Fixfest UK – all the details you need

Fixfest UK - Manchester 6th October 2018


This year’s Fixfest UK is a gathering for people who are actively involved in community repair. That means folks who organise and / or volunteer at Restart Parties or Repair Cafes or any other fix-focused community events.

The reason for this is we want to focus on increasing the skills and interconnectedness, and raising the collective voice of people who are making repair happen on a grassroots level. Ticketing has now closed, and we have representatives from all across the UK confirmed.

The Programme

Fixfest is an ‘unconference’, that means participants collaboratively generate and deliver the sessions they want to see. The beauty of this is it can open up space for discussions and activities which reflect the ideas, skills and interests of the participants. There will be a balance of practical, hands-on sessions with discussions and workshops. Please come ready on the day to suggest a workshop or a session, we’d love to add it. There’s still time to help build the unconference programme in advance or you can simply check out what’s on.

Timings & Venues

Fixfest will take place at MadLab, Plant NOMA, Dantzic Street, M60 0AE

10am to 11am – Registration – MadLab

11am to 6pm – Unconference – MadLab 

6pm til late – Social – The Pilcrow (open to the public, no ticket needed)


Madlab has step-free access, and we are reserving a sound-isolated room as a quiet space for those who may need it. The Pilcrow also has step-free access.


We will provide hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunch during the day through MadLab’s excellent local chefs and suppliers. We are catering for different dietary requirements. What’s more, we will provide food to sate your appetite at the pub afterwards.


Reimbursement already agreed with participants will take place after Fixfest. If you don’t attend, we’re afraid we won’t be able to cover your travel.


Fixfest UK 2018 is organised by The Restart Project, with funding from the Connected Communities Innovation Fund by Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We are grateful to Sugru for sponsoring the closing party at The Pilcrow pub.

Global Fixfest

If you’re outside the UK or not currently active in community repair and you’re feeling some serious FOMO right now, don’t despair! Global Fixfest 2019 will be bigger and badder than ever. In the meantime we’re working on materials to help you organise a Fixfest this year in your own country and spread the fixing love.

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