February 15, 2017
TAKING UP SPACE – Zine Callout
DEADLINE – Wednesday 15th March 2017
This is a callout for submissions relating to the theme of ‘space’ or ‘taking up space’. The subject is flexible and could relate to autonomous spaces, gentrification, gender, bodies, identity, performance, squats, incarceration or mental health.
At the beginning of 2016 I released a zine called ‘Give Me Space’ that served as a kind of tour diary of my six weeks of gigs across Europe. The zine focused on the great autonomous, DIY and punk spaces I played at on my journey; and the important part they play in hosting activist and alternative scenes.
TAKING UP SPACE is the next step – a contributor-based zine that issues a strong refusal to back down to the commodification and repression of our spaces. The theme is open to interpretation, please e-mail your contributions, or ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 2017
احنا بندور على فنانين عرب مثليين نقدر نستخدم اغانيهم او شعرهم في البوم للبيع ببريطانيا بغرض جمع تبرعات لدعم مجموعات المثليه في مصر
Afiach and Dancing Queer are looking for Queer & Arabic artists to help us fill an album with their wonderful songs and poetry! We will be selling this album to raise money for Bedayaa – An Egyptian Activist Group supporting LGBT+ people in Egypt where we are legally imprisoned, tortured, and admitted in Mental Asylums.
My name is Shrouk El-Attar (aka Dancing Queer) and I’m an LGBT+ Rights activist and Refugee from Egypt.
Life is not easy for Queer people in Egypt, it’s often seen as the duty of the government, community, and our own families to punish us – simply for who we are, for who we love.
We are forced into marriages and bearing children, we are thrown into mental health hospitals and left there to rot, we are imprisoned, tortured, and even murdered by our own families in the name of honour.
But young Egyptians are rising up! In the past 6 years activist groups have formed and started standing up for our rights! Groups like Bedayaa (2010), Rainbow Egypt (2012), and Mesahat (2015) are paving the way to supporting LGBT+ Egyptians and letting us know that, against everything we are taught growing up in school, we are still human and we deserve to exist in dignity.
Each person volunteering in these groups has to keep their identities safe because for each case, for each workshop, for each Facebook post they are risking their lives.
Bedayaa (means “A Beginning” in Arabic) and all profits will go to them to support the work they do in Egypt, ranging from campaigns to change public attitudes, to legal fees needed for lawyers representing imprisoned Egyptians whose only crime was to fall in love with someone who happened to be of the “wrong” gender.
Please help us raise money and awareness towards making Egypt a safer place for Queer folk!
As well as this benefit compilation A-Grrrlz and Dancing Queer are also putting on a fundraiser at GWDIHW in Cardiff on the 9th of April 4-11pm! There will be Belly Dance // Henna // Music // Hummus // Cakes // Face Painting AND MORE! ♥
October 25, 2016
Last Monday, Afiach and A-Grrrls came together to raise money for the amazing Refugee Women’s Centre in Dunkirk. We are pleased to say that the wonderful evening of entertainment, cake, screen-printed goodies and zines helped raise £218.42 for the group.
The centre in Grande-Synthe camp de la Linière is a safe space for the women of the camp to come with their children for support, relaxation and to create relationships with the other women in the camp as well as the volunteers. Many of them have been there for several months after traumatic departures from their countries and long and dangerous journeys across Europe.
Whether pregnant women, single mothers, young or old families, the 180 women of the camp suffer similar threats and pressures from the grey, desperate and male-dominated environment around them. In the Womens Centre we try to sooth the difficulties of daily life and provide an alternative to the seclusion of remaining in the shelters. We have a kitchen for the women to cook in, a free shop for the distribution of women’s and children’s hygiene products and a clothes and shoes distribution.
Thanks to Daisy Green Creative and Joe Roberts for these photographs!
September 14, 2016
London singer-songwriter Lilith Ai, performs poignant tales of modern city life and is at the forefront of the riot grrrl revival happening in the music scene right now. Her songs show urban life through a clear lens, that does not hesitate to reveal her dark life experience. She is a multidimensional talent, as well as being a musician she is a club promoter and visual artist who makes zines.
