Cultural Survival Bazaar to be held at Pequot Museum

May 17, 2013 by  

Mashantucket of New London County will host the Cultural Survival Bazaar this summer, bringing together all sorts of worldly cultures and arts.

The event is well known for its diversity and global products and provides an opportunity for artists, international representatives, and cooperatives to sell some of their ware. Items featured will include artwork, clothes, traditional crafts, and jewelry. In many cases, visitors will also be able to meet the artisans, truly seeing where the products have stemmed from.

The Cultural Survival Bazaar Program aims to help indigenous artisans sell their crafts abroad, allowing Americans to get a taste of a different environment while supporting tradition and culture. The program has raised upwards of $3m for artisans and performers and was started in 2006. The event practices fair trade principles that help to support artisans in fundraising and reaching financial goals, encouraging sustainability and educating customers.

The event will take place August 8, 9, and 10 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and is one of many spread throughout the US in 2013. Special featured artisans and performers include Kawika Alfiche and Halau ʻo Keikialiʼi, Felicia Huarsaya, Bernard Domingo, and Chia Yang Khang.

To raise awareness in surrounding towns, the Cultural Survival Bazaar might consider using print companies. While the ongoing Bazaar events have a large group of supporters, small-town gatherings such as these often need the attention of those in surrounding towns like Norwich and Groton to grow an even larger fan base.