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Put repair in spotlights during International Repair Day

Every year, the third Saturday of October puts repair in the spotlight! Cities all over the world organise large Repair Cafés and local events to promote repair with citizens.

What better day is there to put the spotlights on local repair initiatives in your city?

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International Repair Day

In 2017, the Open Repair Alliance launched International Repair Day to highlight the importance of making electric and electronic devices more durable and easier to repair. Since then, International Repair Day occurs annually on the third Saturday in October.

The Open Repair Alliance is an international group of repair organizations including:

What can cities do during International Repair Day?

International Repair Day is a perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of repair and put a spotlight on repair initiatives or professionals in the city. To give you inspiration, we gathered some examples from Sharepair partners or other cities:

  • organize a technical workshop with a local repairman or handy volunteer;
  • organize a debate or and lesson with an academic, NGO and/or a politician who is involved in this field;
  • put repair at the center of the library by highlighting books on repair, DIY projects, the circular economy in the spotlight;
  • organize a film screening on the importance of e-waste;
  • organize a Repair Fest;
  • organize a circular walk in the city and visit repair initiatives or professionals;
  • organize a repair marathon together with local repair initiatives or professionals;
  • organize an exposition on repair or circular economy;

The Repair Everywhere campaign

The Repair Everywhere campaign has been developed by Repair & Share and Repair Together on the occasion of International Repair Day (week) in 2022 to highlight the importance and joy of repairing.

A toolkit is available to inspire cities to set up own activities: special workshops on 3D printing or repair for teens, a repair marathon, collection of broken devices in the university hospital, an exhibition, a small YouTube film about Repair before movies in the movie theatre, …

Examples in the repair cities

Repair Fest in Hasselt

Repair&Share organized a Repair Fest in the city of Hasselt for International Repair Day 2022.
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The Repair Marathon in Leuven

For International Repair Day 2022, the city of Leuven, Maakbaar Leuven and MAAKbar (two local repair organizations) organized a repair…
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Expo 'Beautiful Piece! - ode to repair' in Roeselare

During International Repair Day 2022 the city of Roeselare hosted the expo 'Beautiful Piece!', developed by Repair Café International.
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