World’s street papers celebrate landmark anniversaries in 2016

From a first birthday to 25 glorious years in print, 2016 promises to be a big year for anniversaries among our street paper family.

An impressive 18 INSP publications will celebrate landmark anniversaries this year, including fledging street papers, new INSP members and veteran magazines.

We look forward to some big reasons to celebrate the world’s street papers.


The Big Issue celebrates 25 years of supporting its vendors throughout the UK, like Bristol seller Craig Newall.

(L) The Big Issue's first cover from 1991 and its 2016 New Year edition (R).

While its design might have changed over the years, the award-winning publication continues to draw in big name celebrity interviews and huge public support.


At the other end of the spectrum, Latin American street paper Mi Valedor will celebrate its first successful year helping people living with homelessness and poverty across Mexico City.

Mi Valedor collage

INSP was instrumental in helping Mi Valedor’s small but dedicated and talented team launch the publication, which focuses on art and photography. This news took centre stage during our #VendorWeek celebrations in February 2015.


Seven street papers in Europe and South Africa mark two decades in print this year.

Cover collage 20

Danish street paper Hus Forbi is already starting a memorable year on a high, as the top paid-for publication across the whole of Denmark.

Italian street paper Scarp de’ Tenis recently joined INSP. It also celebrates the big 2-0 with sister street papers The Big Issue South Africa, Straatjournaal in The Netherlands, The Big Issue Australia and German street paper Hempels and Austrian street paper Kupfermuckn.


Forget about sweet sixteen, we’re thrilled to see street papers in Sweden and Slovakia notch up one and half decades in print. Congratulations to Faktum in Gothenburg and Bratislava-based paper Nota Bene!

Faktum and Nota Bene

Faktum is celebrating early with the success of its latest vendor-inspired calendar, while Nota Bene will look to build on the success of its incredible vendor projects last year, including the award-winning Homeless Luggage Porters initiative.


We also have six street papers marking their 5th anniversaries in 2016, including Norwegian street paper Ekko and German paper Zeitschrift der Strasse.

Also turning five are American members Speak Up Zine, in Charlotte, North Carolina; Texan papers The Challenger and The Journey and The Amplifier in Knoxville, Tennessee.

5 street paper cover anniversary

INSP has been supporting street papers around the world since 1994. Our network of over 100 street papers has helped more than 250,000 marginalised people improve their lives in the past 20 years.

We celebrate our members all year round but the first week in February is always special. Read how you can help us celebrate street paper vendors worldwide as part of #VendorWeek 2016 here.

You can help us to continue our work by donating to INSP here.