Patras, May 28-30: Second Anarchist Book Fair In this post we publish a brief presentation of the upcoming Anarchist Book fair in Patras, organized by the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso”.

2nd Anarchist bookfair in Patras

To be held on May 28, 29 & 30 in “Esperos” (atrium by Georgiou Square, the central square of the city)

Organizing the first Anarchist bookfair in Patras, Greece, last May was an idea with which comrades participating in the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso” had been flirting for quite some time. The success of last year’s event and the positive feedback encouraged us to hold the bookfair this year too, hoping that it will be established as an annual 3-day event featuring book presentations, discussions, exhibitions, cultural events and, first and foremost, the abundance and quality of titles from anarchist and radical publishers and distributors.

The aim of this festival is to bring out the wealth of anarchist, antiauthoritarian and libertarian concepts and diffuse anarchist ideas into society, especially young people across the city. This is particularly important at a time when state propaganda against those who opt for self-organization and grass-roots inititatives as a means to fight prevails, and racism, social cannibalism and turning to fascism are presented as the sole options to overcome the unfolding crisis.

At the same time, even within the resistance movement, political discussion and exchange of ideas to achieve a more in-depth analysis is treated with contempt; we thus believe that promoting self-education, political and theoretical investigation, preserving social and working-class memory against lifestyle anarchism and political hooliganism are of prime importance in the direction of a wider reconstruction of the radical and revolutionary movement.

This year’s bookfair includes a session dedicated to the Zapatista women and particularly to those detained because of their struggle in Chiapas, to be presented by a comrade from Mexico. Moreover, the bookfair programme consists of book presentations, discussions, events and screenings on the following topics: the recent strike of administrative staff in Greek universities, the organization of the anarchist movement in Spain in the years preceding the Spanish civil war, the formation and evolution of the anarchist/antiauthoritarian milieu in Greece since the ’70s, the 1914 Ludlow Massacre in the USA, and the story of the Greek immigrant and labor union member Luis Tikas who was shot during the massacre. Throughout the festival there will be a photo exhibition by στ:οργή (http://storgh.blogspot.gr/).

Our aim is to create an event freed from state intervention and commercialism, to transform a public space into a meeting place for open discussion and criticism. Any contribution in money is strictly aimed at helping the initiatives that put this festival together keep going and covering the expenses of the event.

The bookfair would not be complete without a cultural session, underlining the need to reclaim public space and to transform it into a meeting place full of life, a hub of resistance and creativity. So, on Thursday evening there will be a party with Zapatista music, and on Saturday night with rebetiko music.

On Thursday and Friday (28 & 29/5) the bookfair will open at 5 pm. On Saturday (30/5) at 12 am.

During the bookfair there will be a permanent poster and photo gallery featuring important moments of the anarchist and wider radical movement, a book display of selected titles by AK Press in English, pamphlets by anarchist/antiauthoritarian groups, and records by DIY bands.

We would like to thank all those that responded positively to our invitation to organize this event, whether publishing collectives, cultural groups, self-managed social centres/squats or political groups.

Self-organised social centre “epi ta proso” | 87 Patreos st., Patras, Greece

Information in greek, spanish, portuguese.

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