SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 24 Oct. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Artisans from 27 countries in the Americas, Africa and Europe will exhibit their products starting this Saturday at the sixth edition of the Tricontinental Craft Fair, with free entry, which will open its doors until Sunday, November 6, at the Recinto Ferial de Tenerife.
Carnival and its artisan manifestations is the theme chosen for this new edition, in which artisan creations related to these festivities will be given prominence and whose celebration entails an extensive program of parallel activities.
The Minister of Employment, Socioeconomic Development and Foreign Action, Carmen Luz Baso, presented this morning the poster for the edition, prepared by the Carnival designer, Daniel Pages, and in which a mask with references to the Venice carnivals is represented, Colombia and Bolivia. Along with her, the insular director of Socioeconomic Development, Ermitas Moreira, and the section chief of the area, Juan Carlos Camacho, were also present.
Carmen Luz Baso highlighted the importance of this event as a showcase for the island’s craftsmen and women and as an intercultural meeting point: “This is the fair in which a greater number of craftsmen and women from other countries participate and which is has established itself as one of the most important and popular in the calendar of fairs that are held at a regional level”.
The minister also stressed the importance of the fair to “promote one of the most important and international festivals on the island of Tenerife, such as the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which will be part of both the exhibitions and the program of activities that we are going to develop throughout the week”.
In total, the fair will have 160 exhibitors where you can find artisan products from 14 countries in the Americas (Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Honduras and Puerto Rico), seven from Africa (Senegal, Morocco, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar and Tanzania) and six from Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Macedonia and Turkey)
In parallel, a central corridor dedicated to carnivals will be set up, in which some of the most outstanding artistic representations of the four carnivals included by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be shown, such as the Carnival of Blacks and Whites of Pasto and the Carnival of Barranquilla, both in Colombia; the Carnival of Oruro, in Bolivia, and the Carnival of Callao, in Venezuela. Along with them, there will also be an exhibition space dedicated to Venice.
“We will have the participation of craftsmen and craftswomen specialized in textile manufacturing and embroidery for the elaboration of suits and costumes, in modeling for the manufacture of masks and in the manufacture of musical instruments for the dances that make up many of the traditional parades” , said the insular director of Socioeconomic Development.
Ermitas Moreira also highlighted the celebration of a series of cultural and musical activities, parades, workshops and craft and fashion catwalks. “Every day, starting at 7:00 p.m. there will be performances on stage, by artists of different origins and musical styles. In addition, parades are planned for Friday and Saturday afternoons (November 4 and 5) starting at 6:00 p.m. hours as well as various workshops related to the theme of carnival,” he said.
The Cabildo, through the Insular Craft Company, will take advantage of the event to reward artisans and artisans and highlight the important work they do. In this sense, the fair will serve as a stage to choose the Best Decorated Stand among the participants, it will recognize the creative effort or the achievement of an attractive assembly for the exhibition and sale of its production.
At the same time, the Ibero-American Crafts Museum Awards will be presented, which seek to distinguish the quality of the handicrafts presented, either for their designs or for the construction techniques and materials applied.
The fair, with free admission, will open its doors every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the exception of Monday, October 31, which will be extended until 12:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3, when the opening hours Opening will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
SPACE DEDICATED TO THE CARNIVAL OF SANTA CRUZ
As a complement to the most international carnivals in the world, the sixth edition of the Tricontinental Craft Fair will dedicate a special space to the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife that includes a 352-meter stand in the center of the fair, which will be installed by the City Council of the capital.
There, the costumes from the Carnival 2022 contests will be exhibited, in addition to the bodies and headdresses of the candidates who make up the Queen’s court of honor and the life-size replica of one of the most symbolic Queen costumes of the capital’s carnival: Tajaraste , winner in the 1987 edition. The stand will also have a video wall area so that attendees can enjoy the best images of our carnival.
In parallel, there will be three complementary exhibitions based on the history of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and focused on the Comparsa Los Rumberos, with a historical tour of their costumes; the murga Los Diablos Locos and its presentation awards; and carnival costumes.