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INSP Vendor Playlist: David and Svetlana (Liceulice, Belgrade, Serbia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Liculice vendors David and Svetlana offer two very different kinds of song for the playlist.

INSP Vendor Playlist: L’Itinéraire vendors on the reasons behind their song choices

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. A handful of L’Itinéraire vendors talk about their particularly festive choices for the #VendorPlaylist.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Georg Nacthmann (Kupfermuckn, Wels, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Kupfermuckn’s ‘George the Prince of Wels’ chose a song that chimes well with his attitude to daily life.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Piet de Vaan (Kralji Ulice, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Kralji Ulice’s Piet talks about why he chose Lost Frequencies’ ‘Reality’.

Heidi Honemann has always been the quiet type – Trott-War vendor talks about her childhood

As a child, Trott-War vendor Heidi Honemann considered herself the luckiest child in the world. She had a loving father and mother, and she was happy. She liked going into the garden, painting and doing arts and crafts and, during the holidays, she enjoyed visiting her grandmother in Lower Austria. However, her feeling of being lucky was challenged from a young age, when she realised how different her temperament was to that of other children.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Noel McCauley (Ireland’s Big Issue, Enniskillen, Ireland)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Ireland’s Big Issue vendor Noel has chosen a country song via a comedian.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Hus Forbi vendors talk about how music influences their lives

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Today, four Hus Forbi vendors give some insight into the songs they chose.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Jörg Peterson (Hinz&Kunzt, Hittfeld, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Hinz&Kunzt vendor Jörg wants to share the work of his favourite band, Unheilig, with the rest of the world.

Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis comes to the small screen in new documentary series

This week, Italian broadcasting network TV2000 will air a four-episode documentary series celebrating the work of Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis, the lives of its vendors and those who work with homeless people in their daily lives. The show is gaining national interest thanks to the participation of film star Giacomo Poretti, who presents with “irony and a lightness of touch”.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Rudolph Boldi (FiftyFifty, Düsseldorf, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. FiftyFifty’s Rudolph enjoys music most while cooking.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Bernhard and Carlos (Faktum, Sweden)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Faktum vendors Bernhard and Carlos talk about their distinctive choices.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Alberto Ferro (Factor S, Montevideo, Uruguay)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Factor S vendor Alberto talks about the tune he chose.

Hus Forbi vendors collaborate with Danish musician on vinyl single release

To coincide with the release of its 2019 calendar, vendors from Danish street paper Hus Forbi collaborated with soul-pop musician Lukas Graham on a special vinyl release of his song ‘You’re Not the Only One (Redemption Song)’.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Lothar and Linda (Draussenseiter, Cologne, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Draussenseiter vendors Lothar and Linda have very different ideas about the kind of music they find meaningful.

INSP Vendor Playlist: bodo vendors talk about their choices

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Nine bodo vendors contributed songs, and here they talk about some of the reasons behind their choices.

Just doing it: BISS CEO Karin Lohr talks about her time at the street paper on its 25th anniversary

2018 marks 25 years since the launch of Munich-based street paper, BISS. To mark this significant landmark, Karin Lohr, the CEO of BISS, talks to Christoph Gurk, one of the leaders of the BISS writers’ workshop, about loyal customers, why permanently employing vendors is so important to the magazine and why deeds, not words, are vitally important.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Toni Menacher (BISS, Munich, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. BISS vendor Toni dedicates this John Denver track to his late girlfriend.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Dave (Big Issue North, Manchester, UK)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Dave from Big Issue North dedicated this song to his heroic fellow vendors.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Lee Welham (The Big Issue, Cambridge, UK)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Big Issue vendor Lee stuck with a Christmas classic.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Hong-Wu Moon (The Big Issue Korea, Seoul, South Korea)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. The Big Issue Korea’s Hong-Wu Moon has gone for a traditional Korean folk tune.

Hus Forbi vendors experience new Danish anti-homelessness laws banning rough sleeping

After two Hus Forbi vendors were fined and kicked out of the municipality of Copenhagen, the Danish street paper is now raising funds to help their vendors pay fines and legal fees. The anti-homelessness law, which was passed by the Danish government in March, gives police the power to fine and dish out “zone bans” to people found rough sleeping, citing the reason that they have formed “a camp that creates insecurity”. Hus Forbi editor Poul Struve Nielsen explains more.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Teruo Irishima (The Big Issue Japan, Osaka, Japan)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Teruo, who sells The Big Issue Japan, selects Japanese guitar maestro Masayoshi Takanaka.

A round-up of November’s street paper covers

As the festive season approaches and we prepare to open the first door of our advent calendars, time to take a look back at the street paper covers that have been sold by our vendors in 34 countries around the world during November.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Sue (The Big Issue, Melbourne, Australia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Sue, who sells The Bis Issue Australia in Melbourne, chose the late Aretha Franklin’s rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.

Our vendors: Mauricio Rosas (Mi Valedor, Mexico City, Mexico)

Mauricio Rosas is a Mi Valedor vendor who has experienced both homelessness and addiction. He started experimenting with drugs and alcohol while he was a teenager and went on to rely on alcohol to feel better. It was when Rosas first went to the offices of Mi Valedor that he realised that he needed help. Now that Rosas has made positive changes in his life, he feels that he has been reborn and urges those in need of help to reach out for the support that they need.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Eduard Binder (Apropos, Salzburg, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Apropos vendor Eduard wants to give the gift of Bavarian yodelling this Christmas.

The Hungarian state vs. homeless people

On October 15, the Hungarian government passed an amendment to its constitution effectively banning rough sleepers. Slovakian street paper Nota Bene has been outspoken in its support for the country’s homeless population. The magazine’s editor Sandra Tordová, in collaboration with Hungarian street paper Fedél Nélkül, examined the initial impact of the law.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Luís Lázaro Silva Nascimento (Aurora da Rua, Salvador, Brazil)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Aurora da Rua vendor Luís talks about his choice, the traditional bloco-afro song ‘Revolta do Olodum’.