Thursday, 21 June 2007

World Fair Trade Day in Hungary

Information provided by Gyorgyi Ujszaszi, Protect the Future, Hungary

All over the world the second Saturday of May is the World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) . This is the day when the international fair trade movement pauses for a day to celebrate. This time gives a peak in campaigning to highlight the principles of fair trade.

For the third time Hungary joined the WFTD this year. The Hungarian Fair Trade Day took place on 12th of May in Holdudvar Gallery, Margit Island, Budapest. Visitors were attracted by photos from Argentina, India, Nicaragua, Kenya and Mali, games, quizzes, African dancing and coffee-tea tastings. Throughout the day volunteers were giving information about fair trade.

The photo exhibition about Argentina, India, Kenya, Mali and Nicaragua introduced the daily life and fair trade related issues in these countries.

There was also the possibility to watch films about fair trade. Among them, the film "Against the current" by Réka Hunyadi and Mária Takács which gave an overview on the Hungarian Fair Trade movement. Supporters of this film are the Ökotárs Foundation and Protect the Future. It is available upon request with English subtitles.

The organisation Protect the Future launched the first book about fair trade in Hungarian. David Ransom’s No-Nonsense Guide To Fair Trade (New Internationalist) was issued with the support of the National Culture Foundation.

One of the youngest guest of the Hungarian WFTD looking at Child labour photos.

For more information on Fair Trade in Hungary contact Gyorgyi Ujszaszi, Protect the Future:

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