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Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October 2012 – Victoria Baths Manchester
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention or IndyManBeerCon for short or IMBC for shorter, will be holding a two day celebration of beer mixed with some food, some discussion and some general good times. Their plan is to take the best bits of all the beer festivals they’ve ever been to and combine them into one multisensory, headlong, hop forward beer extravaganza. The Convention will bring together the UK’s most progressive, forward thinking breweries in unique surroundings presenting the best beers they can get hold off on both cask and keg.

Additional workshop at the Fanzine Convention

‘Alice in apps land: explore your smart phone and your environment’, presented by Visual Think Map in collaboration with Shift Space.

During this workshop you will discover the local landscape through digital stories and learn more about apps and the functionality of how your phone can enliven the world around you. Through an interactive and engaging tour of the area near Victoria Baths you will discover and digitally collate, using your phone, a variety of people’s memories and your own as we introduce you to new apps and narratives, including old photos and memorabilia of the area. We’ll finish by making an interactive map where everyone can share what they’ve made and then print a map. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR PHONE AND WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!

VB starts the new season with one of the very popular Vintage Fairs

photo Stephen O’Boyle

More details in “Events” Sunday 1 Apr 2012 11am – 4pm VB Open Day & Vintage Fair

image of VB website "before and after"

"Before and after" image of VB website by Martin Connor

After many hours of work by many people, the new Victoria Baths website was launched this afternoon. The design was produced by Wonder Associates in consultation with staff and volunteers at VB. Wonder were also commissioned to design the new look for VB publicity etc.

Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention poster by Kate Prior

Mass Participation and collaboration

Far from becoming obsolete now anyone can freely share anything anywhere, anytime online, the fanzine is thriving in the age of digital culture, from the simplest photocopied diary-style zine to lavish artists’ books and zines created especially for Kindle. The first Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention, held during Future Everything in 2011, looked at how self-publishers can harness digital technology to enhance and work alongside the printed word, using the two formats to engage and cross-promote between different audiences.

The second Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention will look at how networks of zine makers share publications, news and experiences all over the world. There will be a small charge of £2 to enter the building as a Future Everything venue.

Talks

‘Making a noise: An express ride through the world of punk and riot grrrl fanzines and the UK feminist underground, 1977-2012’: Cazz Blase

Cazz Blase wrote the fanzine Aggamengmong Moggie between 1993-1999, Real Girls in 2001 and Harlot’s Progress between 2002 – 2006. Along with Holly Combe, she is one of two music review editors at the F-Word website, for which she has written extensively about both women and the UK punk scene and the UK riot grrrl scene. She was a contributing author to the book Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now! (Black Dog Publishing, 2007). Cazz is from Stockport and blogs about Manchester and Greater Manchester at http://toolateforcake.wordpress.com. She works as a library assistant at Manchester University.

‘Pam Ponders Paul Morley’s Cat: The Wired and Wonderful World of City Fun’: David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is a writer, musician, public librarian and PhD student working on the politics of British post-punk. City Fun was a Mancunian countercultural publication founded by Andy Zero in 1978. After Liz Naylor and Cath Carroll joined the editorial team, it became the city’s dominant post-punk paper until it folded in 1984.

Rotherham Zine Library will talk about zine libraries (growing physical and online archives of self-published material comprising printed matter of different genres sent in by self-publishers all over the world).

2012 is the United Nations’ first International Year of Co-operatives, and Leeds-based Footprint Workers’ Co-operative will look at the opportunities for self-publishers to form printing and publishing collectives.

Film

Watch Salford Zine Library’s 2011 film Self Publishers of the World Take-over, which features self-publishers from all over the world talking about their work.

Tours

Visitors will be able to take tours of the building.

Workshops

Take part in workshops to make your own zine or contribute to a collective effort that will compile material into a collaborative Victoria Baths Fanzine.

Shop

Fanzines from across the country will be available to browse and buy. Nottingham’s Caribou, a zine shop in a vintage caravan, will be setting up shop outside the building.

Food

Norwich-based Deerly Beloved Bakery is proud to be celebrating its first birthday at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention, returning with good food that is cruelty free including vegan cakes, whoopie pies, brownies and savoury pies and pizza slices. Deerly Beloved Bakery specialises in vegan cakes, pastries, biscuits, cupcakes, muffins, breads, salads, starters, mains and desserts. It does not use any animal products. All cakes and bakes are made by hand in small batches using real bourbon vanilla, unrefined non-bone char sugars and margarines free from hydrogenated fats. No artificial preservatives or flavourings are used.

Stalls

Stalls at the Convention will cost £10. Fanzine-makers (individuals and groups), cartoonists and comic book makers, self-publishing and printing collectives, artists’ book makers, independent magazines and representatives from book arts and illustration degree courses are invited to have a stall. To register your interest, please fill in this short form.

If you would be interested in doing a talk, running a workshop or volunteering to help out on the day, please email Natalie.Rose.Bradbury@googlemail.com

Volunteers at training meeting

Volunteers at training meeting

On 26th January we had a training session on the new website. Most of the time was taken up explaining the new set-up and discussing points made by participants. At the end there was a very quick run through of how to add content to the new site.

Now all we have to do is figure out how to put stuff (technical term) on the new site.

Open Days at VB ended in November. I decided to take some pictures of the volunteers in action:

Shop

Lesley and Jenny - shop volunteers

The shop was very busy – people buying Christmas presents?