So 2011 is upon us, and nothing much has changed…
The politicians continue breaking promises (VAT, EMA, control orders, bankers bonuses), benefit cuts and job losses are starting to kick in, and the state’s clampdown on those who dissent escalates. But Bristol seems to be warming up nicely! The new year was greeted by a noise protest outside Bristol prison, whilst others attacked a couple of state agencies, and thousands attended free parties. Protests in Bristol are beginning to line up – 11 January against the loss of EMA; 22 January against the arms trade; 24 January protests against benefit cuts; 27 January at 6pm & 22 February at 2pm against Bristol council’s austerity budget and cuts (at the Council House); 29 January day of action linking student protests with cuts; and on the same day a big anti-cuts festival down in Taunton; and much more besides. And Bristol being Bristol, there’s DIY fundraisers aplenty too, with one every weekend so far uptil mid-February. 2011 – bring it on! For calendar info check out Bristol Indymedia, and The Cutz.
1. The Bristol Indymedia room and the Radical History Zone at the Bookfair are now confirmed, details to follow.
2. The Bookfair after-party is a goer, thanks to Kebele Sound for taking that on.
3. A joint Bookfair/Indymedia event on 2 May at The Cube is confirmed, details to follow.
We would love to hear from any other groups/networks/projects of any other ideas/proposals for events of an anarchist nature in the week before the bookfair. And dont forget May Day – lets make a week of anarchy!
Reduced rate early booking deadline for stalls
We hope that by now you are aware the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair will take place earlier this year on 7 May. We want to remind you especially of the reduced rate deadline for stalls of 1st February, and to have a good think about workshop proposals…
1. Early Booking Rate (deadline 1 February 2011, same rates as 2010)
National Groups & Campaigns & Distros / Publishers & Bookshops & Individuals – £15.00 per table OR 2 tables for £25.00 OR 3 tables for £35.00
South West Groups, Campaigns, Distros & Individuals – £7.00 per table
2. Standard rate (all payments received from 2 February 2011 onwards)
National Groups & Campaigns & Distros / Publishers & Bookshops & Individuals – £17.00 per table OR 2 tables for £29.00 OR 3 tables for £40.00
South West Groups, Campaigns, Distros & Individuals – £8.00 per table
(Note – if you wish to have your stall in the Radical History Zone please contact Bristol Radical History direct at brh [at] brh.org.uk)
We have 2 rooms for Bookfair workshops, plus a small outside hard surface area, and we’d welcome proposals for other moving outdoor events (radical walks, subvertising demos etc). In these spaces we are hoping to have workshops themed around the ideas of ‘Resistance and Alternative to Cuts’.
In addition, there are seperate Bristol Indymedia and RHZ meeting rooms, and you should contact them direct if you think you can offer something to their programmes.
Final deadline for all workshop/meeting proposals is 6 April 2011, after which we will if necessary select from applications received. All booking forms are here. Read the first bookfair callout here.
We hope to hear from you soon. It would also help us a lot if you could pass this info on to your contacts, and perhaps publicise the bookfair on your websites. We have a basic publicity flyer on the website that you can use, with more to follow.