Thursday, 21 May 2015

Happy 20th!

The Freedom Shop’s 20th birthday party was appropriately opened by the ceremonial smashing of a TV.

Inside Thistle Hall there was a timeline of the history of the shop with many historic photos. A zine making workshop lasted the whole afternoon, a patch making workshop was held and visitors enjoyed having a go at ‘pinning the lie on John Key’ (over 200 lies were available to chose from). And of course plenty of radical books, zines, patches and CDs were on sale.

Freedom Shoppers who had started the original shop (which was right across the road from Thistle Hall at 272 Cuba St – now the bypass) told yarns about the early days of the shop and an interesting discussion was had around the future of radical publishing (watch this space).

In the evening we enjoyed music by Dick Whyte, Dead Vicious, Awkward Death and The Four Stars until late.

Thanks to the many people who contributed and helped make the event happen! For those who missed it, stay tuned for our 50th.

On the meantime, you can read up on the history of the shop here, and if you would like to get involved, contact us at

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Freedom Shop Birthday - 20 years old

On the 1st of May 2015, the Freedom Shop in Wellington turned 20! And on Saturday 9th May we will celebrate.

We think that lasting 20 years is no small achievement for an anarchist collective and we are celebrating this anniversary by having an exhibition and a day of events at the Thistle Hall, right across the road from where the shop started on 20 years ago in 1995.

9 May 2015, midday till midnight

Thistle Hall, corner Cuba and Arthur Streets, Wellington.

  • 12 noon: Opening of the exhibition, followed by food.
  • 1 pm: The Freedom Shop history, a discussion about the history of the shop and a chance for current and past members of the Collective to reminisce.
  • 3 pm: The future of radical publishing. Come and join a chat about how we can ensure radical books and literature will continue to be available.
  • 5 pm: What is anarchism? What does it mean to say you are an anarchist? What do we think anarchy is? Come along and join a discussion about anarchism. Food will be available around this time also.
  • 9 pm: Music, including Dead Vicious, Awkward Death and the Four Stars.
- All afternoon - zine-making and patch-making workshops.

- Food -  will be available after the opening and also after the 5pm discussion.

- The Exhibition, books, zines and music will be open from 12.

See you there!