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11 April 2011

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A N A R H

Days of autonomous politics and culture

ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR AND FESTIVAL

13. – 15. May 2011, Delavski dom – Worker’s house Trbovlje, Slovenia

Federation for anarchist organizing is hosting the Days of autonomous politics and culture event in the month of May. The event which will on one hand be a fair of different ways of independent production – it will feature domestic and international publishers, groups and distributors showcasing their material – while on the other hand it will be a festival incorporating workshops, discussions, cultural program and plain old fun. The event will take place in Delavski dom (Workers home) Trbovlje between 13th and 15th of May. Entry is ofcourse free. Anarh, as the event is named, is intended for everybody, young and old, workers and students, activists and supporters, as well as anyone else interested in libertarian political thought, culture and activism.

The general crisis that is tearing the fabric of society apart is not the consequence of cynical games played by corrupted individuals, rather it is the direct and inevitable consequence of capitalism itself, even heightened in its neoliberal form. It creates chronic insecurity as it undermines social rights. It encourages heedless exploitation which in turn increases social inequalities and gives rise to poverty. That process is the reason for our conviction that broad and radical social changes are necessary in the organization of society itself. The Anarh event is organized in line with that conviction. On the one hand it offers an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between existing autonomous groups and our allies, while on the other hand it aims to present anarchist ideas to the general public. Anarh seeks to open up public space where it will be possible to publicly raise important issues and where different initiatives can come together and find common ground.

The location of the event carries powerfull symbolism. Trbovlje, an industrial town in Zasavje have a long and powerfull tradition of workers and anti-fascist struggle. The event itself will be held in the Delavski dom (Workers home), which was built in comemoration of past struggles. Trbovlje however do not sleep on their past achievements. It is the center of ecological activism against the French giant multinational Lafarge, which is by its pollution, daily destroying the environment and peoples health. It is hard to think of a more fitting location to inspire our actions.

The Anarh event will open in the afternoon of Friday 13th of May with the unveiling of the fair of independent production. It will encompass books, newspapers and other publications with anarchist or related thematic, but also a significan amount of other material – from music to clothes – all created independently from the multinationals that try to run our lives. There will be a number of side events, from workshops to movie projections.

The central events will be two public discussions. First one will take place on Friday and is meant to adress local issues. We will discuss different forms of local autonomous organization and the sucesses they achieved, while also looking for new ways of cooperation and new forms of solidarity for future action. The second one will take place on Saturday. It will feature discussion on the role of anarchism today. Members of anarchist groups from all over Europe will discuss their views and experiences. It is important to note that both events are meant to be open discussions, therefore we encourage active participation.

All relevant information is available on our website or through our contact person. Anarh remains open to new suggestion or ideas. We call on you to join us!

  • Contact: inter [at] a-federacija.org

FRIDAY, 13. MAY

17:00

Start of the fair of independent production / Anarchist bookfair

Foreign and domestic publishers, groups and distributors will present their books, newspapers and other publications or materials.

18:00

Start of exhibition featuring photographs and documents:

ANARCHISM IN SLOVENIA

Showcasing local anarhicst moevement through photographs and different documents resulting from demonstrations and activism of the past 10 years.

19:00

Public discussion:

CAPITALISM IS A CRISIS:

SELF ORGANIZATION AS AN ALTERNATIVE

Discussion will be kicked off by activists of different groups that practice seld organizing in Slovenia. Discussion follows.

20:00

Movie projection: Land and freedom

Projection of a feature movie, highlighting all the contradictions of the spanish civil war.

22:00

Public dinner

Time for informal socializing with good food and drink.

SATURDAY, 14. MAY

9:00 – 13:00

Fair of independent production / Anarchist bookfair and ECO market

Alongside the fair of independent production there will also be an ECO market with direct barter of eco goods.

11:00

Workshop: Recycling

How to make useful stuff out of waste.

13:00

Workshop: Intependent cooperation as alternative to the food industry

Gardening as the practice of autonomy. Symbiosis between small farmers and consumers. Permaculture, colectivisation of land and the strengthening of bonds. Discussion.

14:00

Continuation of the fair of independent production

Foreign and domestic publishers, groups and distributors will present their books, newspapers and other publications or materials.

15:00

Workshop: Tour cantina deluxe

Revolutionary action of gathering edible plants in an urban environment.

16:00

Workshop: Woman to woman

Conversation without taboos. Girls, wives, mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and all the other – welcome!

17:00

Showcasing:

Anarchist publisher DAF

Featuring one of the most productive anarchist publishers in the region, which supplies the movement with important literary works of anarchist authors.

18:00

Cultural program:

Choir Zarja

Revolutionary songs of the workers and anti fascist struggle. | conductor: Blaž Rojko

19:00

International public discussion:

ANARCHISM OR BARBARISM:

IS THERE REALLY NO ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM?

Starting points for discussion will be offered by members of anarchist groups from all over Europe. Discussion follows.

