Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair / Ffair Lyfrau Anarchaidd Caerdydd

The Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair / Ffair Lyfrau Anarchaidd Caerdydda 2015

…Saturday 21st February at Cathays Community Centre…

“Bookfairs are the anarchist movement’s shop window and main gathering space outside protests.”

It’s been five years since one has been held in Cardiff.

“Ffeiriau llyfrau yw siop ffenestr y mudiad anarchaidd a’r prif gofod i gyfarfod ar ol protestiadau.”

Mae wedi bod yn bum mlynedd ers cynnal y ffair lyfrau anarchaidd diwetthaf yng Nghaerdydd.

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Running order now online.

This and more info (and a website banner/header of the poster) can be found by clicking on the ‘Bookfair’ tag above.

Also see the Farcebook page

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Press release: First Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair

Dublin anarchist bookfair 2007 courtesy of Workers' Solidarity Movement

Dublin anarchist bookfair 2007 courtesy of Workers' Solidarity Movement

In the midst of global economic meltdown, parliamentary corruption and British constitutional mayhem, the first ever Anarchist Bookfair to be held in Cardiff opens its doors this Saturday 23rd May at 10am in Cathays Community Centre, 36 Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HX.

As an example of anarchy in action, the event is free and is being organised by South Wales Anarchists, a network that takes direct action against capitalism and government. South Wales Anarchists have been involved in a range of local and national activities, as detailed in their regular newsletter Gagged!, and recent events in Westminster might suggest they have a point.

Anarchist Bookfairs have acted as the centre of anarchist organising and networking for decades, with thousands of people attending the London event every year. The recession has given anarchism a fresh impetus, with the black and red flag flying above occupied universities, schools and factories whilst summits across Europe attract increasing crowds demanding freedom and equality and an end to a world of oppression and profit.

Prominent South Wales Anarchist Michael Bakers claimed that on-line social networking had driven him to help organise the event. “I was bored with Facebook, and I had Twittered so much I broke my phone. So I decided to try to meet real people and jumped at the chance to help get this bookfair off the ground. It promises to be a controversial event, with challenging opinions and revolutionary concepts.”

There will be a diverse range of stalls offering books, CDS, DVDs, badges,tshirts, free information and more. The day will include a full programme of talks and workshops. Some of the issues presented will include: how to build genuine community democracy, radical approaches to education, the case against border controls, why prisons should be abolished, how to get a computer for free and stay secret and how to turn the tables on the police who harass political activists.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day which closes at 6pm. Children are welcome. The event will be rounded off with a ‘speakers corner’ open mic for any anarchist to air their views and a night of live music at Cathay’s Liberal Club from 7pm.

“Michael Martin didn’t answer our invitation to the ‘speakers corner’ session,”

More benefit gigs!

Thanks to the people at Video Nasties we’ve got a whole bunch of benefit gigs coming soon, all taking place on tuesday nights in the Meze Lounge, Newport and entry will only be £3.

The first night on 12th May is a benefit for the Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair and with feature loud punk rock from Gung Ho, Politrix, the Shortcuts and the Fix Up

The second night on 26th May will be a benefit for our newsletter Gagged! and will feature acoustic music from The Double Cross, Think Pretty, My Name is Ian and Last of the Union.

Hope to see loads of you all there!

Bookfair Benefit Gig

On Friday 24th April there will be a gig at TJs  in Newport for the Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair. Playing with be London’s best dub-ska-punk band Inner Terrestrials, raging hardcore punks Poundaflesh, local ska favorites Dirty Revolution and southwest punx Dead Subverts.

Entry is only £7 and all profits will go towards financing the bookfair! Theres a facebook event page, bring your friends!

Bookfair Application Form

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Thanks very much for the fantastic response we’ve had to the Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair shout out in January! Everyone here appreciates the support and goodwill that’s been shown.

Right. The next step is…..this:

Attached is an application form for ALL stalls and workshops. Please can you take the time to fill it in, even if you have already approached us.

We’re going to look at all the applications in April and decide who we’re going to have. At the moment, there are still spaces for both stalls and workshops, so if you’re interested, please email the form back to us by the April 1st deadline.

A quick reminder of prices:

£10.00 per table for national groups, campaigns & distros / publishers / bookshops

£5.00 per table for Wales-based campaigns & distros

Tables are 1.5 m by .73 m.

Free Information stalls don’t have to pay!! Just another reminder that this event is to be held on Saturday 23rd May 2009 from 10am – 6pm at Cathays Community Centre, 36 Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HX. Free – in more ways than one.

Thanks very much for your patience, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

South Wales Anarchists
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