The East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) is an annual celebration of the accessible and independent publications known as 'zines'. This 8-hour event encourages the Public, Berkeley City College (BCC) Students and Faculty to engage in a marketplace forum , tabling personal and collaborative projects. Zines have become a cornerstone in alternative information share, EBABZ fosters empowerment through artistic professionalism alongside +100 writers and artists, workshops and speakers, traditionally hosted for the past six years at BCC.
Now in our seventh year, EBABZ still operates as an all-volunteer based organization, dedicated to maintaining a platform prioritizing alternative education for and by our Youth, LGBTQ identities, people of color, and other underrepresented communities.
The relationships strengthened between the significant population of zine makers with the Oakland Public Library, Bay Area non-profits, Alameda County public schools, and other community groups have ties in the community have been upheld and will continue to be exercised by EBABZ.
Funded by Oakland, CA (September 2016)