Glasgow Events from 06/05/2015

Hi all,

Just as an opener the Unity Centre have put out two calls to help stop forced removals:

The folks from Glasgow Palestine Action are also looking for some solidarity on Wednesday lunchtime, so if you are free from 12pm there will be folks outside the Sheriff Court and other folks inside to show their support. Hopefully see some peeps there!


NO CASE TO ANSWER! Call-out for court solidarity

Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Show solidarity with Glasgow Palestine Action, both inside and outside the Sheriff Court on Midday of May 6th, as the outcome of their claim that there is no case to answer for their protest against Thales is likely to be heard.

Thales makes components for drones which are sold to the Israeli Defence Force and were used in the assault of Gaza.

Four people audaciously occupied the roof of the building and unfurled banners reading ‘STOP ARMING ISRAEL. ANOTHER SCOTLAND IS POSSIBLE’, ‘UK GOV, THALES, ELBIT, COMPLICIT IN GENOCIDE’ and ‘HOMES NOT DRONES’ while five others blockaded both the front and back gates with arm tubes reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Boycott Israel’.

Despite the overwhelming support of passers by the Crown have pursued charges of breach of the peace. We say there is no case to answer for these actions and ask for anyone who can spare the time to come down and show your support.


Live Music at Sharmanka: Kamilla Ravnsfjall, Kristina Žalytė & Rūta Kukulskytė

Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

For May’s First Thursday event in Sharmanka, a very special evening is in store! Amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures, we’ll hear the amalgam of Lithuanian harmony singing from Rūta Kukulskytė and Kristina Žalytė with flute from Kamilla Ravnsfjall of the Faroe Islands.

Their performance will begin after Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show concludes, so a little after 8pm.

Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.


Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel

Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am

The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.

Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now


Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp

Saturday May 9 at 11:00am to Sunday May 10 at 11:00pm

Faslane Peace Camp

We will be painting and poster making from 11am on both the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!


Turn Me On, Dammit!

Saturday, May 16th at 3:00pm

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

Sex in the Women’s Library Film Season

A season of films designed to put women’s sexuality on the screen, curated by the Young Programmers. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network. These events are women-only (trans-inclusive).

Turn Me On Dammit! (15)

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

This screening takes place at The Arches and will be followed by a song writing workshop with feminist musical guests. Part of the Arches Sexology weekend.

Saturday, 16 May 3pm to 6pm

The Arches, Glasgow


This screening is free to attend and you can book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you book a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can make the place available for someone else.

This film is subtitled. We can arrange a sign language interpreter for this screening. Please contact Laura on 0141 550 2267 for more information.

Turn Me On, Dammit! is a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy film premiered in 2011. It is based on Olaug Nilssen’s novel of the same name. Set in Skoddeheimen, a fictional small town in western Norway, the film is about Alma (Helene Bergsholm), a 15 year old girl and her sexual awakening.


Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day

34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?

– growing food, herbs and flowers ?

– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?

– composting, recycling and upcycling ?

– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –

– gardening books reference shelf –

– plant sale & seed swap –

– refreshments –

More info and directions:


Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm

Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.


Anarchists and the Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.

Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?

The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.


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:


Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.


Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info:

As with last month:

We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! 🙂


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