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May 13

The Montreal Anarchist Theater Festival & Bookfair Kicks Off this Week!

Come out to so-called Montreal for a festival of anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist art, theater, music, and revolutionary ideas! Starting on May 17th, there will be a series of performances as part of the 14th annual International Anarchist Theater Festival and on May 25th, come out for the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair which will feature tabling and discussions from a wide range of groups, projects, and individuals.

Montreal’s 14th Annual International Anarchist Theater Festival: May 17th to May 23rd

The fourteenth annual Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (MIATF) – the world’s biggest anarchist theatre festival – will present 30 artists (seven troupes) from Chile, the US, France, and Montreal for three nights of provocative, socially engaged, freedom-loving theatre, Fri May 17th at L’Achoppe (ask a local punk for the address), 7:30pm, Tues May 21st and Wed May 22nd, at La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul St-Laurent, 7pm. The wrap party/live music show is Thurs May 23rd, at the Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul St-Laurent, 8pm.

Tickets: $13 each night at the door, or online in advance from La Sala Rossa’s website, www.lasalarossa.com No reserved seats. Doors open 6:45pm. (Special PWYC for May 17th, and $5 for May 23rd wrap party/show.)

Program highlights include: a Chilean dance, theater, live music tour de force about citizen’s revenge; the world premier of ‘Women Strike!’ a dramatic account of nine kick ass, immigrant working women from the historic 1919 Winnipeg General Strike; an entertaining anti-authoritarian musical inspired by Mauricio Kagel’s work; an experimental performance about immigrants, refugees and ‘The Wall’; Montreal’s well known Rap Battles for Social Justice troupe; and more.

See a complete rundown of theater performances here.

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair: Workshops and Presentations

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11:00 – 12:45

  • Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement: The history of black liberation struggle in the U.S., and our political vision for the future
  • Podcast Panel
  • Création de collages sur fond d’extractivisme et d’apocalysme
  • En lutte pour une cité sans frontières!
  • Black Rose Books multi-book launch!
  • Anarchism 101

13:00 – 14:45

  • Prison Abolition 101
  • Anarchist Infrastructure for the Long Haul
  • Partage de lectures féministes et queer, avec La Mandragore
  • From “Another World Is Possible” to the Possible End of the World: Anarchistic Reflections on 1999-2019
  • Movement for No Society: Direct Struggle in Philadelphia and Beyond
  • The Zad a year after the airport’s cancellation – Victory?

15:00 – 16:45

  • Stoppons la prison : Pourquoi est-il stratégique d’arrêter la construction de la nouvelle prison pour migrantEs à Laval et comment pouvons-nous le faire?
  • Autogestion, grèves et actions à l’Université de Montréal depuis 1919
  • Naloxone Training
  • 20 Years of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
  • Occult Features of Anarchism ─ With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (PM Press)
  • Performance Activism Techniques: A Case Study of Challenging Colonialism and Systemic Racism in the Tourism Industry

11:00 – 12:45

  • Pirate radio, DIY digital editing et plus (CKUT 90.3 FM)
  • Bien-être collectif pour des mouvements résistants
  • Mapping Queer Pasts in Future Tense (Dumpster Diving Into the Wreck)
  • Lancement Montréalais du journal Cause Commune par le Le Collectif anarchiste Emma Goldman (Saguenay sur le Nitassinan)

13:00 – 14:45

  • Pirate radio, DIY digital editing, and more (CKUT 90.3 FM)
  • Existing as ABIPOC
  • Reading Group ─ Someday We’ll Be Ready and We’ll Be Enough
  • Choose y/our own adventures: a collaborative discussion around anarchist storytelling, narrative resilience, and the radical imagination
  • Solidarity Economies: An Infrastructure of Dissent in a Settler-Colonial Context
  • Les Gilets jaunes : Points de vue anarchistes (Monica Jornet). March 2019. (Éditions du Monde Libertaire)
  • The History of Jewish Antifascism and Towards a Renewed Jewish Resistance from Within the Diaspora

15:00 – 16:45

  • 20 years forward: Creating sustainable struggle through long-term strategizing
  • The connections between harm reduction and anarchy
  • Let’s Play WINTERHORN
  • How to not snitch at the border! Best practices for travelling internationally
  • Film Screenings: Typologies of Whiteness: Sympathetic Cops; And the sky turned red; Les patrons ont toujours tort!
  • Anti Fascism and Ecological Collapse
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