TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE KEY EVENTS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS AND IN THE LOCAL AREA DURING FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT…

Monday 26th February-Sunday 11 March

Fairtrade Exhibition at RBC Civic Offices – weekdays: 9am-5.30pm. Display by RISC’s World Shop. Household goods, socks, scarves, bags and jewellery as well as a diverse range of fair trade crafts and foods make it increasingly possible to live a fair trade lifestyle. Foyer of Civic Centre, Bridge St, RG1 2LU Lucy Daniels E: lucy.daniels@gov.co.uk

Wednesday 28th Feb

Trade after Brexit: what’s in it for the Global South? 1-2pm. Join Traidcraft Exchange’s Emilie Schultze for a lunchtime talk on Brexit, trade and development. Millions of people in poorer countries depend on trade with the UK – so how can we make it work for them? Room 105, Palmer Building, UoR, Whiteknights Campus, RG6 6UR. Free event. Sam Chaher E: s.chaher@reading.ac.uk

Trade after Brexit: impact on the Global South. 7.30-9.30pm. Emilie Schultze will talk about how Britain’s exit from the EU is likely to cause big changes in international trade and how we can ensure the UK trades fairly with the Global South? Refreshments. RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4P. Free event. Zainab T: 0118 958 6692 E: zainab@risc.org.uk

Thursday 1st March

Tutu’s Ethiopian Table celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight. 6-9pm. Usual buffet night will be complemented by an Ethiopian fair trade coffee ceremony and fair trade banana cake with an Ethiopian twist. Global Café, 35 London St, RG1 4PS. Tutu Melaku T: 07863 551 097

Ayesha Bhatti presenting: Cargo Under Sail. 8pm. A presentation about the missing link between sustainable producers and ethical consumers. Ayesha talks about her transatlantic voyage on the ‘Avontuur’, a 1920’s schooner, one of the last cargo sailing ships. RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4P. Free event. Brian Woodgate T: 07724 585

Friday 2nd March

Trade justice after Brexit: the need for trade democracy. 7.30pm. A secret new trade deal with the US could include privatisation of the NHS and the addition of chlorine-washed chicken to our menus. Mark Dearn, senior trade campaigner of War on Want, on how we can challenge this anti-democratic agenda to ensure greater scrutiny by Parliament. RISC, 35–39 London St, RG1 4PS. Free/donations. Jackie Oversby T: 07745 310794 globaljustice.org.uk/reading

Saturday 3rd March

Coffee morning with Traidcraft stall. 11am-12noon. Cakes, drinks, raffle, bric-a-brac, fair trade groceries and craft items, greetings cards and a chance to order fair trade Easter eggs. Parish Hall, St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Rd, RG1 5LW ˙free Hilary Jakeman T:0118 3273325/ 07734 436879 E: hilary.jakeman@gmail.com

Sunday 4th March

Traidcraft stall at St John & St Stephen’s Church. 10.15am. A wide variety of fair trade foods and crafts. Email rosemaryacroft@gmail.com to order Traidcraft goods at cost price – how about a year’s supply of coffee, tea, chocolate or Palestinian olive oil? St John & St Stephen’s Church, 121-147 Orts Rd, RG1 3JN. Rosemary Croft

Thursday 8th March

Jackie Doe and The Uncertainty of Passion. 9pm. Evening of music, written by Jackie Doe and sung by Anne De Lima. This 5-piece band embraces a variety of influences from Reading to Argentina via France, Hungary and Berlin and features accordion, violin, guitar, harmonica and percussion. Fairtrade drinks and snacks for sale. Global Cafe, 35 London St, RG1 4PS. Free event. Jackie Doe E: Jackie.dow@gmail.com

Friday 9th March

How ethical is your tech? 12.30-2pm. A critical look at the green technology revolution from a Congolese perspective. Speaker Bandi Mbubi lectures regularly at universities and TED talks on the responsible sourcing of raw materials from Africa. He has featured on the BBC, Forbes, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. UoR, Room G08, Chancellors Building, UoR, Whiteknights Campus, RG6 6UR. Free event. Sam Chaher E: s.chaher@reading.ac.uk

Sunday 11th March

Traidcraft stall at St John & St Stephen’s Church. 10.15am. See details for Sunday 4th March

 

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