Hear that? It’s the sound of Fairtrade Fortnight happening across the UK right now. There are plenty of events, activities and Fairtrade product bonanzas to help to raise awareness of this great cause. Here are just a few things going on around town…
Divine Pop-Up Shop in Covent Garden
Divine Chocolate are hosting a pop up in Covent Garden where you can try their new flavours, take part in traditional Ghanaian dance classes, see a photography exhibition and meet their farmers. On Tuesday March 5, they’ll be honouring Keep Cycling Day by giving cyclists a free bar of chocolate. Just turn up with your bike or helmet. For info, see divinechocolate.com.
On Sunday March 3 (2-3.30pm), bring the kids along to come and meet designer Chris Haughton and his Fairtrade puppets. There’ll be stories and colouring books all against an exhibition of Fairtrade rugs. Free with museum entry, booking not required. For info, see designmuseum.org.
Global Fusion Music & Arts
Global Fusion Music & Arts are having a joint celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women’s Day on March 8 (7.30-10pm) with a Tai Chi demonstration, Nigerian High Life music from Adebisa Oke, Nigerian Poet and writer Sadhya Kaffo and folk rock artist Julie Felix. Charlton House,SE7 8RE. For info, see globalfusionarts.com.
Green Sea Turtle
These guys have been supporting handicraft producers by selling and promoting their products for a year now. Come and meet them at their creative Fairtrade-fulled BBQ party where they will be building a sculpture with Fairtrade food. For info, see greenseaturtle.co.uk.
As one of many local boroughs celebrating this fortnight, Ealing are celebrating ten years of Ealing Fairtrade Group and five years as a Fairtrade Borough. There will be an exhibition, music, food and drink and make sure you bring some Fairtrade packaging to contribute to their Fairtrade sculpture. West London Trade Union Club 33 Acton High Street London W3 6ND; for info, see ealingfairtrade.org.uk.
See fairtrade.org.uk to find out what Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 events are happening near you.