Glasgow Events from 16/12/2015

Hi all,

Unless we catch wind of any big events we have missed out on, this is likely to be the last update before the new year, so worth pointing out the fundraisers that are taking place.

Tomorrow we are helping to host a film screening of ‘Stateless in Lesvos’ – shot last month, this short documentary shows the response of the working classes on the front line of the refugee crisis. We will also have the filmmaker with us for a Q&A session giving his eyewitness account of what is happening. Thursday sees our friends at Fail Better putting on a chock-a-bloc line-up to help raise money fo the Lajee Centre in the Aida Refugee Camp, Palestine. Friday has the United Glasgow football club party out at Kinning Park Complex. The team provides a place where people can enjoy a game of football and find a sense of community regardless of their background. Finally on Sunday evening there is a party raising money to put towards a new skatepark in the city.

Besides those there are a whole host of other events to check out, so without further ado…


Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow

We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.

The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here:

This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation and Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group.


Other Feminist Reader (O.F.R.)
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Transmission, 28 King Street, G1 5QP

This month at OFR we will be reading Jackie Wang ‘Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety’ from Lies Magazine alongside ‘Women demand freedom, not surveillance’ an interview with Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA). The readings are attached to this email, if you don’t have the time to read the whole Wang article, the sections on ‘White Space’, ‘Safe Space’ and ‘Sexual Violence’ are particularly relevant.

Following on from conversations held in the first session, this month we will focus on issues of safety and surveillance, in relation to the broader themes being explored by the group. Our readings for this session both depart from specific and well publicised instances of violence, to interrogate relationships of power within discourses of safety and surveillance. Using these texts as a starting point we will go on to discuss subjects like the new surveillance system installed by NICE Systems in Govanhill in September 2015 or the recent Reclaim the Night March.

If you want to collect a hardcopy of the reading please visit Transmission during its opening hours. It would be great if you could bring a printed version along to the meeting.

Hope to see you there, mince pies will be on offer and mulled wine/beer in the pub after.

Elsa, Laura and Alice x

Readings available at


Thursday, December 17 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

It was a wish of mine to tell you
A story of a dead nightingale
It was a wish of mine to tell you
The story
Were it not for this lip they cut

– Samih al Qasim

It’s our third Birthday and we’re raising money for the young people in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem. We’re coming together, having a party, and supporting the resistance against the daily injustices of the Israeli occupation. Bring some cash if you can, and chuck it in the bucket. Then, after the party, come to the AFTER PARTY. That’s right, there’ll be an after party in a lock up near by. Ace no?

And as well as that you can enjoy:

wirds being wielded by CAT HEPBURN

hings being said into a microphone by JACKAL TRADES

poems being read by NUALA WATT

tunes being played by RORY OB

bars being spat by TICKLE

and something else from DAVE WATSON

the whole night will be hosted by singer/songwriter extrordinaire NICOLA SIMPSON

then… stroll roon the corner to hear

the one and only CREATIVE MARTYRS

christmas cabaret banter fae THE BLACK DOVES

ended by tunes fae Fail Better’s very own sound dude FXWLL

Mon doon!

As ever, Fail Better is free, but if you can bring some cash to donate to the Lajee Centre in Aida Refugee Camp, Palestine, then we would really appreciate it. Safe.


Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund Launch Event
Thursday, December 17 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

The Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund (RRAAF) is a new and autonomous alternative funding scheme initiated by artist Ellie Harrison and supported by 157 backers of a successful Kickstarter campaign (now the "RRAAF Founders"):

Once set up, RRAAF will use a wind turbine to generate energy to fund a ‘no strings attached’ grant scheme for art-activist projects in the UK.

The RRAAF project concept will be launched in Glasgow during December 2015 with a series of publicity stunts featuring the "RRAAF Mascot" – on Thursday 3rd outside Mono Cafe Bar as part of The Only Way is Ethics and on Thursday 10th outside the CCA Glasgow for ArtCOP Scotland.

These will culminate in this Launch Event at the CCA on Thursday 17th December 2015, 18:30 – 20:00. The event is FREE and open to all and will feature presentations and discussion by Ellie Harrison, Georgy Davis from Community Energy Scotland and some of the RRAAF Founders, as they outline the plan for making the RRAAF project a reality in the coming years.

CCA Website:


#UNITEDWEDANCE /// UGFC Xmas Shindig 2015 ///
Friday, December 18 at 7:00pm – 12:0am
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

United Glasgow Football Club invite you to come celebrate the festive period at our end-of-year Christmas Shindig.

Expect home cooked food courtesy of our culinary skilled players, a night of music from DJ’s and a fully stocked bar.

The night will give club members and friends of the team a chance to get together and celebrate another successful year. It gives United Glasgow an opportunity to raise some funds for the club from bar sales and a raffle on the night, so be generous and enjoy a drink.

The night will be from 7 until midnight and we will be asking for a small donation on the door for those who can afford it.

A Map of the Kinning Park Complex can be found here!

Underground – KPC is located very close to the Kinning Park underground station. When you come out of the station entrance it is up a little on your right – at about One O’clock. Literally a one minute walk.

