Dear zinesters and zine fans,
We’re organising an alternative to the MCA zine fair and want you to be involved!
The MCA is sponsored by Transfield, a corporation that operates service contracts in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield derives brand value through its association with the arts, and it derives considerable profit from the extra-judicial incarceration of asylum seekers.
By participating in events that are sponsored by Transfield we add value to their brand. We, a small group of zine makers from Sydney, inspired by the current campaign to boycott the Sydney Biennale over its relationship with Transfield, have decided to boycott the MCA zine fair in 2014. We do not want our zines to add value to a corporation that profits from the Australian government’s indefensible treatment of asylum seekers.
Instead, we want to hold our own zine fair: the Other Worlds Zine Fair.
Other Worlds will be held on the same day as the MCA fair, 25 May 2014.
An alternative fair will give zinesters an opportunity to show their protest while still enabling them to sell and swap their zines. We want to demonstrate that we can make our own event, on our own terms: ones that explicitly reject association with the detention industry.
We also hope to create a space in which to initiate discussions and raise awareness of how the system of mandatory detention manifests in our everyday lives: how we are implicated in it, how else we can resist it, and how we can end it.
An alternative to the MCA zine fair may seem like a small protest, but it’s a specific protest that we can make as zine makers, in solidarity with asylum seekers who protest against and resist mandatory detention from within the camps.
So, register your interest in having a table!
Half table: $5/Full table: $10 (tables are 1.8 metres long)
Please fill in this form by March 25.
Venue and details to be confirmed when we have a better idea of numbers!
Hon, Emma, Meg, Tim
Melbourne’s Sticky is having its annual zine fair in February and are looking for zine stall applications.
The fair is happening at the MELBOURNE TOWN HALL on SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY from 12-5pm.
And in their words:
“WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT ZINE STALLS. It is a zine fair. We are a zine shop. It is a zine event. If you are planning on mostly having a stall selling records or vintage cupcakes or bespoke shoemaking paraphenalia or whatever, this is not the event for you. ZINES! Ok.”
email email@example.com with your name and the zine(s)/distro you’ll be representing, with the email subject ‘ZINE STALLOUT’ – it’s like a cross between zine stall and callout, see.
If you have any zines (created by you or otherwise) please consider donating to Sticky’s Philippines Typhoon Relief. On FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER at 6-7PM, Sticky will be having a second-hand zine sale with all $$$ going to the Philippines typhoon disaster relief effort. So if you have zines to donate bring them along and if not bring some coins and pick up some second hand zines yourself.
When: Friday, 20 Dec, 6 – 7pm
Where: Sticky Institute
10 Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway, Melbourne VIC 3000