19-21 October: Not the Anarchist Bookfair

The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a crucial fixture in the anarchist calendar since 1983. This year the bookfair is on what -we hope- is a very brief hiatus. It is vital that the tradition of the bookfair remains and the work of spreading anarchist ideas continues. To go some small way to filling the gap, the organisers of the London Radical Bookfair have proposed having a decentralised festival of anarchist ideas and action, involving as many of London’s anarchist leaning bookshops, social centres and campaign groups as are willing to take part. We’re calling it #nottheanarchistbookfair.

The idea is simple: anarchist groups put on their own programme of events, concentrating on the dates of the weekend of 19-21 October 2018, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media. http://www.anarchistfestival.wordpress.com      http://www.facebook.com/anarchistfestival     www.twitter.com/anarchistfest

Amongst the events taking place will be the following (free entrance unless stated otherwise):

L’Amour et la Revolution, a film screening which depicts”a musical journey, from the north to the south of Greece, among those who dream of love and revolution’.  Fri 19 Oct 7-9pm, Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH. Venue is not wheelchair acessible.

Techno Fantasies and Eco Realities, “a discussion around technology, ecology and future worlds. What are the possibilities and limits for technology in the context of climate change and other ecological crises?”  Sat 20 Oct, noon, Small room, Ingestre Community Centre, Ingestre Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1UX. The venue is fully accessible. Free entry.

The Dead End of Corbynism, The Anarchist Communist Group “will be hosting a discussion on why the Labour Party can never offer hope for anti-capitalists in the UK and we will be looking at what we should do instead.” Sat 20 Oct 2pm, Mayday Rooms.

Hostile Environment: Rough Guide to the Border Regime, “for #nottheanarchistbookfair and to mark the publication of their latest book, Hostile Environment, Corporate Watch will be hosting a discussion on the border regime in its many guises,” Sat 20 Oct, 4pm, Freedom Bookshop 84b Angel Alley E1 7QX. Venue is wheelchair accessible but no accessible toilet.

London Anarchist Federation present: ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anarchism…’ “Members of the LAF will discuss anarchism as a political philosophy, its history, key thinkers and modern currents as well as an anarchist FAQ”, Sat 20 Oct, 7pm, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.

And many more events including an Angel Alley social + gig at Freedom Bookshop on Sat 20 Oct from 7-10pm and a book launch at Housmans, ‘The Leaderless Revolution’ with Carne Ross in discussion with Wail Qasim, on Sun 21 Oct starting at 7pm, entry £3 redeemable against purchase, tickets available here Carne Ross is best known for being a British diplomat before leaving the civil service in disgust over the Iraq war, and testifying against the government at the Butler Review.He has gone on to become an advocate for anarchist organising. Carne will discuss his personal insights of the British state and ideas of what role anarchism can play in reshaping society.”

For the full list of events see: https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com/events/

If you are in London and have an event that you would like included in the programme please let us know about it by emailing us anarchistfestival@riseup.net  In future years we hope to expand the programme across the UK.

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