Creative market Finders Keepers will return in 2018, introducing its Indigenous Program to encourage and support Indigenous makers.

The program will provide a commercial platform with a dedicated audience to support Indigenous brands commercial endeavours. Recipients in this program receive a sponsored stall position at a Finders Keepers in their dedicated city, assistance with stall design and development, as well as marketing, and media support.

This year Northern Territory-based fashion social enterprise Magpie Goose being chosen as the autumn/winter festival’s Artist Program recipient. 

Co-founded by friends Laura and Maggie in 2016, the label uses hand screen printing textile methods accustomed to remote Aboriginal communities to create pieces that tell stories of people, dreaming, landscapes, and traditional motifs, in bright, bold and contemporary formats.

This year the Finders Keepers format is changing, with the entertainment line up expected to grow, along with the event’s food and beverage offerings and art installations, to create a festival atmosphere to better support the creative industries beyond the walls of the market.

Young designers will have the opportunity to showcase their work nationally, as Finders Keepers recruit an independent, emerging designer to develop a unique seasonal identity.

There are six main events on the Finders Keepers calendar. After resounding success and a transition to a newer, bigger venue in Brisbane, two events will be hosted in the sunshine state while the other four will be hosted in Sydney and Melbourne.

The autumn/winter event will take place from 22 June to 24 June, introducing extended trading hours on Fridays from noon to 9pm.

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