Passionistas is a foundation that provides a platform for crafters, foodies and artists who have a passion to create their own products. We organize events, create our own projects and participate in other projects to stimulate creative entrepreneurship. Our platform also offers talented people a stage to showcase their gift (spoken word, poetry, dance, music, art etc.) during our events. Our flagship event is the Passionistas Pop-Up Fair, which is a fair for individuals who live by the philosophy “Handmade & Homemade With Love”. Creative hobbyists and entrepreneurs can sell their handmade and homemade products at this fair.
The core values of Passionistas are passion, inspiration and collaboration. We aim to lead by example by being open to and actively seeking collaborations with other organizations to promote the creative industry in Curaçao. We also offer nonprofit organizations free participation to our events. Up till now, we've organized a collection of materials for four organizations. These organizations used the collected materials to make more handmade products.
In October 2017, Passionistas received nominations for the two categories Business Innovation Award and Social Innovation Award at the Curaçao Innovation Awards. On November 9, 2017, Passionistas received a Special Recognition Award of the Ministry of Economic Development. The Ministry of Economic Development and Passionistas regularly exchange ideas about the professionalization of the creative industry.