St Andrew’s Fair Saturday FAQ

What is St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday is Scotland’s contribution to Fair Saturday, a global cultural movement with a positive cultural impact that takes place 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.

Does Fair Saturday/St Andrew’s Fair Saturday oppose Black Friday?

No. Fair Saturday/ St Andrew’s 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.

How successful was Fair Saturday 2017?

Fair Saturday has been a great success, growing year on year. In 2017 Fair Saturday delivered 582 shows in 114 cities, involving 10,000 artists, attracting 127,000 attendances and generating 191,000 Euros for social causes.

How is Fair Saturday funded?

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

When is St Andrew’s Fair Saturday 2018?

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday will take place December the 1st 2018, the day following St Andrew’s Day.

Where does Fair Saturday take place?

Fair Saturday is an open movement and this means that it can take place in any city of the world. In the last edition events were held in more that 100 cities.

However, each edition will have its official cities and regions that are leading the project globally and wish to offer their communities a different day, in which culture and social empathy take the leading role.

To date, Fair Saturday 2018 will officially take place in:

  • Scotland
  • Bilbao
  • Bristol
  • Málaga
  • Milano
  • Santander
  • Huelva
  • Lima
  • Mesagne
  • Pisa

What does it mean to be an official city/ region?

An official city/ region 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/region and triggering each year a strong mobilisation in favour of arts, culture and social projects. Likewise, the city/region will be part of the international network of official cities and regions of Fair Saturday.

Is St Andrew’s Fair Saturday a city only approach?

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday welcomes contributing events from across Scotland. Cities, Towns, Villages, Island communities and every other part of Scotland are very warmly invited to take part and we would love to see every region of the country taking part.

Which activities are subject to take part in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

St Andrew’s 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 in Scotland.

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

What type of artists can take part?

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

How does a St Andrew’s Fair Saturday show work?

The event will be published in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday programme and globally in Fair Saturday’s programme through the website and mobile app weeks before the event. This way, it will be quite easy to share the event with everyone you want. What we ask is that you raise your voice for the cause you want to support.

During St Andrew’s Fair Saturday day, you have to save a few minutes for the social project so that they share their work with the audience.

And lastly, we ask that part of the value generated in the show, the part the artists and cultural organisations decide, is dedicated to the social project. The artists decide who to support and how.

How can I participate as an artist or cultural organisation?

If you are an artist or a cultural organisation, you have a place to host a show o you have an artistic project and you have it all worked out, this is what you can do:

  • Organise a show St Andrew’s Fair Saturday day in your city
  • Add to the festival’s programme the show you had planned for the day

If you have an idea but don’t know how to pull it off, you have a venue and you are looking for artists or you have a show but don’t know where to perform, email us and we will try to help you:

Who is in charge of the production of the events?

The shows that take part in St Andrew’s 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.

How it cost to take part in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

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

Can I apply for grant funding from St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

St Andrew’s 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 St Andrew’s Fair Saturday.

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

Where can I hold my show?

You can hold your show anywhere you want in your town: a square, a bar, a library, a shop, a theatre, a school… You are free to choose where you want to participate.

We will try to help you look for the perfect place as much as we can. There are also online platforms you can use to look for it. Email us at for more information.

Must all the shows be free to enter?

  • 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).

How can I sell tickets for my show?

If you want to sell tickets, here are some ideas:

  • Offline ticket sales. We will send you the official design for it
  • Online ticket sales. There are many online platforms to sell tickets. There are even some that have special offers for charity events. Email us for more info:

You will able to promote the ticket sales from our website and mobile app.

Can I look for sponsors for my show?

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

What kind of visibility would the partners be granted?

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

Can I organise a show if I am not an artist?

Of course! St Andrew’s Fair Saturday is an open movement. You can organise a show as an individual, a business, a charity… Artists are not the only ones to organise cultural shows. Email us and we will help you:

Can I organise a show in my city even though it is not an official city of the festival?

Yes, St Andrew’s Fair Saturday can take place anywhere in Scotland all of its cities, towns and villages.

Can I organise a St Andrew’s Fair Saturday show on another date?

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday will take place the Saturday following St Andrew’s, 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.

When is the deadline to submit my show in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

This year’s deadline is October the 14th.

We will accept proposals after the deadline, however all of the proposals received after this period will not have the same promotion than those submitted before the deadline.

What PR tools does St Andrew’s Fair Saturday provide?

All of St Andrew’s 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.

Which social causes can benefit from St Andrew’s Fair Saturday?

The artists and cultural entities participating are free to choose the Charity they want to collaborate with. However, social causes must be a Charity Register in Scotland.

How can I collaborate with a charity?

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

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.

Can organisations that are Charities Registered in Scotland participate in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday by contributing events and if so how?

Sites that are already Charities Registered in Scotland can also participate in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday as an event by choosing another Charity Registered in Scotland to benefit from any funds raised.

How can I participate as a Charity?

If you know or if you are part of a Charity, this is how you can take part:

  • You can be an official St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Charity 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 St Andrew’s Fair Saturday. We will help you every step of the way.

You can find more information in the “Guide for Charities and Social Projects” [Coming soon]

How can I participate as a volunteer?

There is no national volunteering programme for St Andrew’s Fair Saturday however if people are interested in taking part they should contact the Foundation.

If you are passionate about art in all of its forms, you find yourself dreaming of a better world and you have time to share with us, you can:

  • Join the St Andrew’s Fair Saturday team and help us coordinate the events taking part
  • Collaborate in the creation of content for social media and help us share what we do
  • Help us spread the word and share the project with whomever you deem interesting (media, artists, businesses, etc.)

You can find more info on the “Guide for volunteers” or email us at if you have any ideas or need more information. [Coming son]

How can I use St Andrew’s Fair Saturday image?

You can download St Andrew’s 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