Good transport links: KPC is opposite Kinning Park underground station, close to major bus routes, close to cycle routes, and has easy access on/off the M8. On Paisley Road West, the corner of Cornwall Street is marked by the Bellrock Bar, and on the opposite side of Paisley Road West by the Grapes Bar

Bus – KPC is on Cornwall Street, just off Paisley Road West which is a main bus route. Please check bus company timetables for details. Buses along Paisley Road West include:
Arriva – 36, 36E, 38, 38E; McGills – 38; First – 9, N9, 54, 54c, 56, 56a, 90, 121, 153


G.U.S. M74 Christmas Party / Fundraiser
Sunday, December 20 at 7:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Fundraiser for the skatepark under the M74, with music from Holy Mountain, Joe Howe, Smack Wizards, and DJing by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai.

BYOB – Open Mic – Raffle Prizes



A Free Pride Christmas
Sunday, December 20 at 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Christmas can be a tough time of year for LGBTQ+ folk, so to lighten the seasonal load we’re putting on a day of big queer Christmas fun!!!

Join us at Kinning Park Complex for an afternoon of fun, games, and festive food (made by our lovely Free Pride volunteers)! Make your own queer christmas decoration, take part in a Big Queer Christmas Quiz with the wonderful Gloria, and join in with some fun filled activities and games to get you in the Christmas spirit!

This is also a great chance to come along and get involved in Free Pride or just find out more about us- it’ll be a low key event with plenty of time to chat!

The event is FREE, although we will be taking donations for LGBT Unity Scotland so please give if you can!

We’ll have a quiet space available if you fancy taking a break, and gender neutral toilets will also be available. The Kinning Park Complex is a wheelchair accessible venue.

KPC is located on Cornwall Street, just off Paisley Road West and across the road from Kinning Park Subway. Buses along Paisley Road West include the McGills number 38 & 38A and First Bus 9, 9A & 10.


The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities
Friday, January 22 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Register here —

This event combines radical cabaret with a day of academic-artist-activist workshop discussions.

Programmed in Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex, an autonomous, resident-led social centre, the event will bring together a transnational network of artist-activists and scholars to discuss strategies for analysing and resisting precarious labour in a time of austerity.

The Arts and Precarity Cabaret, January 22 — 7 pm till 11pm

The Arts and Precarity cabaret will feature five artists exploring and resisting public funding cuts, precarious work and labour inequalities through text, films, music and performance.

The Arts and Precarity Workshop, January 23 — 10 am till 6:00 pm

The workshop groups will discuss precarious work across many fields, from freelancers in the cultural sector to zero hours service and education workers, from undocumented agricultural labourers to interns and volunteers.


Min Sook Lee (professor of fine arts and award-winning filmmaker of ‘El Contrato,’ a documentary)

Harry Giles (performer, poet, and general doer of things — writer and performer of ‘All I Want for Christmas is the Downfall of Globalised Late Capitalism’)

Richa Nagar (professor and author of ‘Muddying the Waters: Co-authoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism’)

Geraldine Pratt (professor and author of ‘Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’)

Claire Askew (poet and award-winner of the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry)

They They Theys (poetry performance in English and BSL, melded with acoustic music and live visuals. Exploring disability, Deaf culture, class, race, gender and sexuality. Mostly mellow-ish, sometimes veering accidentally into punk)

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (intersectional queer & trans arts company established in Edinburgh in 2009)

Caleb Johnston (lecturer in Human Geography and co-author of ‘Theatre, Politics and Transnational Justice’)

Fran Higson (filmmaker of ‘United We Will Swim….Again,’ The extraordinary story of a community fighting to save their local swimming pool)

Free vegan and vegetarian lunch catered by Soul Food Sisters social enterprise.

(BSL interpretation provided. The building is wheelchair-accessible by ramp. There are heavy double doors so please get in touch if you want assistance upon arrival. There is a level-access wide/large cubicle in one of the toilets, but no fully-accessible or stand-alone single accessible toilet. All toilets are gender-neutral.)

For more info contact: creativesolidarities


WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports
Saturday, January 23 at 6:00pm – 3:00am
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Tickets available in person at the WestGAP office Tuesdays and Fridays Also from tickets Scotland plus booking fee or via New Hellfire Club Glasgow with no booking fee. Get in there quickly folks don’t leave it till the last minute.

£15 waged £13 unwaged or WestGAP member.

WestGAP Fundraiser featuring

The Oppressed From Cardiff

Jock Sparra From Livingston

Random Scandal

The Fore Cups – An Ayrshire/Glasgow band usually known by another name but it involves a sweary word so changed to its rhyming pseudonym, so as not to offend 😉

Aftershow party from 10.30pm till late with DJ set from Miss Laura Elite and the Mixed Up Vinyl Club spinning the best street sounds.

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against ill-considered policies and unfair decisions. All proceeds from this show will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, utilities, photocopying, stamps.

You can also become a member via the website, and get the tickets cheaper 🙂




Critical Mass
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

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


United Glasgow

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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