The International Repair Café Week (IRCW) is almost here again! It’s happening from 13 to 21 October. All over the world volunteers will be organising meetings focusing on making repairs together. With the IRCW we are putting the subject of repair in the international spot light. From the Netherlands to Canada, and from New Zealand to the United States.
Repair Café is 9
On Thursday 18 October 2018 it will be exactly nine years since Martine Postma organised the very first Repair Café. On this day in 2009, dozens of locals came to a theatre in Amsterdam-West with broken items. And now there are over 1,600 Repair Cafés in 33 countries on six continents.
The IRCW is not a big party at one location. The IRCW is a huge party spread across hundreds of Repair Café locations! Every team celebrates its own party by repairing items with visitors. In many cases they’ll have a special theme or treat.
Piano music, a birthday cake and a Repair Café demo
Laurel Repair Café (Maryland, US), for example, will have live piano music on October 13, Glasgow Repair Café (UK) plans to have a birthday cake on the 20th, and Kamloops Repair Café (Canada) will join forces with ReStore and MakerSpace for the occasion on the 20th too.
Volunteers of various Repair Cafés in the US will come together for a special Repair Café demo at the international conference ReuseConex in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 19th. Martine Postma will join too, since she’ll be speaking at the conference.
Would you like to show that you are also a fan of repairing? Then visit a Repair Café in your neighbourhood during the IRCW. Or organise your own. Repair Café International will gladly help you get started.