“We are living times of complexity and uncertainty”
We are living times of complexity and uncertainty. Everything seems to go faster. The short term rises above the serene vision of the long term. The strong desire of “having” instead of the profound aspiration of “being”. The growing concern about what is ours instead of the empathy with the most vulnerable, no matter their origin.
“We need to rethink the way we are building our future”
We need to rethink the way we are building our future. For that we consider there are two essential elements to build fairer and more developed societies: culture and empathy. These are the two ingredients that dignify us and that contribute to humanised development based on science’s progress. What we basically define as a better world.
Fair Saturday is a small idea that wishes to contribute to this. Aiming nothing less than to make people think, to generate a positive impact through culture and through the people’s need to be responsible for the creation of a better world.
“Fair Saturday, a global cultural movement with a positive social impact”
Specifically, Fair Saturday is a global mobilisation that aims to create a positive social impact every last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday, the greatest expression of consumerism. Artists and cultural organisations from all over the world get together in a global festival following just one requirement: to support a social cause of their choice through their show. How?
- Showing how proud they are of the work they do.
- Helping them spread their message through their communication channels and giving them some time before the show to share it with the audience.
- Generating funds for the chosen project by freely and voluntarily donating part of the value generated in the event (tickets, donations, etc.).
“Many artists, cultural organisations and social projects are joining from all around the world”
Since 2014, there are hundreds of artists, cultural organisations and social projects who have joined the movement.
In 2017, around 600 shows took place in 114 cities, gathering more than 100,000 attendees and generating around 189,000 Euros for social causes.
There are already several cities and territories from all around the world that are delivering Fair Saturday the last week end of November. And we hope, or better said, we will work to have more cities join in the future.
Fair Saturday is definitely a positive initiative, independent, apolitical and respectful of the human rights, that aims to create a global cultural movement with a positive impact in society every last Saturday of November.
A day. Culture. Change. Do you want to join us?
Fair Saturday, a day to improve the world through arts and culture.
Fair Saturday by Antonio Garrigues Walker
The idea is good and profound and positive and joyful. It is an appropriate idea for young people and for those who feel their mind is young. And those are the ones who set it in motion. This is about discovering the value, the importance and the grace of culture and connecting it with the immense desire for culture of a society that want to be responsible.
Black Friday has its thing and its how and its reason for being. It has managed the consumption’s vertigo to perfection, manipulating it with an impressive and overwhelming efficacy. It holds its place with a slight – very slight – effort. It leads an unstoppable flow and most of the times it achieves to confuse what we have with what we are. This absurd fever is also part of the human being.
The Fair Saturday movement wants to do just as much in its own way, with other objectives. It wants to take on the world of feelings, of sensations, of ideas, of hope and of some specific dreams that cannot be tackled down or put aside. And for that, the path is quite simple. To fill for one day our venues and every corner of the cities that need to breathe and feed on new winds with cultural activities.
Every last Saturday of November we will have the right to dream together. Choirs, street artists, music bands, theatres, museums, painters, storytellers, poets, sopranos, photographers, dancers, dance schools,… amateur and professional, private and public, from here and there, young and veteran. They will start marching and they will be unstoppable. Artists and cultural organisations from all around the world performing the same day and supporting the social causes they chose. Many things will burst and this will be a sign, maybe definite, that it is possible, definitely possible, to tackle vulgarity, the narrow-mindedness, the greediness, the routine, the stupidity.
Fair Saturday will end up being a brilliant example of how culture is the only solution to dignify the democracy, to generate real wealth and to be able to aspire to a humane future. And the young people and those who feel their minds are young will have won what seemed in the beginning of the adventure – as in every worthy adventure – absolutely impossible.