READ: #FairSaturday event in Bilbao

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Ross Cowan, a Year of Young People 2018 Ambassador from Cumbernauld, shares their experience of visiting Bilbao, Spain, to take part in a #FairSaturday launch event. 

He has written a blog about his experiences to share with other young Scots. 

Read Ross' blog below: 

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to be invited to attend the Culture Form and Concert in Bilbao; the home of Fair Saturday.

The Fair Saturday team were in Edinburgh on the 1stof November launching St Andrews Fair Saturday. This is Scotland’s take on Fair Saturday which will take place on the first Saturday after St Andrews Day. In other counties and cities, it would take place the Saturday after Black Friday.

Fair Saturday is a movement showing people how a positive spin can be put on Black Friday and nothing is more positive than culture and artists showing how they can involve communities in events and raising funds for these communities through donations or ticket sales.


Through my experience with the team, I was able to listen to many different speakers from different countries and companies. For example the Government of Bilbao and also the co-founder Scotland's 'Social Bite', Josh Littlejohn. Afterwards, we welcomed the band 'Elephant Sessions' from inverness to the Guggenheim Museum for our final concert of the day and also to celebrate the successes of different organisations and people who have done so much to spread the thoughts, ideas and culture of Fair Saturday.

There were over 300 people in attendance which included the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, who gave a speech about St Andrews Fair Saturday and what Scotland are planning to do to recognise this first historic event. Also, in attendance was the Director for Fair Work within the Scottish Government, Dominic Munro, who spoke about how Fair Saturday has worked for them.

One of the key speakers, Richard DeMarco, said “everyone is born with the language of culture and arts and everyone is an artist whether they think it or not”. This shows us that no matter where we come from or where we go, arts and culture will always be there so we can express ourselves and that is something that Fair Saturday is looking to get across to everyone.

St Andrews Fair Saturday will be on the 1st of December 2018. Fair Saturday around the rest of the world takes place on the 24th of November. On these days there will be many different events for everyone. I'd definitely encourage you to get involved! The event in Bilbao inspired me so much and I'm really thankful to everyone in the Fair Saturday team for welcoming me!

To get involved, search #FairSaturday or click here to visit the Fair Saturday site. 

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