Workshops & performances

Details of 2018 workshops – see this year’s updates at

In the workshop rooms (12-4pm):

In Room 1:

12pm – Brighton Solidarity Federation (SolFed) – Brighton Solidarity Federation Housing Union: organising practical solidarity and mutual support in housing. BSFHU has been organising to fight back against poor conditions, stolen deposits,
agency fees, and other forms of mistreatment in the housing sector,
using the tactics of direct action, practical solidarity and mutual
support amongst those on the receiving end. Come to this meeting to find
out more and to hear hear and share experiences of organising together –

1pm – Seeds For Change – Right Audience, Right Message: Media and outreach skills to move people along the ‘spectrum of allies’.  Firstly we’ll look at crafting super snappy soundbites for use in the mainstream media to target people who feel neutral about your campaign and get them onside. Secondly we’ll look at using the art of storytelling / narrative to reach passive allies and make them active! –

2pm – SpyCops – Blacklisting, spycops and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Accounts of how political campaigners were targeted by undercover
police, and how people are fighting back through the Undercover Policing
Inquiry. Speakers are from those targeted by spycops and now fighting
for answers, including a woman targeted for a relationship and a trade
unionist blacklisted for seeking basic rights. Also an update on what
we’ve learned so far and what is happening with the Undercover Policing
Inquiry, as people resist the whitewash. –

3pm – Blacklisting talk by Liverpool-based activists – Trade union members and workers who raised health and safety and other concerns in the UK have been denied employment by employers, using a secret list compiled by the Economic League, which operated between 1919 and 1993, and The Consulting Association, which, until it was closed down in February 2009, took over this role within the UK construction industry. Local people will talk about the effect on their personal lives and their fight for compensation

In Room 2:

12pm – Liverpool Hunt Sabs – Introduction to the current situation regarding hunting with dogs in the UK, and how you can get involved locally to take direct action to save lives –

1pm – Smash IPP – Smash IPP is a collective fighting for release of IPP
(Imprisonment for Public Protection) prisoners, &abolition of life licenses.
Many have friends & family locked up with indefinite sentences & know
the impact this uncertainty has on the health of families & communities –

2pm – Black & Green Review – Walking Away From Civilisation: an anarcho-primitivist primer. A contributor to the journal Black and Green Review presents some of the fundamental features of the anarcho-primitivist perspective.

In a society consumed by technology, consumption and mental illness, it is easy to forget that we have lived for 99% of our time on Earth in healthy, egalitarian communities. As anarchists, what can we learn from pre-history , and can we rewild ourselves and the world around us?

3pm – Manchester Zapatista Collective – The Autonomous Zapatista Communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation have built local autonomy and mutual international solidarity since their uprising in 1994. The workshop gives an overview over the building of autonomous government,
healthcare, education, economy, and a justice system, and international
networks. We also give information about recent developments in Chiapas
and from other collectives and struggles in Europe who are connected
with each other in the Zapatista spirit. Finally we will discuss
together how these link with struggles in the North-West. –

In the theatre (3pm-7.30pm):

3.10 pm – Theatre Of The Oppressed – Anarchy in action. Using techniques from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed we will explore physical and embodied models of the rehearsal for the revolution, engaging in dialogue about how we might understand our past, to act now, to create the future we want.

4.30pm – Milan Rai – 1917: The Non-violent Russian Revolution + follow-up discussion Nonviolent action was a crucial  and oft-neglected  part of the Russian Revolution. Peace News editor Milan Rai presents a talk based on his recent book, followed by a short open discussion on the value of non-violence and how the issue may be distorted by historical accounts of important revolutions and uprisings. 

6pm – Poetry from Peter The Poet & others – a quick fire poetry and story telling session in which writers / performers will interpret the word ‘anarchy’ as they see fit. Expect some rage and comedy. 


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