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Arts And Fashion Hub To Support Local Entrepreneurs

The arts and fashion hub would include authenticated Fijian made craft works and artworks by some of Fiji’s top artist.
11 Jul 2020 14:45
Arts And Fashion Hub To Support Local Entrepreneurs
The arts and fashion hubwould provide a sustainable platform for artisans to generate trade opportunities, promote cultural diversity, inspire creativity and drive innovation for small businesses in the creative arts industry. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

Two local designers have partnered with the Fiji Arts Council to set up an arts and fashion hub at the My FNPF Centre in Suva.

The hub would provide a sustainable platform for artisans to generate trade opportunities, promote cultural diversity, inspire creativity and drive innovation for small and medium enterprises in the creative arts industry.

Event management consultant Aqela Cakobau said there was urgency to set up the hub as COVID-19 posed challenges to the economy and community.

“The Arts & Fashion Hub at the My FNPF Centre features an art & craft area, visual arts display and is a fashion outlet for some of Fiji’s established and emerging designers,” she said.

Fijian made articrafts

The arts and fashion hub would include authenticated Fijian made craft works and artworks by some of Fiji’s top artists in the likes of Anare Somumu, Mason Yee, Meli Somumu and many more.

Established designers include Rosie Emerson Semisi, Sue Samuels, Ana Rabuka and Atelaite Duaibe.

The hub will also include emerging designers such as student designer Shane Pickering and Aqela Cakobau.

“Like many retail outlets, the artisans bring their products to the Hub and we sell the produce for them.

Ms Cakobau said: “We are also looking at ways to market their products through e-commerce and we have been able to make sales through marketing on social media,”

Plans

There are plans to host fashion shows and art exhibitions at the arts and fashion hub.

Ms Cakobau also runs her own fashion line, Aqela’s Collections, a brand catering for curvy Island figures and long Kaftans in many styles and patterns.

She encourages the public to visit the hub and support local art and craft works.

The hub opens from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj

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