♫ RUFUS MUFASA (Hip Hop, Pontypridd)
Seamlessly switching from Welsh and English, Rufus Mufasa has a powerful voice you cannot forget. She is a rapper and singer-songwriter who cites diverse influences from soul to jungle D’n’B, and is part of South Wales’ hip hop crew Dope Biscuits.
♫ ANNI WALL (Welsh Folk, Swansea)
Acoustic folk trio from Swansea with melodic harp and piano accordion, singing in both Welsh and English.
★ ERIC NGALLE CHARLES (Spoken Word, Cameroon/Russia/Wales)
Eric Ngalle Charles is a story-teller and poet, with many tales to tell. He left his homeland Cameroon in fear of his life. He ran with crime gangs in a lawless underclass in Russia, before coming to Wales, which he describes at the country of his rebirth. He has written a book called “Asylum” about what it means to be a refugee, but for this event he will be performing some poems for us.
♫ COSMO (Anarcho-folk-punk-hiphop, Cardiff/London)
Cosmo is a one-man anarcho-folk-punk-hiphop phenomenon! His energetic shows fuse sharp comedy with ruthless social satire and high octane passion. He has been involved in many migrant solidarity groups, including being a co-founder of Music Without Borders in Cardiff.
♫ EFA SUPERTRAMP (Folk Punk, Cymru)
Bilingual folk-punk singer songwriter, has been touring all over Europe over the past few years playing in protests, squats, street corners, living rooms, bars and festivals. Her songs are angry but uplifting and full of energy!
★ GLITTASPHYXIA (Performance Art, UK)
At the gig on Tuesday, we raised £275.06 for Stop The Cardiff Arms Fair. 4 activists were prosecuted for their actions during the protests, 2 are now appealing to the courts – this money goes to support these 4 people to pay off their fines, and possibly print flyers for a protest during the appeal.
Thank you to all the artists who came and performed – it was a great evening of music and wayyyy too much fun was had for a Tuesday!! Thanks also to those who bought cakes, screen printed t-shirts and anything else from the Afiach & A-Grrrlz stall, this all went towards the funds!
Also DJ HELENA HANDCART playing some wicked Queer Disco tunes in between and after the bands!
Commuters in Cardiff were surprised to find adverts for an arms fair on bus stops across the city on Wednesday morning. Activists put up alternative posters across the capital to protest against the controversial DPRTE arms fair, which took place in Cardiff on Wednesday 16 March. The posters were spotted around the city centre and the Motorpoint Arena, which hosts the arms fair.
Earlier in the week, Cardiff-based street artist Colour Doomed had revealed his most recent piece “Hold Those Accountable” which also criticised the DPRTE arms fair. In the mural, the suit-wearing arms dealer is seen being held up by a larger character, on the arms dealer’s bag ‘BAE’ is written, and loads of cash falling out of his pockets. BAE systems, are one of the exhibitors at the DPRTE arms fair, they are the world’s 3rd largest arms producer and have a very special relationship with the UK government & Saudi dictatorship.
Stop The Cardifff Arms Fair organised a resistance to the DPRTE arms fair, and on Wednesday 16th March around 150 people turned up at 8:30am to show the arms dealers they were not welcome in Cardiff.
An update from Stop Cardiff Arms Fair’s facebook stated;
“Yesterday 6 people were arrested in total, including the 2 people who occupied the roof. South Wales Police once again showed their violent behavior, and it is incredibly shameful that our tax money is used to protect those murderers inside the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.
To the venue, you should know we will continue building this movement throughout the year in Cardiff, and if you choose to host DPRTE again, we will be back bigger and better. The campaign this year has grown, many different individuals and groups turned up. You were chased out of Bristol, and you will be chased out of Cardiff too. That is a promise.Thanks to Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop The Arms Fair for their support, this movement is growing. Wherever you go after Cardiff, we will be there too.
