Friday, 14 September 2018

Fixfest UK – Sat 6th October – Manchester – gathering for community repairers

The first Sidmouth Repair Café is at the end of the month:
Sidmouth Repair Cafe - Home | Facebook

With a nice little project on the go meanwhile:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Repair Café's first project > a bus stop bench

If you'd like to offer your services as a fixer:
Futures Forum: Hello Fixers, Handyfolk and Repairers! > Sidmouth Repair Café needs you!

... get in touch with Dave Rafferty: drafferty@hotmail.com  

Otherwise there's the annual get-together for fixers in Manchester next month:

Fixfest UK – Sat 6th October – Manchester

Who is Fixfest for?

This year’s Fixfest UK is aimed at people who are actively involved in community repair. That means folks who organise and / or volunteer at Restart Parties or Repair Cafes or any other fix-focused community events.
The reason for this is we want to focus on increasing the skills and interconnectedness, and raising the collective voice of people who are making repair happen on a grassroots level. So please take a second before booking to think about whether this is the event for you.

The Programme

Fixfest is an ‘unconference’, that means participants collaboratively generate and deliver the sessions they want to see. The beauty of this is it can open up space for discussions and activities which reflect the ideas, skills and interests of the participants. There will be a balance of practical, hands-on sessions with discussions and workshops. Check out what’s on and help build the unconference programme

Timings & Venues

Fixfest will take place at MadLab, Plant NOMA, Dantzic Street, M60 0AE
10am to 11am – Registration – MadLab
11am to 6pm – Unconference – MadLab 
6pm til late – Social – The Pilcrow (open to the public, no ticket needed)


We will provide hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunch during the day through MadLab’s excellent local chefs and suppliers. We can cater for different dietary requirements, just let us know when you book. What’s more, we will provide food to sate your appetite at the pub afterwards.


We know trains are expensive and we don’t want that to be a barrier to people coming to Fixfest from all over the UK. So here’s the deal, will support up to two people from any Restarter or other active community repair group with a travel subsidy of up to £100 each. To be eligible for this you must be part of a community repair group and, if you log your repair data with us, it must be up to date. 
To get your travel subsidy, register for a ticket then we will verify your affiliation to a community repair group and give you the green light to book your travel. You need to book and send a digital version or photograph of the receipt along with your bank details to fixfest@therestartproject.org by Friday 14th September.
Reimbursement will take place after Fixfest. If you don’t attend, we’re afraid we won’t be able to cover your travel. We really encourage people to take public transport options like trains and coaches whenever possible.

Global Fixfest

If you’re outside the UK or not currently active in community repair and you’re feeling some serious FOMO right now, don’t despair! Global Fixfest 2019 will be bigger and badder than ever. In the meantime we’re working on materials to help you organise a Fixfest this year in your own country and spread the fixing love.
Audience at Fixfest 2017 Writing on flipchart at Fixfest 2017 Fixing electronics at Fixfest 2017  Large group of people in auditorium

Fixfest UK - tickets are live! - The Restart Project
Fixfest UK

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