Kebele social centre – a 20 year anarchist experiment


Kebe_20logo_pinkSMKebele social centre, in Easton, Bristol, has now been going for 20 years and is celebrating by holding a NovemberFest – which is in fact 6 weeks worth of activities, events, workshops, cafes, parties & arts – alongside it’s normal weekly activities. As ever events are either free, or for a suggested donation of just a few pounds, and nobody is turned away because they are skint.

Hist_KebTwo years ago when Kebele was just 18 years old, we posted an appreciation & short historical record about it, and in March of this year when there was a ‘Kebele Open Day’ we commented again. You can read here the principles‘ that guide Kebele – anarchy in action, and long may you last!

Kebele has been something of a spiritual home for the Bookfair since we re-started Anarchist Bookfairs in Bristol back in 2008. It has been our admin base, organising place, storage space and long-term Bookfair partner, providing the Bookfair cafes as well as stalls & many helpers. It is well known that there’s always been a fair cross-over between Kebele activists and members of the Bookfair Collective! So thank you Kebele.

KebeleA_medIf you’ve not been to Kebele then you should come and check it out, if you’ve been before then come back and meet some old friends. One of the beauties of Kebele has always been thats it’s acted as a sort of hub in Bristol – a space where people meet up, get to know eachother, network & chat, and then go off and do some fine things – often not connected to Kebele at all. Kebele has provided the anarchic seed that others choose to take away to grow, whilst some keep it growing within Kebele itself. Long may that last! Here’s a list of events coming up for the next 4 weeks, and check the Kebele website & FB page for updates:

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Call out for Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective 2016


2011tshirt_image_smallerIf you enjoyed the Bristol anarchist Bookfair in April 2015 and want to get more involved, then come to our first organizing meeting on the 4th October 2015. it will be held at Kebele social center, 14 Robertson road, BS5 6JZ for a working lunch at 1pm. bring a vegan dish to share! new people are always welcome, and we would love to hear any fresh ideas.

Update – Next Meeting: Friday 30th October, 7pm start, at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton BS5 6JY. If you have the time/energy to get involved & help make the Bookfair happen then come along!

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Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016


The date for the 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is set to be Saturday 30 April 2016, and a venue has been provisionally booked.

anoknotkaosThis will be the day before May Day, and we hope to see a mass May Day event in Bristol to ram home the message that not only did the vast majority not vote for the Tories, but we actively oppose all and any austerity cuts too. If anyone is thinking of organising event(s) for May Day then please get in touch for a spot of mutual aid!

The week before the Bristol Bookfair, there will be an Anarchist Bookfair in Sheffield, on 23 April.

There’ll be a callout shortly for people who would like to get involved with, and form, the Collective to organise our 2016 Bookfair – so watch this space!

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30 Reasons Why Voting Does Not Equal Democracy!


To vote or not to vote. That is the question. And the debate did not start with Russell Brand. Here are a few a reasons to consider why voting does not equal democracy. You may be able to think of more.
(This article was sent to us by a local anarchist a while back, now’s a good time to run it!)
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That was the 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!


Bookfair_welcomeSo that’s us done with the 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair! Massive thanks to all who came, all who helped, and all who donated at the Bookfair and/or After-Party. Will there be an 8th Bookfair? Well that’s down to you! There’ll be a callout in the autumn to see if there are enough of those willing to put one on next year…

Bookfair_banners1As this year’s Bookfair happened to coincide with the 2015 electoral farce, we took a principled position of opposition & critique towards British representative democracy. As anarchists we have no desire to be governed and ruled over by anyone, be they left or right wing, so we don’t support any political party seeking such a position. To that end we worked hard to keep the Bookfair free from party political politics, and rejected a very few stall applications from those who seek to govern us, as well as a couple of others who we did not consider to have anything in common with anarchist aims & principles. Continue reading

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Elections, Rojava (West Kurdistan), and Cops – the main debates @ the Anarchist Bookfair


FBpage_bannerLgeHere’s the details for the 3 meetings in our largest meeting space at the Bristol anarchist bookfair tomorrow, the Assembly Room, up on the 1st floor at Trinity Centre.

Do come along, have a listen to what the speakers say, and then question or contribute as you wish. Elsewhere in Trinity you’ll find some 59 tables of Stalls, an all day vegan cafe, a kids (with adults) space, the Soap Box outside, 3 more meetings spaces at trinity, and the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Get on the SOAP BOX @ the Anarchist Bookfair


soap_cartoonThe SOAP BOX is a new event at this year’s Bristol anarchist bookfair. With the political party campaigns for the 2015 General & Local Elections being incredibly stage-managed and non-controversial affairs, we hope the Soap Box will provide a further public space for people to have their say at the Bookfair.

What is the Soap Box – it’s a bit like Speakers Corner, or old-style political campaigning – stand on a box with a microphone and have your say. Calling all dreamers, ranters, poets, rappers, speakers, singers & jokers – get up and have your say, from a one-liner to a max of 4 minutes each. No discriminatory language or abusive behaviour please. Heckling is welcomed, politicians are not! Each session will be compered by 2 people, who will fill in the gaps, encourage participation, and ensure you get to have your say. And we know a lot of you have a lot to say!

soap_woodboxThe Soap Box will be outside at Trinity, located on the edge of the green space. Times & Comperes are:
12.30-2pm – Cosmo Vinyl & Faith Taylor (with guitars)
3-4.30pm – Mike & Emma Weston Combo

So…get ready to have a go this Saturday 25 April!

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Kids (with adults) Space @ the Anarchist Bookfair


Kids_flyer_medWe intend once again this year that the Bristol anarchist bookfair, on Saturday 25 April,  is a kids & family friendly event. We would therefore like to thank the Bristol-Men Against Patriarchy group (FB page), and friends, for taking on the ‘Kids (with adults) Space’, and vastly improving it.

The ‘Kids (with adults) Space’ will be on the ground floor of Trinity Centre, opposite the Cafe. There’ll be some comfy seating, soft toys, games, arts materials, facepainting, storytelling, tables etc, and space for kids to move around freely. It’ll run from 12noon-5.30pm and there’s a timetable of events for the day – see image. Continue reading

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Never Mind The Ballots…It’s The Full Bookfair programme!


BF15prog_frontAWelcome one and all to the Full Programme for The 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, on Saturday 25th April 2015, from 11.00am – 6pm, at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW, with Radical History Zone nearby at Hydra Bookshop. We’ll be seeing you very soon…

We’ve now printed 1000 copies of the programme, to be handed out on the day. We make it available here now for you to see what’s on and when, so feel free to share it, print it off, or just read it online. It is possible there may be one or two minor changes over the next week, if so we will edit the information available online as and when that happens. So you may wish to check back and look at these pages:  main 2015 Bookfair page  /  Stalls Page / Workshops/Meetings Page  /  publicity page  /  Respect, Equality & Accessibility page   /  Directions & Transport page After-Party page  The Programme is set out below in image format (click to enlarge). Continue reading

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The Room with a View meetings @ the Anarchist Bookfair


ballotsFBThe Room with a View at the Bookfair is another of the five spaces at the Trinity Centre where different groups/individuals are contributing workshops. There is an emphasis on sharing information & experiences to generate debate, and interaction is positively encouraged. Remember that none of the speakers are professional politicians – just ordinary impassioned people like you and us – ensuring minimal spin & bullshit! You can see details of all the Bookfair meetings here.

There’s a wide range of topics. Details are below, with some useful links, or you can download this pdf & print RoomwithView_meet details : Continue reading

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