First two years the squat was busy with renovation and adaptation works. In 1995 the first concerts took place there. In 1997 the Poznan Anarchist Library was founded in the squat, and the regular events has become the Freedom Gathering (Biesiady Wolnościowe). Since this year Rozbrat is also an informal headquarter of Poznan’s section of the Anarchist Federation. In 2000 the Anarchist Club was founded. In the 1990s Rozbrat was a center of alternative culture (of concerts, exhibitions, meetings, poetry readings, etc.), however in the 2000s – with the influence of international alter-globalist movement – it started to focus mostly on some socio-political goals. This change should be seen in a broader context of atrophy of alternative culture in the late 1990s and ideological clashes within the anarchist movement in Poland. In the 1990s the individualistic and libertarian attitudes were dominant, and the most important issues were of cultural, artistic and philosophical nature. At the beginning of a new decade, predominance was on the side of anarchists concerned with leftists and social issues, with willingness for political fight. Since then, Rozbrat has been a centre hosting law, ecological, antifascist, and tenant initiatives.
The squat’s collective has been following the rules of self-governance and radical democracy – as a rule rejecting any subsidies, grants, patronages, and commercial activities. The Poznan Anarchist Library is one of many activities conducted in the squat and subjected to decisions of the collective.
Poznań Pułaskiego 21A, Poland 60-607
- Stanczyk, Xawery
"Krótka historia Rozbratu", rozbrat.org, http://www.rozbrat.org/rozbrat.Małgorzata Praczyk (ed.), "Poznań w działaniu", Stowarzyszenie Czas Kultury, Poznan 2017.