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An invitation to participate in an alternative to the MCA zine fair!

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on March 10, 2014

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


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