Brighton Zinefest

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Poster for the zinefest

Brighton Zinefest was held on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February 2009. The first day consisted of a vegan breakfast, workshops and a gig at the Cowley Club, a libertarian social centre. The following day was the zine fayre at the West Hill Community Hall. Both days were a roaring success, with lots of people attending. Candy floss was given away for free, people made a communal zine and the days were captured on camera. Hopefully a short film will result.


Workshops included:

  • Making a Communal Zine
  • Bookbinding
  • Vegan Cookery
  • UK Zine Yearbook 2009
  • How DIY is gender and sexuality in DIY culture?
  • Screenprinting 101
  • Papercraft

There were also films:

  • $100 & a T-Shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves
  • You
Webflyer for the zinefest


On the Saturday, the bands were Serf Combat, Project Serendipity, North Pole, Top Chess and the Cut Ups. On the Sunday, there were acoustic sets from PJ and Gaby, Apologies I Have None, Mega Games Two and Liver and Lungs.

All the bands included zinesters in their ranks!


Exhibitors on over thirty stalls included Bookville, the Cowley Club, Marching Stars, Erode, Shebang and Sticks and Stones. There was also an individual zines stall. Mark Pavey was screenprinting the zinefest logo onto T-shirts and paper for donations. 730 Radio provided background music when the bands were not playing.


The zinefest was organised with not very much stress by a core group of five people, who each took on a different segment - most of the communication was done through the Brighton group with the Wemakezines Ning website.

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