Fair Saturday launches in Bristol: PWH 7017-2- Be Fair Letters Bristol City Council - Peter Hall

27 Nov 2019

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Fair Saturday launches in Bristol

City plays role in global response to Black Friday

This Saturday sees the return of Fair Saturday to venues across Bristol. The event is being launched by the team behind it and the Bristol’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Craig Cheney today along with some giant letters which will spell out BE FAIR. After the launch the letters will be taken to six different Fair Saturday locations to be decorated during the day, then will be brought back together for the closing event at Illustrate.

Fair Saturday is a global creative response to Black Friday - it takes place the day after –which aims to create a positive social impact across the world. Artists, performers and cultural organisations will be coming together to showcase their talents while raising awareness of, and supporting, a cause of their choice.

Fair Saturday is an open call to Bristol artists, performers, communities and social causes to get involved and reflect on what it means to be a fair society.

Events will take place from Lockleaze to Filwood and everywhere in between. The day will kick off with the Fair Saturday Breakfast hosted by 91 Ways to Build a Global City and the rest of the lineup so far includes;

  • 10 – 11 Sound-Bath with SØNDER singers in the Glass Studio, St George’s supporting Many Minds
  • 10 – 5 Made in Bristol Fair with live performances from the Factory choir and Tan Teddy in support of Caring in Bristol
  • 11 – 1 Pop up poetry with Misfits and The Poetry Machine alongside the Fair Saturday Breakfast at the Station
  • 12 – 4.30 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone free outdoor screening, We the Curious, Millennium Square
  • 3 – 6 Street Art shop shutter tour and stencilling workshop at Lockleaze Hub

The full Fair Saturday programme is available online here: https://fairsaturday.org/en/ and can be also be downloaded as a free app through your phone’s app store.

Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Craig Cheney said “Bristol has always strived to be a fair city. We’re also forward-thinking, diverse and creative, so Fair Saturday is the perfect opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the many talents within the city. The focus of Fair Saturday is the balance between culture and commerce, promoting cultural activity and empathy as a balance to global commerce.

 “I also want to pay tribute to the many small and independent traders operating in our city, some of whom will be participating and supporting good causes for Fair Saturday. Small businesses in the form of stall holders, shops, street food producers and concession holders are a vital part of our economy and street scene. They form part of what’s uniquely ‘Bristol’ – our culture and style”.

Jordi Albareda Ureta, founder and organiser of Fair Saturday, said: “Five years ago in Bilbao, the Bay of Biscay, a simple idea was born. What if the day that follows Black Friday, a mobilisation of arts and culture took place, supporting at the same time different social causes? Fair Saturday aims to change the focus on ‘having’ to one where people reflect on the value of being and giving, though arts and culture.  Arts and culture can help create richer, more diverse societies and connect communities in a way the likes of Black Friday cannot.

“I’m delighted that Bristol has decided once again to participate and the city can look forward to some amazing, inspiring performances come 30 November.”

Last year Bristol was the first city in England to take part in Fair Saturday: the only ‘Official Fair Saturday City’ in England. This year Bristol will be joined by, and collaborating with, neighbouring Cardiff, the first Official City in Wales to take part, along with 180 other cities across the globe.