Fairtrade Community Arts Festival

Fairtrade campaigning looks very different at the moment. Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will see all our events move online. This is a great opportunity to meet and share as a UK wide community. Working with all the regions and nations of the UK we are planning a community arts festival with the theme Choose The World You Want.

Fairtrade Fortnight will run from 22 February to 7 March 2021 and our community arts festival is a grassroots led campaign, aligned closely with the Fairtrade Foundation's own campaign messages and plans.

We will have events featuring music, photography and spoken word, craft and dance workshops, baking and cooking demonstrations and more.

The aim is to celebrate Fairtrade, offer support and encouragement to Fairtrade campaigners who have been unable to campaign in their local communities.

This will be a fun, inspiring and entertaining programme of around ten events,  running throughout Fairtrade Fortnight and we are enormously grateful that most of our contributors are able to offer their time free of charge.

Programme of Events

Monday 22 February – 4.30 – 6pm

Caribbean chef Euten Lindsay will host a cook-along. Euten was caught up in the Windrush scandal

Wednesday 24 February 6-7pm

Join acclaimed photographer Sean Hawkey as he shares some of the incredible images in his latest book, Faces of Fairtrade. Sean visited Fairtrade farmers across the world and his photos reflect their fascinating lives.

You can read more about Sean’s work on his website: Click here 

Friday 26 February – 7-8pm

Join young Ghanaian musician Richard Wiafe – who works at the Fairtrade fruit project Golden Exotics who will share his music and answer questions about his life. Richard’s university studies are funded through the Fairtrade Premium.

Saturday 27 February – 11-12am

Fairtrade Taskmaster – Join us for a Saturday morning of Fairtrade themed silliness.

This event will be fun for all the family. Compete against other families and win Fairtrade prizes.

Monday 1 March 4.30-6pm

Cook along with former Bake Off contestant Sandy Docherty

Join Sandy who will share her recipe for Meat Balls in Spicy Tomato Sauce using ingredients from Fair Trade supplier JTS.

Friday 5 March – 12 -1pm

Fairtrade in a time of covid – Join Immaculate Ochieno and Kodzo Korkortsi, Shared Interest’s local managers who deal direct with producers in East and West Africa to find out how Fairtrade is supporting women’s empowerment and helping producers survive and thrive through covid.

Friday 5 March – 7-8pm

Welsh poets Zoë Brigley Thompson and Kristian Evans, editors of “100 Poems to Save the Planet” will read from this life-afforming anthology which is due to be published in Spring 2021 by Seren Books.

They’ll be joined by Yorkshire based Clare Shaw, who’ll read from her third Bloodaxe collection “Flood” on the themes of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight – “Choose The World You Want” and “Fairtrade, Climate and You”.

Saturday 6 March 11.30-1pm

Get moving and learn Bollywood and Bhangra dancing with Avtar Panesar the host of our Indian dance workshop

Events are being added all the time so keep an eye on our Facebook event page   for all the latest details.

If you run a group or business you can sponsor individual events - with your name and logo on the event page and promotional materials - for a donation of £50 or become an official sponsor of the festival for a donation of £20.

Any money we raise will be used to support contributors, some of whom will be based in the global south. We want to be in a position to honour the skills of our contributors who would not otherwise be able to take part. Any funds we don't spend will be used for future campaigns.

We are incredibly grateful for all contributions and will keep you updated with events as we book them.


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