The Caribbean Artisan Network
presents


March 4th - 9th , 2011 British Virgin Islands

ARTISANS: Bookings must be made in the Call Centre  number 1-284-542-0586. Click here for more flight, baggage and BVI CUSTOMS information.

The Caribbean Artisan Network, The BVI Tourist Board, The Moorings, LIAT Airline and the British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association [BVICCHA], is proud to be hosting what has become the biggest Artisan Festival of its kind in the region. For the seventh year in a row, this increasingly popular cultural event brings together artisans from through out the Caribbean to display, sell and demonstrate their crafts at a variety of locations in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

VISION & MISSION
The Caribbean Artisan Network is a six year old BVI registered Non Profit Organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Caribbean Arts and Crafts (more info on www.caribbeanartisan.net). By creating links between artisans, the Network functions to strengthen the production of traditional and innovative Caribbean Crafts, through educational workshops, marketing initiatives and skill preservation efforts. The Artisan Network is dedicated to increasing the commercial viability of Craft as an income generator and as a crucial aspect of maintaining Caribbean cultural identity.

WHO BENEFITS
Last year 15 different countries participated, bringing over fifty of the most skilled artisans in the region to the BVI and over 1,000 visitors.

  • Artisans have unique access to the BVIs vibrant market place and the priceless networking opportunities that are created by interaction with other crafts producers. An award ceremony will take place to recognize their achievements.
  • The BVI Community is exposed to ancient and innovative craft practices from regions top artisans. Traditional music and dance and Caribbean food make this festival an educational and exciting family day out.
  • BVI Schools are offered free space for students to display Arts and Crafts in the 'Youth Artisan' tent (contact us for info!).
  • Shop and Boutique Buyers are able to access the best of the Caribbean's craft products and discuss trading arrangements directly with the visiting artisans.
  • The Tourism Industry benefits directly from the far reaching press exposure about the Festival and the BVI: each year many articles appear in international travel publications, in-flight magazines, newspapers and on the web.

    VENUES & EVENTS
    The special features of this years event include the Welcome and Dedication Ceremony  one of Tortola's most prolific Artists, the First Annual Fashion Show, all day and evening entertainment, and of course, the Festival's movement around the BVI: three days in Trellis Bay, followed by Virgin Gorda with the final day in Road Town,
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    The Artisan Network is dedicated to increasing the commercial viability of Craft as an income generator and as a crucial aspect of maintaining Caribbean cultural identity.

    For the fifth year in a row, artisans from through out the Caribbean will converge on the BVI for this increasingly popular festival. Last year 15 different countries participated, bringing over fifty of the most skilled artisans in the region to the BVI. What has attracted them is a mix between unique access to the BVIís vibrant market place and the priceless networking opportunities that are created by interaction with other crafts producers. All the participants come away with a strong feeling of fellowship, after having spent five days exchanging ideas, skills and techniques between them selves and the public. The BVI community benefits directly on many levels. Schools throughout the territory were exposed to ancient and innovative craft practices from the top artisans in the Caribbean. Shop owners and hotel buyers are able to access the best of the Caribbeanís craft products and discuss trading arrangements directly with the visiting artisans.



    The beautiful beach village of Trellis Bay on Beef Island has proved to be the ideal base location for the Caribbean Arts and Crafts Festival. A thriving local arts community with art studios, a pottery, outdoor sculpture and cafe's along a shady beachfront. Trellis Bay is also one of the BVI's most popular yacht anchorages and a major transit point for resort guests, charter guests and ferry passengers heading to the airport within a 2 minute walk from the bay.

    The special feature of this event is the Festival's movement around the BVI. After the first 3 days in Trellis Bay, the artisans will move to Virgin Gorda and the last day will be in Road Town.


    This year the festival village in Trellis Bay will be again expanding the program to include day and night time entertainment, a fashion show, a Fireball Full Moon Party and an opening ceremony as well as special awards. The village will come alive with a vibrant mix of musical entertainment; the stage will be humming with the best local and regional musicians. Fungi, Zouk, Steel pan, Reggae and Salsa sounds will energize the artisans and entertain the crowds. Artisans and musicians together hold the keys to our cultural identity and the Arts and Craft festival opens a window on the masters of Caribbean cultural creativity.

    Schools from through out the territory are being invited to take this opportunity to learn from the regions top artisans, watch demonstrations and take part in the work shops that are being offered. Following on the success of last years BVI Schools Arts and Craft competition, the Festival is inviting all schools and youth groups in the BVI to submit Art work and Craft products to this year's competition. The submissions will be shown in the Festival Art gallery and prizes given to the winners.

    For further information on this year's Caribbean Arts and Crafts Festival please contact:
    us: dreadeye@surfbvi.com

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