We live in complex and uncertain times. Everything seems to go faster. We are dominated by short-term concerns rather than a long-term vision, and the strong desire to “have” versus the deep aspiration to “be”. 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. For that, the Fair Saturday Foundation considers 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. In short, what we define as a better world.
Fair Saturday is a small idea that wishes to contribute to this. We aim for 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 Scotland is our contribution to the international celebration of Fair Saturday which is a global mobilisation that aims to create a positive social impact following Black Friday, the greatest expression of consumerism. Artists and cultural organisations from across Scotland and all around the world will get together in a global festival with one requirement: to support a social cause of their choice through their event.
How do events support social projects?
- Highlight the work of the social project.
- Help them spread their message through their communication channels and give them some time before the show to share it with the audience.
- Generate funds for the chosen project by freely and voluntarily donating part of the value generated through the event (tickets, donations, etc.).
So what is St Andrew’s Day and why is it being linked to Fair Saturday?
St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s National Day and takes place on 30 November each year. In addition to a national events programme, many of which showcase the arts, for the last few years people across Scotland have taken the opportunity to also reach out and help others less fortunate as part of the celebrations of St Andrew’s Day. So there’s a great fit with Fair Saturday and lots of potential to harness their joint potential
Many artists, cultural organisations and social projects are joining from all across Scotland and around the world
Since 2014, there are hundreds of artists, cultural organisations and social projects who have joined the movement worldwide.
In 2019, around 800 events took place in 140 cities, gathering more than 250,000 attendees around the world.
There are already several cities and territories from all around the world that are delivering Fair Saturday. And this year, Scotland will be one of the countries leading the celebration worldwide.
St Andrew’s 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 from 27-30 November.
A day. Culture. Change. Do you want to join us?
St Andrew’s Fair Saturday, a day to improve the world through arts and culture.