Cultural Traffic

The Cultural Traffic print publishing art fairs host independent and experimental publishers, artists and dealers of vintage books, ephemera and pop culture along with programmes of live events, readings, music and artist-led performance.

Free for all to visit, Cultural Traffic offers an opportunity to engage in the past, present and future of pop culture. Founded in 2016 by London based Toby Mott, from its first fair at London’s Truman Brewery it has now grown with fairs held in, London, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami and is looking to further expand.

Cultural Traffic is driven by the ethics of self publishing, where vintage counterculture meets with current DIY practice, creating an exciting dynamic marketplace. We are committed to championing diversity whilst establishing a platform which showcases an inclusive global community.

We believe in the power of creativity as a catalyst for social change in order to develop a more open inclusive community.

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New York, Sunday 6th May 2018

We return to Hester Street Fair during NY Art Week for our celebration of radical print and creativity on the Lower East Side. Come enjoy live performances, delicious food, beer & wine, and the fruitful exchange of books, zines, and all printed matter from over 50 exhibitors at this free and open event. Spend the last day of this art fair filled weekend amongst artists, resistors, publishers, DIY culture makers, performers, outsiders, friends, and more.

Detroit, Saturday 26th–Sunday 27th May 2018

Detroit will be a new location for Cultural Traffic, held in a former karate studio on Memorial Day Weekend during the Movement electronic dance music festival. Along with our diverse exhibitors we will host The Mott Collection exhibition, Kraftwerk: Dance Forever. A compelling collection of rare items from the German electronic music pioneers.

The exhibit will document Kraftwerk’s audio output with examples of promotional photographs, recorded media releases on obsolete formats; Japanese magazines, sheet music, posters, musical toys, calculators and promo paraphernalia that charts Kraftwerk’s machine music aesthetic which was an important influence on dance music specifically Detroit Techno. The industrial sound of Motor City and Kraftwerk on the autobahn, a spiritual connection bought together at Cultural Traffic in Detroit for Kraftwerk: Dance Forever. A catalogue will be available to mark the exhibition.

Miami, December 2017 (click for images)

Cultural Traffic Miami was our debut print publishing arts fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. Our diverse list of independent exhibitors hailed from across Europe and the USA. The home for the fair was a former church in the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District.

ComplexCon, November 2017 (click for images)

London based Cultural Traffic print publishing arts fair with partner Paper Works NYC presented, 'Current Events' at ComplexCon 2017.

London, October 2017 (click for images)

Cultural Traffic London was held on the Sunday of Frieze week at Kachette a new cultural space in the heart of Shoreditch, East London. Kachette is located on the corner of Old Street and Shoreditch High Street in the original ticket hall of the former Shoreditch Station.

Los Angeles, October 2017 (click for images)

Cultural Traffic LA was hosted at Delicious Pizza restaurant, founded in 2015 by father-son duo Fred and Travis Sutherland with Mike and Rick Ross from the golden era of hip-hop’s Delicious Vinyl record label. Delicious Pizza is located in L.A.’s West Adams neighbourhood. Our Los Angeles non-profit partner was Hollywood based My Friends Place, who assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

New York, May 2017 (click for images)

Cultural Traffic New York was hosted by the Hester Street Fair on Manhattan's Lower East Side on Sunday of New York Frieze week. With our partner Let's Panic magazine and Hester Street Fair whose mission is to empower pursuits of passion.

Firstsite, Colchester, February 2017 (click for images)

London, Christmas 2016 (click for images)

London, October 2016 (click for images)

Previous Fairs

Miami
8–10 December 2017
7610 Biscayne Blvd
Miami FL 33138

ComplexCon
4–5 November 2017
Long Beach Convention Centre
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach CA 90802

London
8 October 2017
Kachette
347 Old Street
London EC1V 9LP

Los Angeles
1 October 2017
Delicious Pizza
5419 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90016

New York
7 May 2017
Hester Street Fair
New York City
NY 10002

Firstsite
18 February 2017
Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester
Essex CO1 1JH

London
17–18 December 2016
The Old Truman Brewery
London E1 6QR

London
7–8 October 2016
The Old Truman Brewery
London E1 6QR

Press

Dazed, It's Nice That 1, It's Nice That 2, The Guardian, Toby Mott on London Live, iNews, Shoreditch, PAPER, Hester Street Fair Video, Paper Work NYC, Fad Magazine, Art Attack, Artnet, Luxury London, Purple, ArtDaily, Hyperallergic, Let's Panic, New Distribution