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Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and May Day Weekender

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Come on in, the Anarchy’s lovely…The 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is on Saturday 30th April 2016, 11am to 6pm.

BABF2016_flyerfrontFBThe Bookfair and all Stalls will be at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW, with the  Radical History Zone just 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop (where you can also get books, coffee & cake).
You are all invited! The Bookfair is Free to enter, but we welcome donations.

Trinity Centre is fully wheelchair accessible including a lift to 1st floor, accessible toilets on both floors, and designated parking in the car park. Hydra Bookshop is wheelchair accessible, but it’s toilet is not.

It’s time to Build An Anarchist Future – read the full callout.

For full details of what’s on when and where – see Full Programme or FB event
For just the Radical History Zone Programme – see BRHG website
For the Bookfair After-Party, presented by LaDIYfest Bristol – see here or FB event
For directions, public transport, parking and maps – read here.
We wish you all a day of total anarchy!

Protest – on the Saturday evening there is an angry march & protest: Homes For All! Protest Against Bristol Council & Mayor George Ferguson. Starting from the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster at 5.30pm, and marching to City Hall (aka Council House) for an overnight stay/squat on College Green. Full info on FB event.

MAY DAY
Sunday 1st of May is May Day – International Workers Day – celebrating all those who have struggled before us, and expressing solidarity with all those fighting capitalism, the bosses and the political pawns today. Find out more.

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Join us on the Radical Workers Bloc at Bristol’s May Day March & Rally!
Calling all Anarchists, rebels, radicals, and workers who are sick of taking shit! Let’s give the politicians & bosses the Class War they’ve started!

The 1st of May is International Workers Day, it’s a time to come together to commemorate the struggles of the past and push forward the struggles of today.

Join us on Bristols May Day march organised by the Bristol Trades Union Council (BTUC), just look for the red & black flags on the day. We’re looking for as many people as possible to join us in a surprise action on the day as well. Solidarity!
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BTUC march & rallywebsite and FB event

Also on May Day: 
maydaycarnivalOn May 1st we are going into the city centre to make a lot of noise and celebrate our humanity in demand for Equal Rights and Justice.  Meet 1pm by The Fountains!

All across Bristol and the world people are being forced from their homes. Some run from explosives, machetes and famines, whilst others are moved through rising rents and man made divides, but all the while destroying communities, families and the lives of young people. There is reason to be angry, but instead we invite Bristol to join us and express ourselves in whichever way you see fit. Make music, share food, dance and learn from other people. Info & FB event. Organised by Mayday Carnival & The Bristol Party.

30 April to 4 May: Reclaim The Power – End Coal Now Action Camp
End-Coal-NowJust an hour from Bristol in south Wales, this mass action could be one of the largest for years. Many people from Bristol will go on the Sunday/Monday in time for the largest action – so join them! Please read loads of important info first, on the Reclaim The Power website or FB event. Check also Frack Free Bristol (FB page) for any transport vacancies left on Sunday. Good luck to all!

We’ll see you at the Bookfair, and on the streets & in the fields!
Solidarity to all!
love, rage & struggle
Bristol anarchist bookfair collective

Psst! Last Call For Anarchist Art To Display At The Bookfair

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Final Callout for the Anarchist Art Space at the Bookfair – Contact* Us ASAP!

BAB2016stick1_artmedCalling all those that love to put their politics into their art!
Whether you enjoy doing a bit of spoken word, or use a spraycan to subvertise, or perhaps you’ve subverted your old lego collection to build a model of an anarchist Bristol? To those that have a cupboard full of beautiful banners, or have a wall covered with posters and stickers..bring them along!

This year at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair we’ll have a gallery displaying anarchist artwork, with a PA for those that want to do something more vocal – spoken word, poetry, storytelling etc! Continue reading Psst! Last Call For Anarchist Art To Display At The Bookfair

Radical History Zone Full Programme

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RHZ2016_poster&timesThe Comrades over at Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) have announced the full lineup for their Radical History Zone (RHZ) at this years Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, and as ever it’s a right cracker of a selection!

The RHZ takes place at Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ, which is just 5 minutes down the road from the main Anarchist Bookfair venue at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW. Hydra Bookshop will be open from 11am, selling books, coffee & cake all day, whilst BRHG’s book stall will be at the main Bookfair.

TrinityHydraRHZ meetings start at 12noon. Each session, with a full description, is listed below. You can also find it on the BRHG website, on our Workshops page, in the Bookfair Programme on the day, or you can download it here RHZ2016_programme (pdf) and read it in bed/at work and share it with your friends!

Radical History Zone @ the 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair
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Co-ordinated by Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG)
Continue reading Radical History Zone Full Programme

Building An Anarchist Future – callout for the 2016 Bristol Bookfair

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BAB2016_poster1medThis is the main text Callout for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair. A shorter version will appear on the Bookfair Flyer shortly. Check the website for Stall bookings and Workshop Proposals. Please also read the Bookfair Collective’s Aims & Principles and share the FB event & Bookfair publicity. Then come along to the south west’s largest, explicitly radical, political gathering – All Welcome!

