Quincy, MA has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
Fair Saturday is an innovative cultural festival celebrating arts and culture in support of social issues that takes place in a growing number of cities across the world. In 2018 more than 600 events occurred in over 100 cities worldwide. Jordi Albareda, founder of Fair Saturday, stated "It is a day to change the world through arts and culture.
“Thanksgiving weekend is a time of celebration in the City of Quincy,” said Mayor Thomas P. Koch. “Bringing the intention of Fair Saturday to our City on that Saturday offers families a day to appreciate new arts and cultural events and contribute to a variety of charities in the process. What a wonderful intention at the start of the holiday season.”
Cultural organizations across various disciplines participate by scheduling a time during the day/evening to express their art in support of their selected social cause. Fair Saturday will be celebrated by cities and towns around the world on November 30, 2019, the day after Black Friday. Cities across the globe include Bilbao, Bristol, Málaga, Milano, Lisbon, Portugal, Helsinki, Leeuwaeden, cities throughout Scotland, Germany, South Africa and
more, forming an incredible tapestry of cities connected in the same positive celebration on the same day every year.
Quincy’s partnership with this global arts and culture movement was launched on June 24, 2019, when Fair Saturday acknowledged international organizations that build bridges through culture and the arts at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, before an international audience from 12 countries, as well as a broad institutional, cultural and social presence from Bilbao and Biscay, Spain. Maureen Geary, Director of Business and Government Relations represented the City of Quincy during this event.
The Fair Saturday Quincy Committee is inviting local arts and cultural organizations that are interested in participating in this event or would like more information to visit www.fairsaturday.org/en or email firstname.lastname@example.org.