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Arising out of project work Reading became a Fairtrade Town on 2nd February 2004. RISC is part of the Reading Fairtrade Steering Group and Reading International Development Forum which organise the Reading Fairtrade Fortnight and Reading International Festival each year respectively.

fairtrade fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is a national campaign held in early spring each year by the Fairtrade Foundation and offers an opportunity for fairtrade events, publicity, meetings and exhibitions throughout the country. The Reading Fairtrade Steering Group organises activities in Reading each year to support the Fairtrade fortnight campaign.

Each year the campaign is themed to focus on important issues. The theme for 2015 was to take the “Stock it Challenge” which aimed to allow consumers to send a clear message to businesses: we, your customers, want you to stock more products that change lives – because we know the difference Fairtrade makes.

reading international festival

Reading International Festival is a season of events held each autumn that celebrate Reading’s diverse communities and action groups. The programme highlights the many internationalist activities, twinning links and solidarity in Reading. The festival showcases positive examples of people changing the status quo by choosing to live and act to create a better world for all:

  • A world where food sovereignty and control of finite water resources are managed to benefit people in all countries
  • A world that develops fair trade rules, economic systems and ethical banking that serves people‘s needs
  • A world where a diverse ecology is respected and enhanced by the way we use the earth’s finite resources
  • A world that respects all people’s human rights regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and HIV/AIDS status

The Festival includes Black History Month and One World Week events. If you want to be part of next years International festival contact Bente Madeira on 0118 958 6692 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to apply and criteria.