Fairtrade Fortnight

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Fairtrade Fortnight starts next week and there's lots of events and activities happening all around the city.

From coffee mornings to dance classes, talks and debates, parties and films, photos and sculptures ... there's something for everyone.

Let's make 2013 a great Fairtrade Fornight!

Warm wishes,

Fairtrade London Campaign

Art and Craft Fair 2013, East Dulwich

10am-4pm, Saturday 23rd February
The Fair Trade Centre, Christ Church, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich, SE22 0JT

TODAY, the Bread of Life Fair Trade Centre presents an Art and Craft Fair 2013.

Art & craft stalls
Lunches for sale
Cake stall

Workshop to help cover a re-creation of Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Divided Circle’ for Fairtrade Fortnight Kids’ craft workshops, £3.50 per child

Come and create a Fairtrade Sculpture!

23rd February, 10.00-16.00
The People’s Supermarket, 72-78 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LP

Come along TODAY and help create two massive sculptured feet for Fairtrade Fortnight!

Camden Fairtrade Network will be decorating and painting a pair of larger than life feet to encourage people to ‘take a step for Fairtrade’.

All welcome – children and adults! Please bring some wrappers of Fairtrade products if you can.

Contact Tom: 07815 771 939.


25th February to 9th March, 10.00-18.30 Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-18.00 Sunday
71 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DG

Meet Mary and Esther, two farmers from the Ghanaian Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative who will be visiting the shop for much of the Fortnight.

Two new fantastic flavours will be exclusively on sale – Divine Dark 70% Chocolate with Chilli & Orange, or 38% Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Salt.

The totally beautiful full Easter Egg range, featuring new praline chickens and eggs, and milk chocolate honeycomb bees are also on sale.

On 8th March the shop transforms into a Fairtrade Market. You can taste and purchase chocolate from Divine, wine from Ehrmanns Wine, dried fruits and nuts from Tropical Wholefoods, Fairtrade and organic skincare from Essential Care, underwear from Pants to Poverty and olive oil from Zaytoun.

More details on all the events taking place at the Divine pop up shop

St Paul’s Cathedral Fairtrade Model Sculpture

25th February to 10th March
St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Come along and look at the Diocese of London Fairtrade Group’s miniature St Paul’s Cathedral 8ft by 6ft model sculpture made out of Fairtrade materials and food wrappers! Displayed during Fairtrade Fortnight.

St Paul’s is London’s Cathedral and embodies the spiritual life and heritage of the British people. There are many different parts of the Cathedral for you to discover, from walking the Cathedral floor, climbing the Dome, to discovering the underground Crypt and the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London.

Fairly Squared Bar & Café Launch

Central London has a new fair trade bar and cafe. Fairly Square is open from 11am till late. It's a bar as well as a café.

They're now open and you'll find them at 51 Red Lion Street in Holborn, London.

Drop by for drinks, coffee and more!

Fairly Squared on Facebook

Kuapa Kokoo Photo Exhibition

25th February – 9th March 2013, 10.00-18.00
Divine Pop Up Shop, 71 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JW

A collection of striking images by leading photojournalists, including Karen Robinson and Aubrey Wade, give a unique insight into the lives of the Kuapa Kokoo farmers in Ghana. It brings alive the world behind the UK’s favourite treat, and illustrates the dignity and benefits that come from an assured Fairtrade income, and owning their own chocolate company.

Admission free

Nicaraguan flag

Another kind of fair trade is possible: the example of Nicaragua and ALBA

25th February, 19.00-21.00
Firebox, 106-108 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BZ


  • Stephanie Pearce, Queen Mary’s University, researcher on the trade aspects of ALBA and Petrocaribe, an alliance of Central America, Venezuela and the Caribbean.
  • Nick Hoskyns, development economist who has contributed organisational, business and marketing support to Nicaraguan small farmer co-operatives for the past 20 years. In 2010 – 2011 he worked on Nicaragua’s sales of agricultural products to Venezuela as part of ALBA.

Using examples from Nicaragua, what difference has South – North Fairtrade made to the lives of the coffee, sesame and peanut producers particularly women?

Solidarity, co-operation and South – South fair trade are basic principle of ALBA. How does the Nicaragua – Venezuela fair trade agreement work and how has it benefited both countries?

Fairtrade Stall at Belsize Community Library

26th February
Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road NW3 4XN

10.30 – 12noon Fairtrade Stall – information and selection of Traidcraft products.

14.00-15.30 Art Workshop with a Fairtrade focus – details and bookings

Film screening: The People and The Olive

7pm, 28th February 2013
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Zaytoun and SOAS Palestine Society are screening The People and The Olive followed by a Q & A with Manal Abdallah from Canaan Fair Trade and Odeh Qadi from The Palestinian Fair Trade Association.

Entry: Free (but donations encouraged. For every £4 donated the Palestine Fair Trade Association will plant 1 olive tree sapling in Palestine)

Meet the farmers

1pm-2:30pm Friday 1st March
St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU

Join Mary Appiah and Esther Ephraim, Cocoa Farmers from the Kuapa Kokoo C-operative in Ghana and Co-owners of Divine Chocolate, to discover how Fairtrade is transforming their communities. How do the cocoa beans they grow end up as the chocolate bars we eat and what difference does Fairtrade really make to farmers on the ground?

His Excellency Prof. Kwaku Danso-Boafo Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK, and Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate will answer your questions. Try some Ghanaian refreshments sponsored by the Ghana International Bank.

All welcome but space is limited so please REGISTER by emailing to reserve your place by 26th February 2013.

