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Fair Saturday

On Saturday 30 November 2019, the day after Black Friday, Bristol will again join a growing number of cities across the world as part of the Fair Saturday movement.

As an artist or organisation involved, or who expressed interest in Bristol’s first Fair Saturday in November 2018, we are writing to invite you to be part of Fair Saturday 2019, alongside more than 130 cities across the globe.

What is it?
Fair Saturday is a global movement which began as a grass roots idea in Bilbao, Spain in 2014 and has now spread to more than 120 cities world-wide. It is an open call to artists, performers and social causes to sing, shout, create and reflect on what it means to be a fair society. All events raise awareness of, and support cultural and social causes and their power for social good.

‘Fair Saturday considers there are two essential elements to build fairer and more developed societies: culture and empathy’.  Jordi Albareda, Fair Saturday Founder

Bristol became the first Fair Saturday city in England in November 2018, through a partnership between Fair Saturday Foundation, Bilbao and Bristol City Council.

Thanks to the involvement of many of you our first Bristol Fair Saturday resulted in 40 events across the city involving nearly 600 artists and performers, raising £14k for charities and social causes and attracting 8,794 visitors and participants.

Events ranged from a single performer in a Unitarian Chapel to choirs singing in museums and markets, creative workshops in arts spaces and cafes, to an orchestra performing in a nightclub.

This year on Saturday 30th November we are doing it again and we would love you to join us. We want to make Fair Saturday even bigger and better, joining in with many new cities from across the world who are taking part this year, including Cardiff as the first Fair Saturday city in Wales.

How to get involved?
Fair Saturday is open to anyone to register and hold an event, large or small, that brings together arts, culture and charities or social causes. This might be a choir singing for a local charity, or an arts organisation performing and sharing the message of its own charitable work, and the social impact this makes.

You can register your event on the Fair Saturday website:

Deadline for registration: Friday 18 Oct 2019
Many of you will have winter programmes and plans already in place but there are a range of ways you can be involved:

  • Simply register an event or arts activity already planned for 30 November to Fair Saturday’s programme. It just needs to connect with the Fair Saturday ethos of culture and a social cause.
  • Devise a new event in partnership with a charity or social cause especially for Fair Saturday.
  • Offer your venue for Fair Saturday artists or performers that do not have a space to hold their event
  • Choir or singing group? Made in Bristol Fair, held in the Colston Hall Atrium have offered to host choirs to sing and raise funds for a charity of your choice through donations. Contact the Bristol team below to find out more.

All events registered will be featured on the online programme and the downloadable app.

How we can help    
For on the ground support and advice about your idea or event, charities to connect with, or spaces and potential partners, contact the Bristol City Council Fair Saturday team:

For support and advice about the Fair Saturday internationally, and the Fair Saturday Foundation, contact Marina or Ane at Fair Saturday Foundation: or

By participating in Fair Saturday you are joining a global movement which aims to do nothing less than change the world. We realise this is an ambitious aim, but with your help we know we can do it.

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