The 2014 CAPE TOWN ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR



EVERYTHING IS BROKEN. HOW CAN WE FIX IT?



SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER, 10AM - 6PM
THEATRE ARTS COLLECTIVE (cnr. Wesley & Milton), OBSERVATORY


   ABOUT THE BOOKFAIR



CAPITALISM. THE STATE. PATRIARCHY. RACISM. HOMOPHOBIA. HETERONORMATIVITY. ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE. ANIMAL EXPLOITATION. WAR. POVERTY. CLIMATE CHANGE. MARIKANA...

Sometimes it really seems like everything is broken. At this year's Cape Town Anarchist Bookfair, let's try figure out what to do about it.

Join us in Observatory on Saturday the 6th of December for a day of books, workshops, food, games, art, music and, most importantly, a host of facilitated open discussions on topics collectively chosen by the participants, with a focus on practical outcomes.

The focus for this, our fourth annual bookfair (can you believe how time flies?) is on making it happen, together! If you'd like to volunteer or get involved in any way, drop us a line.

         STALLS




We'll have a number of stalls selling and giving away books, zines, badges, stickers, vegan food and drinks and various other things, including:

TOPICS



  • Anarchy 101 (an open Q&A session)
  • Afrikaburn - privilege, values and myopia
  • Gentrification in Cape Town
  • The current strike wave in SA
  • Building autonomous spaces in CT
  • Hacktivism and security culture (bring a laptop for this one if you can!)
  • Monkeywrenching (speaking purely hypothetically, of course)
  • The attractiveness and difficulty of the anarchist lifestyle; a conversation
  • Reclaiming public space through art (Tokolos, XCollektiv and public art activism)
  • Craftivism (bring stuff for this - material offcuts, wool, thread, scissors, markers and so on)
  • Food security and the Phillipi Horticultural Area Campaign (presentation and discussion)
  • Non-competitive games (come play with us!)

   OUR FOCUS




Our focus this year is on open conversations.

Instead of listening to speakers drone on about Spain in 1936, the minutia of radical union organisation or whatever Guy Debord said about anarchists forty years ago, we'd like to open the space up to everyone this time by hosting facilitated, participatory discussions about the stuff that's important to all of us but that we spend far too little time talking about.

The discussions are open to everyone who can commit to participating respectfully as a free equal. We'll have trained facilitators* available to make sure each conversation remains focused, with a view to practical outcomes.


* If you'd like to facilitate, we're providing a free training session at bolo'bolo in the week before the bookfair. Drop us a mail to book your place.

   AFTERPARTY




Join us at bolo'bolo (76 Lower Main Rd, Observatory - just around the corner from the bookfair) for an evening of live music and rowdiness courtesy of Cami Scoundrel, Morning Pages, Jamie Evans and a rag-tag crew of musical miscreants. There will be vegan snacks and coffees available, but remember to bring your own drinks.

   SPEAK TO US













OUR VALUES
The bookfair has a policy against authoritarian, oppressive, racist, sexist, queer-phobic, ableist, speciesist and other disrespectful behavior that works against collective liberation for all communities. Leave the prejudice, intolerance and domination at home! Actually, get rid of it altogether!

ACCESSIBILITY
The venue does not have dedicated wheelchair access but there are very few steps and all areas are accessible via one of the two main entrances. If you're concerned about this, drop us a mail and we'll send you some photos of the venue.

CHILDREN AND OTHER ANIMALS
The venue will be child friendly and there will be some entertainment available for younger anarchists, although there will not be a dedicated single area. The venue would prefer if people did not bring companion animals of other species along, but we encourage you to use your discretion in this regard.