Glasgow Events from 08/08/2015

Hello everyone, here’s a quick Friday update to remind you all that Glasgow Social Centre’s fundraiser is tomorrow, with lots of fun activities for all ages! Hope to see you there, and enjoy the weekend.


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.


Beyond Scarcity

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:45pm until 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s AFed discussion group will open with a short introduction to the ideas of scarcity, the role of capitalism in artificially limiting our access to resources, and how anarchist communists think we can move beyond our current economy to gain well-being for all.


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:


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)


Summer Herb Foraging Walk – FREE

Sunday, August 30th at 11:00am – 1:00pm (ish)

Meet in Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road at 11am – we’ll be leaving shortly after.

Discover the edible and medicinal plants growing around us in Glasgow and learn how to harvest them sustainably.

Summer flowers will still be blooming and Autumn berries and fruits will be starting to appear. Many of these plants can be used for a range of ailments and in first aid situations. The walk will suit all ages and abilities – please bring lots of questions and thoughts to share.

Practicalities: The walk will take us around different areas of Queen’s Park ending at the Glasshouse where there is a cafe, soft play and toilets. Sturdy footwear is advisable as paths may be muddy and the walk is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies – let me know if you have any access requirements.

For more information: whitecat-herbal

Blog with information on previous walks / foraging recipes / general herbal medicine:



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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