Call-out 2020

The 5th Annual Warsaw Independent Bookfair 2020
Ada Puławska, Warsaw, 5-6/09/2020

We invite you to take part in the 5th edition of the Warsaw Independent
Bookfair, which will be held September 5-6, 2020 in the alternative
culture centre, A.D.A. Puławska.

If you’re writing, printing, translating, illustrating or organizing,
running a library, researching or simply, just like us, you like books,
help us in supporting independent publishers and book self-organization.
We invite you to the bookfair which will include discussions, lectures,
workshops, and concerts.

The situation is special this year as the world is facing the
consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is exacerbating social
inequalities. Ineffective actions of governments and many years of
neglecting health and social policy have led to tragic consequences and
leaving people from groups already experiencing exclusion and
discrimination in an even worse situation. Anger, helplessness and
frustration sparked a wave of new grassroots solidarity movements based
on mutual-aid. Building a support network, defining your needs and
borders, also teaches us how to find a balance in our actions and
struggles for a better world. Thanks to this, we were able to see not
only each other, but also ourselves as part of a larger, connected
wholeness. In this context, we cannot forget about nature and the planet
as an ecosystem of which we are part. We would like to organize this
year’s Bookfair around these topics.

The event will be accompanied by meetings during which topics currently
related to independent publishing houses and grassroots initiatives will
be discussed, and which are in line with the idea of ​​the 5th
Independent Book Fair. It is open to the message of equality involving
the voice of the excluded. It will be a space to share our experiences
together, learn from each other, respectfully discuss alternatives and
look critically at contemporary reality.

We are eagerly waiting for applications until August 10, 2020, at
warsawbookfair [at] – there you can send all workshop,
discussion or presentation proposals, questions, and comments about the

We will not be able to cover your travel expenses, but we do not charge
a stand fee. The fair is free for visitors. In order to be able to
effectively ensure the safety of both the participants and ourselves,
this year we can offer a limited number of stands. We also made a
decision to reduce the duration of the Bookfair to one day – Saturday
(09/05) – devoting the rest of the weekend to on-line meetings and
debates. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your event proposals.

Abrazos muy fuerte,
The Warsaw Independent Bookfair Collective


Warsaw Independent Bookfair Collective

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