Flash mob dancers make Tonbridge move for Fairtrade
by Andy Tong | 13th March 2019
THIRTY-FIVE Razzamataz students helped Tonbridge celebrate its inaugural Fairtrade Fortnight, by performing three flash mob dances on Saturday [March 9].
The energetic ensemble, all aged six to 15, strutted their stuff outside the Beyond The Grounds café on River Walk, then by Castle Gate and finally along the High Street.
One of the theatre school’s Tots students, three-year-old Darcey May, came along to watch her cousin Eliza dance and couldn't resist joining in.
Razzamataz Principal Eve Aston said: “I was thrilled at how our performances went, we were joined by a lovely group of enthusiastic students, along with their very supportive parents.
“I am proud of all my students and of course our fabulous dance teacher, Tash [Aston], who is no stranger to flash mobs herself and once performed a Flash mob herself in Westminster Abbey in front of the Queen!”
The town achieved Fairtrade Town status last October 2018, so that it is now recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation as a community that cares about the products they buy.
It also demonstrates that Tonbridge is dedicated to working with poor farmers and others to help them build their economic viability.
On the previous Saturday [March 2] three local artists – Ryan Weeks, Lee Willz and Kiah Spurle – busked all day long outside the Oxfam Shop on the High Street and Waitrose supermarket on Sovereign Way.
And an art exhibition was held at the Angel Centre, curated by Sarah Spence and Victoria Casillas. Terra Nostra examined the links between humans and the Earth.
“The exhibition sees the relationship as a battleground within which our world seems to be on the losing side,” said Ms Spence.
“Edging towards extinction where the laws of nature have been misused and abused by the higher ape, humankind is crafting its own burial chamber through an obsession with consumption and commercial gain.”
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn decent, stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies.
In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects.
Today, more than 1.6million farmers and workers across 74 developing countries have the chance to trade their way out of poverty and benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
By purchasing Fairtrade products, shoppers help these farmers while also buying quality products that they know have been ethically sourced.
The Fairtrade mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards, making it the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide.