Glasgow Events from 22/02/2016

Plenty of events in this week’s listing, starting this afternoon with a demo outside the UKBA offices on Brand Street. Also, our monthly discussion group is on tomorrow evening, looking to discuss the idea that all cops are bastards. Along with that there are some changes to the We Will Rise / End Detention meeting we previously advertised, as well as a lot of other things going on.


Death In Colnbrook Detention Centre – Break The Media Silence – Solidarity
Monday, 22 February at 4:00 PM
UKBA offices, Festival Court, 200 Brand Street, G51 1DH (near Cessnock Underground)

Last Wednesday, 17.02.2016, Amir Siman-Tov died as a detainee at Colnbrook Detention Centre. He was known to other detainees as a “quiet and intelligent person” and as “a very gentle man.” Detainees report that when he came into the centre last month he was fit and healthy but died on Wednesday under suicide watch. An anonymous detention centre guard, said: "For it to happen on a constant watch is absolutely unheard of, completely unheard of."

Amir Siman-Tov’s death comes a month after the long-awaited Shaw review into detention centres concluded that the process of indefinite detention with heavily-restricted access to a lawyer was mentally traumatic for many detainees, and that detention in and of itself undermines welfare and contributes to vulnerability".

We Will Rise / End Detention Now call an emergency demo at the Glasgow Home Office this Monday. Meet at 4pm to send a clear message, at workers’ “home-time”, that we know the Home Office is covering up deaths in detention centres, driving people to suicide, ruining the physical health of thousands, and denying adequate access to healthcare to the thousands of people wrongfully detained by the UK’s racist immigration system and the mutlinational private security corporations profiteering from these violations.

We Will Rise / End Detention Now demands the abolition of all
detention and the closure of all Immigration Detention Centres.

It’s not time for a time limit, it’s time to shut them all down!


Seminar Series 12: Lecture 4 – Geoffrey Pleyers: Mobilising Dissent: Social Activism in a Global Age
Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU

If you would like to register for the seminar, please do so via GCPH website:


Why All Cops Are Bastards
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The police are presented as an emergency service that are here to look after us. However a casual look shows that not only do they fail in this task, but that they are an actively harmful institution. The police use violence to prevent social change, enforce poverty, and control the working class. These problems are not a result of accident, mismanagement, or a few ‘bad apples’ in the force, but instead reveal the intended role of police in society.

This month’s discussions group will open with a short presentation on the historic reasons for the creation of the police, their current role in society, and a brief look at the social alternatives to the police. We will then follow this with an open discussion on the points raised.


This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


Sworn Virgin – An evening with translator Clarissa Botsford
Thursday, February 25 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

February 25 at 6:00 pm – 7:30pm- Free

Sworn virgins are women who take a vow of chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in the patriarchal northern Albanian society. Translated to English by Clarissa Botsford, the novel Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones, explores this cultural practice and has recently been made into a film and new English edition was published in October 2015.

Clarissa will read excerpts from the book, discuss the challenges of translating it, and introduce the Sworn Virgin tradition, while exploring some of the themes inherent in the book such as cultural and sexual disorientation and transitions, gender identity and uncertainty, intercultural misunderstanding, emigration, and language as appropriation of identity.

For more information and booking, please see:

If you’re interested in having a peek at our current events programme, please do check our events calendar for further information:


David Rovics & The Wakes
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

David Rovics world tour brings him back to Glasgow! David, The Wakes & Special guests TBC. The venue is the historic Govanhill baths in Glasgow.


The gig is open to 14s and over (Under 16s to be accompanied by an Adult).


Demonstrate Against Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, 27 February at 12 PM
Faslane Naval Base, North gate

To co-incide with demonstrations in London, the Faslane Peace Camp will be holding a demonstration at Faslane Naval Base, home to the Trident nuclear programme. Feel free to arrive early and stay at the camp, travel up and stay overnight, or arrive early and make your stay!


Capital Reading Group
Saturday, February 27 at 1 PM
The Electron Club, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

An open group reading Marx’s Capital: Volume I. For each meeting we will discuss the set chapters and we will watch the relevant lecture by David Harvey. The reading plan is here:

Turning up to later sessions for the first time is welcomed. Changed to the dates and readings will be posted in advance. You can also email glasgow if you need more information.

*Provisional* dates and readings:

27th February – Chapters 1 & 2
12th March – Chapter 3
26th March – Chapters 4, 5 & 6
9th April – Chapters 7, 8 & 9
23rd April – Chapters 10 & 11
7th May – Chapters 12, 13 & 14
21st May – Chapter 15 (first half)
4th June – Chapter 15 (second half)
18th June – Chapters 16-24
2nd July – Chapter 25
16th July – Chapter 26-33
30th July – Conclusion


This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


Safe Passage Now – Movement of People is Not the Problem – Speak Out
Saturday, February 27 at 2 PM – 4PM
Buchanan Street Steps, G1

On the 27th of February, so far 80 cities across Europe will be holding marches to stand for the rights of refugees, and demand safe passages for people traveling across Europe.

