Bristol Anarchist Bookfair workshops and Kids’ BASE

Saturday May 12th! Throughout the day at BASE there will be a range of workshops and discussions as part of the Bristol anarchist bookfair.

Event space

12.30 – Decolonising Spirituality
When can spiritual searching turn into cultural theft? What does
spirituality mean to us? How can we decolonise our spiritual practices?

2.00 – Consent

3.30 – Kurdish Solidarity
Charlie Qereçox, who fought with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa. On his experiences, the Rojava revolution, and why we should support the Syrian people in their struggle against wahabbism and Turkish fascism.

5.00 – Why we fight the TERF war
Over the last year or so, we have see an increase in Trans exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) rearing their hateful heads and spouting bigotry with great ferocity, often within our own communities. Come to this workshop to learn more about why TERFs are so dangerous, and what we can – and must – do to stop them.

Resource Room

12.30 –3.30 Screen Printing

3.30 – Student Staff Solidarity
From the picket lines and occupations, student activists involved in the recent UCU pensions strike will be running a workshop to share their experiences. We’ll be covering; how to use direct action effectively and inclusively; creating solidarity between students and workers; and what can we do now the strike is over?

5.00 – Smash IPP, Abolish the prisons!
Thousands of prisoners across the UK serve indefinite prison terms, known as Imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentences. At this workshop you will hear about the ongoing work organised by the family and friends of IPP prisoners, and how you can get involved. You will also hear from members of Empty Cages Collective about how ending IPP sentences is a part of our work towards prison abolition.


12.30 – Where are the children of the revolution?

Towards building radical community. Where are the children of the revolution (and the elders for that matter)? How do we build an inclusive activist community that can support and involve parents and children? We will share ideas on how to be an ally to activist parents. We will question assumptions about children and childraising. By looking at some case scenarios we will consider how to make spaces that provide learning opportunities, are inclusive and welcoming across generations.

2.00 – Anarchist structures/organising

3.30 – Anarchist Creative Writing

5.00 – Climate Action Update

Kids’ BASE!

NB We ask parents and carers to stay and play with kids as this is not a creche.

For the younger rebels and trouble makers we have a range of anarchist inspired activities.
There’s co-operative games, antifascist skittles, pie a politician, “decisions, decisions”, find famous anarchists in hiding, mask making, flag burning for beginners and more. Come warm up and make friends for a revolutionary life ahead! Get with the programme!:

12-1 – Placard making, decorating balloons with your dreams for the future, co-op games
1-2 – “Decisions, Decisions” workshop
2-3 – Zine making
3-4 – Pie a Politician
4-5 – Mask making, flag burning for beginners, co-op games
5-6 – Antifascist Skittles

Ongoing and optional activities throughout the day:
Badge making
Anarchists in Hiding / Get to know some revolutionaries!
Coloured pens & paper
Anti-colouring book
Balloons not ballots!
Cards for prisoners
Kids’ story books

100 years of antifascism

A weekend of talks and short films to celebrate 100 years of fighting fascism. All welcome.

In conjunction with the International Brigades Memorial Trust, Bristol Anti-Fascists presents a weekend of talks and films celebrating our rich collective history of fighting fascism in the UK and beyond. Come along, learn, discuss, share, network and plan for the future.

Events will run from 10-5.30 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday and a healthy, vegan lunch will be offered for a suggested donation on both days. In the cafe room, we are excited to be hosting the ANTIFASCISTAS exhibition by the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

A full programme will be released shortly but a list of confirmed talks is given below. If you would like to recommend a speaker or a film please contact us at

“Workers Power: Unions against Fascists”

“Bristol, an Anti-Fascist City”

“Beating the Fascists: Physical Resistance to Fascism”

“Fighting Fascism in the Middle East, a report by ex-YPG volunteers”

“A History of the Anti-Fascist Network”

“The 5th Column; Partisan Resistance to the Nazis”

“Culture Wars: Music against Nazis”

We will be showing many short films throughout the weekend. If you have any films you would like us to show (or films you would like us not to show) then drop us a line.

On Saturday night there will be a social event for anybody interested in discussing things further or networking. Details to be released nearer the time.

This is a free event but can only survive off the back of donations to cover our logistical costs. Anybody who can or wants to is invited to give a £5 suggested donation. Nobody will be turned away. Accommodation can be helped with if you are travelling from out of town but advance notice is needed.

BASE social centre (formerly Kebele) is an anarchist/libertarian space that survives off the hard-work of volunteers. It is a safe space and will not tolerate any form of oppressive behaviour at any time. As a rule, don’t be an arsehole.