Glasgow Events from 29/05/2015

Hi all,

Before the main update we were contacted to be told that the Glasgow Southside Socialist Choir, Unite, Fight Sing! has finally launched! Throughout the history of the working-class, resistance to exploitation and oppression has always had a voice through song. Sometimes class inequality can leave you lost for words, however collective singing can give expression to this resistance and contribute to the wider struggle. The aim of Unite, Fight, Sing! is to establish a socialist choir that collectively voices working class resistance through song. They are keen to be involved in any libertarian events and plan to sing anything Pete Seeger and Joe Hill to Nina Simone and , from the Flaming Lips to traditional songs from Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Liberia and beyond. You do not need to be able to read music to take part, and no prior experience is required, all abilities welcome! Rehearsals are 7pm – 8pm on Tuesday nights in Govanhill Baths.

Also, we have moved the Critical Mass bike ride and a meeting for people interested in helping to set up a LGBT boxing club into what has rapidly expanded to become the radical sports & outdoors section at the end, so worth checking out along with the upcoming roller derby and United Glasgow FC fixtures.

Polyester #3

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm to 3:00am

The Flying Duck, 142 Renfired Street, G2 3AU


Polyester is your directline to goooooood times, a hotline to hot fun, a private connection to the dreamphone but it won’t be Jamal or Jason who answers your call (or will it?) Whatever your problem, Polly Ester is waiting on the other end of the line, as long as it can be solved by dancing in a room full of sweaty queers (and shoulder pads)

call us, maybe

Ready and waiting to take your call are:

DJ Kaiserin in the kitchen & polly Ester alongside VSO in the main room *airhorns*


delectable performance from Adam Majeri, Gloria Kay Hole and the very glitter-al Crystal Queer ton the microphone

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everyone welcome

Classic House & Disco/new wave/Hip Hop & RnB/Punk/Party/watever

£3 all night

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

Gender neutral toilets will be available on the night

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


Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 30 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.


Dungavel Demo

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

Detention is a blight on our immigration system. People in Dungavel are being held indefinitely and some have been held for months and even years. Let’s show our opposition to detention and remember the people in the system.

Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your banners


Second Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen

Saturday, 30 May at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The Project Cafe, 34 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Aloha everyone!

Prepare your tongues for we have done it again-Three delicious vegan courses for 3.50£! This time you can indulge yourselves in:

*Potato Wedges and freshfruity Apple Salsa (Starter)

*Mouth-watering Burrrrrrritos

*Scrumptious Iced Carrot Cake

Looking forward to a great calorie-filled night with you,

The Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen


Ceilidh for Medical Aid for Palestinians

Saturday, 30 May at 7:30pm – 12:00am

Community Central Hall, 292-316 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE

Order tickets via Eventbrite:


We’re delighted that legendary Glasgow ceilidh band The Hallanshankers have agreed to play this fund-raising event. The Shankers deliver a great blend of music for dancing, from straight-ahead Scottish and Irish traditional to contemporary and roots music, with a strong element of fun and nonsense. So you’re likely to be reeling, rocking and laughing before the night’s out.

Graham and Anne, who are organising the night, are participating in Cycle Palestine 2015: a 250km bike ride across the Occupied West Bank in September. The trip is organised by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a charity which works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

There will be information available about the work of MAP and diverse opportunities to spend some money on Palestinian and MAP related stuff. The proceeds of this event will go to MAP to support their important work.


Do we need feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day

Monday, June 1 at 10:00am – 6:00pm

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

What does feminism mean in the present day, and to what extent is the current attitude towards feminism different from the way feminism has been seen in the past? What are the legacies of second-wave feminism and what can we still learn from it today? Are younger generations of women aware of the persistence of sexism, sexual violence and gender inequality, and can feminism be useful in tackling these issues?

This workshop explores current attitudes towards feminism and its legacy in the present, and promotes discussions about the role feminism can play in the struggle for a more equal and less sexist society.


10-10.30/Welcome & Introduction

-Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library

-Dr Rosemary Elliot, Director of the Centre for Gender History

10.30-12.30/Do we need feminism today?

