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The summer breakout

The third edition of Zookstreet’s flea market creates space for shopping and art.

Published: 31st March 2017 02:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2017 02:29 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even though Kochiites prefer to hangout indoors, in the comfort of air-conditioned halls, thanks to the rising tempratures, they sure are not going  to  miss  the  open  air flea market, ZookStreet III.

All set to entice shopaholics and art aficionados with an  exhaustive list of entrepreneurs and art exhibits, the Zook team takes this year’s gala outside for the first time. “Of late, Kochi’s fun quotient has been going downhill with restrictions on gigs and parties. Our aim is to create an event everyone enjoys—whether they’re a friends group from a college/office or a family,” begins Rebekah Thomas, one of five entrepreneurs organising the fete.

Embracing hospitality

So, why hit the grounds instead of a nearby mall? They’ve curated a wide range of products, some of which are not easily accessible in the city throughout the year. The 26-year-old elaborates, “There are brilliant designers including brands like Alappuzha-based Aysha Couture participating, so there’s no dearth of summer clothing options. While  food stalls—like Bake Castle and Crust ‘n’ Crumb—dominate the list, the  grounds  will also see names like Kottayam-based home decor brand Pleats & Pockets, and an online community of artists specialising in handmade greeting cards and posters called Papercrow.

Gathering  dreamers

Two years of experience has definitely helped the team better understand Kochi’s tastes as they’ve also roped in over 15 artistes to perform  at the event.

“While the variety of products and competence in price has always been a factor, we’ve noticed that Kochi comes in for the overall experience,” the youngster explains. The flea market brings in debut performances by bands like Madras Mail (experimental fusion) and Krameri (ambient), alongside Kochi-based  artistes like DJ Gino.

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