Highlighting under the radar arts and culture in Birmingham, UK

Buy Nothing Day 2009

Next Saturday Birmingham Friends of the Earth are celebrating Buy Nothing Day, where we are all encouraged to buy nothing for 24 hours.

Everything we buy has an environmental and ethical consequence. The current financial crisis should be an opportunity to re-examine what money is spent on and how resources are managed. To spread the word Birmingham Friends of the Earth are dressing as Father Christmases to remind us that Christmas does not have to be about consumerism. They are  encouraging you to join in too!  More information is here. The Father Christmases will carry placards with slogans such as ‘Buy more, be happy’ & ‘Spend, don’t think’ and will hand out leaflets to people about the day.

So what is there to do in Birmingham next Saturday, and in general,  for free? Here are some suggestions. Please add your own!

  • Private view at International Project Space  for their Megan Fraser exhibition, 3-5pm.
  • In the evening, from 6pm, An Endless Supply launch issue 8 of their free monthly art magazine at the Anchor Inn (I’m sure buying a pint and supporting a local pub is alright…..) More about that later…
  • Birmingham Seen in the Gas Hall in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. A wonderful exhibition on how artists and photographers have portrayed the people and landscape of Birmingham since 1820.
  • Ikon Gallery, opening on Tuesday is a show by Norwegian artist and writer Matias Faldbakken. Walls of Marshall amps and towers of video tape. It’s going to be a good’un.

2 comments on “Buy Nothing Day 2009

  1. ffuchse
    November 25, 2009

    You can catch up with the Santas at 12 noon at pigeon park on Saturday – they’ll be joining Oxfam supporters for a Mexican guitar wave in preparation for The Wave pre-Copenhagen climate change demo in London on 5 December.

  2. Francine Schokker
    November 25, 2009

    You can drop in to Creative Open Workshops with up to 3 items of clothing to revamp, restyle and re-use!! No need to buy or bin your unworn clothes… just upcycle :)
    We will run two sessions from our shop at the Custard Factory on Saturday 28 November: 11am – 2pm & 2.30 – 5.30pm.

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