Anarchist Festival 2019

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Anarchist Festival 2019

Following the success of last year’s weekend of decentralised anarchist happenings, the Anarchist Festival is back this year, this time aiming to host events scheduled across the country.

The Anarchist Festival is based on the simple idea: groups put on their own programme of anarchist events, concentrating on the dates of the long weekend of 31st May to the 2nd June 2019, and the programme is collated by the festival on their website and social media.

Below are some of the events confirmed so far. Please note that some ask for RSVP. Full lists are up on the event website and Facebook events page.

And, once you are planning your next weeks’ radical workshops and events schedule, you may also want to note that between 15th and 22nd June London will see the return of Antiuniversity: a ‘collaborative experiment to reimagine the 1968 Antiuniversity of London in an programme of of free and inclusive self-organised radical learning and mutual education events’.

Anarchist Festival 2019 events:

Thursday, 30th May 2019 from 19:00-20:00 at Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

A panel discussion on the continuous role of the anarchist imagination as muse, provocateur, goading adversary, and catalyst in the stimulation of research and creative activity in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art, feminism, geography, international relations, political science, postcolonialism, and sociology.


‘The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences’
with Carl Levy, Constance Bantman, Ole Birk Laursen and Carne Ross
Thursday 30th May – Free: booking required.
Venue: Housmans Bookshop, London Accessible space.

Address: Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross,
London, N1 9DX

Book here:

Our panel discuss the continuous role of the anarchist imagination as muse, provocateur, goading adversary, and catalyst in the stimulation of research and creative activity in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art, feminism, geography, international relations, political science, postcolonialism, and sociology.

At the event two books will be launched:
The Anarchist Imagination
Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences, 1st Edition
Edited by Carl Levy, Saul Newman

The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism
Editors: Levy, Carl, Adams, Matthew (Eds.)

Carl Levy is a Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently writing two books, ‘Anarchists and the City’ and a biography of Errico Malatesta: ‘Errico Malatesta: The Rooted Cosmopolitan, the Life and Times of an Anarchist in Exile’.

Constance Bantman is Senior Lecturer in French and Director of Teaching and Learning and author of ‘The French Anarchists in London, 1880-1914: Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation’

Ole Birk Laursen is a literary critic and historian of Black and South Asian people in Britain and Europe, researching and writing about race, resistance, and revolution, focusing particularly on Indian anticolonialism, nationalism, and anarchism, as well as the contemporary legacies of colonialism, racism, riots, and human rights.

Carne Ross is best known for once working as a British diplomat before leaving the civil service in disgust over the Iraq war, and testifying against the government at the Butler Review. He has gone on to become an advocate for anarchist organising

Friday, 31st May 18:00-21:30 at London Action Resource Centre

Anarcho Agony Aunts is a sex and dating advice show, covered from a feminist, antifascist, anarchist perspective. Hosts Rowan and Marijam are reclaiming space from the alt-right in giving people (mostly men) a space to ask tricky questions in a judgment-free zone. The session will include a live taping of the Anarcho Agony Aunts, with people being able to submit their burning questions before the show.

Friday, 31st May 19:00-21:00 at London Action Resource Centre

Topics TBC

Friday, 31st May 19:00-20:00 at Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

On a rare visit to London from Mississippi, a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Kali Akuno, will discuss the inspiring work they have been undertaking to create sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership, within the confines of a historically structurally racist state.

Saturday, 1st June 12:00-13:00 at London Action Resource Centre

To take seriously the desire for destroying the prison society, we need to find new ways of holding ourselves and others accountable for our actions and inactions. This panel discussion will be followed by a workshop in search of practical steps we can take.

Saturday, 1st June 12:00-13:00 at London Action Resource Centre

FairCoop is an international cooperative movement that has adopted FairCoin as a radical ecological and social currency outside of the capitalist banking system. FairCoop is a visionary project founded on anarchist principles and operates at both local and global levels. In this session, we will hear from different participants in the FairCoop ecosystem across Europe who use FairCoin, and discuss the goal of building a cooperative ecosystem as an alternative to capitalist fiat currency and the state.

Saturday, 1st June 13:00-15:00, October Books, 189 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2FN

Bad landlords, poor housing conditions, crappy student lets, bedroom tax, sky-high rents, discrimination. The list of problems in the rental sector is endless, but what’s to be done? Come and chat about your experiences and opportunities for fighting back!


