A series of thematic exhibitions on spices, tea, handlooms, ayurveda and many more products and traditions of Kerala, would be held during the forthcoming season of the South Indian Bank Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF).
The expos would present a slice of Kerala, especially to visiting tourists and shoppers from outside the state.
A total of six exhibitions have been planned- each in a different city with a theme that reflects the character of the place- for the 48-day mega shopping fiesta,which begins on December 15.
These are in addition to a unique exhibition-cum-sale of contemporary art, which is being organised under the stewardship of renowned sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman.
The exhibition centred on spices would be on from December 14 to 26 in Kottayam. Kannur would be the venue of a Handloom and Folklore expo from December 20 to 31 and Kozhikode would host a 12-day long Mappila Fest from December 29.
An exhibition centred on tribal arts and culture would be held in Kottakkal, Malappuram, during December 21 to 30.
Tea will be the core theme of the expo, which is being organised from December 28 to January 6 in Kalpetta, Wayanad.
The state capital would host a health and ayurveda expo from January 9 to 23 and a contemporary art fair from January 3 to 26.
The expos, organised by GKSF’s media partners is the first initiative of its kind. It would offer a wide sales platform for small manufacturers, local producers and artisans. It is expected to raise the profile of the event.