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‘Tis the festive season – a time when people tend to go a little crazy, and leave gift-buying a little late.  There is no purgatory on earth quite like standing in a snaking queue in a shopping mall a day or two before Christmas – panicking because you’re only at your first stop, and grouchy as hell because the sun is shining and you’re not on the beach.

Don’t do it, people!  Christmas markets are definitely the way to go… You get to have a bit of fun whilst you’re browsing, and by buying home-made, hand-made gifts you’re not only supporting local traders, you’ll be giving gifts that have a more personal touch.  Win-win for all concerned, and plenty of time for beaching.

This year’s crop of Christmas markets is fantastic already, so we’re spoilt for choice… and I’ve just heard about a new one making its debut next week.

Designer-Maker Artisan Market

It’s a market featuring over 40 local designer exhibitors, all hand-picked by Lauren Shantall, Head of the Freeworld Design Centre, and formerly curator and manager of the Design Indaba Expo.

The event will be held on Wednesday the 15th of December 2010 at 71 Waterkant Street (on the FanWalk) – starting with the market at 3.30pm and culminating in Carols by Candlelight at 8pm at the Historical Evangelical Lutheran Church (the carols last for approximately 90minutes).

Some great reasons to go:

  • There will be over 40 designer exhibitors including:
  • Pierre Estienne who will do on-site engraving
  • Anthony Susin who will offer a selection of bright, comtemporary tipis
  • Mielie who will be launching two new bags – old-school leather bag and the Pampoen bag, a soft squishy body-hugging bag
  • Clementina van der Walt who will present her new SJOE! range of handbuilt earthenware
  • Kathy Mellor with her Heirloom & Agapanthus range of tea towels, placemats and napkins
  • Wild Olive with handmade bath and body products

In addition to the “exquisite handmade goodies” on offer, there will be traditional German Christmas fare courtesy of Birds, and food from Jacques Erasmus’ new Hemelhuijs cafe.

It all sounds pretty good to me, and whilst I may give the carols a skip (and likely head over to the Neighbourgoods Christmas Market, which is on on the same night), I will definitely be checking out what the market itself has on offer!

What: A Cape Town artisan market jointly hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Freeworld Design Centre, followed by the church’s annual Carols by Candlelight
When: 15 December 2010.  Market from 3.30pm.  Carols by Candlelight at 8pm.
Where: The courtyard at the Cape Waters Building, 71 Waterkant Street
Cost of entry: free
Bring: A Christmas gift to be donated to a local orphanage.

This event forms part of WalkCapeTown, a post-World Cup initiative, which aims to re-energise the Fan Walk through public events and ultimately enhance the cultural life of the city.

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