Housing Action: What Works? A talk on radical resistance by Brighton Solfed

Open discussion on housing experiences in Southampton with representative from Hamwic Housing Co-op

Saturday, 1st June 13:00-15:00 at Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street London EC4 1DH

Save the community’, ‘Support from the community’, ‘The community thinks’, ‘Community Land Trust’ are just a few of the references to ‘community’ that we us when are involved in a range of struggles such as housing, saving a library or getting access to land. However, to what extent does this ‘community’ exist? In this meeting, drawing on many practical examples of organising, we will discuss problems such as the impact of capitalism and divisions within localities. We will then hope to discuss how we can create genuine communities based on working class struggle. This event is organised by London Anarchist Communist Group.

Saturday, 1st June 14:00-17:00 at London Action Resource Centre

Talks and film screenings focused on the current situation of Indonesian DIY collectives, and their actions in Indonesia, mainly on Java and Bali.

Saturday, 1st June 14:00-15:00 at Freedom Bookshop, 84b Whitechapel High Street ,London E1 7QX

Members of the London Anarchist Federation will discuss anarchism as a political philosophy, its history, key thinkers and modern currents as well as an anarchist FAQ. This talk is aimed at those interested in learning more about anarchism and will also include an overview of the many anarchist groups you can get involved with.

Saturday, 1st June 14:00- 16:00 at Freedom Bookshop

Want to investigate a company but don’t know where to start? Come along to this practical workshop led by Corporate Watch

Saturday, 1st June 15:00- 17:00 at Freedom Bookshop

A launch of the Mycellium Collective’s Words End, a comic aiming to help people understand climate change and capitalism, and tackling the huge, complex challenges they pose. The event will feature a discussion on the radical politics in eivoronmental activism in the context of the recent explosion of Extinction Rebellion and Climate Strike.

Saturday, 1st June 16:00-17:00 at Freedom Bookshop

This workshop will talk about the law on covering your face, discuss creative ways of hiding your identity that moves beyond the traditional black bloc aesthetic, and interrogate popular assumptions around the act of wearing a mask.

Saturday, 1st June 17:00-19:00 at London Action Resource Centre

Working Class Anarchism versus Middle Class Identity Politics: a

discussion with Lisa McKenzie & Martin Lux.

Saturday, 1st June 17:00-18:00 at Freedom Bookshop

Screening of Subvertisers for London – a film about subvertising in London by Dog Section Press (21mins).

Featuring: Jonathan Barnbrook, Darren Cullen, Dr.d – Subvertiser, Hogre, Double Why, Lydia Dagostino, Protest Stencil, Sila Yucel and Special Patrol Group.

Music: Algiers, DJ Beige Thickness, Jonny Drop

Titles and animation: Matt Bonner

Additional images: Brandalism, Jordan Seiler, Nekane Requejo De Ozami.

Additional footage: Brandalism, Hamlett Films, Thomas Dekeyser

Thanks to: Illustre Feccia, Ceffon, Bill Posters, DIY Space for London

Saturday 1st June 17:00-19:00 at Decentre, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Join the Antiuniversity Now co-organisers crew for a collective exercise in making sense of radical language, where we will identify contested terms and work together to examine, clarify, reference and demonstrate what we mean when we use them. At the end of the session we will have the beginning of a glossary of movement terminology, to be continued and expanded on. Bring a word you want to define or pick one up from our list.

Saturday, 1st June 19:00-23:00 at London Action Resource Centre

Screening: Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006)

A profile of anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich, the last person to be executed by garrot in Spain, in 1974 under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

The LARC Film Club is a sober, smoke-free space.

Please respect that and only attend if you are willing to follow this condition.

Sunday, 2nd June 11:00-18:00 at Mayday Rooms

Write for your local anarchist rag?

Time to start a blog talking about your local politics?

Need to skill up to make a better stream?

Join speakers from Libcom, Freedom Press, SchNEWS and the Anarchist Federation to develop your skills and make links with anarchist media outlets. Alongside training sessions covering writing, the law, video production and much more will be talks from special guests including Ian Bone and leading anarchist YouTuber Emerican Johnson (NonCompete).

As publishers and anarchists we aim to develop our collective skillset to better share our politics and provide commentary on the fast-moving events happening around us.

This event is inclusive of all gender expressions, sexual identities, creeds and a general safer space policy will be upheld.

Please note:- The building MayDay rooms is housed in was built in 1902 and, due to the physical constraints of the building, has limited access. It is compliant with ‘ambulant disabled’ and provision for broader access is currently under review.

