Makeshift Magazine's Anniversary Celebration

Makeshift Magazine, a Journal of Hidden Creativity, celebrates its first year in print with the Celebration Issue, presenting rites, rituals and festivities found around the world.

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Makeshift Celebrations Issue - Mumbai Ganesh

Millions gather in Mumbai to celebrate the birthday of Indian deity Ganesh. (Credit: Sudharak Olwe) From Makeshift's Celebration Issue

Here at Makeshift, we have a lot to celebrate," said Steve Daniels, Editor-in-Chief, NYC. "We started simply by telling the stories of unheard street entrepreneurs...A year later, our stories are being retold on BBC, at TED, and in Forbes.

New York, NY 10022 (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Set off some fireworks…don a feather costume…prepare the camel feast!    Makeshift Magazine, a Journal of Hidden Creativity, celebrates its anniversary with the Celebration Issue, presenting rites, rituals and festivities found around the world.

Makeshift, a quarterly print and online magazine, is commemorating a successful first year of documenting creativity and ingenuity from emerging markets, black market trade, and informal economies across the globe. Each issue brings narratives and photographs tied to one central theme, like Mobility, Resistance, and Communication.

To honor their first anniversary, the latest Makeshift issue showcases celebration in its many street-level iterations, such as gospel singing on Cape Town’s trains, knockoff purse parties in Pennsylvania, an annual toy drive by biker gangs in Tijuana, and the Kumbh Mela--a bath for 80 million in India’s Ganges River, this issue chronicles inventive ways in which we cut loose, party or pray hard, and commemorate what’s most important.

But the biggest jamborees aren’t spontaneous; it takes serious planning to support large-scale, often unpredictable, carousal. Makeshift reporters pull back the curtains, past the revelers and spectators, to reveal the infrastructure that supports a celebratory swell, the boon it brings to a local economy, and the waste it leaves behind.

Readers can preview the Celebration Issue online and pick up a copy or subscription in the Makeshift Store. As with each issue, Premium Subscribers will also receive a handcrafted artisan product: this time, it’s a unique Frank notebook, which directs a portion of profits to supplies for low-income schools.

"Here at Makeshift, we have a lot to celebrate," said Steve Daniels, Editor-in-Chief, New York. "We started simply by telling the stories of unheard street entrepreneurs that add richness to so many economies around the world. A year later, our stories are being retold on BBC, at TED, and in Forbes."

"Our readers love getting Makeshift in the mail," added Myles Estey, Senior Editor, Mexico City. "It's the kind of magazine that needs to be in print, and readers can tell each issue is curated tirelessly. We scour the world every quarter for the most interesting stories of human ingenuity never told."

About Makeshift Magazine
Makeshift explores vastly different cultures and societies—environments where regulations and resources may be scarce but where ingenuity is used incessantly for survival, enterprise, and self-expression. Makeshift is about people, the things they make, and the context in which they make them.

Makeshift is designed by a global team based in New York, Mexico City, Athens, Shanghai and Madrid. Contributing researchers, journalists, photographers, and videographers in over 60 countries seek out stories of street-level ingenuity. "The fascinating part about this new magazine," according to TJ McCue, Forbes contributor, "is that it has citizen journalists, blogger/travelers, who are finding and sharing unique approaches to commerce and innovative solutions to common problems."

Makeshift is published by Analogue Digital. For general inquiries, email editor(at)mkshft(dot)org. For the weekly newsletter, see From the Makery.


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