Scotland at “Artisans13”



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Scotland is to be the guest of honour at “Artisans 13”, an annual event organised by the Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône and the Chambre des Métiers et de l’Artisanat and taking place at the Hôtel du Département in Marseille on 13, 14 & 15 April.

The presence of the Scottish artisans’ delegation has been jointly arranged by the British Consulate in Marseille and the Mediterranean Anglo American Business Network (MAABN), the regional representative of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Since 2007, the Conseil Général has been supporting the MAABN as part of its economic policy aimed at promoting foreign investment in the Bouches-du-Rhône, encouraging new companies to set up in the département and enhancing its attractiveness.

A special MAABN Language Apero will be held on Friday 13 April from 5 to 7 pm. Admission is free and all MAABN members are invited to attend.

Focussing on the theme of “tradition and modernity”, 19 top Scottish artisans will be showcasing their know-how in the fields of design and cooking. The French public will also be able to sample Scottish culture with the Caulbums Ceilidh, who mix traditional music, dancing and singing.

French visitors will discover a host of original and talented Scottish artisans who combine tradition -through their choice of fabrics or materials- and modernity with their trendy creations.

The artisans include a milliner (Joyce Paton), a photographer (Liam Dickson), a women’s fashion designer (Alan Moore – Ten30), a hand-made-and-stitched jeans designer (Rabbie Denim), jewellery (Hannah Eccles), bags (Catherine Aitken – Brazen), recycled bicycles (Lee Muir – Recycled Cycle) and contemporary glass (Kimberley Armstrong & Lindsay Watson, Sugar Glass).

A hairdresser and make-up artist will showcase and offer her services to visitors (Beverly McColgan).

All creations will be worn or exhibited by a model throughout the three days (Heather McKay).

John Quigley, a famous Scottish chef will demonstrate his cooking talents at specific times during the event. Scottish breakfasts will be served every morning and Scottish products by Campbells Prime Meats will be available to take away.

The Caulbums Ceilidh, featuring the very talented singer Sylvia Barnes, virtuoso guitarist Sandy Stanage and champion Highland dancer Olivia Black, will warm the hearts of their Marseille audience with their unique blend of singing of the highest quality, the best of Scottish dance music and world championship standard Highland dancing and piping.

The public will also be able to visit the official stand, where the official guide Fraser Gordon, in traditional attire, the British Consulate and the M.A.A.B.N. will be delighted to present the modern and magnificent country of Scotland to you.

To find out more about the Scottish participants, visit their websites:

Alan Moore, Ten30 – :

Joyce Paton :

Robert Watson, Rabbie Denim :

Hannah Eccles, Brazen :

– Liam Dickson :

Catherine Aitken :

Lee Muir, Recycle Cycle :

Kimberley Armstrong & Lindsay Watson, Sugar Glass :

Beverly McColgan

Heather McKay :

John Quigley, Red Onion :

June Murdoch, Campbells Prime Meats :

The Caulbums Ceilidh :

  • Iain MacDonald: bagpipes; John Gahagan: fiddle / tin whistle; Fraser MacLellan: accordion; Sandy Stanage: guitar; Sylvia Barnes: vocals; Olivia Black: dance.

For the full event programme, click here

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 With special thanks to the students of the Lycée International Georges Duby for their help during the event.

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