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Glasgow festival to celebrate all things 'ethical'

LET'S GET ETHICAL: The Only Way is Ethics festival in Scotland will conclude with a two-day celebration of veganism

GLASGOW WILL host a new festival at the end of the year, celebrating all things ethical.

Comprising of a number of ethical, fairtrade and organic enterprises in the region, The Only Way Is Ethics, will culminate in a two-day celebration of veganism with the first ever Vegfest Scotland arriving at the SECC on December 5-6th.

Both events will feature stalls from vegan food, clothing and gift producers, charities and campaign groups as well as celebrity speakers and entertainers.

Craig Tannock, organiser of the week-long festival in December 2015, said: "It is not just a vegan event but about using all sorts of entertainment and media to celebrate ethical choices.

"From the Monday to Friday, there will be a city-wide programme involving anything that celebrates the theme."

This will include art, music, cinema, schools and workshop events, with everyone from businesses, campaigning groups, charities, the general public and political organisations being invited to take part.

Tannock, who owns four vegan food and entertainment venues in Glasgow, added: "Since we started organising this, we have had the referendum and, whatever side of the debate you were on, Scotland has changed, the UK has changed.

"I have never experienced such a level of engagement, so this is very timely as people have realised they can influence things just by having conversations and have become far more aware of ecological and ethical issues as well as about what they eat."

The organiser holds regular vegan fairs but he pointed out that The Only Way Is Ethics was only made possible once Vegfest confirmed its involvement, reported the BBC.

Since Vegfest launched in Bristol 12 years ago, it has become the flagship vegan festival in the UK and has helped local groups set up their own fairs around England.

This joint venture is a result of months of planning and the Vegfest organisers have said they are "thrilled to be able to announce an event of this scale".

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