Thanks to everyone that turned up for the demo. It was great to stand in solidarity, shouting at the arms dealers and hopefully at least making them feel a bit embarrassed as they went in. Some of them hung their heads in shame, others assured us of how comfortable they slept at night in their lovely beds, bought through blood money. They are complicit in murder, and play a part in the arms trade, they need to face up to this!
The campaign was very creative this year, it was great to see costumes, live music, free food from Food Not Bombs Cardiff, rooftop occupation, interactive protests on the pavement, mural by Colour Doomed, bus stop subversions and everything else! Nice one everyone, let’s continue to build this movement against the suit-wearing arms dealers and the arms trade. These are the people who profit from war, whilst creating refugees and killing civilians.”
February 24, 2016
Efa Supertramp has released a new zine called ‘Give Me Space’. The zine is a document of her 2015 European Tour, which took her to 8 countries, to play 33 gigs in 6 weeks and travelling over 4,383 Miles. As well as Efa’s tour adventures, the zine also focuses on autonomous and free community spaces, as well as offering a vegan food guide to the cities she visited. There are also interviews with acts and groups Efa comes across on the trip. The zine is printed on recycled paper by Footprints Co-op, with a risograph and the cover is printed using the awesome pink and blue inks; it is available to buy from her bigcartel page here for just £2.
As this tour zine is finally released, 5 months after that tour finished, Efa heads off on her next tour on the continent, this time to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
February 18, 2016
In January we sent out a call-out for songs for two benefit compilations, we welcomed all genres of music and the response was so great, with artists happy to donate their music to help social justice groups. A total of 80 songs were submitted for the compilations.
The two compilations ‘If It Was Easy They Wouldn’t Call It A Struggle’ and ‘Prosecute The Arms Dealers’, are both officialy released on the 20th of February 2016, to coincide with this years’ Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair.
Having previously supported the groups Stop The G8 in 2013 and Stop NATO in 2014, Afiach continue to see music as a means to help political movements – with these kinds of compilations we can raise some funds, as well as use music to start a conversation and raise awareness of campaigns. It’s always so exciting to get submissions of truly radical music from different genres, and put them all together in one place – I feel really inspired having put these recent compilations together. Hopefully these creative expressions of frustration with the system we are living in, will also inspire you to take an interest, get active and take action.
One of the compilations will be raising money for Stop The Cardiff Arms Fair, and the other for Cardiff Defendant Solidarity. Both these causes are very worthy and currently relevant. In the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, DPRTE will be hosting their arms fair – they moved to Cardiff after leaving Bristol following massive protests. We hope the same will happen in Cardiff, so get involved in resisting the arms fair on March 16th 2016. Cardiff Defendant Solidarity helps and supports people going through the legal system, who need funds. Often for those facing charges, their expenses and fines add up quickly and adds more pressure and worry.
With 80 songs submitted, it wasn’t possible to fit them all on the 2 CD releases; therefore the full albums are available digitally on our bandcamp page. If you buy a CD there, you automatically get a download of 37 songs for ‘If It Was Easy They Wouldn’t Call It A Struggle’, and 43 for ‘Prosecute The Arms Dealers’. As we know most people buy/listen to music digitally these days, we hope everyone interested in the compilation will check out all the songs, as all the artists are worth checking out.
The ‘Prosecute The Arms Dealers’ CD features 21 songs around the subject of war, arms trade and unjust governments. ‘If It was Easy, They Wouldn’t Call It A Struggle’ features 22 songs about prison, laws and (in)justice system. It was a shame we had to cut down the playlist for the CD’s, but generally songs were chosen for their relevance to the theme of the albums, and previous contributions to Afiach in terms of gigs and other compilations. Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music – super awesome stuff!
Donate or purchase online, share on your social media sites and come to the Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair or any other ‘Afiach’ stalls to pick up a CD.
100% of proceeds go straight to these groups.
The Track-Listing ……..
