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Eco fashion champion Safia Minney to discuss ethical careers in fashion at the Festival of Thrift


Sep 10, 2016

The founder and director of pioneering Fair Trade fashion label, People Tree, Safia Minney MBE FRSA is to visit the Festival of Thrift to highlight the issue of ethical careers in the fashion industry in an event aimed at youngsters who see their future in fashion.

A leading social entrepreneur, whose mission is to provide customers with beautiful clothes that provide livelihoods and economic independence for producers and protect the environment, Safia Minney will discuss the challenges young people face in making decisions about working in the industry.

She will share her views on the best ways forward to a fair future in conversation with designer Wayne Hemingway MBE of Hemingway Design, co-founder of the Festival of Thrift, who set up and sold fashion label Red or Dead, in one of the Big Talks at the event at 12.30-1.30 on Sunday 18 September in the Lawn area of the site at Kirkleatham, near Redcar.

The hugely popular Festival of Thrift is now in its fourth year and Festival director Stella Hall said that Safia’s talk ties in with an increased focus on young people at this year’s event.

“Safia’s talk with Wayne is a must-see event for young people thinking about working in fashion as well as a thought-provoking reminder for those already in the industry and indeed every dedicated follower of fashion.

“In addition to Safia’s talk, Teesside University are at the Festival to highlight their fashion enterprise course which focuses on business awareness and employability as well as design and current students will be showcasing their skills as will CCAD millinery students to inspire other young people thinking of a similar career path.”

Youngsters training for a career in the food industry will also play a key role in the preparation of one of the highlights of the food programme at the Festival this year as apprentice chefs work under the expert tutelage of established chefs at the Redcar Town is the menu event

In addition, young musicians from Tuned In Redcar are being given the opportunity to show their promise as part of the programme of live music at the event.

The Festival, which runs from 10 to 5 on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September, offers a packed programme of over 140 things to see and do including food to buy, make and eat; entertainment to enjoy by a wide range of performance artists; live music; cutting-edge art installations; workshops to take part in; Oxfam’s Oxglam fashion show and a diverse range of arts and craft stalls.

The full programme is available to download at: http://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/programme/


Diary date listing and event details

Event: Festival of Thrift

Date: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2016

Place: Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, Redcar, North East TS10 5NW

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free event. Parking £5 per car. £2 per motorcycle.

Details: www.festivalofthrift.co.uk , Twitter @Thriftfest , Facebook @festivalofthrift

By Emily