THOUSANDS of people are expected to converge on Old Georgians Club in Harare this Sunday for the 2006 Borrowdale Crafts Fair.
Now one of the biggest events of its kind in Southern Africa, the event attracts visitors keen to see
what Zimbabwe’s cottage industries have available, including arts and crafts and a wide range of other goods and services. Among the popular exhibits this year are likely to be those involved in clothing, home accessories and jewellery.
The event was introduced in 1989, when it was held at the Borrowdale Country Club by Jane Calder. It was later taken over by Wendy Pallett and held each year at various venues such as Vainona High School, Cloud’s End Stud, Harare Showgrounds and, from 1998 to 2003, at the Borrowdale Race Course. It made its Old Georgians debut to popular acclaim in 2004.
It attracts between 120 and 150 exhibitors each year — all of them cottage or small scale industries producing a wide variety of works of art and craft for household or personal use.
The fair highlights the wide range of talent in Zimbabwe and promotes this talent and expertise. Almost all of the exhibition space for 2006 has already been booked and the scene is set for a record show this year.
The fair will open at 9am and close at 4pm. — Own Correspondent.