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Barcelona held its first mini maker faire June 29 and by all accounts the event was a hit.panel-1

“Wow,” said event co-organizer  Ian Collingwood. “We had an incredible turnout of visitors and some really inspiring makers showing really cool stuff. We were all of us walking around on a high the whole day. Big smiles on our faces and a recognition that all the stress and hard work getting the show together in just five months was worth it.”

Fair organizers had planned to charge admission to the event but at the last minute the Barcelona City Council informed them they could not because it was on a public street. But fair attendees were generous with donations as they left. And word is members of the city council came and were impressed the fair supportive of plans for another fair next year.

Here are some scenes from the fair taken by Heike Schuricht:

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*”We’re all makers” in Catalan

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Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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