FAQs about Fair Saturday

Fair Saturday is a global cultural movement with a positive cultural impact that takes place every last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday. Its aim is to generate a massive mobilisation of people in favour of arts and culture, to highlight their essential role in the construction of a better future. Fair Saturday is based on the open and participatory organisations of cultural activities of all kind. Each of which collaborate with a social cause the artists choose. You can find more information in the Fair Saturday tab

No. Fair Saturday is not against anything. It aims to positively respond to Black Friday and other initiatives which are trying to prioritise consumerism above all, “to have” instead of “to be” and to increase the lack of empathy with the most vulnerable

On Fair Saturday 2019, +850 events took place at 150 different places, with the participation of more than 10,500 artists in support of over 350 social projects.

Fair Saturday is a not-for-profit organisation registered in 2015. The Foundation’s income streams are mainly:

  • Partnerships with cities that wish to deliver the project in their territory
  • Brands that believe in the project and wish to be part of it
  • Public or private grants from organisations whose goals are similar to the ones of Fair Saturday

Fair Saturday 2020 will take place on Saturday 28 November. In Scotland, it will be held on 28-30 December, St. Andrews Fair Saturday.

Due to its open and participatory nature, Fair Saturday can take place in any city or venue in the world. The last edition was held in more than 150 venues, with 15 official hubs (hubs link). Since 2015, each edition has added new cities and official territories that wish to become global project leaders and offer their citizenry a day that is different, where culture and social empathy are the protagonists of their city.

At this time, the official locations for Fair Saturday 2020 are:

  • Bilbao
  • Bizcay
  • Scotland
  • Lisbon
  • Huelva

An official city promotes the organisation of the festival through its public institutions. Fair Saturday is in charge of developing the project throughout the year to ensure it is successful in the city and triggering each year a strong mobilisation in favour of arts, culture and social projects. Likewise, the city will be part of the international network of official cities of Fair Saturday.

Fair Saturday is a participatory festival that is based on the open organisation of cultural activities of all kind. Every artistic discipline. Amateur or professional. Public or private organisations. From anywhere around the world.

There is just one condition to take part. To support a social project.

Any. What is important here is to create. And to think that there are different ways to do things.

During the preceding weeks, the event will appear on the Fair Saturday poster worldwide, on both the website and Fair Saturday mobile phone app. This will make it easy for you to share the event with anyone you want. On the day that Fair Saturday is held, the event will need a place to share the programme with the audience (Link). If part of the profits are intended for a social project, a few minutes will have to be offered before the event for 1 representative of the social cause to explain the project that has been undertaken to the audience. In this edition of the festival, you can generate a social impact by choosing your own cultural project.

If you are an artist, cultural organization, have premises available to hold events or an artistic project and everything thought out, this is what you can do:

  • Organize an event on-site/online on Fair Saturday day in your city
  • Include an event/show that you have already programmed in the Fair Saturday programme by supporting a social project*
  • Include an event/show that you have recorded in the Fair Saturday app as a new contribution to this edition

If you have an idea but you don’t know how to make it happen, you have premises and are looking for artists that can use it or you have prepared an event but you don’t know where to perform, write us and we will try to help at:  info@fairsaturday.org

The shows that take part in Fair Saturday are produced autonomously. The Fair Saturday team will collaborate on the organisation of the event as much as possible and will give you support throughout the process

Fair Saturday does not ask for a commission to the events that take part of the movement. We only ask for transparency

Fair Saturday does not provide grant funding to create new events and instead provides a rallying call for existing or planned activity to take part in a globally recognised brand. Significant marketing and PR activity will take place around Fair Saturday.

Artists and cultural entities may decide to create new events on the occasion of Fair Saturday, but no funding will be provided for that matter

You can hold your event anywhere in your city: in a square, a bar, a library, a shop, a theatre, school or in the subway. You are free to hold your event wherever you want. You can also participate online through our app.

Insofar as possible, we will try to help you find a place to perform. There are also platforms and search engines available to help you find that perfect place. Write to us as info@fairsaturday.org for more information.

Not all of the shows have to be free to enter, that is to be decided by the artists or cultural entities in charge of the organisation of the show. They decide whether to sell tickets or not as well as the price.

