Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Montreal's 9th Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy (MAY 2008)

: :: Montreal's 9th Anarchist Bookfair
& Festival of Anarchy (MAY 2008) :::

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2008; the Bookfair will be followed by a full day of workshops on May 18. Reserve these dates!

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is for anarchists, allies, and those who are interested or curious about anarchism. Welcome to all!

Saturday, MAY 17, 10am to 6pm
CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle
(near the Lionel-Groulx metro)

--> The largest anarchist event in North America.
--> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2008).
--> Followed by a full day of Anarchist Presentations and Workshops (May 18, 2008).
--> Bring your kids! Kids activities and free childcare on-site.

[The main space is wheelchair accessible. For more information or to inquire about other accessibility needs, see our accessibility policy -- -- or contact the collective.]

More info below about:
a) Workshops (deadline for proposals is March 3, 2008)
b) Tabling at the bookfair (deadline April 1)
c) Art Exhibits and Films (deadline April 1)
d) Festival of Anarchy Events (deadline April 1)
e) Anarchist Theatre Festival (deadline February 1)
f) Volunteers, Supporters, Postering and Publicity
g) Contact Information

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair and Festival of Anarchy is the largest anarchist event in North America, and an important exchange of anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideas. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists alike, in French and English (and other languages too), with participants from all of North America and beyond. Founded in May 2000, the Bookfair is now entering its ninth year. Anarchist Bookfair events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, walking tours and much more.

Once again, the Anarchist Bookfair will be followed - on Sunday, May 18 - by a full day dedicated to anarchist-themed workshops and presentations. As in the past, the "Festival of Anarchy" will take place in May, with diverse events organized by anarchist and anti-authoritarian groups.

Check out the PHOTOS from the 2006 edition of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair and Day of Workshops, to give you an idea of what the Bookfair weekend is all about:

::::: a) Workshop Proposals :::::

Proposals for the Day of Workshops (Sunday) should address an anarchist-themed topic in some depth, and should be intended for people who are already familiar with anarchism, or might identify as anarchists. The collective will accept between 10 to 15 workshops.

Workshop proposals for the Bookfair day (Saturday) should be introductory workshops to anarchism, or an aspect of anarchism, and should be aimed at people who are curious about, or new to, anarchist ideas. These workshops should be accessible to non-anarchists. The collective will accept up to 6 introductory workshops.

More detailed information about workshop proposals, including guidelines and previous workshops, is linked at:

--> The deadline for workshop proposals is MARCH 3, 2008

::::: b) Tabling at the Bookfair :::::

The heart of the Bookfair is the main auditorium on May 17, 2008 (10am-6pm) which will include booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups from all over Montreal, Quebec and North America, and abroad. Please make sure to read our principles

Contact us at to request table space. If you haven't tabled at the Bookfair before, please include a short description of your group and the material you intend to distribute at the Bookfair.

--> The deadline to request a table is APRIL 1, 2008.

::::: c) Art Exhibits and Films :::::

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will again be displaying artwork relating to anarchism and anti-authoritarian, autonomous or anarchist-supported struggles. Please consider proposing an exhibit of photos, posters, original art, repros - anything within the parameters of the Bookfair that can be mounted on a wall or placed in a corner!

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will also have a film room running all day, showing films related to anarchism or anarchist-supported struggles, that fall within the principles of the Anarchist Bookfair.

--> The deadline for art exhibit and film proposals is APRIL 1, 2008.

::::: d) Festival of Anarchy Events :::::

In addition to the Bookfair and Day of Workshops, the entire month of May is part of a Festival of Anarchy, with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring at different venues in Montreal. The Bookfair collective compiles a Festival of Anarchy calendar, but we count on you to organize the actual Festival of Anarchy events. Get in touch to reserve a date for your event in May (calendar dates are "first come first served").

--> The deadline to submit Festival of Anarchy events, to be included in our public calendar, is APRIL 1, 2008.

::::: e) Anarchist Theatre Festival, May 12-14 :::::

[The Montreal Anarchist Theatre Festival is organized by an autonomous collective.]

Montreal's third annual ''Anarchist Theatre Festival'' is seeking submissions of anarchist theatre pieces to be staged May 12 & 14.

Already confirmed are the Bread & Puppet Theatre, from Vermont, famous for their giant puppets, as well as Monique Surel, author of Au temps de l'anarchie, un théâtre du combat, a three-volume reference on anarchist theater. Also, French actor Nicole Mourer will present a one-man show (a seul sur scène) about the French anarchist poet, Armand Robin.

We are looking for other theatre pieces about anarchists, anarchist ideas and history, or any subject related to anarchism including anti-state, against capitalism, racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. We will consider plays or monologues that are original work, ones that have already been performed, or that have been written by anarchists (historical or contemporary). The pieces can be either full productions or staged readings in French or English.

All work performed is without remuneration. The Festival will provide publicity, an appropriate indoor venue, plus a guaranteed interested audience. All proceeds from ticket sales are used to cover event expenses and for staging future Festivals.

If interested, please send either an outline of your proposal, or a sample pages from your work and explain why your proposal would fit in the Festival.

Deadline: No later than February 1, 2008.

Submit your proposals to:
or, mail to:
@ Theatre Festival
c/o S. Laplage
6797 rue de Normanville
Montréal H2S 2C2

::::: f) Volunteers, Supporters, Postering and Publicity :::::

--> If you would like to receive Bookfair publicity -- flyers or posters -- by regular mail or electronic mail, to distribute in your community get in touch. Also, please specify whether you want publicity materials in English, French or both.

--> If you are from the Montreal area, and would like to help with local postering and flyering efforts, please pass on your email and/or phone number and specify what areas you can poster.

--> If you would like to support the Bookfair collective in general, with organizing tasks between now and the Bookfair, get in touch!

::::: g) Contact Information :::::

If you have other ideas for the Bookfair or Festival of Anarchy, don't hesitate to get in touch with a proposal! Contact us to receive regular updates and announcements by e-mail.

post: Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
c/o QPIRG Concordia
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montréal, Québec, H3G 1M8

phone: 514-435-2385

Nous parlons français.
Se habla espagnol.

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