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May 3, 2014
May 18, 2014
Thank you for making the Victorian Fair Trade Festival 2014 a great success, for raising the profile of fair trade and for creating opportunities for people to learn about the impact of ethical purchasing.

Events around the city

Check out below for FREE activities, programs and celebrations around Melbourne and beyond to empower and educate people everywhere on how small positive actions can contribute to a fair society. Want to hold an event or activity? Contact us before 21st of April 2014.

Check out what is happening around Melbourne and beyond.

Fashion on Sale during Fair Trade Fortnight


Winners of the 2013 Source Award for Sustainable Childrenswear, Eternal Creation works with Tibetan refugees & local Indians to produce fresh & vibrant Fair Trade fashion. Putting people before profit, garments are made in a supportive & fun working environment in the Indian Himalayas. The new summer collection is swirling with colour and energy, and boasts a gorgeous selection of bold and vibrant prints. Garments are teamed with soft cottons and matching accessories to produce stylish and easy to wear summer outfits for the whole family. Eternal Creation designs and produces boys and girls wear from 2 to 12 years, and for babies from newborn to 36 months, as well as womens and mens fashion.

Eternal Creation is a full member of FTAANZ (the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand) and the Himalayan Tailoring Centre where all the products are made, operates under the Indian Fair Trade Association.

Eternal Creation is offering 15% off storewide during Fair Trade Fortnight. Use the code FAIR15 at the checkout at www.eternalcreation.com


Made In

WHEN: 22nd April – 4th May, 2014
WHERE: The Fracture Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne
CONTACT: Moral Fairground

Ever wondered where our products come from? The main aim of the installation at the Fracture Gallery is to provide an engaging illustration about the origins of some fair trade products, and how each of these products contributes to benefit the makers. We hope to create awareness about how Fair trade aims to build the capacity of the communities who make the products that we purchase, and how our support can help to create a fairer society today, for tomorrow. View event details.


The Fair Trade Futures Conference

WHEN: 3rd May, 2014
WHERE: 2Pocket Fairtrade Espresso Bar, 277 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
CONTACT: conference@fta.org.au

The Fair Trade Futures conference is an interactive conference taking place on Saturday May 3rd at 12 AEST. The conference features keynote presentations from: Safia Minney Founder and CEO of People Tree, Mohammad Ghayasuddin – Saidpur Enterprises and Molly Harriss Olson – Fairtrade Australia/NZ – a live screeniing of Fair Trade Futures will hosted.



Meet Asha: Oxfam’s Produce Farmer, India

WHEN: 3rd May, 2014 TIME: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
WHERE: Oxfam Shop, Shop 45, Walk Arcade Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
CONTACT: Oxfam Shop Melbourne

Have you ever wondered how much of a difference Fair Trade purchases make to our artisans all around the world? Join us on Saturday 3 May to meet ASHA Marketing and Producer Liasion Manager Ivan Carvalho for an afternoon of discovery. Ivan will discuss the background behind the organisation and exactly how the Fair Trade movement has made a difference to ASHA’s artisans.


The Fair Trade Market Program

WHEN: 4th May, 2014
WHERE: Atrium & Amphitheatre, Federation Square, Melbourne
CONTACT: Moral Fairground

Including the Fair Trade Market, Kids’ Corner, Fair Trade Yoga, Ethical Fashion Show and short Fair Trade Documentaries.
Find out more!


Fair Trade Yoga in the City

WHEN: 4th May 2014
Session 1: 10am – 11am
Session 2: 12pm – 1pm
WHERE: Amphitheatre, Federation Square, Melbourne

Free yoga session by respected yoga instructor Alana Smith from Mindful Melbourne followed by a fair trade morning tea. Limited spaces available.

Book your session now!


Karma Cola @ Transport Bar

WHEN: 4th May – 11th May, 2014
WHERE: Transport Bar, Ground Floor Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne
CONTACT: Transport Bar on 9654 8808

Transport Bar are offering Karma Cola during the FairTrade Fortnight. Karma Cola is made with Fairtrade and organic ingredients including real cola nut from the rainforests of West Africa. www.transportpublicbar.com.au


Social Justice through Fairtrade: A Cocoa Farmer’s Story

WHEN: 5th May, 2014
WHERE: Theatrette, State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Entrance via La Trobe Street
CONTACT: Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand(FTANZ) on 9602 2225

School students and their teachers will have the rare opportunity to engage with our special guest Esther Ephraim from Ghana who will explain first-hand the challenges of being a cocoa farmer in a developing country, and the benefits of being part of the Fairtrade system. Limited places available. To reserve your seats, please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 30 April 2014. www.fairtrade.com.au

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Fairtrade Hot Chocolate Tastings

WHEN: 6th May, 2014 TIME: 2pm
WHERE: 2Pocket Fairtrade Espresso Bar, 277 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Esther from Divine is visiting Tuesday the 6th of May at 2 Pocket Fair Trade at 2pm. Fairtrade Hot chocolate tastings, and chocolate as well.


