This November, Cardiff will host its first Fair Saturday day (30th Nov), a global cultural movement celebrating the power of arts and culture to affect change.
Cardiff will join a global network of 180 cities worldwide which collectively will host over 1,200 public events.
Events can be large or small, and anyone can host events. The only condition is that each event supports a social cause.
The movement positively responds to the global consumerism of Black Friday. Through bringing people together to support social and community causes, Fair Saturday celebrates the power of empathy and reflects on what it means to live in our society.
Cardiff has now joined Bristol and Scotland in the UK to host this unique festival of events.
The Fair Saturday movement was founded in Spain’s Basque country in 2014 by Jordi Albareda Ureta and since Fair Saturday has spread across the globe – from Lima to Helsinki.
The Fair Saturday Foundation encourages individuals and organisations to choose a social cause to focus on, whether that’s raising money at events or giving charities a platform to let people know about their cause.
Fair Saturday Cardiff is run by a steering group of organisations and individuals – led by Cardiff City Council, No Fit State and British Council Wales.
The day will bring artists, theatre, dance groups, and choirs from across the city to host events – anything from a one-man band, to a BIG SING collective choir.
However small or large the event idea, Fair Saturday Cardiff is encouraging you to get involved and promote the power to create change through arts and culture.
Councillor Huw Thomas – Leader of Cardiff Council said: ‘I am delighted that Cardiff is joining the Fair Saturday initiative. In Cardiff, we feel passionately about community, and about culture, and Fair Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate both, by being part of this fast growing global network we will help shine a light on the thriving cultural sector in the city and will encourage more people to get involved in activities across Cardiff.’
Rebecca Gould – Head of Arts, British Council Wales said:
‘Imagine Black Friday, but the currency is empathy. Fair Saturday Cardiff is about bringing the city together to celebrate the power that arts, culture and heritage within our communities. We want this to be a day where we can acknowledge the power we have as a collective to create change through action’
Alison Woods – Director of No Fit State circus said:
“Fair Saturday is our day to celebrate the power of the arts to change the world and our communities. We are coming together to celebrate all the voices of Cardiff, the power of empathy, our collective cultural strength, and join with other Fair Saturday cities around the world. On November 30th we celebrate everything we are and aspire to be within a global movement for change”.