Market Access II: Craft Fairs Aug-Dec’13

After a relatively quiet first half of the year, the craft/design calender is filling up pretty fast. And as usual, we endeavor to bring you all the details that pertain to these market access events.

P.S These events are not listed in any order whatsoever.

The Christmas Fair- Ngong Racecourse
Since 1976, the Christmas Fair has been showcasing the best of Africa’s art and craft- last year hosting exhibitors from as far of as Zimbabwe. It is arguably the biggest and oldest craft fair around- and this year they are back on 7 & 8December2013 at the Ngong Racecourse. Applications are currently ongoing. See website on how to participate.

Bizarre Bazaar
Organized by BizBaz Events, this craft fair happens 16 &17November 2013 at Karura Forest. For details on bookings email or call 0701 395 902. Look out for the revamped website, as you can register online once it is up.

Spring Valley Bazaar
Organized by Geraldine and Deborah Evans, this is one of the smaller yet busiest craft fairs in Nairobi. All gate and raffle proceeds go to ANDREF, and this year the event will be held at 12 Bendera Lane, Spring Valley on 30Nov-1December2013. The email address you need is or 0721 307 232, 0722 510 932.

Xmas BoX 2013

This boutique event happens over three days; 22-24November 2013 at Marula Manor in Karen.
With tent charges varying from 30-105,000 shillings, this promises to be an exclusive event.
Applications close 30August.
Email or see the website.

Kikapu Market
The Kikapu Market is a monthly open air market that takes place every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 9pm. The July market just happened this past weekend at Prestige Plaza.
To get a slot in the August market, contact, 0723 387 134. Also be sure to check out their Facebook page.                                                                      

Fashion With A Difference  This annual fashion is planned to coincide with Kenya’s 50years of independence, with the theme being united colors of diversity’,  based on the cultural and ethnic diversity of Kenya.
There will be a number of fashion & arts market stalls for exhibitors. If interested in showcasing-, 0705 607224 or check out website

Green Corner at the Village Market 
This is a special themed showcase for producers in the recycled/upcycled sub sector. It happens every first and last Tuesday of the month at the Village Market, Gigiri. For more information on how to participate –, 020 712 2488/2490,

Yaya Soko 
The Yaya Soko is back after a short hiatus. Curated by Mary Stannah of Inside the Baobab (craft shop at the Yaya Centre), the soko happens once a month- over 4 days (Thursday-Sunday), the third week of every month. Cost for the four days is 7500Kshs.
The July soko starts tomorrow, and inquiries are already storming in for the August one. So get calling…0725 451 155 or email
Terms and conditions apply.

October Women Festival The one day October Women Festival happens at Karura Forest, 2November 2013, 2-11pm. Put together by Queen Mashie, the event aims at celebrating talent in women. See the website for details on how to apply or call 0726 130 657.

Design Indaba

The playground for the big boys and girls of design… An annual event held in Capetown South Africa, Design Indaba has easily become Africa’s foremost design event. Applications are now invited for exhibitors to the Design Indaba Expo 2014, running from 28February- 2March 2014. All details on the how, when, where available here.                                                                                                                        

Driftwood Malindi Christmas Craft Fair 
The Christmas craft fair on the beach is on at Driftwood Malindi, 21December13. Email or telephone 0721 724 489/ 0734 747 133

Vipingo Ridge Craft Fair- Kilifi
Vipingo Ridge will once again host a Christimas craft fair on 14December2013, 10am till late.
Price tags for exhibitor space start from 7500Kshs. For more, telephone Gail on +254 732 009 599 or email
Check out Vipingo Ridge on facebook.

German Charity Christmas Bazaar
Once again the German Embassy will play host to the annual charity event. Venue will be at Riverside Drive 113 and the date to remember is 30November13.
Rates for tables start at 3000Kshs.
Get in touch – 020 4443262, The office requests that you observe office hours while doing so i.e Mon, Wed, Thurs [0830-1330hrs] and Tue, Fri [0930-1530hrs].

KSPCA Annual Shaggy Dog Show
The KSPCA dog show is happening Sunday November 3rd at the Ngong Race course, 10am onwards. There will be a craft market running alongside the main agenda of the day- a dog show. Contact, 0733-571125.
Look out for the craft market hosted by KSPCA Mombasa as well, 9-10November 2013 at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa. Contact details are, 0733 728 356.

Curated by Christine Gitau|Craft Afrika