INSP has been overwhelmed with early interest in the 2016 Global Street Paper Summit, with 10 countries already set to be represented at the unique international event.
Registration for this year’s summit in Athens opened on 17 December but street papers were happy to take a break from their festive celebrations to reserve their place.
Twenty delegates from 12 street papers signed up to attend within the first few weeks of registration opening.
“We are delighted that interest has been so strong for this year’s Global Street Paper Summit. The INSP summit truly is a global gathering, bringing together talented people from across our diverse network,” said INSP Project Manager Zoe Greenfield.
“It is the highlight of the street paper calendar and a hotbed of new innovations and ideas.”
INSP is working in partnership with local Greek street paper Shedia to put on the three-day event, which will run from 14-16 June.
“The tireless work and unrivalled Greek hospitality of our colleagues at Shedia are sure to make the summit a fantastic experience for all of our delegates,” added Zoe.
“Through generous in-kind sponsorship we are able to use two of the most prestigious venues in Greece, not just Athens. The Onassis Cultural Centre and Ethniki Asfalistiki Conference Centre will host events throughout the summit.”
Hans van Dalfsen, editor in chief of Amsterdam street paper Z!, has already nabbed his place. Talking about the value of the summit after last year’s event in Seattle, he said: “Colleagues around the world are struggling with the same issues. At the INSP summit, they are more than willing to share ideas and supply practical assistance. You’re not alone!”
As we write, the papers already confirmed to attend the 2016 summit are: Shedia, Z!, Hinz&Kunzt, Straßenkreuzer, Die Jerusalëmmer, The Big Issue Australia, Surprise, Real Change, Big Issue North, Ocas”, Scarp de’ tenis and Zeitschrift der Straße.
The street paper summit is open to all, but INSP members receive heavily subsidised rates.
In addition to the regular three packed days of events, this year’s summit will also host an additional day for German street papers to discuss their response to the ongoing refugee crisis.
Editor of Hanover street paper Asphalt Volker Macke explained: “Austria and Germany have currently a big challenge with acting humanely towards refugees. It is a special issue how to work with these thousands of refugees from all over the world. We, the German speaking papers, have to find answers how to help these people.”