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Countdown to the 10th Handmade Contemporary Fair

Over 100 exhibitors are confirmed to be showcasing and selling their wares at the upcoming Handmade Contemporary Fair (HMC). The market, which prides itself on attracting the continent’s finest creatives, will be taking place at the Hyde Park Corner rooftop from the 11th – 13th of October.

The HMC, which is marking its 10th anniversary this year, shares a milestone with the host venue, Hyde Park Corner, which turns 50 this year. The 3-day market is set to be an impressive display of fashion, homeware, jewelry, beverages, body and bath products, and accessories from across the African continent.

The event is renowned for being a site where shoppers can pick up unique, exquisitely crafted goods that exemplify the growth of the luxury artisanal industry in South Africa and across the African continent. Themed Memories and Dreams, the 2019 edition of the HMC sees the return of some favourite vendors, as well as exciting new players in the market. The common denominator is the unmatched, X-factor quality that they all present.

As we move into the final quarter of the year, HMC is also a great opportunity for the discerning shopper to stock up early on Festive Season gifts – the sheer range of merchandise on offer ensures that fair-goers are spoilt for choice – there’s literally something for everyone, with the additional benefit that the goods in question are exceptional, memorable and distinctive.

Boasting innovative hand-crafted product that is ‘well made in Africa’, from established and emerging creatives, the HMC is expecting in excess of 14,000 patrons over the three days of the market. For those who prefer a more laid back vibe, the market also allows fair-goers a chance to take a break from the shopping, sip on a craft cocktail or a chilled glass of wine, while enjoying the cuisine on offer, and taking in Johannesburg’s legendary sunsets and views from the rooftop venue.

Where the exhibitors are concerned, jewellery lovers will be delighted with the wares on display. Kenya based Adele Dejak makes a return with her trademark bold pieces, while the craft gin and fine wine sections will be populated with the likes of Autograph Distillery and Silvermist Vineyards. On the fashion side, Missibaba, Mami Wata, Mille Collines, and Matsidiso Shoes will all have a presence. Beyond that, a dizzying selection of lifestyle products will all be available for sale, from homeware décor such as candles and ceramics, bath and body products, clothing accessories, craft beers and a wide range of restaurants.

Tickets for the fair are currently available online at Webtickets, in Pick n Pay retailers and during the fair, will also be sold onsite at Hyde Park Corner. The weekend passes retail at R360, while day passes are priced at R180.

The HMC operating hours are as follows:
Friday, 11th October: 12h00 – 22h00
Saturday, 12th October: 10h00 – 21h00
Sunday, 13th October:10h00 – 16h00

Venue: Hyde Park Corner rooftop – corner Jan Smuts Avenue & William Nicol Drive. Hyde Park, Johannesburg

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