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Shadow Book fair wants to encourage to take action

For the 9th time, the independent literature event Helsinki Shadow Book fair is here again! The two-day book fair will be held in Peace Station, Pasila on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October 2018. As before, Peace Station will be filled with all kinds of small publishing houses and independent distributors spreading pamphlets, books and other literature. Some key subjects, among others, will be anarchism, antimilitarism, animal rights, antifascism, environment, do it yourself -culture, queer and feminism.

The Shadow Book fair offers an alternative to the expensive and commercial Helsinki Book fair, where most space is given to big publishing houses and literature that pleases the mainstream. The Shadow Book fair program will be composed of new and interesting works, but will also bring forward themes and action that might go under the radar for mainstream events. In addition to presenting new works, the event encourages everyone to act against oppression and for a better world. In the program and the exhibitors’ materials there will be information offered about themes, events and projects against oppression.
The Shadow Book fair aims to be an easily approachable anti-authoritarian event, where you can come and sit down to follow the presentations on new works, get to know the exhibitors or just enjoy some coffee and baked goods in the vegan pop up café open during the event. We do not tolerate discrimination in the event, we follow the principles of safer spaces and we will intervene to disturbing behaviour.

The program for this year will be out soon! Stay tuned.
The event is free of charge. Welcome to participate in one of the most popular anti-authoritarian events in Helsinki!


Hall of Peace Station where program and exhibitors are located is wheelchair accessible when you choose a concrete ramp on the southern side of the building. This concrete ramp is wide and there’s handrails both sides. Unfortunately, due to a renovation, the access to the door with the ramp is only approx 60cm wide. There are no stairs leading to the unisex toilet rooms but the toilet cabinet doors are not wide enough for wheelchair.

Downstairs sauna room where is food, is possible to enter stairs or on the east side of the building, where is similar concrete ramp than the other but a bit steep and bumpy: we’ll help if needed! On downstairs there’s one unisex toilet that is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. If you need assistance or more information, send us email beforehand at varjokirjamessut AT riseup DOT net. Unfortunately, we do not have a public active phone number available.


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