This Mayday we are responding to the frequently asked question What are you for? What do you actually want? We aim to show our goals of creating a society based on solidarity, autonomy and co-operation in practice. We want to show that there is a future beyond capitalism, wage-labour and the state; that we can create our own alternatives and that our land, time, resources, entertainment, and ultimately, our lives, can be reclaimed from a system that has disempowered us from realising our individual and collective potential for centuries.
The Mayday Festival of Alternatives is inspired by a month of dissident art/culture
events in France, held last year in response to the irrelevance and media
saturation of the General Election 2001. It is also a model used world-wide
to encourage political awareness and expression, e.g. Festival Des Pueblos
in Boston, USA - May 2002.
The Festival will consist of around 10 days of community-based events aiming
at celebration, subversion and DIY liberation; and to demonstrate the diversity
of our movement, with the intention of building long-range, sustained alternatives
and opposition. We hope that as many people as possible will organise events.
Actions & Events: Film showings, gigs, raves, street parties, mass
picnics, bicycle rides and art exhibitions. Week-long reclaimed social centre
offering infoshop, café, & workshops. Other events might explore
radical history, theory and practice.
Workshops will take place throughout London, in both reclaimed and
To find out more see events>>>
or look at the timetable>>>
If you are thinking of organising an event for the Mayday Festival of Alternatives,
see 'get involved'>>>