DIY CULTURES 2014, London

DIY CULTURES 2014 remains one of the best events for independent press and alternative culture, presenting every year a great programme of talks, workshops, screenings and performances – on top of giving space to some high quality zines/distros.
Here is a few pictures from the 2014 edition:

Some great zines on mental health and gender.

Some great zines on mental health and gender.

Tables on the main floor.

Tables on the main floor.


The communal table, Floor 4

The communal table, Floor 4



A special thanks to Peter from Dead Trees & Dye for selling Ten by 10 at his table!

Till next year..


Wowzers Festival: “Controversial themes are overlooked in bigger events”

WOWZERS Festival – Free London event packed with feminist workshops and fun

This weekend sees the launch of the first WOWZERS festival, a FREE two-day event packed with a series of workshops, live bands and dj sets to bring awareness of gender inequality.

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In collaboration with Women of the World Festival, at the Southbank Centre, WOWZERS will run from 12 till late at LSE Student Union, in Central London.
Daytime activities include group discussions on street harassment, interactive sessions on queer history and workshop aimed at empowering women as individuals and a professionals.
In the evenings, it’s time for some fun with cabaret acts, live bands and dj sets – curated by Carousel & The Girls Are.
Check the complete programme here.

Attendance is free, you can reserve your spot at:

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March: Women’s History Month

Tomorrow marks the beginning of International Women’s History Month: March.
Come and celebrate with some grrrl noise + zines at the Hollaback Riot Night [RELOADED] at ULU (Central London), it will be fun and I will be there selling Ten by 10 which is already a good enough reason to pop by, right?

On top of that, if you’re into feminism/gender inequality issues/art/digital stuff (and chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably are), here is a recent project I put together, ‘Please, Mind the Gender Gap!’, which reports on gender disparity within the London contemporary art scene.

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Any comment welcome.


Grrrl music and zines to kick off International Women’s Week

A whole week of events building up to International Women’s Day, on March 8, will kick off next Saturday with ‘Hollaback! Riot Grrl Night [Reloaded]’ at the University of London Union.

Lots of bands and zines [including ‘Ten by 10’], for a night of riot grrrl noise and dances!

Advanced tickets only £4: get them here.


Veering somewhere between DIY punk and indie-pop, Cat Bear Tree pull varied influence from the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Bloc Party, Bikini Kill and Electrelane. Writing and recording together since 2011, Zoe Konez (guitar and vocals), Claudia Mansaray (bass and vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums and vocals) have been busy building a dedicated following, whilst cementing their place in the list of new generation, all-female bands to look out for.

Colour Me Wednesday are a four piece DIY punk/indie pop band based in West London fronted by the Doveton sisters on vocals and guitar and backed up rhythmically by Sam Brackley (drums) and Carmela Pietrangelo (bass). Their long-awaited debut album ‘I thought it was morning’ was released on Discount Horse records over summer 2013 followed by a successful UK tour. Lyrically, the band touch on politics, social frustration, sexism, growing up and relationships which is expressed using catchy hooks, harmonies and gang vocals.

“Battle of you were an absolute treat. An unpretentious five-piece band from Shoreditch with upbeat hooks that make every chorus as catchy as the last. Fantastic energy from lead singer (and aptly named) Melody Patman and keyboardist Nicola Hogg. Think Two door cinema club, but better. This is a band you must see live, but until I get the pleasure of this for a second time, I’ll be listening to their EP.”
– HATTIE LUCAS – Lesbilicious

Big Joanie is a black feminist punk band. We’re like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.
Big Joanie formed to make awesome music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and telling black kids about black punks who came before us. By making black punks more visible we believe we can inspire more young black punks to get involved in punk music more.

We are a band from Exeter, Devon. We are Morgan, Hannah and Lande. We play punk rock. We love Sleater-Kinney and cups of tea and cake and crisps and rats. We are nerds who like words. We used to be Big Words Little Britches but that was too many words.

Hope to see you all there!


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