Sunday, 2nd June 12:00:14:00 at London Action Resource Centre

The Next Revolution Reading Group (NRRG), which started at last years Anarchist Festival, is co-hosting this event with the Education working group of the Kurdistan Solidarity Network (KSN). The event will feature an introduction to the Kurdish Freedom Movement and the inspirational feminist and ecological revolution in Rojava, as well as screening of a short video (23 mins) on what is happening on the ground with the radical democracy in action in Rojava, followed by discussion and info session on NRRG and the collective’s reading/discussion process.

Saturday, 2nd June 14:00-16:00 at London Action Resource Centre

This training workshop covers the following key areas: • UC in the context of the broader social security structure • Similarities & differences in claimant conditionality between UC & the system it replaces • Types of conditionality under UC & how different groups – such as single parents, disabled people, carers, migrants & low paid workers – are affected • Relevance of the UC ‘claimant commitment’ • Practical resistance to UC conditionality & compliance • Sanctions under UC & how to effectively challenge these • Strategies for dealing with common tactics used by the DWP to enforce the UC system. It also gives participants the chance to discuss/ask questions and empower themselves practically against UC and its inherent injustices.

Saturday, 2nd June 14:00-18:00 at London Action Resource Centre

A viewing and discussion of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward: a documentary on the issue of sustainability of our market-driven society and proposals for moving forward.

Sunday, 2nd June 16:00-18:00 at London Action Resource Centre

This event, organised by Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF), will bring together speakers from Anarchist Federation, All African Women’s Group (AAWG), the Kurdish Freedom Movement, and also speakers talking security culture & the police (& getting arrested), and speakers talking about fossil fuel extraction and the resistance against it (including anti-fracking), all in relation to green anti-capitalist resistance.

Sunday, 2nd June 18:30- 20:30 at Freedom Bookshop

CWWDB and SnC will be chatting about how trans liberation and the Gender Recognition Act connect so strongly with the class struggle and how the both groups are natural allies in fighting the TERF war.


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seems p lit!

Zeitgeist and Peter Joseph are basically the Gene Roddenberry Star Trek of political economic ideology. In other words fiction and ideas to make fun of and not take seriously.

They also went for this shit:

"how trans liberation and the Gender Recognition Act connect so strongly with the class struggle and how the both groups are natural allies in fighting the TERF war." Like BLUNTLY... first-level reformist politics. As in "the State will liberate us if some law is enacted... then the Revolution kicks in (lol)".

Then there's the anarchist fed.

What a bag of jokes. I guess I should attend as a clown...

i suspect you’d be incapable of attending as anything else.

that being said, don’t miss out on the opportunity, it seems like a great event to go to. go and have a good time.

Im struggling to see how the statement irt the gender recognition act implies that reform will do that. It seems to me like its giving context for the current political climate around trans folk.

Like yeah its boring leftism, but youre reading into something that isnt there.

Replying to myself, but they could easily be using it as an example of reform and comparing it to similiar moves for reforms within the arena of Class War's stuff.

A hundred of different anarchists that anyway they can not stand each other and they hate for sure all the "others" organize talks in spaces standing kilometers distant to each other as to do not need to explain themselves or speak with anyone else except themselves and their close friends. This has something to say to all of us- the anarchists. Our main problem is that: we don't know how to deal with our own disagreements. When we face this problem we find it very easy to split or better call it,.. to "decentralize" (cause otherwise we will kill each other like any "Stalinist", "Maoist", "dogmatic", "totalitarian", fundamentalist -call it as you like it- bunch of groups or sects). It is tragic to name this situation "anarchist"- "festival"- cause this is not a Festival. Festivals are where all kinds of different people meet each other, festivals are open to people from many different backgrounds and opinions, people become equals in festivals and people abandon their stagnated minds at the front door of festivals giving themselves (at least for some hours) the opportunity to change into something new and unexpected. This is not a festival, this is just a simple way for hiding our problems of organizing and our inability to co-exist in mutually beneficial debates, this is a tragedy. I wish good luck to the organizers, the program seems very interesting. Is just that it makes me feel sad. LONG LIVE LONDON ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR.

there’s room for both kinds of events, the more the merrier, variety is the spice of life

Class War called the cops on half a dozen old women who were meeting in a pub to discuss whether there might be a difference between sex and gender. Fuck those snitches!

yeah yeah, fuck them for snitching, but the sex/gender divide is kinda bs and Im embarrassed for these terfs that are into that stuff. It shows they only have a passing interest in feminism or understanding our gendered reality and their real interest is in hating on trans girls and buying into some bizarre fear of us. How many have even read Zerilli?

Its no surprise that those essentialist fringe of a fringe ideas would still have root in that cracker island that spawned so much colonization. Maria Lugones has a lot to say on the way Europeans exported their ideas of gender as they colonized the Americas.

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