International Fanworks Day

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Event: International Fanworks Day
Participants: Organisation For Transformative Works (OTW)
Date(s): Annual: beginning in 2015
Type: Holiday
Fandom: Multi-fandom
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International Fanworks Day is an annual event on February 15th celebrating and promoting fanworks of all kinds.

The holiday was announced in 2014 and the first International Fanworks Day celebrations were held February 15th 2015.

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 date of February 15th was selected due to the twin milestones at AO3 and Fanlore, the first having reached 1 million fanworks and the second passing 500,000 edits.

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.

International Fanworks Day 2017

The OTW announced various related events including:

  • Feedback Fest encouraged viewers to leave recs to favorite fanworks. 136 posts were made to the Feedback Fest post at AO3 mentioning and linking over 1000 works.
  • What Fanworks Mean to Me, a meta challenge which involved hashtagging the event across fannish spaces and discussing the effect of fanworks on people's lives. The OTW published six entries on their outlets, which had been submitted to them from around the world.

Response

The 2017 event went largely unremarked in other fannish locations. The Daily Fandom used the occasion to highlight fanwork formats other than fanfiction, and some such as at Babi a Fi wrote about their history in fandom (and used Fanlore as a resource.)

International Fanworks Day 2018

The OTW once again held various related events including:

  • Feedback Fest encouraged viewers to leave recs to favorite fanworks. Comments were made to the Feedback Fest post at AO3 mentioning and linking to over 500 fanworks.
  • What Fanworks Mean to Me, a meta challenge which involved hashtagging the event and discussing one's connection to or inspiration from fanworks. This was active largely on Twitter with around 100 participants. Many hundreds more fans met to chat and play games at an OTW-run chat party spanning February 15th.

Response

Nerds and Beyond highlighted the event and the participation of WIP Big Bang. The Mary Sue wrote about the event as well, highlighting the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe activity on Twitter.