Not just a bookfair…
Since the 2008 Bookfair we have held regular public events such as film nights, talks, workshops, and the odd gig. So for the 2009 Bookfair we felt confident it would be worthwhile holding a few additional events around the time of the bookfair, in co-operation with other groups and individuals. These are listed below.
At the same time, another group of radicals, agitators, dreamers and direct actionistas has come together to organise a week of workshops, theatre and action under the banner of Co-Mutiny: social change not climate change. The end result is that the bookfair will also kick off 9 days of Bristol Co-Mutiny. Keep an eye on their website for details of events as plans become reality.
Other Bookfair events:
1. Punky-dub-ska bookfair benefit gig – bank holiday blow up Monday 31 August, from 6pm, at The Croft, on Stokes Croft.
2. Film night at The Cube, Monday 7 September – Winstanley (the Diggers & St George’s Hill).
3. Free film night 10 September, 7.30pm, at Plan 9, The Island – 3 generations of radical films.
4. After-bookfair party, 12 September from 8pm to 3am at The Croft, on Stokes Croft.
1. Benefit gig on Monday 31 August, at The Croft, 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RW.
Featuring the awesome return of Belgian riot-dubsters the Usual Suspects; with Bristol’s militant ska-punkers Spanner; psychotic metal spiked dub from London’s underground Headjam, plus Jakal.
PLUS a film at 6.30pm: showing ‘Squat 69‘ a powerful feature film about the resistance to the eviction of Ungdomshuset (the ‘Youth House’, at Jagtvej 69) in Copenhagen, by former inhabitants of the house.
Organised by the Bastard Squad collective as a Bookfair benefit.
£5 on the door. Doors open 6pm, film at 6.30pm, first band on at 8pm.
2. Winstanley (the Diggers and St George’s Hill) on Monday 7 September.
Film night at The Cube, Dove St South, Bristol BS2 8JD. Doors 7.30pm for 8pm, £4 or £3 (but nobody refused for lack of funds)
(Winstanley – Andrew Mollo & Kevin Brownlow, UK / 1975 / B&W, 95 mins / cert 15)
Join us and Bristol Indymedia at their regular monthly film night, for this screening of a restored version of this important film from 1975. In the run up to the bookfair on 12 September, this film evokes some of the earliest examples of anarchist thought and practice. Indeed the occupations by the Diggers have been described by some as the first anarcho-communist revolution in history. Their actions remain an inspiration for others right up to the present day. The context of the film will be introduced by Steve Mills, a local trade union activist and Bristol radical historian.
On 1 April 1649, Winstanley and the Diggers set out to form a commune and work the land of St George’s Hill, in an action designed to reclaim land for the poor who had been dispossessed by Cromwell’s recent English Revolution. Unsurprisingly in a time of great upheaval they meet much opposition, surprisingly some of it from those peasants they seek to enthuse, and their action lasts only a year, although many similar settlements occur elsewhere. Their story delves into issues relevant then as now – land ownership, class, power and the law, religious puritanism, and hierarchies.
Authentic, exciting and dramatic, with spellbinding black and white camera-work creating a powerfull visual experience. The film is rightly judged to be a classic, and is based on the book Comrade Jacob, by David Caute (1961), who was a former pupil of the great historian and one time communist, Christopher Hill. Watch out too for the appearance of some genuine 1970’s hippies as ranters. Be prepared to be moved.
3. Free Film Night at Plan 9, inside The Island, on Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm: “The Students Think We’re Making Submachine Guns”
A Free Film screenings at PLAN 9 (inside The Island aka ArtspaceLifespace), Bridewell Street, BS1 2PZ
Fuck Gesture with Bristol Anarchist Bookfair present a night of films exploring the labour process and the process of realising alternative collective desires.
A 1930s French cinema classic
A 1960s avant garde german film essay
A contemporary documentary exploring the relevance of the Black Panthers today
Opening with a brilliant 1960s agitprop film essay which demystifies the devastation of napalm with a banal drama set in the American workplace. It explores the division of labour and hierarchies of command that constitute the produce of a nation. “Because of the intensified division of labour, many technicians and scientists can no longer recognise the contribution they have made to weapons of mass destruction. Regarding the crimes in Vietnam they feel like observers.”
René Clair’s musical farce “À Nous la Liberté” (Freedom For Us) was one of the early triumphs of sound cinema and has retained its status as one of the all-time greats of French cinema. A sharp critique of the era, it tells the tale of two prison cellmates separated in their escape attempt. Through sleight and entrepreneurialism one becomes a successful industrialist while the other finds himself a mere automaton lost in the new conveyor belt world of factory life. Essentially an uplifting tale of enduring friendship, our characters get sidetracked by commerce and complacency before taking to the road again singing “À Nous La Liberté!” – “Freedom is ours!”
Reel News Collectives’ ‘The Legacy of the Black Panthers’ is a British documentary from 2008. Spawned by the civil rights movement of the 60s, the Black Panther Party have been constantly misrepresented. Here ex-members speak for themselves about this revolutionary party, particularly their groundbreaking community activism, and why they are still so relevant today.
This is a heads-up event for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair which takes place at The Island, Bridewell Street, Bristol on Saturday September 12th 2009 so Donations welcomed.
Total programme length: 2 hours 15 minutes (with breaks).
4. After-Bookfair Party, Saturday 12 September, at The Croft
8pm to 2am, £5 b4 11pm (or £4 with bookfair programme); £6 after 11pm, on the door.
At The Croft, 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RW.
Advance tickets will be available at £6 from Bristol Ticket Shop, on Union Street, Bristol BS1.
With live bands, dj’s, visuals & spoken word across 2 rooms providing a right old knees-up of party music & vibes.
Line up so far:
2 hour live DJ set at midnight with Gary Clail, formerly of Tackhead and On-U Sound, at the controls.
The Devil May Cares playing gospel show tunes visual.
The Bus Station Loonies bringing on cider-fuelled mayhem.
The Suit Burners political indie rock and d-beats.
DJ’s: Patrick Bolton, Shibby Sheitgeist, Nugget Ponderdust, The Instigator, Cutterz, and Black Rainbow – playing a right old mix of party tunes from electro and house to world beats via dubstep, plus some spoken word!
Organised by Nick (of No World Borders and the Kebele sound collective) and friends as a benefit for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and Haven Distro (Books to Prisoners).
Benefits are organised and run by volunteers, providing quality, value for money, fun nights out and raising funds to help us keep the bookfair free to the public and/or supporting worthwhile causes.