International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of October.
In 2020, Repair Day falls on Saturday 17th October.
The theme for this year’s edition is repair is essential, especially during a global pandemic. We want to celebrate the efforts of repair communities, individuals and businesses, making repair possible when we need it the most.
Celebrate Repair Day
There are many things you can do to celebrate International Repair Day: from attempting to fix something yourself to dropping by a local shop and get your devices back to life. We want everyone to take pride in fixing their things, and to motivate fixers – enthusiasts and professionals – to share their repair skills and get others involved.
Global Repair Day events
How are you going to celebrate? Are you planning an event or an activity for Repair Day? Please submit it with this form and we’ll add it to a global list in the lead-up to the day.
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Why Repair Day?
We want to make repair as visible as possible. This day highlights the value of repair and promotes global community efforts to fix the stuff we own.
During the first two editions of Repair Day, we witnessed great interest and sharing through social media, where people posted their repair events and stories, and we heard from fixers and community repair events across the world, from the UK to Spain, Iran, Argentina or the US. In 2018, the focus was on #RighttoRepair, with increased interest from the global press and from independent repairers.
International Repair Day also presents an opportunity to further promote community repair events globally: motivating active groups, encouraging new ones to emerge, and inspiring citizens to share their skills as volunteers.
Beyond repairing in the community, this day can help independent repair shops promote their work, and also inspire companies to show support for repair, sharing information, tools or spare parts.