Rattled arts and crafts sector invites locals to Christmas in July Exhibition

Rattled arts and crafts sector invites locals to Christmas in July Exhibition

The local arts and crafts sector, like all other industries, is feeling the devastating impact of the Coronavirus. Sellers are experiencing a drop in sales, worsened by the struggling tourism sector.
The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in galleries having to cancel a number of exhibitions on this year’s calendar.
For the past six years, the Craft Centre in Windhoek has been showcasing the 'Christmas in July Exhibition'.
It has been used as a platform to exhibit Namibian Christmas traditions to tourists during the peak season.
This year, however, there are no tourists but the exhibition will go on.
This is the reason why it’s themed...'The Show Must Go On'...
The display is a fresh collection of African crafts with some made from recycled material, put together by various Namibian artists, focusing on the natural beauty of the Land of the Brave.
Even though 'Christmas in July' will not be enjoyed by the rest of the world, the organisers are welcoming locals to take pleasure in the exhibit.
Those who adore interior decorating or people who find joy in collecting Christmas ornaments will like what is on offer.
Organisers of the exhibition are calling on locals to support the initiative since the pandemic has negatively affected the arts and crafts industry.
The General Manager at the Craft Centre, Shareen Thude says due to the Coronavirus, people are spending less money on arts and crafts, simply because they are not essential.
She says, the 'Christmas in July' exhibition is therefore just another attempt to keep the arts and crafts industry in Namibia alive.