The Balkan Anarchist Bookfair was first organized in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2003. Since then, it has been taking place almost every year in different cities across the Balkans. After Ljubljana in 2003, the locations that followed include Zagreb (Croatia) in 2005, Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2008, Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2009, Zrenjanin (Serbia) in 2010, Skopje (Macedonia) in 2011, Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2013, Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina ) in 2014 and Zadar (Croatia) in 2015. This year, the 10th consecutive festival will take place in in Ioannina (Greece) from the 23th until the 25th of June 2016.
Beyond the disposal and exchange of printed material, the aim of the festival is to bring together people and groups from different countries who are active within structures of the anarchist/anti-authoritarian/autonomous movement, and provide them the opportunity to discuss over subjects related to social- and class struggles, to exchange ideas/practices/methods, with the final goal to establish/ tighten solidarity bonds among participants.
Lately, the Balkan states, in as much as the East European ones, have started getting increasingly militarized, under the pretext of the urgency of controlling migrant- and refugee “flows” towards Europe. In the meantime, a fertile ground is paved for nationalism to thrive. It is in those times that the need for communication and coordination of structures that promote internationalist solidarity becomes stronger than ever. It is in that direction that we desire this year’s B.A.B to contribute.
The a/a/a movement has had a strong presence in the town of Ioannina for over a decade now, with participation in antifascist, antimilitarist, working class, student and social struggles. Downtown, but also at the university campus, various groups are active and there are a lot of squats and social centers.
The very history of the town of Ioannina is a typical balkan one. Multicultural and multi-religious until WWI, it lost it’s Muslim population during the compulsory population exchanges between Greece and Turkey in 1923, upon the Lausanne treaty. In 1945 already, the Jewish community of the city was almost completely eliminated after being deported in concentration camps. Hence, the -so called- policy of national cleansing has left in Ioannina, as unfortunately in other places of the Balkans, its indelible marks of disaster.
The original text in Greek follows with the call to anarchist collectives, and some useful details about their participation.