Building an Anarchist Future
Capitalism isn’t working…

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Callout for Stalls and Workshops at the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

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BABF2016_1medBuilding an anarchist future

Call-out for workshops and stalls for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, which will be on Saturday 30th April 2016, from 11am – 6pm, at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW.

If capitalism collapsed tomorrow would we be ready?
It’s hard to plan for an uncertain future, as we have no idea how things will play out. Nor is it realistic to think there will ever be a point where we will have reached our destination or ideal utopia.

However, we can work on building our resilience & solidarity & co-operation, experimenting with different ways of organising, exchanging skills & resources, growing food & sustainability, dealing with conflict. and so on.

The aim of this year’s Bookfair is to focus on the futureas capital’s global crisis deepens and conflicts escalate, with disastrous consequences for humanity & the planet, the need for lasting social revolution has never been greaterthe future is bright IF the future is anarchism! Here’s the details & forms for Stall bookings & Workshop proposals….
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Kids (with adults) Space @ the Anarchist Bookfair

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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 Kids (with adults) Space @ the Anarchist Bookfair

Radical History Zone @ the Anarchist Bookfair

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rhz-2015-posterOnce again this year on Saturday 25 April, comrades from the Bristol Radical History Group have taken on organising a small Radical History Zone as a part of the Bristol anarchist bookfair.

Again they’ll be based at Hydra Bookshop all day, which is at 34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ – just a 5 minute walk from Trinity Centre – and running a series of 6 meetings starting at 12noon.

Hydra naturally also sells books, and coffee & cake!  Meanwhile a few of BRHG will also be running a bookstall up at the Bookfair in the Trinity Centre (on the 1st floor) – do check out their excellent series of local radical history pamphlets!

Here is the full RHZ programme, you can also find it on the BRHG website, download it here as a pdf RHZ_full info and indeed as a Facebook event. Continue reading Radical History Zone @ the Anarchist Bookfair

Full steam ahead through the electoral swamp

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stick_GovtafraidFBJust 5 weeks to go now until the Bristol anarchist bookfair at The Trinity Centre in Bristol, and it’s all shaping up well. Even the political parties & politicians are doing their bit for us – by acting like the complete bunch of liars, cheats & weirdos that they are.

The election campaign is shaping up to be one of the most petty name-calling & posturing campaigns ever, with barely a policy debate in sight, and with yet more cuts being promised by just about all the parties. We make no apology for having nothing but hatred & contempt for the political parties and their ruling class masters – their time will come, the sooner the better!

Whilst they waste our time and yours, we have a few deadlines coming up:
– we still have a few Stall tables left, so if you want to book one in time to get listed in our printed programme you need to do it this week. Any Stall spaces booked after that willl only be listed online. For forms & info see the Stalls page.

– noon on Wednesday 25 March is the final deadline to submit a Workshop proposal. The Bookfair collective meets that evening to decide which 12 proposals go ahead at the Bookfair. For forms & info see the Workshops page.

– all our publicity has been printed and is being passed around. We could do with help sharing it online – you can copy images of posters etc from our Publicity page and share them online. You can also share our social media links with friends, networks & contacts:
On Crackbook (FB page) here – Bristolanarchistbookfair
On Crackbook (FB event) here – 7th Bristol Bookfair
Radical History ZoneFB event and BRHG website
On Twitter – @bristolbookfair using this as our main hashtag #BABF2015 and also #AngrynotApathetic.

The printed programme for the Bookfair should be printed by about 10 April, and it’ll appear online by then too, so keep checking back. Other info will be made available as and when its confirmed, such as the After-Party! We’ll see you all on the 25 April, it’ll be great!

Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance

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Kebele social centre is holding a community Open Day on Saturday 8 March (details on images), and welcomes anyone from the local neighbourhood to pop in, look around, and have a chat. This is the 20th year since the Kebele project started, and whilst it is open to the local community whenever it is actually open, it has made a specific effort to invite people along on Saturday. So come!

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Kebele started in the autumn of 1995, when a bunch of activists in need of housing occupied the empty building. When Kebele was 18yrs old, we wrote this article about its history & purpose. Kebele is an overtly anarchist space, and is now guided by a clear set of principles. The Open Day is an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of its aims and activities, and clarify any questions they may have. It’s also a chance to socialise, enjoy the vegan food from Kebele’s cafe, and find out about some of the many & varied anarchist activities in and around Bristol. So come! Continue reading Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance

Bookfairs in early 2015

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The first anarchist bookfair in 2015 was the Cardiff Bookfair on 21 February, and a very worthwhile effort it was – well done to the South Wales Anarchists!

Coming up over the next couple of months are a number of other Bookfairs. These act as a sort of shop window to the world of anarchism, as well as a place for anarchists & radicals to gather, debate, network, and plot ahead…
25 April – Dublin anarchist bookfair
25 April – Bristol anarchist bookfair
9 May – ARB Radical London Bookfair
16 May – Sheffield anarchist bookfair
Our great big older sister, the London anarchist bookfair, will be around the 18 or 25 October (if they can sort a venue!). There will of course be more around Britain and the World – see here for updates. Enjoy & Revolt!
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