Caribbean Artisan Opportunity for the Global Marketplace

Artisans have been invited to exhibit their products at the region’s foremost trade show, Design Caribbean, offering unique access to important regional and international buyers, in addition to massive market opportunities presented in Dominican Republic with a population of 10 million people.

  • Artisan Sign-up Details

Over the past month we have had an outstanding response from artisans in the Caribbean anxious to be part of the upcoming Design Caribbean trade fair in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

All artisans engaged in art and design in the Caribbean region are eligible to participate in the Design Caribbean trade show. We are seeking quality products from diverse creative specialties including but not limited to ceramics, jewellery, fashion accessories, home furnishings, spa and wellness items, specialty foods and leather goods. A number of cash awards and incentives will be awarded in each category. For participation criteria and sign up details, please email or for application forms. Information can also be gathered at

  • Design Caribbean Details

From September 1-4, 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Design Caribbean will unite a passion for design with the soul of the Caribbean. All products on display will have been vetted for excellence.

Inspired by the passion and talent of both distinguished and aspiring artists, Design Caribbean brings the region's finest handmade designs and innovative products onto the world stage. Encapsulating the spirit of design to "celebrate the 'beautiful" our event takes place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Sept. 1-4, 2011. Showcasing a broad product range of handmade quality products, it will connect artists to buyers, and design enthusiasts from the Caribbean region, North America and Europe. Design Caribbean visitors will come away with a true sense of the diversity and splendor that breathes vibrancy into the Caribbean region. Design Caribbean is organized by Caribbean Export, a trade and promotion organization with 15 state regions, whose mandate is to "take Caribbean excellence to the world."

In Barbados during the official launch of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), attendees were given the first sneak peek of some of the exciting product that will be part of the upcoming fair. Alongside the main trade fair, Design Caribbean, there will be many related events including a major musical event, a film programme, the remarkable rums experience, a specialty tea tent, spa and wellness as well as a fashion show. Participating artisans will also have the opportunity to attend a number of product and market development workshops on hot topics such as intellectual property rights, growing a business and accessing foreign markets.

As noted at the 10th EDF launch by Her Excellency Ambassador Rosalyn E. Hazelle, “Design Caribbean is an opportunity for exhibitors to bring their uniquely designed projects to a targeted regional and international audience that will assist these artisans in growing their businesses to continue to provide new sustainable opportunities.”

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