As Bristol’s shopping destinations begin to switch on their Christmas lights we’re gearing up for this year’s Fair Saturday.
Fair Saturday is a creative response to Black Friday’s commercialism. It takes place the day after – this year on the last Saturday of November. Fair Saturday creates a positive social impact where artists, performers and cultural organisations showcase their talents and raises awareness of causes of their choosing.
Last year Bristol was the first city in England to take part in Fair Saturday. This year we’re proud to be fully supporting it again, and we will be joined by, and collaborating with, neighbouring Cardiff, along with 180 other cities across the globe.
Events will take place from Lockleaze to Filwood and across the city. The lineup includes a breakfast to celebrate Bristol’s diversity, pop up poetry, a talk by Magnum photographer Martin Parr, music events from local bands like Jamaican folk culture group Tan Teddy, street art workshops, theater, film screenings and much more. See the full programme here.
Many small and independent traders will be participating and supporting good causes for Fair Saturday. Stall holders, independent shops, street food producers and concession holders are a vital part of our economy and street scene; they also form part of what’s uniquely ‘Bristol’ – our culture and style.
Part of Bristol’s economic strength is its spirit of enterprise and the city is widely recognised for being a good place to start a business. St Nicholas has been the traditional centre of Bristol market activity since 1743. The demand of small scale trading is vibrant at the market and is buzzing with activity, especially within the Christmas period.
You can show your support to our local traders this Christmas by visiting St Nicholas Market to pick up your festive treats and stocking fillers. The traditional Indoor Market and Christmas themed Outdoor Markets are home to a wide range of independent retailers in the city offering a variety of handmade crafts, unique gifts and delicious fresh street food. To find out more please visit the website.
It’s that culture/commerce balance that is the focus of Fair Saturday, which seeks to promote cultural activity and empathy as a balance to global commerce. Fair Saturday is the perfect opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the many talents within the city.
I’m proud to be supporting the initiative and will be launching the day at 11am on 30 November at The Fair Saturday Breakfast, The Station Kitchen with 91 Ways to Build a Global City, The Misfits and the Poetry Machine. Please join me in kicking off what is set to be a brilliant day!