Date(s) - Sat 30 April
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – building an anarchist future – Saturday 30th April 2016, 11am to 6pm, at Trinity Centre,Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW
The Radical History Zone is just 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop.
You are all invited! Entry is free, donations for programmes & costs of the event are welcomed.
Whats on? Expect 60 tables of anarchist stalls, some 30 meetings & workshops, a kids space, art space, all day vegan cafe, plus an outdoor green space & community garden, and an art display in the carpark. The venue has full wheelchair access.
What’s it all about? Probably the south west’s largest, explicity radical, political gathering. The Bookfair can act as a shop window onto the anarchist movements, ideas & practices. Anyone interested can wander in, view the stalls, sit-in on a workshop, eat, and just hang around. Bookfair’s also tend to become a gathering point for anarchists & radicals across the south west – as a place to stock up on books & merchandise, have discussions, network, hang out, and party.
This years Bookfair has a general theme – building an anarchist future. Read the full Bookfair callout. Here’s an excerpt:
“But if capitalism collapsed tomorrow, we ask ourselves:
Would we be ready?
As anarchists, we spend a lot of time fighting against oppressive structures, whether it be patriarchy, polluters, bosses, or weapons manufacturers. But we also discuss our hopes and dreams for a new, more equal world – that of anarchism. We have developed concepts around mutual aid, solidarity, co-operation, direct action, equality, and non-hierarchical organisation, but how do we put these into practice?
At this year’s Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, we want to create a safe space for people to explore these ideas, whether you are new to the concept or an old hand. How would we do health care, education or food production differently? How will we create a more equal society, so that people will feel safe and accepted whatever their sexual orientation, gender, ability, race or age? What about oppressive behaviour; how will we hold people to account for their actions if we abolish prisons and the police? How will we distribute resources worldwide? Who will do the cleaning, road maintenance, sewage treatment and other ‘dirty work’?
If revolutions happen tomorrow we won’t have all the answers, and an anarchist society will not occur overnight – there will be ongoing change & adaptation. But the core principles of anarchism provide us with the building blocks for the future, and how to get there. Let’s be ready!”
We’ll see you on the day…