Free culture events for May 2006

Welcome to the third newsletter listing and reviewing free culture events around the world. Free culture is a movement that extends the logic of free software into the world of art, advocating free creativity, sharing and remixing. There will be thousands of events with this ethos going on around the world, but the listings below are brought to you by activists and advocates of the free culture movement. You can add your events and reviews to this newsletter on the Free Culture UK newsletter wiki.


Upcoming events

Remix Reading open media lab

  • What: Come and learn how to use arty free software, or show off your skills to others, at our first open media lab. Just turn up with an open mind.
  • When: Saturday 13th and Saturday 27th May 2006, 11am-4pm
  • Where: Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading
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Book Competition!

This week we are giving away a copy of Free Software for Busy People by Mohammad Al-Ubaydli.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.


Thanks go to Mohammad Al-Ubaydli himself for providing this fantastic prize.

London Copyfighters’ Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop

  • What: A picnic in the park followed by an outing to Speakers’ Corner.
  • When: The last sunday of the month.
  • Where: Hyde Park, London.
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Lawrence Lessig lecture @ The Guardian Hay on Wye Literary Festival

  • What: The Stanford Law Professor, author of Free Culture, The Future of Ideas, and Code and other Laws of Cyberspace examines the questions of copyright, ownership and access, to determine whether and how the western literary tradition is being imperilled in the digital age. Chaired by Damian Tambini.
  • When: Monday 29th May, 2006
  • Where: The Elmley Foundation Theatre, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
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  • What: FrOSCon is a two day conference on free software and Open Source, taking place on June, 24/25 2006 at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near the cities of Bonn and Cologne. The conference revolves around a rich schedule of talks, highlighting current topics in free software and Open Source. Moreover, developers will be offered a large free software/Open Source space, allowing them to organize their own meetings or even their own lineup of events. Please note that the deadline for the call for papers is May the 15th! More information can be found on the website.
  • When: June, 24th/25th, 2006
  • Where: Bonn/Rhein-Sieg, Germany
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Event feedback

Free Culture UK meetup

Remixed Reading art exhibition

United States

Upcoming events

MediaExperiment Night of the Living Dead

  • What: An event to release Night of the Living Dead Remixes (#2), Diego Tuesdays DVD/Podcasts (#5), and Free Open Recipe “Hyphy Beer” (#6).
  • When: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 from 6-9 PM.
  • Where: Melting Point Gallery. 11th & Folsom St. San Francisco. (1340 Bryant Street)
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CC Salon

  • What: A local informal gathering of individuals around Creative Commons licenses, standards, and technology. This month featuring Chris DiBona, Ken Goldberg, Tiffany Shlain, Abram Stern, Michael Dale and Musical Guest Quarterbar.
  • When: May 10 2006, 6-9 PM
  • Where: Shine, 1337 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
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Event feedback Summit

Transcript of Mia Garlick’s Second Life Presentation


Upcoming events

iCommons Summit—Towards a global digital commons

  • The annual iCommons Summit, is taking place this year in the heart of free culture, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With participation by commons communities from Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Science Commons, Ubuntu, A2K and others, this year’s Summit is set to be one of the most exciting events for creative and knowledge commons pioneers from around the world.
  • When: 23rd-25th June 2006
  • Where: The Marriot Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Diesel-U-music 2006

  • What: The 2006 edition of the popular international music contest is open to unsigned artists playing rock, urban/hip-hop, and electronic music.
  • When: Deadline is 25th June 2006
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iCommons Summit Bag Design Competition

  • What: Make a bag design for the iCommons Summit 2006 and win a scholarship to attend the summit in Brazil in June.
  • When: Deadline is May 15th 2006 at 9pm South African Standard Time.
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