Recording It Ourselves

RIO is a day long knowledge sharing event about DIY cultures (we define DIY as grassroots and political cultures/practices – examples include grassroots spaces; music and zine making; blogging; podcasting; housing co-ops; activism etc) and archives, information and/or heritage.

Examples include collections in libraries and museums (for example, the Riot Grrrl Collection by Fales Library, grassroots-centred collections, e.g. black political activism at the George Padmore Institute) zine fair organisers working with museums and heritage organisations (North West Zine Fest and the People‚Äôs History Museum; Weirdo Zine Fest and the National Trust and Science Gallery London), and the setting up of physical and digital archives or libraries like the Manchester Digital Music Archive, Queer Zine Library, and Queer Zine Archive Project. 

Read our manifesto and find out more about our aims HERE

The event will be informal and we would like it to be different to academic conferences. You are very welcome to come along if you are involved in DIY cultures (maybe as a zine maker, organiser or musician), if you work or volunteer in an archive/library/museum of any type, or if you do research (in a university or in any other way). We would like the day to help people in each of these spaces to talk to each other, share/listen to experiences and information, and make connections that can support each other in our roles as organisers, creative people, researchers or workers in information roles.

The day will be hosted on Saturday 20th March 2021, from 09:30 – 18:00 GMT on Zoom.  Visit the menu pages to find out about the programme, get your ticket and other info!

You can engage with the event on the day via Twitter @RecordOurselves or by using the hashtag #RIO21

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