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Unlock Book Fair 2018

The Unlock Book Fair 2018 is a meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene in two days of amazing publications, talks, launches and screenings. Entrance is free.

The fair travels to Amsterdam after two instalments in Barcelona and Berlin and seven offshoot events in cities across Europe.

Book fair
8 & 9 December
Saturday 11–19:30h
Sunday 11–17h

Broedplaats LELY (Schipluidenlaan 12)
Free entrance

Evenings program
7 & 8 December, 20–23h
Vondelbunker (Vondelpark)
Free entrance

Unlock Book Fair 2018

A great venue: LELY 
The fair and most accompanying events will take place at the ample and light-filled Aula space of Broedplaats LELY, close to Lelylaan station (with railway, metro, tram and bus links).

Evenings program at Vondelbunker
On the Friday 7th and Saturday 8th Unlock will run a program of evening events at the Vondelbunker – including an exhibition of works by prominent writers and the very special launch of the Bomber Megazine 30 years anniversary issue.

Year’s topic: “punk and graffiti”
Unlock is a book fair for all kinds of graffiti and street art publishers, but each year it explores a particular topic. This time the topic is “punk and graffiti”. We are working on a companion book to be launched at the fair featuring rare documentation about punk-related graffiti. The events program will also explore this theme, and our Unlock Showcase stall will display and sell a selection of obscure publications on the topic.

Tag Conference
On the thursday and friday before the fair, and also in Amsterdam, the Unlock team brings you the Tag Conference, the academic (and non-academic) event about name writing in public space. Last year’s conference in Berlin delivered plenty of fascinating insights into this largely underexplored field. Entrance is free.

Broedplaats LELY aula

The venue for the 2018 Unlock Book Fair: the aula space at Broedplaats LELY, Amsterdam-West.


288kk Press, publishing house, PL
A Paper Book, publishing house, NL
Adam Void, self-publishing author, US
Artkitchen gallery / Decultclub, publishing house, NL
BAMN magazine, magazine, NL
Chemistry Publishing, publishing house, NL
Croatan Edition, publishing house, FR
Cut In The Fence, publishing house, US
Dokument Press, publishing house, SE
Dutch Graffiti Library, publishing house, NL
Éditions Carton-pâte, publishing house, FR
Éditions Peinture, publishing house, FR
Editions Terrain Vague, publishing house, FR
Éditions Vers le Futur, publishing house, FR
Espora, magazine, ES
Frank Fickeisen, self-publishing author, DE
Futura publications, publishing house, GR
Gamblers Grin, publishing house, UK
Graffneck, bookstore, CZ
Hitzerot, publishing house and bookstore, DE
International Neighbourhood, publishing house, DE
Invalid Books, publishing house, RU
Jens Besser, self-publishing author DE
Juste Ici, publishing house, FR
Kevin Boitelle & Ed Amsterdam, self-publishing authors, NL
Klick Klack Publishing, publishing house, DE
Knowledge Editions, publishing house, AU
Lawjamba Zines, fanzine, NL
Le Grand Jeu, bookstore, FR
Livor Mortis Zine, fanzine, UK
Microcosm, publishing house, US
Nicolas Dolto, self-publishing author, FR
Nokkio institute of zines, publishing house, BE/HU
Nuart Journal, magazine, NO
Page Five, publishing house, CZ
Podpolie Books, publishing house, DE/BY
Possible Books, publishing house, DE
Puresu de Tokyo, publishing house, JP, publishing house, AT/DE
Stickermag, publishing house, DE
Stickit, publishing house, NL
Street Art Research Publishing, publishing house, RU
Street Spirit Mag, magazine, ES
Trafo Gallery, publishing house, CZ
Urban Creativity, publishing house, PT
Urbanario, publishing house, ES
Zelle Asphaltkultur, self-publishing collective, DE
Zugriff, magazine, DE

Unlock Book Fair 2018



12:30 to 14h—Book signing
A Paper Book (NL)
With author Boris Tellegen aka Delta INC

13h—Book presentations

Amsterdam On Tour, the early signs of Dutch graffiti
(Out in March 2019)
With editor Again (NL)

Disz: The first Dutch writer bombing the New York City subway
Dutch Graffiti Library (NL)
With editors Dutch Graffiti Library

13:40—Book launches

Nuart Journal n°1
Nuart (NO)
With editors Martyn Reed and Susan Hansen (UK)

Punk files
Cultclub/ArtKitchen (NL)
With author Hugo Kaagman (NL)

Punk Graffiti Archives
Urbanario (ES)
With editors Javier Abarca (ES) and Thomas Chambers (UK)

Zar Zip Fly Zoro
Click Clack Publishing (DE)
With editors Click Clack Publishing


Jens Besser (DE)
Viva Muralismo Morte, old & new publications about contemporary muralism in abandoned architectures

Hugo Kaagman (NL)
From tags to stencils

Carlo McCormick (US)
Hybridity is not for purists: How punk and hip hop had sex on the NYC dance floor

Diana Ozon (NL)
Dr. Rat and I, an inside story on a life-long friendship of kids tagging the streets of Amsterdam


Mi firma en las paredes
1990, RTVE (ES), 50′

Gallerie Anus Student Film (excerpts)
1979, unknown author (NL), 23′
Footage from Diana Ozon’s archive

Surprise screening
1980, NL, 19′

19h—Poetry readings

Laser 3.14 (NL)
Diana Ozon (NL)


13h—Book launches

Trainwriting in Belarus (2002–2007)
Podpolie Books (DE/BY)
With editor Ilya Bodunov (BY)

L’eunuque Décapité and Terre en Vue
Terrain Vague (FR)
With editors Terrain Vague

Then He Decided to Cross the Tracks
Urban Script Continues (DE) and Oxymoron Gallery (AT)
With author Jens Besser (DE)

14h—Book launches

The Horse Diaries
Stickit (NL)
With publisher Jeroen van Mourik (NL) and author Willehad Eilers (DE)

Steen zine set
Stickit (NL)
With author Jeroen van Mourik (NL)

Roots, branches, offshoots
Trafo Gallery (CZ)
With author author Epos257 (CZ)

With author Nicolas Dolto aka Esso PAL (FR)

Hitzerot (DE)
With author Emmett E. (DE)


FRIDAY 7, 20–23h

Bomber Megazine (NL) 30th Anniversary Issue launch party
DJ sets: Mr. 13011113 and DJ Bite
Sneak preview of Disposable, a photographic exhibition and book project from Bomber Megazine curated by Bomber Johan and Jasper van Es

SATURDAY 8, 20–01h

20h DJ set: DJ Strychnine
22:30 Live band: Viscera
23:30 DJ set: CaptainSpank