Format and History
The zine Katarzis is distributed on a freesheet photocopied A5 format, usually left for free at hardcore/punk shows, parks, independent movie screenings, skateboardinging spots, hand to hand by friends etc. It covers D.I.Y. issues, activist punk/hardcore scene, animal rights, environmentalism and grassroots political actions.
The people involved in Katarzis Collective are also involved in the managing of the youth counterculture house Ecotopia in the small Bulgarian town Razgrad. They've got a free book/zine library, screening room, a place for D.I.Y. shows, presentations, discusitions etc. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also the people from the collective are doing the so called Free Festivals (3 in Razgrad and two in Sofia) it's a really, really free market activities with sharing old books, cds, zines, newspapers, clothes, skills. Also yoga courses and different kind of games. Although, members of Katarzis Collective have their acoustic riot folk band without a name. They play at the Free Festivals, parks, suburbs, streets, critical mass actions, food not bombs gatherings etc. The lyrics are about environmentalism and anarchism. Also dealing with animal rights issues, the members of the collective have a hard stance pro animal rights and vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.
The first issue of Katarzis zine features translations of Days of War, Nights of Love by CrimethInc. collective such as Bulgarian translation of Join The Resistance - Fall In Love and The Contents of Your Daily Life. Download it as a doc file from here
The second issue of Katarzis is a direct action guide with Bulgarian translations of CrimethInc. stuff. It has information for beginners about squatting, making political stencils and graffiti, culture jamming, affinity groups, critical mass. Download it from here and print it for yourself
The third issue is dedicated to the animal rights struggle and features information about factory farming and what is the animal liberation front. Also information about freeganism and how to work outside of the capitalist system. Download it from here and print it for yourself
The 4th issue of Katarzis is featuring reviews of the first Free Festival in Razgrad and the anti-election campaign in Sofia, article against vivisection, short writing about the commercialization of the punk scene and interview with the Bulgarian Punk band Spot. Download it from here and print it for yourself
The 5th issue of Katarzis is discussing a big range of topics such as hitch-hiking, rethinking of anarchism, G8 summit, tips for more environment friendly daily life, review of eco protest in Sofia and interview with the Colombian anarchist hardcore band Res Gestae. Download it from here and print it for yourself
6th issuePunk band Strike Anywhere, information about Infocenter Ecotopia and the eco-protests in defence of Stranja mountain.
Katarzis: year of resistance
7th issuePunk band Ballet In Stiefeln, third Free Festival in Razgrad, antifascist march in Bucharest (Romania) where people from Katarzis collective were involved, post-romantic essay about living in a squatted attic and writings about free living, D.I.Y. creativity and sex.