Thursday, January 17, 2008



The largest anarchist event in North America, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, is coming up soon. The event will take place on Saturday, May 17th, 2008 from 10am to 6pm, and it will be followed by a day of workshops on Sunday the 18th. Location...The CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle (near the Lionel-Groulx Metro). The deadlines for this year's proposals are as follows:

a)Anarchist Theatre Festival (Feb 1)

b)Workshops (March 3)

c)Tabling (April 1)

d)Art Exhibits and Films (April 1)

e)Festival of Anarchy Events (April 1)

More information on these events follows. For general contact info please see , email , phone 514-435-2385, or write Montreal Anarchist Bookfair c/o QPIRG Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada. Contact the organizers to receive regular updates by email.
Montreal's third annual Anarchist Theatre Festival is seeking submissions of anarchist theatre pieces to be staged May 12th and May 14th. Already confirmed are the Bread and Puppet theatre from Vermont, famous for their giant puppets, as well as Monique Surel, author of Au Temps de l'anarchie, un theatre du combat, a three volume reference on anarchist theatre. Also French actor Nicole Mourer will present a one-man show (a seul sur scene) about the French anarchist poet Armand Robin.
We are looking for other theatre pieces about anarchist ideas and history or any subject related to anarchism including anti-state, against capitalism, fascism, 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 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. Lepage
6797 rue de Normanville
Montreal, Quebec
H2S 2C2
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.
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, North America and abroad. Please make sure to read our principles at . Contact us at to request table space. if you haven't tabled at the Bookfair before include a description of your group and the material you intend to distribute at the Bookfair. The deadline to request a table is April 1, 2008.
The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will once 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 exhibits and film proposals is April 1, 2008.
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 complies 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 (calender dates are "first come, first served). The deadline to submit Festival of Anarchy events to be included in our public calender is April 1, 2008.
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 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 Bookstore collective in general with organizing tasks between now and the Bookfair get in touch.

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