Keynote lecture: Prof Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh), Transforming the face of politics? Women politicians and the feminist campaigns that got them there

Respondent: Dr Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes)

Followed by roundtable discussion with:

-Louise MacKenzie and Judith Hunter, Glasgow City Council Equality Network

-Emma Ritch, Engender

12.30-13.30/Lunch break

13.30-14.45/Fighting sexual violence

Respondent: Dr Andrea Thomson (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Rosemary Elliot & Dr Annmarie Hughes (University of Glasgow), Language, the law and the question of consent: Historical perspectives on sexual violence in 20thcentury Scotland

-Hanna Brown, Rape Crisis Lanarkshire and STAMP (Stamp out Media Patriarchy) project leader

-Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (TBC)

-Kirsti Hay, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

14.45-15.15/Tea & coffee

15.15-17/Learning from feminism

Respondent: Dr Vikki Turbine (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Sarah Browne (Independent Researcher), Looking back, moving forward: Legacies and lessons from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland

-Dr Akwugo Emejulu (University of Edinburgh), title TBC

-Sophie Kromholz and Halina Rifai, TYCI Glasgow

17-18/Wine reception

See also Centre for Gender History website:

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE (or add yourself to the waiting list)



Candid Plastic – Live Storytelling

Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm

The Griffin, 266 Bath Street, G2 4JP

An eve of TRUE STORIES told by you!

Whoever you are COME SHARE THE sordid DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE with an eager crowd over a lovely lil bevvy!

We are asking for stories about FAKING IT.. We’ve all been there.

Pretended you knew someone’s name for a year too long?

Can’t look someone in the eye?

Kept a diary back in the day?

(Bring it along, read a passage!)


There will also be a CONFESSION BOX being passed round for those feeling a little shy..Which we will dip into throughout the night!

So even if you don’t want to tell a story COME LISTEN!

Can’t wait to hear all your juice!


Email a brief description of your story to;


C u ther!


What is Happiness? And What Are Its Determinants? – Prof. Alex Wood | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, June 1 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

“Happiness” is a term thrown around in everyday conversation with very little thought given to what it actually means. Does it mean a balance of positive to negative moods? Life satisfaction? Living in line with culturally valued characteristics? Living in a country that doesn’t constrain potential? Each of these has different philosophical bases, and which definition we adopt shapes the lives we lead, and (via the government’s agenda of measuring and targeting of happiness) the societies in which we live. In this talk, Prof. Alex Wood will show that neither philosophy, social science, nor psychology is sufficient to explore “happiness” in isolation and an interdisciplinary approach is needed. Based on datasets of over 200,000 people, Alex will examine the relationship between happiness and income, personality, disability, employment, and a range of social science indicators.

Alex is Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science Centre at Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, which links the behavioural sciences (such as psychology) with the social sciences (such as economics and management) in order to better understand connections between economic, psychological, and health outcomes and their determinants. One of the youngest professors in UK history, Alex completed his BSc in Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2005 and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2008. From 2008 he worked in the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, initially as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, before accepting a Chair (full professorship) at the University of Stirling in 2012 at age 29. He has nearly 100 scientific publications and over £1 million in grant income, in recognition of which he was recently awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychology at the University of Manchester and the GSOEP prize for “Best Paper 2012-2013” (with Christopher Boyce). His hobbies include hill/mountain walking, philosophy, reading, and eating curry, but not all at the same time. His website is at and he’s on Twitter at

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


Film, Memory, and Glasgow Histroy

Thursday, June 4 at 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, G12

Organised by the Early Cinema in Scotland Research Project (

Histories of protest, resistance, and working-class solidarity are often poorly documented in dominant narratives and archives, as the Sheffield Film Co-op filmmakers found while researching the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915 for their documentary Red Skirts on Clydeside (1984). As Glasgow starts to commemorate the centenary of the rent strikes, this event explores stories of collective struggle and resistance told through film.

The day’s programme includes two screenings spanning a hundred years of Glasgow social history on film, and a roundtable discussion bringing together filmmakers and historians to raise questions about archives, memories, voices and silences in historical documentary. How does the use of archive footage, still images, and oral history expand conventional notions about primary sources? What audiovisual strategies do filmmakers use to contest established historical narratives? How do these films engage with audiences within and outwith their community?

All welcome – Free and unticketed.


