BASE’s Infoshop returns to the Bristol Radical History Festival this Saturday at M shed, by Bristol’s harbourside. The Infoshop will have a full stall on the day, alongside more than 20 other stalls from local and national groups, distros & campaigns. So why not pop by for an hour, or the full day, and check out some of Bristol’s radical ourstory & visual artists, and buy some literature to get those brains cells working overtime!
This will be the 5th Bristol Radical History Festival organised by Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG), which was formed in 2006 and has been running events & publishing local history pamphlets/books ever since. This years Festival has two main themes with 6 meetings on each: Bristol Trade Union History Then and Now – This theme will aim to provide a historical context for the recent burst of trade union activity in Bristol and throughout the U.K. Radical Bristol and the Visual Arts – This theme explores radical visual artists in Bristol over two centuries.
But there’s not just meetings and talks! Along with 3 outdoor history walks – including one on City Centre Squatting at 4pm, there are 4 exhibitions, 3 film screenings, a performance by Red Notes Choir, and of course the 20+ stalls. The full Festival Programme is here, and a paper version will be available on the day. The FB event includes some useful graphics in the discussion thread as to what’s on when! Come and say hi to us during the day eh!
BASE infoshop are excited to have a stall the next radical bookfair in Bristol. We have loads of new and revolutionary books just in, so come say hello and get some stories, ideas and analysis for all your seasonal / lifelong trouble making needs!
Active Distribution are hosting another Radical Book Fair at the Exchange on Old Market, Bristol. We’re under attack from all sides, and we need radical ideas and community more than ever. At the bookfair, you’ll find new and second hand titles from radical publishers, zine makers and activists plus stalls from local campaigns groups. Plus vegan hot dogs, cakes, snacks, hot drinks, mulled cider, and beers available from the Exchange cafe.
The bookfair is free to attend and all are welcome (please get in touch if you have any access needs or requests). We are currently planning a small programme of free talks and discussions in the basement room – watch this space for details. COVID is still with us and you are encouraged to wear a mask if you are attending. http://exchangebristol.com/exchange-covid-safety…/
Well, it’s been a while! We’ve been doing a bit of anticapitalist shopping over the last year so come check out our expanded range of books, pamphlets, music, badges etc. We think there is something for everyone! And there will be cake and good people to meet and catch up with.
Please bring a mask to wear while moving around in BASE and keep distancing as much as you can. We will be limiting numbers in the building to be as covid safe as possible as well as ensuring other covid safety measures are understood and followed.
We’ve been banging on for a while now about our NovemberFest, celebrating our 20th anniversary, so here is OurStory…
Kebele is based at 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY, and since 1995 has provided space for the development of anarchist & radical ideas and activities, community campaigns, and international solidarity.
Kebele means “community place” or “neighbourhood” in Amharic, an Ethiopian language. The term refers to localised community institutions, which dealt with their own needs & concerns, such as justice, health and community democracy. During the revolution in Grenada in 1979, Rastafarians involved in the struggle used the term “kebele” to refer to the community centres in each neighbourhood from which, in theory at least, the revolution was based. In 1983, the USA invaded the tiny island of Grenada to crush the rebellion.
The founders of Kebele were inspired by these meanings of the word, and current members are too.
The Squat and Kebele Kulture Projekt (KKP) Kebele started as an empty building that was squatted in autumn 1995 to provide housing for four homeless activists. It quickly mutated into something bigger out of a need to defy the owners (a bank) and authorities seeking to evict them, and inspired by European social spaces there was a desire to create a self-managed space for local individuals, campaigns & projects. Continue reading Kebele – this is Ourstory→