Article 2: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair 2011

By: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair 
URL: http://www.bookfair.org.uk/ 
Email: sheffield@bookfair.org.uk

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Saturday May 21st saw the return of the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair, now in its second year. This year it attracted over 250 people and throughout the day it had a good crowd of people attending meetings, watching films, hanging out in the cafe space and checking out a good range of groups and stalls. The venue was certainly an improvement on last year (we had day light and windows for a start!) and was decorated with loads of different banners, flags and posters brought by various groups on the day.

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Throughout the day people enjoyed meetings on things as diverse as a planned LaDIYfest in Sheffield, Solidarity Unionism by Mutual Aid Sheffield, Anarchists against the cuts, Sheffield Social Centre planning meeting, an activist security/Hacktivism lab as well as a book launch from the Anarchist Studies Network and a meeting with Sheffield Indymedia (among others). There was also an extra last minute session hosted by 'No Borders Sheffield' making 12 meetings in total. Sheffield Indymedia recorded some of the talks and links can be found via links on the site. There were also 3 film showings throughout the day in the (very cosy) Cine Libertario showing films about anarcho syndicalism in Patagonia, recent events in Greece, and even footage from the 'Rage Against the Lib Dems' demo in Sheffield.

In the evening there was an after party/benefit at the Red House on Solly Street. There were 4 bands (Smiling Ivy, Banditos, Jezabellezza, Surviving Savannah) playing ska, funk, dub, punk, indie, rock etc as well as DJs playing Dub, Breaks, Jungle, Techno etc. The night attracted just over 100 people and packed out the venue with dancing, drinking, happy people who helped raise a significant amount of money for Mutual Aid Sheffield, a new initiative in the city to start a solidarity union similar to SeaSol (Seattle Solidarity Network) A big thank you to everyone involved in putting on the night!

There was a feature article posted before the event which linked to the agenda and other details. The feature about the 2010 book fair also linked to recordings made of the talks held at it.

The bookfair will return in late May 2012 for the 3rd year, watch this space!


Article1: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair 2011

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Sheffield's second annual anarchist book fair will be held Saturday 21st May from 10:00 - 18:00 @ Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street (A much brighter venue than last year!). There will be meetings and presentations throughout the day as well as some film screenings (a new feature for this year). There is also a a social/fund raiser in the evening 8:00 til 2:00, @ the Redhouse, 168 Solly Street .

Sheffield Indymedia will be screening the LibDem Conference protest video over lunch and also hosting an open discussion, with the Mayday Collective, from 5-6pm, about what is happening with UK Indymedia. Come along and have your say about the future of the site! See also the report and audio from the 2010 Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair.

Links: www.bookfair.org.uk
Topic revision: r4 - 27 May 2011, ChrisC
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