Media Release: Fair Trade Fiesta announces world music line-up to coincide with World Fair Trade Day 2017

Fiesta Parade

Celebrating Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation on World Fair Trade Day

THIS year’s Fair Trade Fiesta 2017 announces the band and musician line-up, today, as they gear up for another lively, colourful and exciting concert and vibrant carnival parade this May, Saturday 13.

Hosted by presenter and Fair Trade ambassador, Gail Porter, the free concert will showcase world music and dance with Scottish, African fusion, Latin and Gospel rhythms – led by popular headline act, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

The president of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), Rudi Dalvai, along with other high-profile speakers, will reflect on their personal experiences and call for actions to lead to fairer, more sustainable trade in developing countries.

Supporting the events Rudi Dalvai, President of the WFTO, said: “I am delighted to be coming to Scotland for World Trade Fair Day.

“The Fairtrade movement has been launched more than half a century ago by people with strong social responsibility towards the weaker in the supply chain of international trade.

“At that time, there was still a low level of public awareness about the exploitation of small farmers and workforces in developing countries producing products for our daily consumption.

“Despite this, Fair Trade has become a success story, although the exploitation continues in many parts of the world.

“Today, consumers have the possibility to choose products with the guarantee that they are socially and environmentally clean. And now Fair Trade has also become fashionable. There is no excuse anymore!!”

The two Fair Trade events taking place over the course of the weekend will be celebrating and highlighting Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation on World Fair Trade Day involving people of all ages and backgrounds.

The aim of this event to raise more awareness on the Fair Trade movement through a vivid and vibrant parade and an engaging free concert – with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers headlining and over 200 musicians and performers taking part to support this event; including: Cantara, Martin Aelred, Edinburgh Got Soul, Leanne & the Radix, Glasgow Gospel Choir, Pulse of the Place, Davidson Mains Pipe Band, One Tribe and Zuba.

Commenting on the events, presenter and host, Gail Porter, said: ”I am immensely proud of being part of the Fair Trade movement for many years. World Fair Trade day unites us with Fair Trade producers globally and I am thrilled to be part of the weekend’s events celebrating Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation on May 12 and 13 in Edinburgh.”

Following on from the success of the 2014 Fair Trade Fiesta, director of Hand Up Events, Tania Pramschufer, commented: “Fair Trade Fiesta is a brilliant celebration for Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation, working with schools, local youth enterprises, charities, fair trade organisations and interfaith groups.

“At the last Fiesta, we estimated 4,000 people attended the concert throughout the day and on the street to watch the parade.

“It is a lively family event with music and dance from all over the world and this year the message is a human chain and how we are all connected.”

“In addition, we have our ‘fashionABLE’ show promoting diversity and inclusivity on the catwalk, with fair trade, upcycled and Scottish collections, running at Waverley Station on Friday 12 May, on the eve of Fair Trade Fiesta, so lots of great opportunity to really get involved during the weekend.”

The Fair Trade Fiesta will start with a vibrant carnival style parade on the streets of Edinburgh from The City Chambers right in the heart of The Royal Mile down to Princes Street Gardens via The Mound.

Schools, universities, interfaith groups, organisations, businesses, unions, youth and community groups, and individuals all welcome to help provide colourful energy to this parade.

The parade will then become part of a wider range of performers, from pipe bands, samba bands to a lively Scottish ceilidh vibe, then African dance, Zumba, soul, music, and dance will provide five hours of entertainment at this free Fair Trade concert, ensuring an enjoyable and engaging experience for all.

There will also be Fair Trade information, food and drinks stalls.

Starts 1pm: City Chambers: Fair Trade Fiesta Carnival Parade
2pm – 7pm: The Ross Band Stand. Princes Street Gardens: Fair Trade Concert
Saturday, 13th of May 2017


Notes to editors:

Fair Trade Fiesta is being organised by Team Fair Trade Fiesta, a voluntary group and part of Edinburgh-based Hand Up Events, one of the UK’s leading ethical events companies that exists to platform and promote fair and ethical trade to mainstream.

If you would like to join the Fair Trade Fiesta events team, please be in touch, we welcome new members.

The event is completely non-for profit and will be funded through sponsors, donations and profit from food and drinks at the event.

We welcome support from donations and sponsors

For more information about this event, becoming a sponsor or to make a donation, please email M: 07914 254 334

For further press information, contact:

Fiona Stewart, PR consultant, Interwoven PR
M: 07940560453

You can view the last Fair Trade Fiesta film here

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Take Positive Action

  • We invite you to take part in the parade from The City Chambers, Edinburgh. Come and be part of this amazing people lead revolution that has transformed Scotland into a Fair Trade Nation, then to the FREE concert at The Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens from 2pm….
  • Sign up to join the Fiesta Carnival Parade, schools, colleges, faith groups, community groups, musicians, fair trade supporters
  • Sign up to become a volunteer at the Fiesta Carnival Parade and or concert
  • Spread the word about Fair Trade Fiesta to your friends, work colleagues, neighbours and family.
  • Add your name/organisation/business, as a supporter of Fair Trade Fiesta

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