Going back to nature at Book Café’s Craft Fair


ON Saturday the Book Café and Zimbabwe Applied Art and Craft Association (Zaaca) will host a craft fair themed Going Back to Nature.

Tinashe Sibanda

“The fair will include the display and sale of traditional herbs and other specialty food products such as jams and jellies, honey and herbal teas made from indigenous plants, all with remarkable health benefits,” Book Café arts center coordinator Joan Wandegi said.

The sale of authentic Zimbabwean art and craft from around the country, books by African writers and music by various artistes along with live music by energetic young group Were will be part of the activities.

“The basic principle here is to increase cultural links with diverse cultures as a way of building understanding and links, and also partly to address cultural isolation by sharing different ideas and lifestyles,” Wandegi said.

“One way of doing this is through the celebration of food as an important avenue for the expression of culture.

“Zaaca’s aim is to foster contemporary and traditional craft practice in and for Zimbabwe.”

Wandegi said around 25 exhibitor stalls would be displayed selling an array of beautiful craft and artworks while the Book Café Bookshop will be offering an unrivaled selection of local music CDs and books by local and African authors.