Efa Supertramp’s new 80-page zine ‘Taking Up Space’ OUT NOW via Big Cartel

Taking Up Space is Efa Supertramp’s second zine exploring ‘space’. The first issue Give Me Space served as an alternative guide to the European squat and DIY scene based around a 6-week tour the folk-punk singer did in 2015; along with interviews with bands she played with and suggestions of great digs for vegan munch. This one still has some of Efa’s tour diaries, but this issue was also open to contributors and Efa weaves her ideas about ‘space’ between some great poetry, art and articles by a great bunch of people.
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The zine is 80 pages long, printed on recycled paper on a risograph by the anarchist collective Footprinters in Leeds. The zine was designed by Efa including the eye-catching bright pink and blue cover, which should certainly make its way onto any zine-collector or DIY punk’s book shelf! From the subject of the submissions, the zine was divided into five sections – CITY SPACE focuses largely on public space and gentrification; (Y)OUR SPACE about amazing women and non-binary peepz taking up space to be heard in this world; BORDERS OF SPACE about the man-made division of space which causes so much suffering; HEAD SPACE about mental health and OCCUPY SPACE about squatting and autonomous spaces.

THE CONTRIBUTORS ARE:
Articles by Dog Section Press on The Rights to The City and subvertising, Nick Ronin on London’s Lock Down, Dream Nails Girls to the Front, Glittasphyxia’s diary of cycling 250 miles through the Welsh Countryside, Josef Dobraszczyk writes about life on the US/Mexican Border, Radio Rhydd singer Cai O’Marah’s visit to Palestine, LJ writes about Khora in Athens, Nicole Vosper’s great piece Patriarchy Makes Me Tired, ADM’s battle to keep their squat utopia continues, Fuck Kontrol by Steffan Cravos about spaces in Berlin and Johnny Campbell writes about British Bothies.

Poems & Creative Writing by Serena Boheimer, Olivia Rosane, Betti Baudelaire, Dangerous Dinky aka Dirty South, Rufus Mufasa, Awate, Jenn Hart, Anth Clarke, April Yvonne, Selina Nwulu, SC, Kat (Xckusivx Zine) and Ffion Wyn.

Art by Joe Fur Long (Minesweeper Collective), Helen Bur, Apu – Theo Collective, Efa B-M, Illustre Feccia, Dasa Raimanova, Jesse Vandi, Elen Mai Wyn-Jones, Genevieve Davis, Sam Worthington, Lilith Ai and Charlotte Formosa.

As well as album reviews of Cistem Failure and Chuck SJ Hay, a short piece on Dancing Queer & Bedayaa Egyptian LGBT group, extracts from Elen Mai Wyn-Jones (1982-2015)’s old zines, and interviews with Cistem Failure and Lilith Ai.

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We were very pleased to help organise the opening evening for Random Artists exhibition ‘Home’ which is being held at ExFed, N4 1DN.
Some of our favourite acoustic artists Don Potter from Berlin, Giz Medium from Marsaille, Chuck SJ Hay, Perkie and Cosmo played, as well as Afiach regular Serena Boheimer (aka Glittasphyxia) and poet Jenn Hart, among some other great names.

If you are in London, make sure you check out the exhibition which is open for another 4 days – one not to be missed! A load of DIY art in a warehouse space which we have transformed into an immersive gallery, with entertainment every evening – oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?

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Killdren release their first single ‘Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You’ in the run-up to the General Election! Enjoy!

Thanks to all the performers who came and contributed their poems, writing and music – we raised £165 for the Shut Down Yarl’s Wood Campaign.

On a separate note, we would like to apologise for organising a gig without any women of colour on the line-up, when we were raising money for women of colour caged in Yarl’s Wood’s inhumane detention centre. We didn’t think about the repercussions of re-creating the saviour/victim narrative, and thanks to those who called us out and educated us.

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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: recordiauafiach@gmail.com

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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.

