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This November Bristol becomes first English city to host Fair Saturday

8th November 2018

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On 23rd / 24th November Bristol will become the first English city to host Fair Saturday; a global movement that responds positively to Black Friday, the world’s biggest shopping day, through music, art, creativity  and fun.

Bristol will join with hundreds of cities across the world, delivering a day where people are invited to sing, shout, create and reflect on what it means to be a fair society.

More than 25 venues, organisations, businesses, causes, artists and performers have registered events for Bristol’s first Fair Saturday programme, which will take place in locations across the city. 

Each event brings together arts and local charities, sharing the message of the essential work local cultural and social charities do, and raising funds for these through donations, percentage of ticket sales and sponsorship.

The Fair Saturday Bristol programme opens on Friday 23 November with Paraorchestra & Friends delivering a ground breaking musical experience inspired by electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk. The orchestra will perform at the Marble Factory, using Kraftwerk’s iconic 70s album ‘Trans-Europe Express’ as the starting point for a thrilling symphonic trip.

Charles Hazlewood, Artistic Director for Paraorchestra & Friends – “We’re thrilled to be launching Fair Saturday with kraftwerk re:werk at the Marble Factory. We share unequivocally Fair Saturday’s determination to make positive social impact. The British Paraorchestra is a unique band of professional disabled musicians; it levels the playing field, catalyses long-lasting change within the music industry, and lays down a new vision for the 21st century orchestra.”

The Paraorchestra event is being delivered in partnership with Colston Hall as part of the Colston Presents season. Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, said: "Any opportunity to work with our Artistic Associates the Paraorchestra & Friends is a welcome one - but particularly in the context of Fair Saturday. As arts charities and organisations dedicated to sharing the joy and the brilliance of live music with all, bringing this special collaboration to the stage as part of a festival which celebrates cultural and social engagement is perfect. And we couldn't resist the chance to have an orchestra interpreting Kraftwerk in the unconventional environment of The Marble Factory."

The performance opens a heart-warming programme of Fair Saturday Bristol activities, large and small, taking place in venues and locations across the city, including museums, markets, cafes and cultural venues. All will involve social causes collaborating with, or representing the rights of refugees, homeless and other minorities. All events are listed and located on the Fair Saturday app which can be downloaded to your phone as a Fair Saturday trail across the city. Printed trail maps will also be available from Fair Saturday hubs: Colston Foyer, Spike Island, Central Library, Vestibules at City Hall, and Hamilton House.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am delighted to be the first city in England to host Fair Saturday. Generating a positive social impact sits at the heart of all that we do; whether it’s delivering day to day services, commissioning work in other parts of the city or forging partnerships with organisations in or outside of Bristol. Fair Saturday is, in a nutshell, that ambition to make things better encapsulated in a cultural event that everyone will have a chance to be a part of.

Find out about the Fair Saturday programme for Bristol and other global cities here:

Download the Fair Saturday app HERE

Want to get involved in Fair Saturday now or in the future? Contact Bristol City Council Arts and Events team or Fair Saturday international

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