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Posts Tagged ‘squatting’

Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal – A Documentary by Naomi Smyth

An interview with the lady behind the camera, on the circus that occupies unused buildings around the city of Bristol and brings the community together through breathtaking artistic, sensory liberation! From small shows and squatting, to the enormous CarnyVille, and going 'legit'; the Invisible Circus are something else.

Written by Helen Martin

Gemma Milly-Invisible Circus
Illustration by Gemma Milly

I’m reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen at the moment. It’s a book about the train travelling circus, set in prohibition era America. The story flits from the 1930s to the present day. Whilst highlighting the protagonist’s age and the unavoidable changes to his body, mind and soul, it also mutters under its breath of the stark changes within the circus world. The book depicts the 'old' circus as full of hardship - pure blood, sweat and tears stuff. The modern circuses are seen as refined pieces of machinery, in a factory made of satin. Is the magic lost within this? A touch of the romanticism? The circus's underground beginnings would never have seen itself hovering pleasantly next to the Sherif's house, yet now they are as above board as the Queen... aren't they? I digress, the circus is glorious! Of course it is! BUT, there within the drama, a snatch of a risk, a missed heartbeat, a creative explosion, that's the kind of circus I want to see.

There is one circus, The Invisible Circus, who hold all and more of the magic that comes with the old and new; from the hard graft and… read more

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Happy Birthday Grow Heathrow

Transition Heathrow celebrates one year of nurturing a sustainable community in the path of the third runway at Sipson. Congratulations! Inspiring mini documentary by You and I Films. Illustrations by Rebecca Peacock and Sam Parr.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Grow Heathrow by Rebecca Peacock. Just over a year ago a group of my friends envisioned a radical new version of the Transition Town model. Activists drawn from groups such […]

Squatting in the Community: Bristol’s Factory Reoccupied

A commitment to rent-free space for social projects gets the Factory in Bristol up and running.

Written by Amelia Wells

Who really owns land? This is a question I find myself asking more and more, recently. How can anyone own land? We’ve all seen Pocahontas (and if you haven’t, then […]

An interview with Edd Baldry of London Zine Symposium

Ahead of the 2010 London Zine Symposium we ask organiser Edd Baldry why DIY culture is so important.

Written by Amelia Wells

Illustration by Aniela Murphy/Neltonmandelton. The Rag Factory, Brick Lane, will be playing host to The London Zine Symposium on the 29th of May, an event celebrating DIY culture, promoting communal […]

Kew Bridge Eco-Village

Sustainable Alternative Living

Written by Tom Russell

If your memory stretches back a few weeks, you may remember we wrote about an eco-village about to be set up. Well, a couple of Amelia’s Magazine reporters ventured along […]