Glasgow Events from 03/08/2015

Hi all,

We are all ack from a short summer break, and so have a lot to put in the update. Of particular note this Saturday is a funday at Kinning Park to help raise money and awareness of the Glasgow Social Centre project. Also, before we get started with the listing, we recieved the following message from our friends at the Unity Centre:

Dear Friends,

Following inspirational talks from Movement for Justice at the End Detention weekend in Glasgow about the previous Shut Down Yarlswood Detention Centre protests whereby the outer fence to the detention centre was demolished and protests inside formed; not to mention discussion of consistent unrest inside the detention centre resulting in certain self-help guides being confiscated (and later returned after outside actions) and disgusting retaliation tactics used by guards, including solitary confinement and refusing detainees access to food, it has been decided that Glasgow will have a presence on the 8th of August at the next SHUT DOWN YARLSWOOD!

We are looking for support to organise this. Due to many difficulties organising a coach we will go down in as many cars as possible. We are currently fundraising for fuel costs through crowdfunding:
Donations can also be made directly to The Unity Centre through a number of methods (including paypal) found here to avoid crowdfunding costs:

We also ask that anyone who has a car and is willing/able to drive or would/could let someone else drive get in touch. We currently have two confirmed cars which are full. The Unity LGBT group also want to go and will fill another car and there are many more keen individuals on a waiting list.

Anyone wanting to come is more than welcome to be added to the list. We have been to the Surround Harmondsworth protests in the past and the atmosphere is something to experience. We strongly believe that these types of continued protests are necessary to propel the End Detention Movement.

There are many other ways to get involved in the End Detention Movement. It would be great to have T-shirts made and new banners so a crafty banner making day could be set up. Also sharing and promoting this call for support.

We are really keen to be involved/support individuals and groups wanting to be more involved in Ending Detention across the UK and can be contacted about this anytime (email or phone or pop into the centre in person). It may be just to talk things through, answer queries or provide information about how the current detention system works.

Hope to hear from many of you.


The Unity Centre
30 Ibrox St
Glasgow G511AQ
0141 427 7992


Ebola: A View From the Front Line – Dr Sharon Irvine | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 3 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. The epidemic sweeping across the region has now killed five times more than all other known Ebola outbreaks combined. Just over a year later over 11000 people have been reported as having died from the disease.

Dr Sharon Irvine has recently returned from her second deployment in Sierra Leone and brings a unique first hand perspective on the difficulties of treating and containing a deadly virus in a developing country.

Sharon Irvine is currently in the final year of an MRC Fellowship at the University of Glasgow researching antibiotic resistance in bacteria. She is an Infectious Disease and Microbiology Registrar in Glasgow, which led to the opportunity to volunteer as a clinician in the Ebola Response in Sierra Leone. She is keen to be involved long term in the reintroduction of normal healthcare into this beautiful country.

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.


Thursday, August 6 at 8:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Our live performance for August’s First Thursday event comes from Frog Pocket, whom we’re very pleased to welcome to the Gallery. Frog Pocket’s eclectic blend of sounds, ranging from folk to electronica, his skills as a violin player (and various other things too!), a record catalogue of several albums and his abilities as a collaborative player (notably with Mike Heron) are all signs that we’re in for a wonderful experience as he performs amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures!

As ever, the performance will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm show has concluded – a little after 8 – and donations for the performer will be collected from audience members as they leave.


Glasgow Social Centre: Summer Funday!
Saturday, August 8 at 11:00am until 4:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Come one, come all, to our fantastic Summer Funday. This event is perfect for people of all ages!

Funday activities include:

– Relaxing massages from 2pm
– Tricks by a stage magician
– Free food for all
– Arts, crafts and games
– Make your own water squirter (2PM -outdoors – weather permitting – bring change of clothes)
– Free shop with clothes,ornaments and plants
– Stalls from groups such as the Radical Independent Bookfair, WestGAP, Unity and AFed
– Live music

…and more!

The event is free, but we will be collecting donations that can go towards our fund to setting up a social centre so a few quid per person could go a long way.


Greeks ‘breaking bad’: The politics of extreme austerity – Dr Georgios Karyotis
Monday, August 10 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Since 2010, Greece has been at the epicentre of the global economic crisis. Despite receiving two record-high international rescue packages – conditional upon the implementation of extreme austerity measures – economic and social indicators have since worsened instead of improving. The victory of radical-left party Syriza in the January 2015 elections raised expectations that there might be a realistic alternative to austerity, expectations that received a major blow after the July 2015 agreement for a planned third bailout that goes against many of Syriza’s pre-electoral pledges. The aim of this public talk is to explore developments in Greece and their broader implications for crisis-ridden states. In particular, using original survey evidence, it will seek to analyse how attitudes towards austerity have developed over time, identify the drivers of vote for the anti-austerity camp in the last general election and speculate about the reasons for the Greek government’s dramatic U-turn in the recent negotiations with its creditors. The follow-up discussion will focus, among others, on what lies ahead for Greece, for Europe and for austerity politics in general and on why we should care about these.

