The 4th edition of the FEST Speaker, Social and Transforming Economy Fair, will be held on Saturday 28 May in the main courtyard of the University of Cervera with more than 30 exhibitors, talks and musical performances.

In this fourth edition of the FEST Speaker, normalcy is restored and the sample of projects and entities of the Social Economy returns.
The University of Cervera will host cooperative projects, foundations and organizations working in the field of social economy and cooperativism, among them some new cooperatives that have been born in the last year in the territory with the advice of the cooperative athlete Ponent Coopera.

Exhibitors will include housing projects, food, oci, education, communication, technology, services to people and companies, finance and ethical insurance and training and education; with the desire to make visible through the Social and Solidarity Economy the products and services necessary to cover the needs of our daily lives.

The theme of this year’s fair is the climate emergency and how it can be tackled from the Social and Solidarity Economy, from five central themes: food, consumption, work-leisure, energy-industry and housing-care-community.

As a novelty this year, the content part of the IV Speaker FEST will be structured from what have been called RUESS. A series of streets where projects that revolve around the central themes of the fair and that can respond to the challenge of the climate emergency will be made visible.. They want to bring the different reflections and proposals in an agile and direct way to the public attending the fair..

The RUESS will start from a basic presentation where the general framework of each parade will be put and then visit the stand of those entities that can serve as an example in their day to day.
The RUESS that will form the backbone, so, the content of the FEST Speaker will be: Rua de la Sobirania Alimentaria with a talk by Gustavo Duch, coordinator of the Food Sovereignty magazine (11 hours); Rua de la Sobirania Cultural with a talk by Natalia Virgili, member of the Kult Cooperative (12.30 hours); Rua de la Sobirania Comunitària with the presentation by Ricard Grau, member of the La Boqueria Taller architects ’cooperative (16 hours); Rua de la Sobirania Energética with a talk by Javi Hernández, president of the Vilanoveta energy community (17.30 hours).

The fairgrounds will occupy the main courtyard of the University of Cervera, from the 11 hours. The aim of holding the Fair in a space as emblematic as the University of Cervera is to take advantage of the opportunity to publicize the Social and Solidarity Economy, surrounded by one of the most representative heritages of the Segarra region, in addition to promoting the promotion of this element of remarkable heritage value through the celebration of the Fair in its facilities·lations.

The 4th edition of the Ponent FEST is organized by the Ateneu Cooperatiu Ponent Coopera and co-organized by the Diputació de Lleida and the Paeria de Cervera, with the help·collaboration of the Solidarity Economy Network of Catalonia (XES).

Information and poster provided by Ponent Coopera.