The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 was Choose Products that Change Lives. Fairtraders were focussing on the producers of Fairtrade products and how Fairtrade has changed their lives. The Fairtrade Foundation produced a film, 'Fairtrade Matters' about two tea producers in Malawi.
This film was shown at the Devizes Fairtrade Group's Fairtrade Tea Dance in the Town Hall on 1 March. About 25 people enjoyed dancing to Kevin Romang's music. In the interval they watched the film as well as sipping Fairtrade tea and sampling Fairtrade cakes. They were also able to buy Fairtrade products from the Traidcraft stall.
Photos of the Tea Dance can be seen on the Gazette & Herald's website:-
Fairtrade & Local Produce Fair
The annual Fairtrade & Local Produce Fair organised by Devizes Fairtrade Group was held on Saturday 11 April in the Corn Exchange, Devizes.
There were stalls selling Fairtrade and locally produced food and crafts and 2 Fairtrade cookery demonstrations. Devizes Town Band played and there were demonstrations of African drumming. ‘Fairtrade Matters’ – a short film about tea producers in Malawi was running during the Fair and craft activities for children using scrap materials were available and the refreshments including soup, Fairtrade coffee and cakes and bacon butties on sale were much appreciated.
Prizes were presented to the winners of the 2015 Schools Fairtrade Art Competition with the theme ‘Changing Lives with Fairtrade’ and some of the entries were on display.