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(en) Anarchist summer camp: Austria 14.07. - 23.07.2006

Date Fri, 3 Mar 2006 11:07:32 +0100 (CET)

What is an anarchist camp?
"Holiday" as a concept originates from the separation of work
and leisure time. In this sense, an anarchist camp is not a holiday: the
camp is an opportunity to meet, get to know each other and be active
together, in a context which is free from pressure. It gives us room to
try and combine anarchist theory and praxis and to live free from
We are aware of the fact that this can only ever be a "relative" freedom,
firstly because we carry the mechanisms of authority around with us in our
heads and bodies, and then because the anarchist camp is an island which
is limited in time and place, within a society which is shaped by
authority. But who knows - we may still manage to create a free space,
outside of social normality and its daily pains, where we can experience
what it is that we are fighting for and where it is that we want to go.

In order to make this possible, it is crucial that no forms
ofdiscrimination or repression be tolerated at the camp. Furthermore,
everyone must feel it their responsibility to ensure that this is the
case. This means: be aware, get involved, and if any such behaviour is
observed (in others or in oneself) then make sure you bring it up.
Solidarity and freedom from authority, when fully experienced, give us
energy and encouragement for our daily struggle.

What the organising group does

As organising group we arrange the location, spread information about
thecamp internationally and take care of the initial resource and
infrastructure requirements. Once the camp starts, the group will cease
to exist. From this point, it is everyone s responsibility to
decide together what will be done where, when and how; to organise,
procure food, cook and tidy up.

Nevertheless, discussions which have taken place within the
organisinggroup, partly resulting from experiences which were gathered on
previous camps, have led to a few decisions being taken in advance:

. A tent will be reserved for women and transgender persons. This tent may
function as a meeting point, a free space, or whatever else people may
choose to make of it.

· We encourage parents to come with their children. The site is vast and
offers plenty of opportunity to play around; furthermore a
children's tent will be set up. What use will be made of this tent will
once again depend on those who wish to use it. Bring toys, bring rope so
we can hang a swing from a tree, or bring whatever else comes in mind! It
is not just parents who should need to think about their own children: we
should all try to take care of children and their needs.
· Leave your dogs at home! A large number of dogs at a camp can
seriously hinder the camp's enjoyment for other participants, as well as
hindering participation of those people who have children. Furthermore the
site is not fenced and faces directly onto the woods, in which there are
hunters and wild animals...

What you will find and what you could find

The site comprises various fields, with trees, wilderness, a small
streamand a bonfire area. As well as enough place for tents, the camp
offers a varied infrastructure. There are dry rooms and a kitchen, beds
for those who may need them and sufficient sanitary facilities. Not far
away there is also the possibility to go swimming. We will cook so that
all camp participants may eat (including vegans, persons with allergies,
breastfeeding mothers...). We also aim to provide computer facilities (to
be used for example for producing a camp newspaper, workshops, internet

What will actually happen at the camp will depend on what the participants
will want to do and what will emerge spontaneously there and then. Don't
expect to find a "ready schedule" of lectures and
workshops: rather expect to get involved, stimulate and organise the
workshops and discussions yourself and with others. The experience of
previous anarchist camps has shown that many varied and interesting topics
and activities can result from this process.

We wish the scope of subjects and possibilities not to be limited to
"traditional anarchism". We would like to discuss wide ranging
topics from an antiauthoritarian perspective: from (anarchist) utopias and
theories, gender elationships and the critique of romantic monogamy to
action forms, practical examples of political action or alterative forms
of communal life. The camp's size and nature should allow it to be
multifaceted: filled with theory and praxis, workshops, games, music,
presentations and discussions, cooking, movies, dancing etc.

What it can become

The 2006 anarchist camp in Austria should contribute to knocking down
the"borders within our heads". Whilst capitalism and state
institutions have long been integrating internationally, and repression
has crossed over national borders (think of the Schengen treaty, or
European common policies against immigration), german-speaking anarchists
have tended to remain amongst themselves. With this camp, we will try to
encourage networking with our (east)European friends. This is the reason
why this invitation has been translated in many European languages. Our
aim is a colourful camp, that overcomes barriers (of language or
otherwise) and contributes to the exchange between different people and

Shaping a camp together does not mean uncritically embracing some kind of
"togetherness feelings". It is important to bring
disagreements to the surface and voice our mutual criticisms when
appropriate, so that we can learn from each other and get used to
questioning our own behaviours. In this sense, arguing can also be
sometimes good. Nevertheless, our behaviour in an anarchist camp must be
shaped by the principles of solidarity and mutual respect, which include
the acceptance of different approaches and points of view.

With love and strength

The organisation group for the 2006 A-Camp in Austria Anarchist summer camp

14.07. - 23.07.2006


Anarkiisma somera tendaro Austrio
Anarchistisches Sommercamp in Oesterreich
14.07. - 23.07.2006
e-mail: info AT a-camp.info


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