In the final chapter of Emma Warren’s book about powerfully influential London venue Total Refreshment Centre, she explains why we need to do a better job of telling stories about nightclubs, community centres, and all the places where grassroots culture germinates. The intention was to be both instructional and inspirational, and to build on a lineage of DIY publishing that tells a story—and draws back the curtain on the process.
In the book, she wrote that she owed the story a tax, and that she’d pay the tax by running ten free "document your culture" workshops, designed to let people know that their stories matter and that people can use their cultural stories to create a small defence against structural racism, homophobia, and all the other structural inequalities that affect people on the margins.
Since then, she’s adapted the workshops for festivals across Europe and will be working with participants at CTM to discover how cultural stories can be used for personal and community benefit.
Limited capacity, first come first served. Participants limited to 30.
Please note, 15:20 is the updated time for the event.
Emma Warren has been documenting grassroots music culture since she and her friends started Jockey Slut magazine in the mid 1990s. She worked on staff at THE FACE and then spent six years as an editorial mentor on Brixton’s youth-run Live Magazine. She independently published Make Some Space in Spring 2019.