Thanks & Format Remains

April 13, 2010

Hey everyone
First of all the Format Collective wants to thank everyone who came to 15 Peel St during the festival. We want to thank everyone behind the scenes who worked tirelessly, or pulled the right strings for us to set sail in the crazy seas of festival time.
Special shout outs to Adelaide Fringe, Vitalstatistix, our sponsors, and friends who went way out of their way to help with their time, money and effort.

In other news… Format remains! We’re still at 15 Peel St, with the zine shop, and regulars ActNow and HackerSpace. We’re having our first big shindig on Sunday April 18 – the FiveThousand Xmas Party – from 3pm
Invite here:!/event.php?eid=111597062200638&ref=nf

Watch this space. The new and improved Format website is coming in the next month.

Format Collective



February 18, 2010

Latest news on our venue: It’s at 15 Peel Street, sort of opposite the McDonald’s on Hindley Street and behind Fletcher Jones. We’ll be bumping in all weekend and next week. We need more couches, lamps, paint, projectors! Anything you want to give us, especially your time and help with painting etc. Get in touch if you’re keen to be involved.

We’ll be updating here daily from now on with updates on the 2010 Format Festival. Come along to our launch at 15 Peel Street on Feb 27th. We officially open at 6 PM, and there’s a mass of bands at 9 PM.

And if you’re keen to volunteer on the bar or helping us with bump in, please get in touch.

Little beats zine distro

October 15, 2009

Little Beats Zine Distro

Little Beats Zine Distro

The lovely girls from Little Beats Zine Distro in Canberra are having an opening launch party at the end of the month. I’m not sure exactly where their zine shop is, but I remember them telling me they were planning on it being somewhere near ANU. Maybe.. But the opening launch party is at itrip iskip, Lonsdale Street, Braddon on October 30th.

So, if you live that way, pop in for a visit and say hi.

If not, check out their website and send them your zines!

Email them some love at:


The Quest for a Venue

October 14, 2009

We met with the ever charming Carin at Fringe today. She bought us coffee and told us about venues. We’re looking mostly at the old St Vincent de Paul’s venue on Peel Street, although there’s a couple of other places in the pipeline. We won’t know the venue for another couple of weeks, but once we do we’ll get a better idea of how the programming is likely to work. Keep sending us expressions of interest. If we get a large enough space we should be able to accommodate quite a bit.

We had a couple of ‘meetings’ at the Exeter this weekend. Stan and Simon are claiming they’ll set up an online shop where you’ll be able to buy, at the very least, the 21 Nights in July book and probably something else. I also met with Brigid and Chloe, who are running the ‘Visual Arts’ stream, and are reviving the failed attempts to involve an all male jelly wrestling competition. We tried to do that at the Big show earlier in the year but, what with two thirds of the toilets breaking down and bump in costs going $1000 over budget and it being freezing cold, the whole thing fell apart. Stanley is claiming he’ll beat all comers in an all-in jelly brawl. He has specified he wants to be given notice of the exact date before hand though so he can start doing sit ups so he’ll look better with his shirt off. Apparently he was developed something of a ‘pot belly.

Format Press

October 7, 2009

Our publishing wing, Format Press, just put out our first book, 21 Nights in July: The Physics and Metaphysics of Cycling. We’re in the process of sorting out distribution and being very confused by the whole affair.

The editor, Stan Mahoney, wrote this enthralling blurb for it:

Ianto wrote a book

…and it’s pretty good!

Good, not great.

It’s called 21 Nights in July: The Physics & Metaphysics of Cycling. Here is a picture of the book:

Here is an excerpt from the book:

For those taking up cycling for the first time it is common to complain about the pain – the pain in the legs, in the arse, in the lungs and heart. This pain is what happens when you have been emotionally deadened by the sedatives of the modern age; by the myriad of flickering screens that offer you the spectacle of lived experience without actually requiring you to engage with it. Cycling is the antidote to the pseudo-emotions of your record collections or the fleeting drug addled lust you’ve been inducing every Friday night to make up for the five day death we call the working week. When you start to ride after a long time away from the bike, the pain seems intense because you are not used to strong sensation.
Cyclists like to talk about pain because they appreciate the sensation of a strongly felt life and because, when you run the risk of being hit by a car every day, you appreciate how amazing it feels to be alive.

Format Press (a division of Format Collective Inc.) is currently negotiating with bookstores, but for those of you in Adelaide, here is how you can get a special advance copy of the book for just $10:

1. Stop by the Format Zine Shop on Peel St (cleverly disguised as the German Consulate), or
2. Suggestively brandish a crisp ten dollar note at either me or Ianto next time you see one of us.

Here is how you can get a special advance copy of the book delivered to your home or office elsewhere in Australia:

1. Send your postal address to my inbox or 2. Wire $12 to our account using the “internet.”

We’ll be sorting out a paypal-type thing eventually.

Stay tuned for details of the launch. (Of the book, not the paypal account.)

Our call for submissions for the 2010 Format Festival is out now! Email stuff to us before November 15th (or thereabouts).

Call For Expressions of Interest
Format Festival, March 2010
Due Date for Expressions – November 15th, 2009 (although that’s kind of flexible)

Format is a two week festival themed around DIY, artist run initiatives and participatory culture. It’s been described as Adelaide’s answer to This Is Not Art or ‘the Fringe of the Fringe’. In 2010, we’ll be running it out of a central city venue from Saturday Feb 27th through to March 14th.

If you’ve got art, music, film, publications, walking tours, picnics, performances, lectures, ideas for workshops or whatever else, and you’d like to expose it to the good people of Adelaide, please send us a 50 word spiel outlining:

-Who You Are
-What You Want To Do
-What You Need To Do It

If you’ve got websites or links to images of your work etc, let us know that as well.

Email it all to:

We should point out that, right now, we’ve only just got our minimum operating budget, so we won’t be able to pay you anything. That said, we’ll be able to provide the venue, the fittings, advertising and, if last year was anything to go by, pretty decent crowds and the ‘party good times’ atmosphere. And if we get a few more grants we should be able to help out with travel and running costs. yours,
Ianto Ware
On behalf of the Format Collective.

The Format Zine store is up and running!

Come visit at 23 Peel St Adelaide. Its just inside the building with the deustchland crest. We are open monday to friday 3pm to 6pm. Currently we are stocking over 120 zines from local, national and international writers. We also have a selection of FREE publications including our favourite Adelaide street press, Merge.

As well as being open Mon to Fri, we will soon be running art shows, zine launches and much more. Come see our first art show at the zine store, featuring Laura Haigh of Big! fame (see image above of her work). The show will open on Thursday 16th of July with an accompanying artist’s talk from Laura. More details soon!

Format Collective and the 2% group are running a show at Queen’s Theatre called Big! The aim is basically critical mass. We want to get a lot of people in one place at one time. Thus, instead of everyone spending their Wednesday night at home watching TV and being boring, they’ll all be at the Queens Theatre looking at or, better yet, exhibiting their art.

For those wanting to take part, the deadline for expressions of interest is Monday May 11th, although we’ll probably be taking them later.

There’s no particular theme other than a personal interest in DIY or artist run stuff. That said, participating artists should be aware that, as a DIY event, we have little money and few resources. So being self sufficient (i.e; hanging your own work, sourcing stuff you need), willing to share (not getting shitty with other artists or organisers) and keen to help out with bump in/bump out are all requirements. Otherwise, the space is massive, the definition of ‘art’ is extremely open ended and the whole thing is free to take part in.
If you’re interested, get in touch.