Fairtrade market stall in Leytonstone

11am-3pm, Saturday 2nd March
St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone (between the church and Matalan, just off the High Road)

Zaytoun fair trade and organic Palestinian products are available as part of the market stall in Leytonstone on the first Saturday of every month. Look for the Organiclea / Transition Leytonstone stall.

Fairtrade Coffee

Fairtrade Coffee mornings

The Free Church - 2nd March 8.45am, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7AG

St George’s Church – 2nd March 10.00am -12 noon, Glenluce Road, Westcombe Park, Greenwich, London SE3 7SD

St John’s Church – 2nd March 10.00am-12 noon, Royal Lane, Hillingdon, UB8 3QP

Bow Church-2nd March 11.00-13.00, St Mary & Holy TrinityBow Church, Bow, London E3

The Free Church- 3nd March 8.45am, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7AG

Kids Reading at the design museum

3rd March, 14.00-15.30
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Gather round to hear the tale of a sleepy owl and a very naughty dog as author Chris Haughton reads from A Bit Lost and Oh No George. After the stories, meet the Fairtrade owl, George the dog and monkey toys. Draw and colour with activity sheets.

Azonto masterclass - dance lessons

Sunday 3rd March, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
Divine Pop Up Shop, 71 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JW

Azonto – a rhythmic, engaging Ghanaian dance – moved from underground hit to overnight global sensation when premiership footballer Asamoah Gyan performed the dance during his goal celebrations. Now Divine Chocolate, the leading Fairtrade company co-owned by Ghanaian cocoa farmers, is delighted to bring the dance to Covent Garden at its Pop Up shop during Fairtrade Fortnight.

It’s fun and easy and anyone can do it! Class run by Azonto expert Kwaku Agyemang. Admission Free.For a preview of Azonto demonstrated by schoolchildren of the Kuapa Kokoo farmers in Ghana click here.

More info and bookings

Top designer talks at Design Museum

4th March, 19.30-21.30
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

An evening of talks between some of the UK’s top designers and Fairtrade designers, organisations and entrepreneurs in London’s Design Museum.

Contact Chris Haughton

City of London

panel discussion: should Fairtrade welcome big business into the market?

7 March, 6:30pm-8pm

City University London, College Building (Room A130), St John Street, EC1V 4PB

City University London and Islington Fairtrade Group, invite you to discuss: Is there a business model which has the greatest capacity to generate positive impact on the farmers? Should Fairtrade continue to welcome big business into the market? What is best for the farmers in the long term?

On The Panel:

Chaired by Rosalind Sharpe (PhD Research Student)

  • Tim Lang (Professor of Food Policy, City University London)
  • Dan Crossey (Executive Director, Food Ethics Council)
  • Atif Choudhury (Director, Zaytoun CIC)
  • Vidya Rangan (Research and Impact Manager, Fairtrade Foundation)
  • Ian Bretman (Vice-Chair, Fairtrade International, 2008-2012)

Followed by Q & A with Manal Abdallah from Canaan Fair Trade and Odeh Qadi from The Palestinian Fair Trade Association. Entry: Free (but donations encouraged. For every £4 donated the Palestine Fair Trade Association will plant 1 olive tree sapling in Palestine) City students, staff and the local community are all welcome- refreshments available.

Details and bookings

Fairtrade Borough

a double Fairtrade anniversary in Ealing

6:30pm–9:30pm, Friday, March 8 2013
West London Trade Union Club, 33 High Street, London, W3 6ND

10 years of Ealing Fairtrade Group
5 years as a Fairtrade Borough

Meet supporters old and new!
Look back
Look forward

Eat – drink – be entertained!

If you would like to join us, RSVP to – entry strictly by invitation only.

Please bring with you any piece of empty Fairtrade packaging (e.g. coffee packet or chocolate wrapper), to help us create a “sculpture” out of Fairtrade packaging.

There will be food, drink and entertainment, plus a display of pictures and photos of the group’s activities over the past 10 years. We are inviting the Mayor of Ealing, local MPs, a speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation, a Fairtrade producer, and everyone we can remember that has been involved with the group since we started.

Come and help us celebrate!

Colin Tudge

Panel discussion: can small farmers save the world?

18.30-20.00, Monday 4 March
Divine Chocolate Pop Up Shop at 71 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JW

Whether you find it beautiful or not, small is our only hope. From urban gardeners in central London to Fairtrade farms in the tropics, people everywhere are rebuilding human scale food systems and reclaiming control over food, health and community.

Trading Visions hosts four inspiring speakers for an evening of discussion:

  • Colin Tudge, biologist and campaigner
  • Kuapa Kokoo farmer from Ghana
  • Claire Rhodes, Cafedirect Producers Foundation
  • Julie Brown, Growing Communities, TBC

Please email to RSVP

Fairtrade Art

art installations in Brent

9th March, 14.00-17.00

Willesden Green Library-“Make Art for Fairtrade”-Residents are invited to be creative with recycled materials with the assistance of local artists.

Sophi Tranchell

fair trade speaker workshop

Saturday 9th March, 13.15-16.30
Middle Lane Methodist Church, Haringey, N8 8NT

Fair and sustainable food
Growing locally
Air miles
Ethical consumerism

An afternoon of interest and discovery, including a children’s workshop!

  • Sophi Tranchell MD of Divine Chocolate and Cocoa Farmers: promoting fairer ways of trading and sustainable business
  • Vicki Hird, Friends of the Earth: Land Use, Food security and Haringey initiatives: food growing and foraging, concluding with the LOAF campaign

1.15pm to 1.40pm, browsing the stalls and welcome tea/coffee, suggested donation for workshop £1, tea/coffee free.

More information phone or text: 07950 054 705. Or visit the website.