International Fanworks Day

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Event: International Fanworks Day
Name(s): Organisation For Transformative Works (OTW)
Date(s): Annual
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Fandom: Multi-fandom
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International Fanworks Day is an annual event celebrating and promoting fanworks of all kinds. Communities and individuals are encouraged to take part in celebrations through various means which might include:

  • A day of activism, reaching out to legislators or taking part in an organization's campaign for the public's right to remix
  • A day of renewal, dusting off a WIP that was put aside when things got busy
  • A day of reflection, writing meta about what fanworks mean to them
  • A day of sharing, posting recs to their favorite works for others
  • A day of traditions, organizing a Fanworks Day challenge

The first International Fanworks Day was held on February 15th 2015.

International Fanworks Day 2015

The OTW announced various related events including:

Response

There were various references to the day by different outlets, notably Romance Times Book Reviews, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, the Verity! Podcast and The Mary Sue.

International Fanworks Day 2016

The OTW announced various related events including:

  • Feedback Fest encouraged viewers to leave recs to favorite fanworks. Over 1000 fanworks were mentioned and linked.
  • Games and Fan Chat: The OTW hosted a 35-hour party in its Public Discussion chatroom and scheduled various fannish related games that took place as IFD 2016 moved through timezones internationally.

Response

The 2016 event was the topic of discussion at The Slash Report and The Crafting System. Various other sites mentioned the event in passing. Also, the the UBC Innovation Library in Kelowna, Canada held a Focus on Fanfiction event in celebration of International Fanworks Day on February 15th.