20:00

Movie projection DDT: The Take

Movie projection of a documentary The Take. The documentary discusses workers self organizing and taking over of a factory in Argentine.

21:00

Cultural program:

Performances, open mike and DJ program

There will be performances by different artists, featuring everything from poetry to singing to comedy. However, there will be opportunity for everyone to perform as the event is structured as an open (show-what-you-can-do) microphone. The evening will end with DJ program.

SUNDAY, 15. MAY

10:00

Activistic tour of the city

Presenting the strong and lasting tradition of workers and anti fascist struggle in Zasavje.

14:00

Assemblyof participants

Closing of the event. Evaluation and setting of future goals.

On the bookfair this publishers, distributions and groups/organization will be present:

  • Publishing house Avtonomija (Slovenia)

  • Federation for anarchist organizing FAO (Slovenia)

  • Acerbic Distribution (Slovenia)

  • [A] Infoshop (Slovenia)

  • Publishing house Što čitaš? (Croatia)

  • Publishing house DAF (Croatia)

  • DHP Anarhist publishing and distribution (Croatia)

  • Network of anarcho-syndicalists MASA (Croatia)

  • Center for anarchist studies CAS (Croatia)

  • Anarho-syndicalist initiative ASI (Serbia)

  • Center for libertarian studies CLS (Serbia)

  • Zluradi Paradi/Antifa Zrenjanin (Serbia)

  • Infoshop Novi Sad (Serbia)

  • Federaziona Anarhica Italiana FAI (Italy)

  • Federation Anarchiste FA (France)

  • Czecho-slovak anarchist federation ČSAF (Czech Republic and Slovakia)

  • The Anarchist library

  • Fuel distra (Finnland)

An open call to anarchist groups/organizations and individuals, anarchist publishers and distribution for participation

Federation for anarchist organizing (FAO), an anarchist federation in Slovenia, is organizing an anarchist bookfair and festival in Trbovlje, small industrial city about one hour drive from capital city Ljubljana. It is a historical sight of many antifascist and workers struggles throughout late 19th and entire 20th century, but lately the focus of local people is – beside social questions – mostly on the ecological issues.

The main concept of our event is bookfair with anarchist literature/materials, cultural events, market with ecological products, public kitchen, different workshops (about ecological, women issues etc.) and perhaps most importantly two big panel discussions with guests from Slovenia and abroad about open issues of capitalism and anarchist alternatives to it.

On the last day, we are planning to have a general assembly where we will write a joint statement from the event that we are hoping will become annual. We are expecting many guests from entire Slovenia, and of course abroad, especially Balkans but also other parts of Europe. We would like the event to be the meeting point for local people, activists from Slovenia and abroad, a common space for reflection of current situation and our involvement in it.

We would like to invite you to support this event with your materials and participation! The stalls are free of charge; we are also arranging free accommodations for the visitors from abroad. We would like to host people/groups with anarchist distributions (especially literature), but if somebody has interests in other areas let us know. We are also interested in your participation at the discussions and workshops. Any other ideas are welcome!

All the informations you need (also about how to get to Trboljve) will be soon published on our website. Please contact us if you are interested in participation or if you have any other questions or proposals.

  • Contact: inter [at] a-federacija.org

How to get to Trbovlje and how to find the location of the event?

With Train:

The train connections through Ljubljana or from Maribor and Zagreb are quite good.

From direction ZAGREB: –> DOBOVA –> ZIDANI MOST –> TRBOVLJE

From direction GRAZ / BUDAPEST: –> MARIBOR –> ZIDANI MOST –> TRBOVLJE

From direction ITALY / VILLACH: –> LJUBLJANA –> TRBOVLJE

Timetables:

http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/passengers

With Car:

From direction ITALY: –> LJUBLJANA –> towards MARIBOR –> Take EXIT TROJANE/ZAGORJE –> ZAGORJE –> TRBOVLJE [ DETAILS: ViaMichelin ]

From direction ZAGREB: –> SEVNICA –> HRASTNIK –> TRBOVLJE [ DETAILS: ViaMichelin ]

From direction GRAZ / BUDAPEST: –> MARIBOR –> towards CELJE/LJUBLJANA –> Take EXIT ŠEMPETER/POLZELA/PREBOLD –> TRBOVLJE [ DETAILS: ViaMichelin ]

ARRIVING IN TRBOVLJE

If you are comming with Train you should take the Bus or Taxi from the Train station to the location. The Bus ride costs 1,3 euro per person and the price of Taxi from the Train Station to the location is cca. 1,30 euro. So if you are in a group, the Taxi is cheaper! You should ask the driver of the Bus or Taxi to tell you where to exit.

If you are comming with the car you will find the location of the event in the city center next to the main road through Trbovlje. Delavski dom is located across the street from city market and big SPAR store.

The location:

Adress: DELAVSKI DOM, TRG SVOBODE 11A

Map: http://www.dd-trbovlje.si/o-domu/lokacija-2/

House: http://www.dd-trbovlje.si/category/foto/foto-zgradba-in-okolica/