Dr Georgios Karyotis is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow and Secretary of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association. His main research interests lie in the areas of international security theory, international relations, austerity politics and migration and had been published in some of the top international academic journals. He is the co-editor of the recently published The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

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.


Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30pm
The Portal Plantation Productions, 987 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

Focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers.

Also COMMON GOOD PROJECT, will be at 
Centre Human Ecology in the Pearce Institute every Thursday from between 
1-4pm, or by prearranged times:

CHE Pearce Institute, 840-860
Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU
Phone: 07811263923 

email: info 


Part of the PAR To increase understanding and encourage participation in helping to build local institutions where research can be shared, discussed and developed with others.

Suggestions for films themes discussion collaborations welcome. If anyone has a passion for any of these themes, topics, improvements, variations and want to talk them up, help out in organising and presenting them, Let us know.


Does powering the planet have to cost us the Earth? – Dr Mark Symes | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 17 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Through this talk, we will examine how much energy we humans use as a species, where we get it from, and how much we might need 30 years from now. We will explore some of the possible options for our future energy diet, and what this might mean for our lifestyles in the future. We will consider a broad range of possibilities, maybe de-bunk some myths, possibly face some hard truths, and hopefully finish up wiser than when we started.

Mark Symes is a lecturer in energy conversion and electrochemistry at the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry. He is passionate about finding solutions to pressing societal problems by using the power of science. This drove him to begin a research programme which aims to develop new methods for storing renewably-generated power, so that we can have clean energy when the sun doesn’t shine and when the wind doesn’t blow. Despite this clear agenda, he tries to be as impartial as the facts allow when talking about the future of our energy supply to the general public.

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.


Glasgow Pride Breakfast
Saturday, August 22 at 9:30am
Calton Heritage and Learning Centre, 423 London Road, G40 1AG

LGBT Age, T-Time Glasgow & LGBT Health and Wellbeing are hosting our first Glasgow Pride Breakfast. Join us for delicious food, live entertainment and friendly chat on the morning of Pride. Kick-start your Pride celebrations at this family-friendly event for the LGBTQI community and friends.

The aim of the breakfast is to provide a safe, inclusive space to celebrate and to build our sense of community. You are welcome to come alone, with groups, families and friends. If you are unsure about attending and would feel more able to attend with a buddy, give us a ring to discuss.

The Calton Centre is just around the corner from Glasgow Green, so for those that want to join the march, they can leave together after breakfast.

Please book early to avoid disappointment:
Contact: 271 2330
Cost: £3 suggested donation


Free Pride Glasgow
Saturday, August 22 at 2:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

Pride should be free. Pride should be a protest. Pride should be accessible to all.

Instead, Pride events have become over-commercialised and de-radicalised, and people are charged money if they want to participate. Pride belongs to LGBTQIA+ people; and we want it back.

We are tired of the lack of inclusiveness for trans, intersex and asexual people and other marginalised groups that make part of our LGBTQIA+ communities, including disabled people/people with and people of colour.

So we are aiming to rectify this, by holding our own free and accessible event!

Join us after the march at the Art School for a day (and night!) of workshops, stalls, performance, poetry, music and more!


With stalls + workshops from: LGBT Unity, Sex Workers Open University, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow Roller Derby, Rape Crisis Scotland, Asexuality workshop, Disability workshop and MORE.

Poetry + performance from: Elaine Gallacher, Marcus Mac Antu air neir, Liz Cronin, Maki Yamazaki, Skye Pope, THEY THEY THEYS and MORE.



Performance TBC

Short Films from:
This Is What I Want festival
Nicole O’Reilly

The event is completely free to attend.


The Art School is a wheelchair accessible building with a lift to each floor and disabled toilets.
Gender Neutral toilets will be available throughout the events.
We are aiming to have BSL interpreters present for performance and short film screenings. We will also aim to have the short films subtitled.
There will be an alcohol free space available in the evening, where we will screen short films and provide a quiet alternative to the partying!
If you have any accessibility needs, or if there’s anything we can do to make attending the event easier, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.


Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30pm
The Portal Plantation Productions, 987 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

The only film that was banned in America. It would have to be about unionisation and liberation.This film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view.


Glasgow Anti-Raids Meeting
Thursday, August 27 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

Worried about dawn raids? Interested in joining together to resist them? Come along to this public meeting. Refreshments and childcare provided.

If you have information to share or want to talk then contact:

07448586481 (on Lyca Mobile)


Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30pm
The Portal Plantation Productions, 987 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

Unemployed Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. Disaster strikes when Antonio’s bicycle is stolen.




Critical Mass : August
Friday, August 28 at 6:30pm
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.


United Glasgow Football Club

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.


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