Making plans for International Repair Day 2020

Hi everyone,

October is (somehow) just around the corner and with it, this year’s International Repair Day!

:spiral_calendar: International Repair Day, 17 October 2020

If this is your first Repair Day, click/tap here for a quick primer.

International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance. It’s celebrated on the third Saturday of October every year and aims to highlight the value of repair and promote global community efforts to fix the stuff we own.

:framed_picture: What happened last year? See photos from Repair Day 2019 events around the world

This year, the theme is: Repair is Essential, a nod to our belief in the fundamental importance of repair, especially during a pandemic. We want to celebrate the efforts of repair communities, individuals and businesses, making repair possible when we need it the most.

Find the full details over at the Open Repair Alliance:

What you can do right now

Plan your celebration of the day with your community :tada:! Given most of us won’t be able to run our usual community repair events this year, don’t be afraid to get creative! Repair Day is a great opportunity to reach out beyond our usual circles and shout about repair. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • invite a local repair business to talk about their work
  • run a ‘how to repair a…’ workshop
  • run an online repair event
  • if you’re running a laptop donation scheme, publish an article about it
  • livestream a repair or share a repair story on social media
  • … or anything that can get people excited about repair where you are

What are you thinking of doing to celebrate Repair Day?

Got an event planned? Don’t forget to register it here:

^ and on that note, @Jessika_Richter, thanks for being ahead of the game as usual, having already organised an online repair event. @Stuart_Ward, I notice Reading Repair Café have an online event the next day too (still counts :wink: ). Also, @Jonathan_Vigne, I think I see some events across the Repair Together network happening that weekend too!


Hi all…I’m just catching up on about 6 months worth of emails (gulp) and we always want to do something around International Repair Day! I like the #RepairHeroes idea that has been muted with the #RightToRepair campaign team, and think we’ll try and do a social media campaign locally to get people to nominate their local #RepairHeroes from this year…which local business, friend, collegue, neighbour went above and beyond and see if we can hunt out some good news stories to encourage more repair. Might even try to hunt out a local artist to create graphic novel type poster of some of those nominated.


Cool idea! We would love to share that :heart_eyes: