29 April to 7 May
A list of related events around the same time as the Bookfair, but not necessarily anything to do with us…if you are organising events with an anarchist flavour around this time then let us know and we’ll add it to the list and help publicise it. Local anarchist and radical groups & individuals are putting on any number of events/parties/talks/film shows every week. See Bristol Indymedia’s calendar or click on the links to local groups on our front page.
Friday 29 April: another royal parasites wedding. Yuk! Apparently some people are intending to gatecrash Buckingham palace on the day, keep an eye on UK Indymedia for London events, and Bristol Indymedia for local. Wedding details here. In reality it seems most people are just downright bored with whole royal soap opera and the inbreeding antics of a fossilised tradition. However this hasn’t stopped the corporate media whipping itself into a frenzy over the anarchist threat to the royal freak show. Our current favourite news piece of exaggeration, myths, contradictory statements and hysteria can be found on CNN here, suitably posted on 1 April. The 29th is now a bank holiday, most of us are hoping for a sunny day and some social time with family and friends. if you still have a job make sure you take the day off and get paid for it. And fuck the royal wedding.
A number of events are rumoured in Bristol with a distinctly anti-royal wedding theme, let’s see what comes off? Definitely happening:
12 noon – 9pm is a family fun day, at The Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW, featuring a Wedding of Mass Distraction at 7pm. People are invited to dress up, bring stocks for the royals, and generally take the piss and have fun. The Bookfair will have a stall there all day alongside Kebele’s Infoshop, come and have a chat. Best of all its all free!
1pm til late – street party with distinct republican flavour in Chelsea Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 (road formally closed it appears!). Based around and outside the local Chelsea Inn pub, with BBQ, sounds, fun and games. Bring a contribution of whatever you’d like to find there.
12 noon in Bath – Royal Victoria Park (oh, the irony!) in Bath, for a Picnic Against Parasites! Meeting at the war memorial at midday, please dress for the occasion, and bring food, drink, music, friends and banners; oh, and the odd effigy to burn, too. Poster pdf – bath_right-royal-knees-up
Saturday 30 April: could just be a few May Day related events today…
Meet 11.30am – Bath Defend Our May Day. In defence of our history, Bath Trades Council, the Bath Anti-Cuts Alliance and others meet outside Marks & Spencers at the bottom of Stall Street. Why not join us with banners, placards and leaflets? Remember: the powerful give nothing up willingly, and neither will we.
11am – 2pm: regular Saturday vegan cafe & infoshop at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY.
Saturday 30 April: The Bastard Squad invites you to warm up for May Day 2011 with…
OI POLLOI – anthemic Gaelic anarchOI! on a rare southern jaunt!
DIVINE SPARK – politically conscious Luxembourg hardcore
WAR/SYSTEM – old-school Midlands crust
CASUS – new-school South West crust
From 8pm at The White Hart, Whitehall Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 9BJ. £6 on the door.
A benefit for 325 magazine
Sunday 1 May: May Day. International Workers Day. Do not go to work. The likelihood of an autonomous Bristol May Day event is rapidly diminishing…sadly. There are a few informal gatherings and parties around Bristol, and there are May Day celebrations in towns & villages across the south west, plus of course the annual May Day march in London.
2pm onwards – BADACA May Day Picnic, The Downs (by the water tower), Clifton, Bristol. This is an informal do. Bring family, friends, food, drink, musical instruments or any other form of communal entertainment you may have. The event depends on the weather. More details from BADACA.
12noon – Hereford May Day anti-cuts march. Hereford Solidarity League will be joining others on a march and rally in Hereford, on 1st May. Assembling at 12noon in Merton Meadow Car Park, Hereford before moving off. Rally after in Shire Hall. Bring banners, flags, whistles and drums and be ready to make some noise! See you there.
6 to 9.30pm: weekly vegan cafe and social at Kebele social centre.
Monday 2 May: Another bank holiday, so if you have a job make sure you are paid for the day off.
7.30pm: The Road to Haymarket, May Day, and its Relevance Today.
Bristol Indymedia and the Anarchist Bookfair Collective present on the 125th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair an evening of films and discussion looking at the origins of International Workers Day and the relevance of labour movement struggles and trade unions today.
The struggle for a 40 hour week and the murder by cops of striking workers in Chicago in May 1886 led directly to the events of 4 May in Haymarket, of more deaths and the conviction of 8 mainly anarchist workers who became known as the Haymarket Martyrs. May Day became International Workers Day in 1889 in commemoration of the murder of 4 of them by the state, and of the struggles of workers internationally.
Tonights first film is a US Labor Beat 1986 documentary ‘The Road to Haymarket’ (28mins). It traces the varied struggles of American and migrant workers in the years before 1886, includes archive images, and re-enacts key moments and speeches from the Haymarket events.
The second film is a cut-up of ‘Trainwreck of the Ideologies 1 & 2’ (20mins approx), also by Labor Beat. This looks at the conflicts which arose at the unveiling of 2 memorials in 1998 and 2004 to the Haymarket Affair. Whilst no anarchists were allowed to speak at these events, speakers included a catholic priest, government reps, and a police spokesman, as once again our radical past was airbrushed away.