Join us on the steps in front of the Concert Hall to stand and speak aloud against the difficulties and deaths of people travelling dangerous routes to and across Europe, as well as government’s responses to people who arrive in European countries, and to address the causes of this displacement – why are these wars happening and who is profiting?

Movement of people is not the crisis – conflict is the crisis, the response of governments is the crisis. We must fight the demonisation of refugees.

Millions of people are already fleeing, and denying them rights to safety will not make them disappear!

It is NOT our supposed welfare system that is encouraging people to make this dangerous journey; it is the persecution happening in their homes: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria where Britain has been directly involved and carrying out airstrikes, totalitarian regime in Eritrea, civil war in Sudan to name some.

The number of refugees that we have accommodated pales in insignificance compared to Jordan and Lebanon – we can do more!

Anyone who wants to join us, speak, or contribute ideas please do!


Fedge workshop!
Sunday, February 28 at 10 AM
Killearn Woodland Cemetery

Do you want to learn to make a Fedge? Otherwise known as a willow hedge? Come, join us and learn how for just £10! Please email us (hello) to let us know you’re interested or to find out more (and get details of how to pay) 🙂

Hoping to see lots of you there!


Hidden Architectures- sharing of work in progress
Friday, March 4 at 3 PM – 4 PM
SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG

Hidden Architectures is a new interdisciplinary performance collaboration between choreographer Saffy Setohy and sound artist Jan Hendrickse.


Hidden Architectures explores the body as a living instrument.

Interconnectedness through sound, movement and material drive the work; which is performed by pairs of people connected mouth to mouth by almost invisible, taught threads.

Hidden Architectures is being developed in collaboration with dance artists Luke Birch, Gabi Sanchez, Elizabeth Rawes, Misa Brzezicki, Ian Spink, Brigid McCarthy, Chrissie Ardil, with producing support from Sam Eccles.

This FREE event will share some of the ideas we are working with, and invite discussion around it, at the end of our third week of research.

All welcome, just turn up- there will be tea and biscuits!
The ‘TV studio'(main club space), which we will present in, is fully accessible.


Disarmament or death! Faslane Peace Camp Solidarity Night
Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, G1 4PL

A Night of bands, Dj’s and Infotainment, with the intention of raising funds, awareness, support and solidarity for Faslane peace camp.


Saturday, March 5 at 4:30 PM – 8 PM
Garnethill Multicultural centre , 21 rose street glasgow g3 6rq

* Please note the change of time & venue. Many apologies that this venue does not have step free access. This is a temporary venue choice and all future meetings will be held at accessible venues. Please get in touch on 07448871696 with access needs *

Join us to expand the movement to End Detention Now!




Women of the East End Heritage Walk
Sunday, March 6 at 12 PM
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

The women of the East End have always had to be industrious and resourceful simply to survive. This walking tour focuses on some of their achievements and struggles, and the radical nature of the area which gave birth to them. Find out about the women of the Templeton factory, the Suffragettes held in Duke Street Prison, the woman who set up the Barras and much, much more! For more information and booking, please see:



SHRAPNEL air Cuairt / Scottish Tour
Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB

Ath-sgrìobhachadh le Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul
Bon nobhail le Tormod Caimbeul
Stiùireadh le Muireann Kelly

“perceptive, poetic and comedic … set in Edinburgh, in areas not unlike those featured in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting”
– Scottish Review of Books

Air a’ stèidheachadh ann an dorchadas dubh Dhùn Eideann, tha sinn a’ leantainn aithrisear neo-aithnichte ’s e air teicheadh bho chasaid murt. Le fealla-dhà, tha sinn a’ leantainn an aithrisear ’s e a’ siubhail air feadh Dhùn Eideann a’ coinneachadh ri iomadach charactar annasach agus a’ seachnadh a’ phoileis bhrùideil, Walter Shrapnel. Tha an dealbh-chluich stèidhte air an nobhail leis an sàr sgrìobhaiche, Tormod Caimbeul le dealbhachadh, fo-thiotalan agus ceòl, tha Shrapnel freagarrach airson fìleantaich agus luchd-ionnsachaidh.

Co-produced by Tron Theatre and An Lanntair and supported by Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, NTS, Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Leabhraichean Beaga and Glasgow Life

Adapted by Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul
From the novel by Tormod Caimbeul
Directed by Muireann Kelly

“perceptive, poetic and comedic … set in Edinburgh, in areas not unlike those featured in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting”
– Scottish Review of Books

Set in the underbelly of Edinburgh, ‘Shrapnel’ follows the journey of a man on the run for a crime he did not commit. With brilliantly anarchic humour, we follow our enigmatic narrator’s ever step through the streets of Edinburgh, as he meets an array of extraordinary misfits,whilst avoiding the psychopathic former detective, Walter Shrapnel. Adapted from Tormod a Bhocsair’s seminal Gaelic novel with animation, subtitles and live music, Shrapnel is for Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers alike and not to be missed.