 

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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! ♥ 

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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!

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Efa Supertramp (acoustic folk punk from Wales)

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Glyttsphyxia performing “Hummusexual” – performance art from Cardiff (via Wellington, NZ and Oxfordshire!)

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Eric Ngalle Charles, Cardiff-based poet, originally from Cameroon and having come to Wales via. Russia!

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Dancing Queer: Egyptian belly-dancing with a queer twist, raising awareness of the persecution of LGBTQ+ people in their home country.

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Anni Wall, a Welsh-language folk trio from Swansea

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Rufus Mufasa, a spoken-word poet and hip hop educator from Pontypridd

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Rufus, invited Efa Supertramp to play guitar and Eric Ngalle Charles to play his drum, whilst she rapped, seamlessly switching between Welsh & English

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The incredibly talented Lilith Ai from London headlined the evening and mesmerized everyone with her beautiful and unique style of Riot Grrrl Blues.

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Lilith Ai’s amazing DIY merchandise – zines, t-shirt, patches, badges – all made herself!

A-Grrrlz and Afiach are coming together again, to bring you another evening of amazing acts from Cardiff and beyond. This time we are raising money for the Refugee Women’s Centre in Dunkirk (more about the project at the bottom)


 
This time we are back at Little Man Coffee Co, with a suggested donation of £5 or more, for entry! We need to pay venue hire, travel costs and printing costs before any money is made for the Refugee Women’s Centre – to help us raise more, we will have cakes, snacks, zines and other bits and bobs for you to purchase, so bring your pocket money with you!
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♫ LILITH AI (Riot Grrrl Blues, London)

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.
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrJameypearce


♫ ANNI WALL (Welsh Folk, Swansea)



Acoustic folk trio from Swansea with melodic harp and piano accordion, singing in both Welsh and English.
https://www.facebook.com/Anni-Wall-1622427674676199/?ref=nf

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★ 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.
http://www.facebook.com/blackentertainmentwales

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♫ 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.
https://cosmoguitar.net/

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♫ 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!
http://www.facebook.com/EfaSupertramp


★ GLITTASPHYXIA (Performance Art, UK)

https://www.instagram.com/glittasphyxia/
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The Refugee Women’s 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.
 
We rely entirely on material and financial donations to ensure the continued running of the centre and support of the women and their families. The money we raise goes towards clothes, shoes and hygiene products, and communal resources for art, sewing, cooking and ‘pamper days’.

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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!

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Afiach and A-Grrrls are proud to bring you another great evening of entertainment, on a summer Tuesday evening! This event will be raising money for those who were arrested during the Stop Cardiff Arms Fair Protest in March 2016. If they are not charged, we will announce what group the proceeds will be going to.
 
Messy riot grrrl DIY punk band from Cheltenham, telling it how it is and destroying patriarchy and gender roles since 2014! Do not miss these – they kick ass!
 
Hardcore Troubadour straight out of New Zealand preserving the traditions of country/folk story-telling all wrapped up in a punk rock attitude.
 
Bellydancing with a political twist, this tattooed, hairy, genderqueer refugee from Egypt dances to raise awareness of the persecution of their LGBTQ+ siblings across the world. IT’S ALSO THEIR BIRTHDAY ON THIS DATE SO GET DANCING!!!
 
Cardiff’s best new feminist punk band, they are offensive and don’t give a shit.
 
Absoloutley incredible 12-String driven, harmonica-blowing, Country/Blues wailing Anti-Folk from Leeds. His new album is wicked – check it out!

Also DJ HELENA HANDCART playing some wicked Queer Disco tunes in between and after the bands!

 
ENTRY PRICE is a sliding scale of £3-5 (suggested unwaged/waged). We will also have cakes and stuff to help raise money for the cause……
 
No dick heads please, respect each other and then we can all have fun.
 
Gwidhw is wheelchair accessible, staff can open the back gate to let wheelchair users in, as their is a step through the front door.