DEXIA is still recruiting interested vendors who wish to participate in its second Strictly Local Christmas Village.
The village kicks off on Wed 18th December and runs until Friday 20th December.
Communications Officer at DEXIA, Ayeola George says the aim is to promote locally-made products.
She listed, “Christmas cakes, punches, pepper sauce, affordable art, digital art, handmade crafts like baskets, jewellery, purses and other accessories, clothing, wellness products and books.”
She encourages patrons to come out to support and “purchase locally-made products of satisfying quality that you will be happy to gift to your friends and family. We are encouraging you to support local.”
George says this is one of DEXIA’s mandates adding, “we want to encourage competitiveness and increase sales of local producers and manufacturers because that doesn’t just touch them but also the rest of the local economy. Ultimately, we want to contribute positively to the economy of Dominica.”
George says reusing and recycling factor heavily in the event and children are not left out.
“We’ll have a Kids Zone with face painting and upcycling.
“We’ll be turning used tyres into pet beds and teaching the children to recycle paper to make cards. Remember this is an event to encourage persons to buy gifts for their loved so using the recycle material to make cards is another way of showing the children how to upcycle and reuse for the holiday season,” George says.
The event begins with a parade on Wednesday, December 18th from the Botanic Gardens to the Roseau Market to generate interest.
Entertainment will be on each day: day one is poetry, prose and art, day two is music and day three spotlights fashion.