Fairtrade Fortnight is drawing closer (it starts on the 23rd February) and we can’t wait at the People Tree office. These two weeks are a chance to give Fairtrade and fair producers the attention they deserve and it is also an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded people; learn more about the stories behind your fair trade products; go out with friends, in short –have lots of fun!
We’ve got your Fairtrade Fortnight covered with our Top Five favourite events based in London* – from cinema trips to fashion shows:
1.From the Silver Mines
If you get the chance, go and see selected portraits of Peruvian silver miners by photographer Sean Hawkey. He shows pictures of men who have dedicated their lives to the Fairtrade Sotrami silver mine. The photos have been featured in the New York Times Magazine and BBC News online, be sure to take a look!
When? 23 February – 8 March 2015 Where? Vestibule, St Mary-le-Bow Church, EC2V 6AU
2. Fairtrade Breakfast
Coffee and tea is the focus of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and you can make the most of it by sharing a delicious breakfast at The Bread of Life Fair Trade Centre. After indulging in the lovely treats there (we have been told there will be cake), join everyone for a Fairtrade walk around East Dulwich and learn more about fair shops and producers.
When? 28February, 9.30 am Where? Bread of Life Fairtrade Centre, 263 Barry Road, SE22 0JT
If you haven’t seen this documentary following an Ethiopian Coffee Union Manager as he travels the world fighting for better prices for his coffee bean farmers, now is your chance. We watched it at our People Tree team movie night and absolutely loved it!
When? 3 March, 7.00 pm Where? David Lean Cinema, 9 Katharine Street Croydon
contact and Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/davidleancroydon
[ If you can’t make that showing, go onto their website, where you can download the film.]
4.Five Borough Fair Walk
Do you want to get a little bit of fresh Spring air and learn about Fairtrade at the same time? Then meet up with the five West London Fairtrade groups, who have joined forces to organize a Fairtrade walk around their neighbourhoods. You’ll learn more about Fairtrade along the way; pass by local highlights like Kew Gardens and enjoy various Fairtrade refreshments en route to Turnham Green.
When? 7 March, 4 pm Where? Harrow, Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond
5.Alternative Clothes Show
We had to finish this list with an event for all fashionistas out there: At the Alternative Clothes show, you can show and sell your own up-cycled, handmade or unwanted clothes, learn more about Fair Trade* fashion and even be part of the catwalk show! You might even spot some of your People Tree favourites!
When? 14 March, 6 pm Where? Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Rd., N8 9LP
We will be promoting UK wide Fairtrade Fortnight events on our social media, so do check our Facebook and Twitter pages, to find what’s happening near you.*
We would love your feedback as to what you’re up to during Fairtrade Fortnight.
* And if you’re wondering about the differences between Fair Trade & Fairtrade, read this blog – yes, we know it’s a little confusing!