Glasgow Events from 26/03/2015

Hi all,

Another jam-packed update! Of particular note is the change in advertised venue for the Glasgow Social Centre double-bill film screening and free meal taking place this Saturday. It is a doozy as they will be showing the documentary Concerning Violence (by the same people who put together the Black Power Mixtape) in one room, and the family film Spirited Away in a supervised room (allowing adults to move between rooms freely). The venue is physically accessible and close to lots of transport links. Besides that there is loads to check out so without futher ado…


Running until Saturday, March 28
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system
Our lives deny the lies
Our complexity is dissent
We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:


Polyester Launch Party
Friday, 27 March at 9:00pm – 3:00am
The Flying Duck, 142 Renfired Street, G2 3AU

Life can be hard sometimes but don’t cry those tears, queers. At Polyester no one will feel like a Chaka Khan’t, don’t go for second best, just express/explore yourself in whatever form fits(but please, no capes)
Expect a polysexual, polyrhythmic blend of music. performance and whatever else we can throw together.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everyone welcome

The club will be preceded by the Glasgow premier of Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking’s High Heels Aren’t Compulsory,filmed with support from LGBT History Month & a showcase of short stories from ‘My Genderation’, directed, filmed & edited by Fox & Lewis (My Transsexual Summer, Ch4)


The club night will be hosted by the beautiful Crystal Queer with a performance by Second Act and more TBA

Music will be provided by DJ Kaiserin and Polly Ester in the main room while the Spitehouse DJs will be dipping the cookie jar in the kitchen

Classic House & Disco/80s/HipHop & RnB/Punk/Party/watever

£3 all night

This night has a Safe Space Policy so plz be cool to ur fellow party people

If you have any accessibility issues please get in touch and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs


Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal
Saturday, 28 March at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised creche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence
"This film narrates the events of African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s from colonial rule." –

Please note the change of time/venue:

3:30pm-6:30pm Sat 28th March
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The venue is physically accessible to power/wheelchairs and buggies.

For transport links it is within short walking distance of St. Georges Cross for the Underground, or the bottom of Maryhill Road, the bottom of Great Western Road, or Woodlands Road for busses.


Anti-fracking direct action training
Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow


The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 March
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

Hod me back!


Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl
Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Yesbar, 14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.


Saturday, April 4 at 12:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Underground for the underdog. Zines, books, food, tunes, art, DIY DIY DIY. Spread across Old Hairdressers AND Stereo this year, we’re looking at double the fun.

Zine fair from 12:00-6:30pm
Bands in Stereo & exhibition in Old Hairdressers to follow
Friendship served all day


The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 April
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

Hod me back!


Arika presents – Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives
Wednesday, 15 April until Sunday, 19 April
Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it, through theatre, film, experimental readings, discussion, workshops, collective investigations and being together.

How is it that contemporary life leaves us feeling ill and exhausted, uncared for – as if living by a thread? How might we care for each other differently? Can we think of care as a form of survival and resistance? And does thinking about such a socialised form of care require us to expand, challenge or refute the policed norms of ability and sanity, personhood and the body so violently imposed on us all?

Could the ways we attend to each other’s joys and pains help us to generate different futures together? Could we give humanness a different future by re-imagining what bodies and minds can be?

Thur £4 / Fri £4 / Sat £4 / Sun £6

Some events Free – Some events with BSL and/or live subtitling provided by Stagetext

For bookings:

Online: here or via
Phone: 0845 330 3501

Full programme and schedule information is available at or as a PDF on


Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!
Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a month away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider discussion.


Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


The Concrete Garden Spring Open Day!
Saturday, 18 April at 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

Spring open day with Grow Your Own Food demonstrations, meet the chickens, seed swaps, eco-crafts, local foods, an outdoor pizza oven, and live music.

We are also calling out to all musicians! We’re looking for bands/ musicians to come and play. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line (paula) and please spread the word to all your musical friends. We’ll make sure you’re well fed (we’ll have our outdoor pizza oven fired up for the day) and you’ll be paid for your set.


Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland
Tuesday 28th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Mary Barbour Suite in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Ministry of Defence have ramped up their recruitment efforts. The military are visiting more and more schools nationwide, especially in lower income areas. There has been a surge in the number of Cadet Forces and Troops to Teacher programmes. The Government and MOD have together created The British Armed Forces: Learning Resource 2014, targeting 5-16 year olds, emailing it to every school in the country.

We are reaching new levels of militarisation of youth in the UK and Scotland.

This is an invitation to an event exploring the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will feature:

Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch* giving a report on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland;

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier from Veterans for Peace UK** speaking on Recruitment and the Militarisation of Youth;

There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’, which was made by teenagers.

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its ‘youth engagement’ programme, including around 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, and huge Cadet Forces. These initiatives concern many people, particularly given that the two main aims of them are recruitment into the armed forces – which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits (the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits 16 year-olds into the armed forces) – and to give children a positive view towards the armed forces that they will carry into adulthood.

On April 29th we will host a workshop ‘What is militarism? And how to counter it?’ 6pm. Destination TBC.

*ForcesWatch is a small not-for-profit organisation based in London that critically scrutinises the ethical basis of the recruitment of young people into the UK armed forces, and the growing presence and influence of the military and military approaches in different areas of UK society (especially the education system), raising concerns as to whose best interests these are really in.

**Veterans For Peace UK is an anti-war ex-services organisation that;
1. Educates on the true nature of military service and war.
2. Resists war and militarism through nonviolent action.
3. Stands in solidarity with people affected by militarism and war.
Their ultimate aim is the abolition of war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The event is FREE, but please book a place online

These workshops are organised by Resist Militarism Network, with the support of the Centre for Human Ecology, Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace.

28th April 2015 marks 100 years exactly since the International Congress of Women at The Haig to call for the end of WW1. Chrystal McMillan was an audacious anti-war activist from Scotland who attended the Congress. This event is also a celebration of resistance against war and militarism 100 years ago, as well today. You can find a report on the historic event here:


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