Fair Saturday by Antonio Garrigues Walker
Honorary Chairman of Garrigues and Honorary Spanish President of UNHCR
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.