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Grrrl Zine Fair at Village Green Festival

8th July 2017 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Grrrl Zine Fair is SUPER excited to be hosting its next event at Village Green Festival. We’re swapping London pubs for a beautiful park overlooking the essex seaside.

Expect your fav magic and inclusive Grrrl event but with more workshops, more zines, a sculpture garden, art exhibition, bands and an immersive zine library.

☺ ☺ MUSIC ☺ ☺

BBZ is a monthly exhibition/tun up centred on positive feminine energy and eradicating misogyny for queer women and genderqueer fam of colour.

Big Joanie is a black feminist punk band, like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl. Big Joanie emerged from the London DIY scene at First Timers, and have swiftly become a DIY punk household name.

Queen Zee are a pop punk band from Liverpool, “marrying vulgar sonics with earmworm melodies”.

Top not are a Brighton-based gal band. Having played just a handful of shows they are already getting people excited with their ‘DIY lovers punk’ and have recently supported NOTS.

Petty Phase is a new four-piece outfit bringing the spirit of Riot Grrrl to Southend. Taking no shit from anyone, their rama-lama punk sound is worth comparing to early Hole, L7, or even The Runaways.

Village Green 2017 is a multi-art form and music festival, produced by Metal Culture. Across eight different stages, green spaces and rose gardens you’ll find Grrrl Zine Fair along with art marketplaces, international music acts, theatre, spoken word, poetry, dance, outdoor arts, circus and cabaret, musical theatre, visual arts, comedy, improvisation, film, games and workshops all set against the backdrop of the enigmatic estuary.


AcheyBreakyHeart Zine | Another Gaze Journal | Banshee Publications | Breakdown Press | Blame Your Parents | Exchange Zine | FOULmouth Zine | Flaps Zine | Gut Magazine | Golden Pussy Zines and Records | GIRL FIEND | HYSTERIA | Hari Franny Illustration | Hook Magazine | Ladette Space | Laura Keeble | Leila Collins | Liv Wynter | Polyester Magazine | Project Upcoming Publishing Sabat Magazine | Sassify Zine | Skin Deep | Sweet Thang Zine | The Spineless Seal | Taylor Silk | The Feminist Library | Tilly Barker | Tori West Publishing | Vagina Dentata Zine | Witchgirl Recordings | Ylva Oknelid and Leio Kirtly | Xem Skaters


We’re building a zine library with InSitu London (projects include a video piece for the Tate Modern Deadhouse Installation, Exhibition design and installation for Somerset House and Future Icons, a bespoke installation and night showcasing a range of up-and-coming London based rappers.) Soft furnishings, projections, sculptures will surround our collection of feminist / queer zines from across the globe.
To submit a zine email with the subject ‘zine library’.
Workshops will be taking place in a self contained workshop space encased in zines.


Music Workshops
Freer Ideas is a project that aims to fuse music with an intersectional feminist lense that includes queer, anti-racist, dis/ability and class politics to raise awareness social and political injustices. Freer Ideas uses music as a medium to express feelings and ideas on these issues.
Music Workshops will be free for Village Green and all materials are provided. Please arrive at the Grrrl Zine tent early to reserve a music workshop space or email with either ‘Drum workshop reservation’ or ‘Guitar Workshop reservation’.

⭐Drum Workshop –

Jaca Freer is a drummer and percussionist who performs regularly with several UK based queer feminist bands. They are currently gigging and/or recording with Colour Me Wednesday, ¡Ay, Carmela!, Block Fort and Hands. They teach drums privately from their home in South London on a pay-what-you-can donation basis.

⭐ Guitar Workshop –

Estella Adeyeri is guitar and vocals in JUNK., Bass in Big Joanie and Witching Waves and is a part of Decolonise Festival Organisation. She has also taught guitar and band workshops with Girls Rock London.

⭐ Portable Print Studio

Portable Print Studio will be running a drop in screen printing workshop during the day at Village Green. You can take part for free and receive your own personalised tote bag.

Portable Print Studio is an artist-led project. By sharing our knowledge & expertise of the screen print process our aim is to provide a platform for people to engage in and learn a new skill in an environment that naturally encourages and promotes creativity, experimentation & play.
Portable Print Studio is a new creative project founded by Sarah Simmonds. Sarah graduated with both an M.A & B.A in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art & University of Brighton. She has participated in various group exhibitions in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium & India. She has been an artist in residence at BBK Kulturwerk, Berlin, Cite des Arts, Paris & Sandarbh, India.

⭐ Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club

Shadow Sistxrs run workshops in self-protection physical and psychic, learning self defence martial arts techniques, holistic dance movement and delve into the worlds of herbs and crystals. It is run by Ayesha Tan Jones and Monique Etienne.
Ayesha Tan Jones is a Eurasian artist who graduated Central Saint Martins, London in 2016. She works with issues concerning the energy, form and identity of the Female Spiritual, placing this archetypical figure at the centre of a radiant and humming cosmic world view. In June 2016, Ayesha was awarded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s graduate residency award that culminated with a show in March 2017.
Monique Etienne has been practicing martial arts and dance since she was 7 years old. She is a black belt martial artist and dancer, studying ballet for 10 years. Monique will teach some basic self defence skills and dance therapy movements. Ayesha Tan-Jones will give a small introduction into protective herbs and crystals.

