With high class shopping, eating and drinking spaces nearby, topped up with an outstanding view to the Edinburgh Castle – CASTLE STREET is surely one of our favourite buzzing and busy locations for a wide variety of fairs and markets we organise.
It was surely a fantastic as well as a busy year in 2018, with our events starting early spring, all the way to the Christmas time. This new year will be no different, and now is a perfect time to plan ahead and mark the freshly confirmed dates down. Please note that late autumn and winter dates will also be confirmed soon.
22 - 28 April - Castle Street Easter Fair Hand Up Events (HUE)
13 - 19 May Castle Street Spring Fair (LocalMotive Markets, HUE sister company)
3 - 9 June Castle Street Summer Fair (Running since 2016) Hand Up Events
22 - 28 July Jazz Festival Fair returning for the 3rd year (LocalMotive Markets)
12 - 18 August Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe (Running since 2008) Hand Up Events
2 - 8 September - Castle Street Autumn Fair (LocalMotive Markets)
* NOTE, we welcome applications for food and drinks but no hot food allowed.
For more information please contact Tania Praschufer firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to hear from you and welcome you as a trader or a shopper, or maybe both?! Please spread the word!
Just about a month ago Ethical and Scottish Christmas Fair had its doors open for the last couple of days for some last minute quality shopping.. and then the long awaited Christmas time.. Indeed the most wonderful time of the year!
Ethical and Scottish Christmas Fair has been taking place for 12 years, 3 of which in Dundee for between 2 to 3 weeks, giving locals as well visitors enouch time to enjoy shopping as well as delicious food and drinks at the venue.
On behalf of Hand Up Events and its sister company LocalMotive Markets, as well all our wonderful local and international traders, we would like to THANK YOU all for visiting and supporting this wonderful event.
Please check out some of the pictures below and stay tuned for this year's Ethical and Scottish Christmas Fair plans - dates and venue to be confirmed.
Christmas Events in Dundee City Square and in Castle Street, Edinburgh. Welcoming the world to Scotland!!
The Ethical & International Christmas Fair is celebrating the twelfth year in 2018 and the third year in City Square Dundee. Working with our sister company LocalMotive Markets, this is the UK's flagship ethical Christmas event that brings exhibitors and products from right across the globe to Scotland, from as far Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, Chile, Cambodia, Malawi, South Africa, India and from as close Dundee, Angus and Fife as well from around the UK. This event celebrating diversity and inclusivity as well fair trade, ethical and local trade, supporting and platforming independent makers and designers and offering something very special for shoppers to enjoy. Visit last years event by clicking here to see this very festive and beautiful marquee Christmas event in action.
Dundee is the place to be in 2018, with the City buzzing with the opening of the much anticipated V & A Museum, station and huge investment to the waterfront. Already hotels filling up fast for Christmas.
In the heart of central Edinburgh, Castle Street, between Princes Street and Rose Street is the most incredible location for shopping. This year working with our sister company, LocalMotive Markets, we bring two fantastic Christmas events to the Capital on Castle Street 19 - 25 November and 10 - 16 December Filled with a wonderful range of gifts, food and drinks, these two vibrant markets are a perfect place to seek out gifts that perfectly compliment the high street stores. Beautiful handcrafted gifts, independent makers and designers, supporting local as well ethical organisations and businesses.
TEAM fashionABLE is back on the runway for yet another inspiring fashion show, taking place on the 8th of November at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. This event is organised by Hand Up Events sister company Local Motive Markets with an aim to platform and promote diversity, integrity and inclusion in the fashion industry, as well as society through exciting fashion. FashionABLE this autumn will be focusing on Year of Youth, led by and for young people, but no matter your age you are welcome to be in touch! This is a non for profit event.
Covered by STV, BBC and Edinburgh Evening news, fashionABLE was launched in September 2016 - highlighting that diversity in life does not mean exclusion from the catwalk - as people of all ages, shapes, cultures, abilities and/or disabilities took part in the show and were received by large enthusiastic crowds.
After two successful events https://ethical.tv/2017/11/07/fashionable-2017-waverley-station/ both held in a Edinburgh Waverley Station, this year’s fashion show will take place in the iconic Scottish Parliament, that has been chosen to raise awareness and celebrate Year or Youth, as well Global Citizenship and Global Learning.
Participating in this event will provide young people with all levels of abilities and disabilities with something very positive to be involved. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to be fully ingrained within this whole project, from the initial planning stages to the very delivery of the event -with all its aspects on the day (organising team, runway and decoration team, music & dance team, and/or modelling etc.).
This is an event that supports education, acceptance and equality, where young people will be at the heart of it all.
Please join and spread the word on this year’s fashionABLE platforming ‘empowerment’ and ‘global citizenship’ by young people and for young people.
Join us for this year's fashionABLE “YEAR OF YOUTH” Show on 8 November taking place at The Scottish Parliament, during Inclusive Fashion Week 4 to 11 November. We are now inviting young people to join us behind the scenes, to help organise this year's celebratory fashionABLE Show which will platform “Empowerment” & “Global Citizenship” by young people for young people. For information or application send us an email by clicking the button below.
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.