It is once again that time of year when we are bombarded by a coercive, sentimentalist, quasi-religious media onslaught that exhorts us to buy into happiness…by buying products to indicate our thanks and/or to achieve some sort of misty-eyed traditional happy family xmas. Never mind that personal debt is at record levels, that austerity means cuts to incomes and services whilst the rich get richer, that for some its a choice between heating or eating. Just buy buy buy and every little thing will be ok. Continue reading Ideas. Words. Books. Films.
Two former US Black Panthers visit Bristol this week. As part of a UK tour initiated by the London Anarchist Bookfair collective, numerous Bristol groups have banded together to arrange 3 discussion meetings in 2 days on 16th and 17th October. Continue reading Black Power, Anti-Fascist Struggle & Anarchism in the USA – 3 Events In Bristol
(UPDATE 8/10/13 – Kebele’s big birthday benefit bash on 5th October was a corker of a night and raised well over £2000 for the social centre. Massive thanx to all who put it on, played, and came & danced. See you all at Kebele!)
What started as a squatted empty building in the autumn of 1995, has turned into an 18 year (and counting) experimental project putting anarchist ideas and practices into action on a daily basis. Much to the disgust of Kebele’s many detractors over the years, who wont be coming to the 18th birthday bash!
No doubt when a small group of young punks & idealists occupied what they hoped would be a temporary home back in ’95, they wouldnt have expected it to still be there 18 years later. Amazingly one of the original occupiers remains involved, and there are regular visits from old-timers harking back to the good old days of the late 90’s Reclaim The Streets parties. Continue reading Kebele social centre is 18 years young
A mighty fine attempt by a very few comrades to make radical ideas & history available in Swindon this Saturday, supported by the local TUC! And with a decent Bristol posse on hand to help out.
Includes 1 room of stalls, 1 room of meetings, and a space for refreshments and chatting.
Venue: Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP.
Map and Facebook Event.
Date: Saturday 21st September 2013 Continue reading Swindon Radical Bookfair this Saturday 21st September
A possible Bristol anarchist bookfair for 2014 has been provisionally booked in for Saturday 26 April. The venue would once again be the Trinity Centre, after the success we had there in 2013.
Some individuals from the 2013 Bookfair Collective will send a call out to form a new collective at some point in the autumn of 2013. However it should be noted that some of the 2013 collective are in favour of holding bi-annual Bristol bookfairs. Therefore, to hold a bookfair in 2014 we will need new and additional people to get involved! Watch this space….
If the Bristol bookfair 2013 gave you a buzz, then check out these upcoming events:
Saturday 5 October – celebrate 18 years of anarchist resistance and creativity with Kebele social centre at their ‘big birthday bash’ – see poster below & details here.
Monday 7 October – Indymedia: Past, Present & Future. Important meeting to discuss the future of Bristol Indymedia. Details here.
Saturday 19 October – the London Anarchist Bookfair, the oldest & largest anarchist bookfair in the world, attracting comrades from around the UK and from abroad. See poster below or details here. Continue reading Bristol Bookfair 2014
Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) was formed in the aftermath of the street resistance in Stokes Croft in late April 2011. That resistance occurred when the state acted to defend a newly opened Tesco shop on Cheltenham Rd which had been the focus of widespread community opposition.
A heavy-handed police raid on a squat virtually opposite the Tesco sparked street protests nearby by supporters, that escalated into rioting as the cops brought in back-up from several other forces in what looked like a pre-planned operation. Welsh cops didnt endear themselves to locals by blocking their streets and refusing them access to their own homes, and soon wider sections of the local community were on the streets giving the cops a runaround into the early hours. The Tesco shop was trashed and shut down for a week. Continue reading Celebrate 2years of active solidarity by Bristol Defendant Solidarity
The main Bookfair publicity propaganda artwork is on display this weekend during the Easton Arts Trail. The EAT is a decent local initiative, and our work is on display at our spiritual home in Bristol – Kebele social centre.
Kebele is in some ways a work of art in progress. Witness the new rear wall mural being worked on right now, to go with the other excellent murals adorning the outside walls; plus the political propaganda art inside the building.
The Bookfair display consists of the main colour posters, flyers, stickers and programmes for the Bookfairs 2008-2013, and covers the main wall in the cafe area (see dodgy pic below). There wasn’t the space to include artwork for publicity for other events we have run, nor for the many low-cost B&W propaganda we have produced. However if you trawl the website you’ll find that, along with the colour artwork – which can all be downloaded and printed as you wish!
Kebele is open: Saturday 15th from 11am to 4pm, with a cafe from 11-2 and drinks/cake after that. Then Sunday 16th from 11am to 9pm for drinks/cake, with a cafe from 6.30pm, and live poetry performance by Edson Burton at 7.30pm. So pop into Kebele, at 14 Robertson Rd, Easton BS5 6JY anytime and check it all out.
Solidarity benefit for Greek social movements, autonomous spaces and social fighters
BGSG presents a solidarity event to raise awareness and funds in an attempt to support social struggles and social movements in Greece:
Saturday 8 June from 8pm to 2am, £5 on the door. At the Easton Community Centre, Kilburn St (off Easton Rd), Bristol, BS5 6AW
(Update – the event raised over £1000 for Greek social movements and struggles. Big up to all who helped make the night happen, and to BGSG for taking the initiative!) Continue reading Bristol solidarity benefit night for Greek social movements
Six weeks on and the dust has settled on the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair. even the sun has finally returned again (for a while). Here’s a short review of the 2013 Bookfair written by one member of the 2013 Bookfair Collective.
Two things seem to happen when we have an Anarchist Bookfair in Bristol. Firstly the sun shines, it did again on 20 April for the first time in ages, justifying our gamble on a venue change, to The Trinity Centre, with a large outdoor garden & space, ideal for outside fun, and meetings focusing on land, food, the commons and permaculture. The kids enjoyed the bouncy castle too! Second up we again had a period of heightened political tension – Thatcher’s death this time, not more riots on Stokes Croft, but a mini riot at the end of the Easton Death Party on the day the bastard died.
Those factors, along with extensive online publicity, posters & stickers, plus 65 stalls (sadly a few failed to show on the day), and 38 wide-ranging meetings (including the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop), ensured an excellent turnout of around 1000 people to the 5th Bristol Bookfair. Kebele’s vegan cafe was overrun, our donations buckets overflowed as we covered our costs, and we’re already trying to book in next year at Trinity Centre – although our preferred date of Saturday 17th May 2014 looks unavailable. Continue reading Anarchism sunny side up
Welcome one and all to the Bristol anarchist bookfair 2013! It’s gonna be a sunshine day!
Thatcher may have gone, but her legacy remains, Brutal neoliberal economic policies (ironically part-funded and underpinned, and then bailed out by public money); backed up by the iron fist of the state to clamp down on any dissent (and also funded by public money). To do away with her legacy will require ideas, practices and action. Debated, refined and implemented on a mass scale. Continue reading Welcome to Anarchism Bristol style