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(en) Bulgaria, 3rd Balkan Anarchist Book Fair in Sofia.

Date Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:28:57 +0200

The Balkan Anarchist Book Fair is an institution which aims to spread the
anti-authoritarian principles around the local communities, along with the
gathering amongst activists coming from several Balkan countries and from all
over the world and, finally, the realization of political and cultural events.
The 1st Balkan Anarchist Book Fair was in Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2003 and it
was considered to be successful and with many attendants. The 2nd Balkan
Anarchist Book Fair took place in Zagreb in Croatia the following year, but
since the local movements couldn't fully support it, the whole idea of
organizing the annual Book Fair became weaker.

The initiative group for organizing the 3rd Balkan Anarchist Book Fair is
constituted by groups and individuals from Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, who have
attended the previous two book fairs. Willing to revive the institution, we
selected Sofia as the location for organizing the book fair for two main
reasons: first of all due to the huge history of the Anarchist Movement in
Bulgaria and also due to the contemporary huge publication activity. The
anarchist movement of this country is rooted since the time of Christo Botef,
national poet and rebel who lived in the middle of the 19th century. The
Bulgarian anarchists were present in important moments of the Bulgarian and also
of the Global History, since apart from the resistance against the Bulgarian
czar, some anarchists even joined the Spanish Revolution. The continuity of the
movement was interrupted after the establishment of the communist regime after
the end of the Second World War, when all anarchist principles were oppressed
and many anarchists found themselves imprisoned.

After the fall of the communist regimes, the anarchist principles were revived
and the movement rose up again. Nowadays, when neoliberalism and nationalism
prevail, Bulgarian anarchists are active under extremely difficult
circumstances, having to face extreme-rightwing gangs along with the general
indifference of the population.

We call every anarchist, anti-authoritarian or anti-capitalist to support by
their attendance this event, even if they don't have their own publications to
present and also to take part in the actions that are going to take place.

The Book Fair is programmed to take place at 31 of May - 2nd of June 2008 Sofia

For more infos on accommodation etc on

Initiative group for organizing the 3rd Balkan Anarchist Book Fair
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