zanele Mbeki is the patron of the exhibition. The theme for the exhibition is “women participation and empowerment in the South African Craft Sector”. The Beautiful Things Crafts Supermarket of 2006 replaces the annual crafts imbizo as a special project to showcase and provide retail opportunities for South African crafters, particularly rural and women producers.

The event is the culmination of a selection process that will take place across the country to identify high quality and marketable crafts products. In order to ensure an integrated approach, national departments, provinces, local councils and other relevant organisations such as Media, Advertising, Publishing and Packaging Training Authority (MAPPSETA), Business Arts South Africa (BASA), and the private sector are part of the project.

The craft supermarket will be used to highlight training, business and career opportunities in the craft sector. A craft dialogue will be held to map out a strategic direction of the sector in line with the government’s programme of action and the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA). A coffee table publication on South African craft products will be produced and distributed to enhance the marketing efforts of crafters. Mrs Mbeki will officially open the supermarket on 15 November 20006. More details and programme will be released at a later stage.

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