San Francisco’s Kiosk Fest 2016
Even before Robert Crumb began peddling copies of Zap Comix from a baby carriage in the Haight-Ashbury district, San Francisco has been the proud home of DIY artists, printers, and zine publishers. To celebrate this heritage while simultaneously supporting the next generation of brilliant, subversive, and cutting-edge artists, the Kiosk Fest returns to the Bay Area this weekend.
A combination of reading, workshopping, and live music, the 2016 Kiosk Fest takes place outside, under the bright sun (or, as is sometimes the case, the gloomy clouds), and constitutes one of the most comprehensive celebrations of printed works and the people who make them. Considered to be the first festival of this kind, the Kiosk Fest brings together the best artists working in printmaking throughout San Francisco and the surrounding area as well as the people who appreciate the diversifying and challenging work that they do.
This year’s event begins with a party on the 22nd from 7-9:00 p.m. held in the famous Grand Newsstand. For those of you who want to start here, you will enjoy readings provided by Boma Cho and Anand Vedewala as well as music provided by Wes Leslie, Sean Real, and May Powell. Following this, the real festival begins on the 23rd at 10:00 a.m. and features things like:
- Many more musicians and accompanying acts.
- Workshops for those of you who want to learn more about the zine/printing process.
- Readings by both prominent zinesters and up-and-coming writers.
- Book/zine signings.
- Over 45 vendors and 30 kiosks representing booksellers like SF Public Press, the Grand Newsstand, Rad Dad, and Green Apple Books.
Situated around Market Street and stretching from the Embarcadero to 5th Street, Kiosk Fest allows these marvelous artists to showcase their work in a public place, for an audience, without the bureaucracy and pretension that sometimes accompanies more formal museums. Furthermore, this is an event that strives to be inclusive as possible. Are you a printmaker or writer with published zines? Then Kiosk Fest wants to hear from you and get you involved in the electric atmosphere that surrounds the weekend.
This festival is absolutely free, although you will have plenty of opportunities to purchase some of the one-of-a-kind and exquisite items located throughout the festival itself.