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Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village, the Jamaican craft producers marketplace, set for Devon House from December 22 to 24.
The Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC) led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services to showcase their merchandise. Additionally, the show provides the medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.
Speaking at the launch of the event on November 29 at the centre’s head office on Camp Road, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Valerie Veira pointed out that the event “presents the sharing of Jamaican products, services, talent and vibes that is so abundant all around us”.
Kumba Mi Yabba 2006 will showcase a wide range of authentic Jamaican products, including ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories and local cuisines.
“We have been hosting a series of workshops with our participants because we have to make sure that what goes on show is 100 per cent Jamaican,” Miss Veira noted, adding that the workshops would also focus on business development and marketing products and services.
The CEO said that special features for this year’s event would include the Kumba Mi Yabba boutique, which would be a special area set up for young designers, jewellers, textile printers and other young entrepreneurs, to showcase their work.
Another special feature and a ‘first’ for this year’s staging, is the participation of other Caribbean islands, which have indicated an interest to be a part of the event.
Another exciting addition to the event will be a special display of logo products that were produced for ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
In addition to the marketing component of the fair, Kumba Mi Yabba will present a variety of entertainment packages over the three-day period. This include a carol service, a kiddies fun yard, concerts and other nightly entertainment.
Over 100 exhibitors will be participating in the show, with an anticipated 8,000 persons visiting the Christmas Village.