⭐ Arts Sisterhood UK

Arts Sisterhood UK is a unique, grassroots Arts & Mental Health organisation that offers women and non-binary people affordable art therapy classes across the UK. In 2016, Founder, Ali Strick, created this organisation as a direct response to the growing cuts to government funding for mental health services in the UK, with the main aim of offering a safe, inclusive and supportive community to the marginalised, rejected and neglected who can’t afford expensive private therapy. Since conception, Arts Sisterhood have held monthly classes in at the alternative community-run venue, DIY Space for London in Peckham, as well as some in Glasgow, with classes regularly selling out. Taught by artists and supervised by an accredited psychotherapist, their classes take attendees on a journey of self exploration and healing. During the class, they guide the women along a route starting with an initial word, feeling or thought, through to immersing them in personal and collaborative artistic expression, to end up with an exciting final piece of art, which is then discussed by the entire class, without judgement, then praised and celebrated.

⭐ Nail Transphobia
Nail Transphobia tackles transphobia through nail art, it’s fabulous activism! Founder Charlie Craggs travels around the UK with her pop up nail salon, giving people the chance to sit down and have a chat with a trans person, Charlie explains, “what I’m really trying to do with my campaign, as well as educate, is humanise the issue and show that trans people are just normal (actually pretty nice) people; I want people to go away with more than just a manicure, I want them to go away an ally. I’m trying to change hearts and minds a nail at a time.” Since setting up the campaign in 2013, Charlie has travelled around the UK nailing transphobia everywhere from prestigious institutions like the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum to the Festivals like Gay Pride London and Fringe Festival, and has collaborated with brands like Lush, Asos and Selfridges. Charlie has been featured in The Guardian, Teen Vougue, The Independent and The BBC, amoung many others and was ranked #1 on the Observer’s 2016 New Radicals list.
Charlie will be offering free manicures in exchange for a chat. There will be approximately 20 slots throughout the day, please arrive early.

There will be materials available throughout the day in the self build workshop space for zine making, along with Grrrl’s mini zine ‘How to make a well good zine’ to guide you through cutting and pasting.

Aside from the self publishing fair, everything in the Grrrl area will be free. Please arrive early to secure a space at the workshops. Workshop and line up timings will be released soon. Please bring cash for the fair. Grrrl Zine Fair is family friendly, however some of the zine content may be explicit so please be aware of this if bringing young children to the fair.

Grrrl Zine Fair is run by local artist Lu Williams, an organisation that puts on events celebrating DIY creativity with a political undercurrent. At the forefront of its ethos is the positive promotion of creative output made by women, lqbtqi and non binary people. However the area welcomes all genders, ages and abilities, priding itself on inclusivity. Grrrl Zine Fair aims to create an environment free from harassment and operates a safer spaces policy, encouraging young girls in particular, to party without intimidation or harrasment.
Lu says “Go big and go back to my home. I’d like to thank my dad, my cats and Arts Council England for always believing in me.”
Insta @grrrlzinefair


Tickets now on sale at
FREE for 10 years and under; £10 for 11-17 year olds; £15.00 for an adult ticket
On festival day (8 July) adult tickets will be £20 and Teen Tickets will be £15.
Tickets are available online 24 hours at
Any issues, there is a customer helpline at Skiddle on 0333 3010101 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday).

Metal have set aside FREE tickets for low income families and individuals in Southend. These can be secured with Southend Borough Council through their Southend Advantage Card scheme.
For more details of how to claim your FREE ticket – call Metal on 01702 470700 /

Any issues, there is a customer helpline at Skiddle on 0333 3010101 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday).


By train
For Village Green – alight at Chalkwell Station – Chalkwell Park is a short 8-minute walk from here.
Trains run from London Fenchurch Street Station, Via West Ham and Limehouse to Shoeburyness every 20 minutes.
Its just under 50 minutes from Central London.
Come hang out with us by the sea.

By bus
Arriva No. 1 and No. 5
First Bus No. 26, 27, 27A and 28.

To provide an event site which is accessible to all, Village Green are working closely with ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

-Village Green also have alternative formats of the access information available upon request. Again please contact them if you require this information in an alternative format.
-Village Green is situated in a beautiful Victorian park with good pathway and road systems running throughout, however many of the activities and stages are situated on grass fields.

– Village Green provide a 2:1 ticket scheme for individuals who would be unable to attend Village Green without bringing a personal assistant. Please contact them if you require an additional ticket.

– Village Green have a very limited number of accessible parking spaces within the park for blue badge permit holders. These spaces will be allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’. Please contact them to book a space.

– Village Green are currently looking at viewing areas; please contact them for further details.

– Village Green provide a number of non-stewarded accessible toilets at Village Green.

– Village Green welcome assistance dogs onto the site.

– There will be general warning signs around the 2 main stages if strobe lighting will be used. Due to the nature of the artists it is likely that strobe lighting will be used throughout the performances.

– There will be three First Aid points on site and mobile First Aiders will also patrol the site. If you require more information, please get in touch.

– There will also be safe space avaible.

There are no age restrictions but bars will be asking for ID.

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Telephone: 01702 470 700


8th July 2017
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Chalkwell Park
Chalkwell Avenue
Southend on Sea, SS0 8NB United Kingdom
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