This year is another big year for Hand Up Events, that we are a social action business and so happy to be working in the ethical market place, where everyone pretty much supports each other. Not in an annoying way but in the way that the main objective of your work is to help and support others. Maybe it is the feel good factor too but is about knowing and feeling empowered to make small changes to help and support others and at the same time is a mutual benefit. But in essence it is about respect for humanity. People are looking for equality and Fair Trade at least addresses the need for people to trade, not aid. We are very excited that World Fair Trade Tartan developing sustainable global connections around the globe and that our events continue to develop with great people around us. More information soon, check out more information about the tartan journey on World Fair Trade Tartan tab.
New York, New York
On April 7 World Fair Trade Tartan Clan will be participating in NYC Tartan Week, this is such a huge honour for the tartan that has been gifted to World Fair Trade Organisations around the globe, to weave the tartan and make in accessories with 100% financial benefit. The tartan is also woven here in Scotland by House of Edgar, that with over 200 years heritage, they are a wonderful weaving company and with a robust ethical as well ethical policy which suits the ethos for the tartan.
You are welcome to be in touch if you would like to connect with in NYC!!
Castle Street Summer Fairs
We have a wonderful line up of events on Castle Street, Edinburgh with our sister company LocalMotive Markets. From May through to September and dates and more information on Castle Street Summer Fairs tab.
The Ethical & Scottish Christmas Fair
For the twelve year, this wonderful and unique event that attracts exhibitors from around the globe as well a platform for local makers and designers as well foodies is taking place in Dundee City Square from 1 - 22 December, again in a giant decorated, festive and heated marquee and will be filled with over 40 stalls selling a wonderful range of gifts, food and drinks. More news to follow but you can visit last years opening by clicking here
We are also working with our sister company localMotive Markets on the net fashionABLE event, this year focusing Year of Youth. This events supports and platforms inclusivity, diversity and integrity and working with top industry experts provides participants as well attendees a wonderful and meaningful experience. You might like to visit last years event here
This event in it's eleventh year is taking place in Dundee City Square in a warm, carpeted and decorated marquee in the centre of Dundee, in Dundee City Square from 4 - 23 December. With an abundance of Scottish, local, fair trade ethical gifts, a unique shopping experience unparalleled in the UK, with exhibitors from right across Scotland and as far India, Peru, Kenya and Zambia. With a great range of exhibitors that include: Eden Mill Gin, The White Goose Restaurant, Gecko Galleries, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Braw Taste, Damn Fine Cheese, Kilted Fudge Company, Pieroth Wines, Eclectic Shock, Isobel Jewellery Design, Hybrid, After the Rain, Blue Lama Shop, Dorostel International, Sanyo Crafts, RSPB, The Woodland Trust, Me to You, Lumina Jewellery, Celtic Hart, ACTSA, Clootie Dumpling, Fair Trade Scotland............ and many more
The opening hours 10am - 6pm, 11am - 5pm Sunday and located in Dundee City Square......
World Fair Trade Day 2017 was a big time for Hand Up Events, that we had organised a fashion show, a carnival parade and a five hour world music concert with around 200 performers to support World Fair Trade Day. We had such a great weekend and made so special with the participation of Rudi Dalvai, President WFTO who attended from Italy with his lovely wife Lorena as well International Minister for Scotland Dr. Alasdair Allan who came from Isle of Lewis and with well known presenter and Fair Trade ambassador Gail Porter presenting the events.
The most wonderful moment of the weekend though was the launch of World Fair Trade Tartan, thatHand Up Events has gifted to World Fair Trade Organisation members across the globe to weave and to then make into a catalogue of products, from scarves, to jackets, purses and bags, pencil cases to waistcoats, head accessories and wash bags. The tartan was originally Fair Trade Tartan but that we decided after a lot of thought to change to World Fair Trade Tartan as the tartan created and inspired by World Fair Trade Organisation 10 principles and the arts and crafts WFTO members across the globe.
Following the weekend, Eve Broadis from Fair Trade Scotland, a WFTO member for Scotland brought a sample of the woven tartan made by House of Edgar to Cambodia to Villageworks, a WFTO member to see if they could replicate the tartan on a loom. Well the excitement has been hard to contain as we received images and videos this week to show the tartan has been reproduced on a six button handloom and so now the tartan is has become a World Fair Trade Tartan product and from here will be made u into a range of products. 100% WFTO and 100% profits to WFTO members.
Photo with Anak Norm, Director Villageworks in Cambodia with the first tartan tartan just off the loom.
Hand Up Events are delighted to bring news about The Dundee Scottish & Ethical Christmas Fair, taking place in the heart of Dundee in City Square from 3 - 18 December. The Dundee Christmas Fair will be filled with beautiful arts and crafts from around the globe as well from across Scotland, taking place in a giant marquee, decorated providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for shoppers to enjoy.
Celebrating this events 10th anniversary, this event is moving to Dundee, Scotland's first Fairtrade City and that offers a real magical Christmas for shoppers to enjoy.
With exhibitors from across Scotland as well fair trade & ethical exhibitors and organisations coming as far Zambia, India, Kenya, Peru and US, The Dundee Scottish & Ethical Christmas Fair will have the most beautiful and unique Christmas offering anywhere in Scotland, with around 50 stalls selling everything from homewares, soaps, candles, toys, wood crafts, ceramics, fashion and acquisitors, jewellery, food and drinks as well a wonderful warming hot food and mulled cider offering to keep everyone toastie.
Dundee City Square, located right on the high street is a high footfall location and filled with festive activities for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you Dundee, we look forward to being with you soon for a festive fair that offers shoppers a compliment to the great high street shops.
For interested exhibitors please email here
Hand Up Events are delighted, excited and honoured that for the 10th anniversary of The Ethical Christmas Fair, we are in Dundee City Square, in the heart of Dundee's festive shopping and with thousands of shoppers who will experience The Ethical Christmas Fair for the very first time. With international exhibitors as well more local fair trade, ethically sourced and locally made arts and crafts, that this event is providing Dundonians as well visitors a unique shopping experience that brings together people and products from across the globe and supports so many communities through trade at this event.
Dundee is already a great Christmas shopping location and with Overgate just minutes away and the High Street filled with great shops, that this year shoppers will have an even greater choice of products with the addition of The Ethical Christmas Fair from 3rd - 18th December from 10am - 7pm daily.
The Ethical Christmas Fair will have surprise visits from Green Santa, provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere as located inside a large marquee as well provide some food and Thistly Cross mulled cider sustenance.
At weekends there will be kids activities that will include card making, face painting and gift making....... a well yo can make a visit to Green Santa Grotto for children of all ages to enjoy being part of an ethical Christmas experience.
Meet International exhibitors who will be traveling from across the world with hand crafted products, handbags, bataks, jewellery, scarves, wooden and soapstone products, journals, food and drinks, candles and soaps, fashion, we have the widest collection of fair, ethical and local trade under one festive roof across the UK.