An open discussion will follow on the importance of our histories of struggle, and the relevance of May Day and trade unions to struggles today. All welcome.
Some background reading on May Day, with further links at this article: A mayday for May Day?
Tuesday 3 May: The Peoples Kitchen at The Factory. Weekly communal meal, for a donation, at this amazing squatted social space. Food from 8pm, help with cooking from 4pm. Often a free film after, plus loadsa useful info available for free. At 2-8 Cave St, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8RU.
Wednesday 4 May: The Bastard Squad present a Bristol anarchist bookfair benefit and Incites You To Start A Riot With…
THEE INFIDELS – Heretic crackrocksteady from Frankfurt, Germany
LUVDUMP – Angry skacore militants from Bury, St. Edmunds
Wednesday 4 May: Viva Mexico is a brilliant new documentary film about the Zapatistas, Mexico and the Other Campaign of 2006. It will be shown exclusively in Bristol at an event hosted by longstanding Bristol-Zapatista solidarity group KIPTIK, supported by the Bristol anarchist bookfair. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Dont miss it! Limited space. entry by donation. From 7.30 to 10.30pm at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY. More info: on The Other Campaign; a short History of Zapatistas.
Facebook event link
Wednesday 4 May from 7pm: Ocassional Cinema – Round Two
A message from the Cinema: “As the situation continues, so do we. Occasional Cinema presents a second evening of citizen journalist footage, discussions and hopefully no helicopters this time. The location is secret till the day due to police gatecrashers at last wednesdays screening. An account of that is here.
Facebook event notice here. An annoucement will be made there on the day to give a meeting point. Please be ready for a short stroll to the venue itself. Please print and distribute the flyer as widely as you can.
POLICE PLEASE NOTE, your presence is NOT REQUIRED at this, or any Occasional Cinema event. DO NOT ATTEND. Thank you.”
Thursday 5 May: Local elections across England & Wales, along with a national referendum on alternative ways of voting in the latest attempt to convince us that parliamentary democracy is anything but a scam. The alternative we recommend is don’t bother voting it only encourages the lying policians, get out on the streets instead. Keep an eye out for local events.
Thursday 5 May: Taunton benefit for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair organised by Anonymous Promotions with help from Taunton Activists.
From 7pm, £3 on the door, at The Winchester Arms, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4AD.
SLAGERIJ – Stomping and skanking 3-piece ska-punk from Swindon
ROUGHMUTE – Straight up punk rock hailing from Scotland
PO-LICE – Fast and furious chaotic south-west skacore
DANE HOWELLS – Passionate acoustic punk from Minehead.
Plus Free Food provided by Taunton Vegans!
Facebook event link
Friday 6 May: Soccer vs. the state – tackling football and radical politics. BRHG with contributions from the Easton Cowboys/girls have organised a talk with Swedish anarchist, writer and ex-semi-professional player Gabriel Kuhn. Kuhn shares his thoughts on the game in his latest book. Besides exploring the history and the politics of the professional game, Kuhn takes a look at radical supporter culture and grassroots football efforts around the world. The book also includes numerous contributions from football activists around the world, not least members of Bristol’s very own Easton Cowboys and Girls Sports Club! If you enjoy discussing free kicks while building barricades, this evening is for you! Introduced by David Goldblatt author of the acclaimed ‘The Ball is Round’ a global history of football.
From 7.30 to 9.30pm, at Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5. (Kuhn will also be at the Bookfair, talking about the German revolution 1918/9, and is also bringing a PM Press stall). More Info.
Facebook event link
Friday 6 May: Hereford Solidarity League host the Schmovies/ReelNews screening tour 2011, featuring frontline direct action films – student protests, SmashEDO, UKUncut, guerilla gardening, and more. Plus the Sporadics play punky-dub-ska live. At The Victory pub, 88 Saint Owen St, Hereford. 8pm start, £3 in.
Saturday 7 May: The Bristol Anarchist Ball
Anarchist Bookfair After-Party & FUNdraiser!
Kebele Sound and friends present a truly international, floor stomping, night of militant dance. So come on out to round off the week with friends old and new to the Anarchist Ball. Dress as you please. Featuring:
ANKYLYM – Frantic volatile knees up mix of traditional folk and punk from Russia
COLECTIF MARY READ – gritted teeth riotous anarchist hip hop from St Etienne, France
CHINA BULL SHOP – Ska’ed up drum n bass ravers from Leeds
ABERRANT – disparate post-whatever by SW punks
Plus DJs Ominous, Kylie Selassie & more playing a right mix of ska, hip hop, jungle and then some!
(Note – benefit events help pay for the bookfair and keep it free, whilst giving us all a right good night out. Any surplus funds raised are donated out to local groups/activities/campaigns. Thanks for coming.)
Sunday 15 May at 5pm – Bookfair Feedback Meeting
Your opportunity to tell us how you thought this years Bookfair (and related events) went, be it great, shite, or somewhere inbetween. All welcome – stallholders, meetings/events organisers, visitors to the events. Constructive criticism very welcome.
From 5 to 6.30pm, in the events room, at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY. Followed by weekly vegan cafe and social.
Facebook event link