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.