We are not removing! Two films and a blether for the centenary of the 1915 Rent Strikes

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00pm

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

Presented by Document Human Rights Film Festival, Spirit of Revolt – Archives of Dissent, Scottish Peace Network, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Free (donations welcome)

Refreshments provided

Free crèche (contact organisers to book place)

The 1915 rent strikes, which started in the back-courts of Govan tenements, were a famous victory in the ongoing struggle for decent, affordable housing, and an example of working-class solidarity in action. While the workers were risking their lives at the front, or their health in the munitions factories of the First World War, the landlords tried to increase the rents. But the women were not having any of that. They didn’t have the vote yet, but they had each other’s backs when they said – We are not removing!

Red Skirts on Clydeside (1984, 43min)

Introduced by filmmaker Jenny Woodley

When this film was made, the importance of women in the history of social movements on the Clyde had been all but forgotten. The filmmakers bring this history back from the archives through interviews with women who knew Mary Barbour, Helen Crawfurd, and Agnes Dollan. Hear how the sheriff officers got chucked into the midden and how the tenement back courts echoed with radical ideas!

You Play Your Part (2011, 24min)

Introduced by filmmaker Kirsten MacLeod

Twenty-seven years after the original film was made, Govan women reflect on their lives and roles by the Clyde in a unique collaborative women’s history film project.

There will be some time and refreshments between the films for anyone interested in the rent strikes centenary or in contemporary housing issues to meet and chat.

More information:

Email: contact



Thursday, June 4 at 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, Glasgow G1 5HD

For our First Thursday event in June, we have an evening of songs and poems in languages of the universe performed amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. See the show and join in too, with our multilingual song workshop!

The show will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm performance has concluded, so a little after 8 o’clock. Donations will be collected from audience members after the performance.



Saturday, June 6 at 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

LGBT Unity Solidarity Group invite you to celebrate our community at the Queer Gaylidh Dance Party.

A ceilidh to get everyone dancing, and then some DJ sets by our awesome queer allies.

This is a party for everyone, and you’re very much invited.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everybody welcome


This is a fundraiser to keep the LGBT Unity Project as powerful as ever!


Tickets £3 on the door, free for asylum seekers and refugees


Glasgow Social Centre: Events Planning Meeting

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Come meet the Glasgow Social Centre Collective and find out about the project and help us plan out our upcoming events.

Find out more at



Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.

£8 Adv





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! 🙂


Roller Derby

Tier 1 of the British Roller Derby Champs will be battling it out in the final round to see who is victorious and who can be named the British Roller Derby Champions. Competing are Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Central City Rollergirls, Glasgow Roller Derby, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Tiger Bay Brawlers

Approximate timings for the weekend are

Saturday, May 30

12-2pm: Game 1 – Rainy City v CCR

2-4pm: Game 2 – Grd v MMR

4-6pm: Game 3 – Arrg v TBB

Sunday, May 31

10.30-12.30pm Game 4 – Rainy City v GRD

12.30-2.30pm Game 5 – MMR v TBB

2.30-4.30pm Game 6 – CCR v ARRG

Tickets are available as weekend passes for £12 or day tickets for £7 and as always children under 14 go free. There are only 200 tickets available each day so snap them up before they’re all gone and prepare to see some epic Derby.

tickets available:


United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Fixtures can be found here:

While the men’s team has finished up for the summer, the women’s team is still going strong through June:

Day Home time Away

Sun 7 Women’s Team 14:00 Harmony Row Ladies

Sun 14 Rangers Reserves VS Women’s Team

Sun 28 Women’s Team 14:00 Kilwinning


It’s a Knockout!

Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm

Scottish Community Development Centre, Suite 305 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, G2 6HJ

Knockout is a new LGBT boxing group being set-up in Glasgow. The club aims to be as inclusive as possible and would like to hear from interested people and potential members in planning the next steps.

The club is for all abilities but at this stage are particularly keen to hear from absolute beginners too. Whether you fancy trying it once, becoming a regular member, or just finding out a bit more, then you will be made most welcome.

The club organisers are keen to have others on board to help out, so even if you don’t see yourself having a go, but would be interested in helping to run the club or get it off the ground, it would be great to have you along.

Whether you are lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay or an ally – whether you are a complete beginner or not – come along and have your say.

And if we haven’t sold it to you yet, how about we offer you some tea and biscuits too?

You can sign up by joining this event, or you can email knockoutglasgow for some more information.


Glasgow Parkour Girls 5km or 10km run!

Sat June 13th from 11am

We’re running 5km or 10km together, so pick your distance and start training!


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