Richmix and Whitechapel Gallery provide full wheelchair access and disabled toilets. The yard and downstairs bookshop of the Freedom Press building is wheelchair accessible. We’ll also be using an upstairs room and this does not provide easy access, with a flight of stairs leading to it. If you need assistance to access it, please do get in touch. Further, the nearest accessable facilities are located in the adjacent Whitechapel Gallery. LARC is partially accessible and utilises a ramp for access, it also has accessable facilities. If planning to attend an event here and you need assistance please contact us ahead of time
Bookfair personnel will be present at all venues should you need support or pointing in the direction of your next stop.
All the venues are well-served by public transport with Richmix being around the corner from Shoreditch High Street Station and the other three being a short walk from Aldgate East and Aldgate underground stations.There are also bus routes, blue badge parking, bike parking, and taxi drop offs around the area and we highly advise you take time to visit the venue websites below should you have any concerns.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
84B Whitechapel High St E1 7QX
77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
LARC [London Action Resource Centre]
62 Fieldgate St E1 7ES
We'll do our very best to ensure that the venues we use are as accessable as possible. We're limited by the constraints of organising a large event, in an over-priced city, on a very tight budget so we're forced to make compromises. We will however, try our utmost to make the event as accessable as possibly for eveyone regardless of whether the concern is physical or mental.
We will have notices closer to the day about the accessability each of the venues, covering issues around no step access, toilet facilities and so on. We also provide a traffic like lanyard system which we've found is helpful for a varity of people, such as people with autism, social anxiety, or speech issues. We ask that everyone present read the signage regarding this traffic light system on the way in and respect it's use during the event.
The bookfair is a huge event and one which is split between four venues. Last year the Zine fair at Freedom Bookshop was particularly busy and if this is a highlight for you we suggest stopping by earlier in the day. The collective and the volunteers will be making every effort to make sure everyone has a safe and productive day however if you have personal, physical or mental health considerations, it's best to plan ahead! Remember tho, Anarchism is about collective responsibility and bookfair goers are equally responsible for each-others’ safety at the bookfair so be pro-active and look out for each other!
We have had issues previously with establishing sign language at the Bookfair, this is due to multiple factors (such as commerical suppliers unwilling to assign staff without preparation we cannot provide, volunteers unable to be available on the day etc). We would ideally like to provide BSL at the talks and 121 translation. If you are able to help with this, please get in contact.
If we missed any details, please contact us as soon as possible and we will remedy this. This will take a high priority for us.
If you have any questions or would like to suggest any further accessibility measures, please e-mail us at anarchistbookfairlondon(at)riseup.net