The perfect antidote to Black Friday returns to Bristol on Saturday.
Creativity, culture and independent traders will take centre stage for a global movement that aims to support good causes and have a positive social impact.
Bristol became the first city in England to launch Fair Saturday in 2018 and, following on from the success of the inaugural day, the event returns on Saturday, November 30.
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Supporting the movement, deputy mayor 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.”
A global creative response to Black Friday, Fair Saturday was first started in Bilbao, Spain, with an ambitious aim 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.
Jordi Albareda Ureta, founder and organiser of Fair Saturday, said: “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.”
From Earth-friendly festivities in We The Curious to an exhibition in Lockleaze, there are events across the city.
The full Fair Saturday programme is available via www.fairsaturday.org/en/fair-saturday-bristol.