2023 National Arts and Crafts Fair preserving tradition in contemporary life

After a three-year hiatus, the 2023 National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) returns as a major trade fair to be held from 4-8 October 2023 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

The NACF, which was first launched in 2016, is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry–Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP), in collaboration with the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices.

“The 2023 National Arts and Crafts Fair underscores the integral role of arts and crafts in our national economy. This sector, often underestimated, serves as a vibrant source of income for many Filipino artisans and MSMEs, and contributes significantly to the country’s revenue streams through domestic sales as well as exports,” BDTP Director Marievic Bonoan pointed out.

With over 200 exhibitors curated from the country’s 16 regions, NACF will serve as a platform to showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage and likewise gives everyone an opportunity to rediscover and appreciate Philippine craftsmanship.

The products, meticulously crafted and features traditional indigenous materials, are expected to captivate a new urban consumer base in search of unique items with intrinsic beauty and value.

Artisans, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs from across the nation are gathered together at the fair to exhibit a rich display of traditional and indigenous materials made using contemporary methods.

Visitors can anticipate textile and fiber art, mats and basketry, handcrafted jewelry, houseware and home decor, and novelty items. The fair will pay homage to the country’s diverse culture and further explore innovative methods of incorporating these skills into modern-day objects.

NACF stage is set to reflect the heritage, creativity, and innovation exhibited by local artisans who have molded their skills from the essence of the country’s cultural wealth.

Moreover, NACF will provide a platform to establish rapport with potential buyers, fostering an environment of growth and opportunity for native craft industries.

This year’s National Arts and Crafts Fair is more than just a display of arts and crafts rather a celebration of the age-old traditions brought to life in new, exciting ways.

“The National Arts and Crafts Fair is not merely an event; it is a movement that staunchly supports our local artisans, promotes our traditions, and contributes to the growth of our creative economy. The entrepreneurs exhibiting their products here exemplify our people’s resilience, ingenuity, and passion. I encourage everyone to join us in this celebration of tradition and innovation as we continue to empower indigenous skills and Filipino craftsmanship,” said Legarda, who conceptualized the fair and supported it since its inception in 2016.

The formal opening ceremony of the 2023 National Arts and Crafts Fair will be on 4 October 2023.

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