Culture has a value. Then, even if the event is free the audience will set a value to the show through a donation and the artists decide to donate it to their charity (they define the quantity to be donated to the charity)

If you want to sell tickets for your event, here are a few ideas:

On-site events:

  • If the organizer decides not to set a price for the event, the audience will have to reserve tickets through the Fair Saturday platform for safety reasons and to control attendance. We also offer the possibility of appreciating the artist’s work through a donation, both on the platform and at the event itself.
  • If you decide to set a price for your event, we offer you the Fair Saturday platform, although you can use any ticket sales service you like.

Online events:

  • If the event is transmitted live, the event organizer will be responsible for managing the ticket sales or donations through their ticket sales service/platform of choice.
  • If the event is recorded, both ticket sales and donations are managed through the Fair Saturday platform.

Yes, every artist and cultural entity participating is free to look for sponsors to fund their show. Fair Saturday will not be responsible for the agreements incurred with third parties.

The partners’ brand would be featured in:

  • The posters and designs of the event
  • The web space associated to the show as well as the app’s
  • Mentions in all posts made on social networks related to the show

Of course! Fair Saturday is an open movement. You can organise a show as an individual, a business, an NGO… Artists are not the only ones to organise cultural shows. Email us and we will help you: info@fairsaturday.org

Yes, Fair Saturday can take place in any city, anywhere within it. Most of the events will be held in official cities, but they can also take place in any other one.

Fair Saturday will take place the Saturday following Black Friday, all shows will take place that day except for the opening show and the event closing the edition. Exceptions will be made in very particular situations.

It is a non-profit platform that aims to maximize profit for the artistic and cultural sectors. The only fees that have to be covered are those set by the payment gateway. Fair Saturday does not charge any fees to the artist or the audience.

The call for this edition closes on 15 November.

We will continue accepting proposals after that date, but they will not have the same promotion as the events signed up within the call period.

If you are passionate about art and culture, you dream of changing the world and have some free time that you want to share with us, you can:

  • Become a part of the Fair Saturday volunteer team by helping us with on-site and online events.
  • Collaborate in the creation of content and lend us a hand by spreading the word about what we do
  • If you know languages, you can translate our content so our message can travel farther and reach more people
  • Help us to explain Fair Saturday to anyone you think may be interested (media, artists, companies, etc.)
  • You can find more information about this in the “Guide for Volunteers” or by writing us at info@fairsaturday.org if you have an idea or to receive more information. [Coming soon]

All of Fair Saturday’s shows will have:

  • A place in the international website to promote their show
  • A place in the international mobile app
  • Promotion through social networks, blog and newsletter
  • Personalised designs and creativities for their show

Moreover, the complete programme will be promoted though social media, generic posters and publicity in media partners.

The artists and cultural entities participating are free to choose the Charity they want to collaborate with.

As an exception, this edition of Fair Saturday 2020 will allow the use of all profits made by the artist/cultural organization to continue developing their cultural and social projects.

The collaboration with the social project may vary depending on the artists or organisation participating. Some examples of how to collaborate with the social projects are:

  • % of the ticket sales
  • % of the artists’ fee
  • Allowing the charity to raise open donations from the public
  • Allowing the charity to sell merchandising during the event
  • Partnership with a private entity that will make a donation to the charity
  • Collection of goods for the charity
  • Auctions
  • Inviting the charity’s beneficiaries to a premium experience in the event
  • etc..

The artists and cultural entities participates are not obliged to donate 100% of the proceeds, they decide the % to be donated. There is not a minimum to be donated.

If you know or if you are part of an NGO, this is how you can take part:

  • You can be an official Fair Saturday NGO and be chosen by an artist
  • You can look for artists and cultural entities in your city and invite them to participate in the festival with you
  • You can organise your own cultural show for Fair Saturday. We will help you every step of the way.

You can find more information in the “Guide for NGOs” [Coming soon]

You can download Fair Saturday’s logo here. If you want to know every detail on how to use the brand, check our Style Manual [coming soon].

If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact us at communication@fairsaturday.org

In this edition of Fair Saturday 2020, events can be placed online through our app. Sign up in the app and upload your event.