3-18 December 10am – 6pm Thursdays to Saturdays
CELEBRATING the tenth anniversary of the Scottish & Ethical Christmas Fair, Hand Up Events is delighted to announce The Dundee Scottish & Ethical Christmas Fair, taking place in the heart of Dundee, in City Square from 3-18 December at the Caird Hall.
A lively launch will take place on Monday 5 December in front of the Caird Hall at 1.30pm with The Rt Honourable Lord Provost of Dundee, Robert Duncan, and special guest, Kathryn Sygrove, from the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) and founder of Hand Up Events, Tania Pramschufer.
Commenting on the first Dundee Scottish & Ethical Christmas Fair, The RT Honourable Provost, Robert Duncan said: “I am delighted to see both local and international exhibitors taking part in this unique event; I am looking forward to seeing what will be on offer. Dundee really is a special place during the Christmas period and it is great to see that our celebrations are continuing to grow.”
Special guest, Kathryn Sygrove, from BAFTS, added: “I am delighted to attend the Dundee Ethical Christmas Fair on its official opening day and to represent my organisation, BAFTS (the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers).
“This is an unique event, bringing together UK and international fair trade and ethical stalls at a time of year when buying from such sources can add an extra dimension to our giving.”
With exhibitors from across Scotland as well as fair trade and ethical exhibitors and organisations coming from as far as Zambia, India, Peru and USA – the Dundee Christmas Fair will be filled with beautiful arts and crafts from around the globe; all taking place in a giant decorated marquee providing a warm and welcoming Festive atmosphere for shoppers.
There will be around 40 stalls selling everything from home-wares, soaps, candles, toys, wood crafts, ceramics, fashion, jewellery, as well as warming hot food and mulled cider.
At weekends, there will be kids’ activities that will include card making, face painting and surprise visits from ‘Green Santa’, as well as a ‘Green Santa Grotto’ for children of all ages to be a part of an ethical Christmas experience.
Tania Pramschufer, event organiser and founder of Hand Up Events, said: “It really means a lot being invited to Dundee – not only is it the first Fair Trade City in Scotland, it is also our tenth anniversary and we could not wish for a better location for our international exhibitors right in the heart of Dundee.
“We are still happily taking stall bookings, so very excited with the quality of Scottish as well fair trade and ethical products, providing a great Festive shopping experience.
“And we would also like to thank Dundee and hope the Festive fair will attract shoppers from near and far as they will have a chance to meet our local artisans and producers, as well as international exhibitors who will be travelling from across the world so that we can offer the widest collection of fair, ethical and local trade in the UK – under one Festive roof.”
Commenting on the Ethical Christmas Fair coming to Dundee Clare Fulton, Global Learning Adviser for One World Centre in Dundee, said: “This is an exciting time for Dundee with the ongoing development of the Waterfront Project, the anticipation of the opening of the V&A – and now the expected arrival for the first time of The Ethical Christmas Fair!
“Supporting fair trading, equality, social justice and sustainability, we at the One World Centre are thrilled that people will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of ethically sourced products in an appealing, Festive setting in our vibrant city and thus make their Christmas shopping extra special this year.”
Watch out for more information on stalls and launch news coming up!
For more event information and photos:
Tania Pramschufer, event organisers at Hand Up Events; firstname.lastname@example.org www.handupevents.co.uk 07914 254 334. Our twitter handle is @handupevents and we hope you can join us on twitter for both events.
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Fiona Stewart, PR consultant, Interwoven PR, E: email@example.com/M: +44 (0)7940560453
Notes to editors:
Hand Up Events is an Edinburgh-based events company that focuses on a positive social impact to everyone involved. Social responsibility means trying to ensure everyone benefits, from our suppliers, our exhibitors, our customers and that our ethos remains at the fore of whatever we do.
We particularly aim to support people through trade, not aid.
We are connected with international exhibitors across the globe and seek to continue developing these lifelong relationships.
This year Hand Up Events has run Fairtrade & Ethical on the Fringe; Castle Street Summer Fair and at Princes Mall too. 2017 will see an exciting line-up of events for Hand Up Events.
Some back stories from our international exhibitors
Elaine Lowe, from Blue Llama, is attending for the first year from Peru, working with small, family-run workshops, thus ensuring Fairtrade standards are met, and at the same time empowering these artisans and their families. Creating sustainable, ethical, beautiful textiles. Their objective is to combine natural materials, such as alpaca, wool, and cotton, using traditional artisan techniques along with creative, contemporary design.
Doorstep International, represented by Dorothy Taro, from Kenya, who has been attending since 2009 with handcrafted woven baskets, original artworks, traditional soap stone animals and bags. Profits and products supporting women within her community who have lost children through HIV.
Sanyo Crafts, represented by Sarah Ngechu also from Kenya, an university lecturer who gained her qualifications at Napier many years ago. Sarah provides food and education for 14 children she has adopted but runs a daily rota for them to sleep with locals as her own, two-bedroom home not big enough. However, since she has been coming to our events since 2008, some of the income from sales of her products has bought a piece of land back and now she has set her heart on raising more funds to build a warm home for all of them, brick by brick. Sarah brings with her arts and crafts made from sand stone, soap stone, bone, wood and clay.
Chipo Mutena Mdaitzaida travels from Zambia. Recently, she has gained recognition for her work and promoting Zambia in Edinburgh by the Zambian president, as well high commissioner. She sources hand-painted batiks, hand woven shawls and scarfs and many other traditionally-handcrafted gifts that are mostly sourced from cooperatives support women out of poverty through trade.
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