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galway | rights, freedoms and repression | feature Tuesday May 19, 2009 23:44 by hatboy thestreetgig at gmail dot com
Free Fun, Free Food, Free Stuff!
On Saturday Afternoon, Galwegians and their friends from around the country and world, came together on newly renamed (by us), Anti-Shop Street, to take back our space from the capitalist, consumerist culture which has taken it over, with its bizarre ideas of a life dedicated to shopping, spending, buying and profit, so that we could share an experience of another world, where everything is free, people share and give food, fun, stuff and life, simply because they can and it just feels good!
"Free Food, Free Stuff, Free Fun, Free Social Interaction, Free World for Everyone", was the chant of the day, encouraging everyone to join in the fun. 'Feck Money' could also be heard every now and again, amongst the joyful shouting and whooping! The event started at 1.30pm, when a 'Really Really Free Market', magically appeared out of nowhere; clothes, videos, toys, teddies, cards, matches, markers, crayons, zines and more were all decked out on a table and offered to bemused passers-by - for free. Confused by the idea of free stuff, those who were afraid to ask were left wondering 'what's the catch?' Needless to say, there was none. Just a group of people who believe in a better world where gifts can be given freely, and the only profit sought is the joy of making others happy. They were promptly joined by Galway Food-Not-Bombs, (who share vegetarian food and messages of peace and a better society, with the public), to feed the participants and onlookers with lovely vegetarian soup, bread and amazing cookies at the REAL recession busting price of no euros and no cents!