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Paintings and poetry wanted to mark Solihull's Fairtrade Fortnight

Sarah Mason 9th Feb, 2021

SILHILLIANS are being asked to swap baking ingredients for paints and pens to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.

Before Covid hit Solihull Council would be calling on bakers to get creative for the annual cake competition and organising a trail around the town centre to mark the occassion.

However, this year neither of these can happen because of the national lockdown so the Council is supporting the Fairtrade Foundation’s online exhibition and holding virtual coffee mornings.

Young people aged between five and 25 have been invited to share their visions of the world they want for farmers and workers worldwide, using drawings, paintings and poems for a national online exhibition to be showcase from February 22 to March 5.

The council is also running daily virtual Fairtrade coffee mornings on weekdays at 11am during the fortnight.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Solihull Council’s Fairtrade Champion, said: “I know many will be sad that we are unable to highlight and celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in the usual way, but I hope young people will get behind this exhibition and draw, paint and write their visions for a world where people can trade fairly.

“Our daily Fairtrade coffee mornings will also provide an opportunity to get together virtually over a Fairtrade cuppa and cake and talk about how we can all make a difference.”

Entries must be emailed so photos of artwork should be taken in natural light if possible and the art should fill the frame.

Poems should be no longer than one side of A4 and can be sent as an email, Word document or PDF.

Anyone under 18 years old should get consent from a parent or guardian.

For more information contact Sarah by email on slardner@solihull.gov.uk and send your entries to her by 5pm on Friday (February 12)

All entries will be forwarded to the Fairtrade Foundation and a selection will be used to support Fairtrade work in Solihull schools.

To sign up for the Fairtrade coffee mornings, please email Andrew on agreenall@solihull.gov.uk

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