La Trobe University Fair Trade Fortnight

WHEN: 5th May – 16th May, 2014
WHERE: La Trobe Bundoora and Bendigo Campus
CONTACT: Joanna Watts on 0438 567 526

A series of events around Fair Trade fortnight designed to promote Fair Trade to our new cohort of students and raise awareness of the cafes and retail outlets on campus that already offer Fair Trade products. There will be expo, producer talks, give-aways and other activities.


Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

WHEN: 7th May, 2014
WHERE: Slate Bar, 9 Goldsbrough Ln, Melbourne,
CONTACT: Sustainability Drinks Australia

We are very pleased to announce Susanna Bevilacqua, Director of Moral Fairground will be speaking at our May event. This event be hosted by our guest MC & Fair Trade Fortnight Ambassador, Lara Shannon. An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about sustainability” to come and mingle with like minded people and listen to a speaker share their sustainability story.

Scheduled from 6 pm – 8 pm, most of the evening is networking. There is a short presentation and guest speaker at ~7 pm.
Make sure you are there to join in the fun.



‘Conscience’ a pop up art exhibition

WHEN: 9th May, 2014 TIME: 5.00pm, for 5.30pm start
WHERE: The Chapel, Cnr Little Londsdale St and Swanston St, Melbourne
CONTACT: email Laura Sykes

The Global Poverty Project invites you to attend the Opening Night of ‘Conscience’ a pop up art exhibition for Fair Trade Fortnight Including a performance from Pete Hume, co founder of Evermore. Guests should enter via Swanston St, across from tram stop.

RSVP by 5 May!


Bengali Dinner and Documentary

WHEN: 10th May, 2014 TIME: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
WHERE: Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood
COST: $25 waged/$15 unwages

Friends of Bangladesh is excited to invite all supporters and friends to a delicious Bengali dinner and documentary screening at Friends of the Earth. Showing documentary “Bangladesh, Right to Land and Seed. Food sovereignty in times of climate change.

Book your ticket now!


Fair Trade Mothers’ Day High Tea

WHEN: 11th May, 2014
WHERE: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall
CONTACT: Moral Fairground

A glamorous and empowering event to recognise women who are an inspirational and valued member of the Australian community. Be surrounded by outstanding personalities, such as Jennifer Evans, Noelene Marchwicki, Zoe Pook, Kirra Fitzgerald and Melanie Raymond. Find out more!

Purchase your ticket now!


Fair Trade Yoga

WHEN: 13th May, 2014
WHERE: The Yoga Place
CONTACT: Laura Sykes on 0437 007 437

A 60 minute yoga class followed by fair trade tea and coffee – aiming to promote ethical, holistic living in all aspects of life.


Fair Trade Fortnight Soccer Session

WHEN: 14th May, 2014 TIME: 11:30am – 2:30pm
WHERE: RMIT Alumni Courtyard/Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
CONTACT: RMIT Football Club

Come along and kick around a certified ‘Fair Trade’ produced soccer ball in the Alumni Courtyard. Drop by for a short time, or stay the whole time… just make sure you get involved and tell your mates as well! Everyone – regardless of your skill level – is welcome to participate and enjoy this beautiful game! Practice your existing skills with others, or dip your toes in for the first time. RMIT Football Club members will be around to help you get the most out of the experience.

Find out more information!


University of Melbourne Fair Trade Market

WHEN: 14th May, 2014 TIME: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
WHERE: North Court, University of Melbourne, Grattan St, Parkville, Melbourne, VIC 3052
CONTACT: email Sustainability Office

The University of Melbourne marks its third year of Fair Trade accreditation with a fair trade market. This market will showcase fair trade enterprises and NGOs and aims to educate individuals about fair trade and engage them to think about fair trade and its positive impact.


Taking Fair Trade Further: Lessons from Timor-Leste

WHEN: 17th May, 2014
WHERE: Habitat Uniting Church, 2 Minona St Hawthorn, Vic
CONTACT: Fiona Morrison 1300 755 228

Professor Brett Inder and Debra Salvagno will discuss their research findings & hands-on experience with fair trade projects and partnerships in Timor-Leste. These projects, in the coffee and traditional weaving sectors, empower passionate Timorese people to reduce poverty and build a sustainable economy. Key issues of fair trade and community empowerment will be explored in the seminar and discussion. www.tradewinds.org.au

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