Mpumalanga designs to be showcased in Moscow

Feb 26, 2018 at 09:37 a.m

MBOMBELA –The Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation will afford designers and crafters in the province an opportunity for their work to be sold and exhibited in an international platform during the International Traditional Costumes and Design Exhibition to be held from the 6th of March until the end of May 2017 at the All Russia Decorative Art Museum in Moscow, Russia.

The Traditional Costumes and Design Exhibition will serve as an expression of inspiration in the form of traditional costumes and contemporary fashion designs and accessories. The Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation has obtained garments, artefacts and accessories from cooperatives, cultural groups and local designers in the province which will be showcased at the exhibition and some of the work will be sold in a Pop-Up Store that will be part of the exhibition in Moscow.

The international visitors to the exhibition will have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs similar to some of the items and accessories, which will be on show in the exhibition.

The Spokesperson for the Department of Culture Sport and Recreation, Ms Sibongile Nkosi, says the department is committed to support and provide platforms to local crafters and designers in the province so that they could showcase their talents and have an opportunity to sell their products before international markets.

“We will use the “Pop-Up Store” concept during the exhibition to create a sustainable profitable market for local crafters and designers in Russia. The Pop-Up shop will be operated until May 2017 and it will sell various artistic products including Neck Pieces, Hand Bridal Beads, Ponchos and Ndebele Dolls from selected crafters, designers and Cooperatives,” Ms Nkosi says.

Human Museum Scientists from Barberton Museum will also participate in an International Museum Collaboration Workshop which will also be held in Moscow. This capacity building and idea sharing workshop is aimed at encouraging sustainable long term collaboration between South Africa and Russia in the following areas among others: Performance Management and Governance, Preservation and Conservation Programme, Exhibition, Experts and Expertise/Knowledge Exchanges, New media and Technology in Museum Management and Presentation, Audience Development and Educational Programmes.

The Department has two provincial museums in Barberton and Pilgrim’s Rest.

All these activities are part of the South Africa and Russia Cultural Seasons, which are aimed at displaying, promoting and sharing artistic expertise and excellence between the two countries in a quest to strengthen cultural and people to people relations and expand cultural trade and cultural tourism.

Acting Head of Culture, Sport and Recreation, Mr Godfrey Ntombela, will lead the delegation.

For more information, contact Ms Sibongile Nkosi on 766 5372