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10th Balkan Anarchist Bookfair Ioannina (GR) 23-25 June 2016

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by pizzapirat, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. pizzapirat

    pizzapiratMember Forum Member




    Jan 28, 2014

    10th Balkan Anarchist Bookfair Ioannina 23-25 June 2016, Alsos Park

    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.

    For those reasons and many more to be discovered on the spot, we invite you to actively support our festival with your solidarity participation.

    If you are not able to come in person to the bookfair, you could still send us some free-of-charge publications, posters and other material. Moreover, you could send us books and other publications for sale. We can have a book stall for all of you who can’t come but would however like to have their work presented at the festival. Please, contact us under the mail address cited underneath for details, shipping address, etc.


    In order to help us organize the bookfair and complete the program in time we would like you to confirm your participation as soon as possible.

    Contact us and inform us for the way you would like to participate. Here are some questions, though we encourage any further suggestions from you. Please let us know if you need a sleeping place. There are a lot of alternatives but we are going to need all the details as soon as possible.

    Some of the details we need from you:

    Questions for all the guests that comes from abroad:
    • how would you like to participate?
    • would you like to do a presentation, a workshop or a conversation at the bookfair?
    • Do you need any help with your accommodation?
    • Do you need financial support for your transportation?
    If you need an exhibition stand:
    • what should its approximate dimensions be?
    • We need some basic information about you, such as: contact, what books/publishers you distribute [not list, just short info] etc

    More info about the Bookfair, the program and other material:
    e-mail: [email protected]

    Common struggles for Balkans free from
    nations, states, religions, armies, borders, patriarchy, capitalism

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