Afiach # 7 – If It Was Easy, They Wouldn’t Call It A Struggle
(Cardiff Defendant Solidarity Benefit)
1. Prison Abolition – Conscious Youth
2. Snow is Freedom – Tracey Curtis
3. Dangerous – WOWZA
4. Turbid Milieu – Grand Collapse
5. Tear Apart The Walls – Cistem Failure
6. Disgrace – Petrol Girls
7. I Wish There Was No Prisons – Cosmo
8. The Otherside – Will Tun & The Wasters
9. By Morning – Evan Greer
10. The Hunt – Failed State
11. Burn It Down – Jugganote
12. Jack Shit – Efa Supertramp
13. Until All Are Free – Rover
14. Fine Lines – Rufus Mufasa
15. A State of Affairs – Ap Cooper
16. Your Laws – Kilnaboy
17. Tân yn dy ‘Sgyfaint – Radio Rhydd
18. Squat Rave – SubFire
19. Don’t Worry – Jamey P
20. The Process – Brian Curran
21. Experiment – Joe Dirt
22. Watch Your Back – Primeval Soup
Full Digital Album also features:
23. P.R.S (Live) – Public Order Act
24. The World Is Ours – Gab De La Vega
25. Reveal The Sharks – We Are Animals
26. Fe Gerddaf Gyda Thi (remix) – Roughion
27. Different – Bibi
28. Too Blind To See It – Smiler
29. Yrth Quackin’ – Zhubat
30. Fuck Off – Spam Javelin
31. Gemini Whatever Happened To You – Jacob Nico
32. Think What You Like – Ferny Mac
33. Jiffy Hoof Out – Mwstard
34. One World Riot – Primeval Soup
35. Apocalypse Dub – Preppa
36. CCTV – Deadbeat
37. Coming Home – Pog
Afiach # 8 – Prosecute The Arms Fair
(Stop Cardiff Arms Fair Benefit)
1. System – Petrol Girls
2. Vampire – Black Star Dub Collective
3. Heddwch VIP – Roughion
4. Enter The International Court of Justice – Atterkop
5. Ladybug Ladybug – Conformist
6. Three Little Piggies – SubFire
7. Y Byd ar Dân – X4C
8. Missiles On The Roof – Holiday
9. Refusenicks – Kilnaboy
10. Help Define Heroes – Emissaries of Syn
11. Politricks – Spred The Dub
12. Survivor’s Parade – Pog
13. History’s Lies – Viva Zapata
14. Their Eyes (feat. Taina Asili) – Evan Greer
15. Pollution Evolution – Bratakus
16. For My Brothers – Jugganote
17. All The Girls Love a Soldier – Tracey Curtis
18. Not Wrinkles, Not Bombs – Mwstard
19. Billy Was My Buddy – Garden Folk
20. Hook, Line and Sinker – Johnny Campbell
21. They’ll Speak of us for Years – Zebedy
Full Digital Album also features:
22. F.E.A.R (feat. Efa Supertramp & Secret Weapons) – Clusterfuck
23. Byd ‘di Blino – Radio Rhydd
24. These Streets Are Ours – Cosmo
25. Nation Violation – Failed State
26. Like Waves – Gab De La Vega
27. Zero Degrees – Ferny Mac
28. It’s Not The End of The World Yet – Days & Ages
29. Black Skies – Worthy Victims
30. Be The Best – The Manifest
31. Vote Your Friends In – Smiler
32. History – Noah
33. All My Friends Are Freedom Fighters – Efa Supertramp
34. Steadiness Is Lying – Jacob Nico
35. Let’s Blow Up The World – Alaric Newnham
36. Y Stryd – Terfysg
37. War Puppet – Sods Law
38. Racists – 51st State
39. Weasels – Internationalcuntcircus
40. F.N.W.O – Rufus Pearce
41. Jen Dalsi Pisen Proti Valce – Hledani
42. Pork Beli – Zhubat
43. Zombie Dub – Zombie Dub