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WorldFest 2005

The highlight of the festival will be a free live concert by Renzo Spiteri's Latin Jazz Quintet that starts at 8.00pm. Percussionist Renzo Spiteri (see below), who has made a name for himself and for his country both in Malta and abroad, will be accompanied by Lino Cauchi (piano), Roger Azzopardi (trumpet), Mario "Cocker" Aquilina (bass), and Joe Micallef (drums).

At WorldFest 2005 there will be a number of Fair Trade stalls with a whole new range of foodstuffs, handicrafts, costume jewelry, cds of world music, and a host of other fair traded ethnic products from different communites in Africa, Asia and Latin and Central America. (In picture, a hand made and hand painted jewel box by Hebron Glass and Ceramics in Palestine.) There will also be fresh organic produce for sale provided by Gaia Foundation.

 Fair traded food products supplied by the world shop L-Arka will be available for free tasting at 11.00am and at 5.00pm. In the morning, children will have the opportunity to make costume jewelry like rings and bracelets with pearls. Djembes will be available throughout the day for ad hoc djembe circles with the participation, amongst others, of African musicians.

 KKĠ and other fair trade organizations around the world believe that fair trade, with its emphasis on justice in trade and the  empowerment of disadvantaged communities, has an important role to play in the eradication of poverty in the poorest countries of the world. At present, it is actively involved in the national STOPOVERTY! campaign which is part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).

Together with other Maltese organizations, KKĠ is committed towards taking concrete actions to promote the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; to establish gender equality and the empowerment of women; to reduce child mortality, improving maternal health; to combat HIV /AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and to develop a global partnership for development.

WorldFest 2005 is endorsed by the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT), of which Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust has been an active member since 1999. IFAT, the global authority on Fair Trade, brings together 256 organizations from 60 countries around the world. This year's theme is Fair Trade is Peace. It calls us all to build peace through development and equitable trade. "As consumers, we have the power to alleviate poverty and protect the environment - through Fair Trade. The movement is rapidly growing globally - why not use your power to promote Fair Trade? Together we can build a more peaceful, equitable, hunger-free world."

 World Fair Trade Day is a celebration of Fair Trade internationally, with events organised worldwide. IFAT member organisations based in 60 countries, along with Fair Trade shops and networks, host events with campaigning and lobbying - all with the aim of promoting fairer trade with marginalized and small scale producers in the majority world. Fair Trade products, from coffee and tea, through clothes, jewelry, and beautiful handicrafts will be in the spotlight on this day, and throughout the month of May.

As in the past two years, the Maltese fair trade cooperative has chosen the magnificent Upper Barrakka Gardens to host this important celebration of fair trade, sustainability and cultural diversity. This year's edition, with the rhythms of Renzo Spiteri's Latin Jazz Quintet, promises to be a celebration in the truest sense of the word.

 WorldFest 2005 is being organized by the world shop L-Arka run by Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust and the Third World Group with help from the Youth Support Programme.

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