The Gruffalo
Saturday, March 19 from 1 PM
The Children’s Wood, Kelbourne/Sanda/Clouston Street, G20

A mouse took a stroll in the deep dark wood…..

Come and join us in the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow for the Gruffalo. Tam Dean Burn will read The Gruffalo. There will be an opportunity to meet the Gruffalo and join in with a gruffalo easter hunt.

Given the level of interest in this event we have created an eventbrite page. The tickets are still FREE ( though you can make a donation – all of our activities are led by volunteers and any money raised will help towards a paid position and other free events)
You can chose from one of three slots 1:30pm, 2:30pm or 3:30pm.

Hope to see you then!


Gladstone’s Bag presents: Silent Comedy Movies
Saturday, March 19 at 2 PM
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD

Gladstones Bag proudly present another selection of Silent Films, with live score and sound effects! This month we have some classic comedy films as part of Glasgow’s comedy festival!

Doors 1:30pm, showtime 2pm. Suggested donation £5

To reserve seats please email us on info or call us on 0141 553 0840. We do not at this time sell tickets on line, you just reserve seats in advance and pay on the door.

Please be aware that it is our policy to hold reservations until 10 mins before the start of the show, at which point they will be passed on to the next people in the walk-up queue.


Women of the Necropolis Heritage Walk
Sunday, March 20 at 12 PM
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

Experience our fantastic women’s history walking tour which digs the dirt on Victorian society, unearths women’s achievements and exhumes the histories of women buried in Glasgow’s Necropolis, as featured in Clare Balding’s book Walking Home. For more information and booking, please see:



Sunday, March 20 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Battlefield Avenue, G42

Reclaiming our streets for play! After a bit of a break, we’re having another street-play session, like last time closing the middle part of Battlefield Ave (between Craigmillar Rd and Ledard Rd) to through traffic (residents will have access) so our children can play safely in the street for a couple of hours. Please bring your children along for a play and to help make our third ‘Playin’ Oot’ session another success! We’re also looking for volunteers to help organise or just help on the day, e.g. to steward, help evaluate the day, or just to help teach our children some of the street games you played as a child. Parents and non-parents welcome! For more info on how this has been done elsewhere, click here:


The Hunger Games & Revolution
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

A discussion on the revolutionary themes of The Hunger Games. This evening will contain spoilers! Full blurb to follow.


This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Join us for Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’, screening as part of Cinema For All’s ‘Reaching Communities’ project.
You’ll also have the chance to win a GIANT promotional poster!!
FREE! LGBT Unity Group Fundraiser – donations taken

"Transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, meets her friend Alexandra, another trans sex worker, at a donut shop in Hollywood on Christmas Eve. Alexandra accidentally reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been cheating on her with a cisgender woman. Sin-Dee storms out to search the neighborhood for Chester and the woman."

Starring transgender actresses, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor….who should win awards for their great performances.
Famously shot using an iphone 5 for $100,000, using this lens:

Tangerine also has a *fabulous soundtrack.


*The film will be subtitled
*The CCA is a wheelchair accessible venue with accessible toilets on the ground floor.
*For more information please see:

*Free/Donation, first come first serve!
*This is also a fundraiser for LGBT Unity Scotland.
*Rated 18


GSFF16 Opening Event: Lost Treasure
Wednesday, March 16 at 9 PM
GFT, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016 opens with a major new audio-visual commission. In 1956, Glasgow-based socialist filmmaking collective the Dawn Cine Group embarked on their most ambitious project to date. Intending to tell the story of the Scottish Highlands and its people, Lost Treasure was never completed. Musicians Drew Wright (Wounded Knee) and Hamish Brown (Swimmer One), alongside filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen, have devised a live performance responding to the 60 year old unfinished film, weaving together the existing footage with traditional songs, field recordings and archival recordings of oral history.

All tickets £10
Lost Treasure is supported by PRS for Music Foundation. With thanks to National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.




All things Yellow!
Saturday, March 5 at 12 PM – 6 PM
There’s no such thing as a Free Lunch Cafe, 257 London Road, G40 1PE

We will be serving up a feast of yellow delights and getting in the mood for the Barrowland extravaganza later in the evening. Come meet old pals and new, get your yellow on as well as a grin….See you soon x

The cafe is ‘pay as you feel’ and we want to make you feel good!


Govanhill Free Dinner
Every Monday at 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Govanhill Trinity Church, 28 Daisy Street, G42 8JZ

Join your neighbours for a free dinner. All welcome.


The UNITY World Café
Every Tuesday at 11:00am – 1:00pm
140-142 Nelson Street, G5 8EJ

UNITY is still distributing free food to destitute asylum seekers.




Critical Mass: Night Ride
Friday, 26th of February at 7 PM
George Square

Light up your bike and dress bright for this Night Ride ‘Critical Mass’. We will be riding around the City Centre, East End and ending up back at the West End for refreshments at The 78. Meet us at George Square, ready to leave at 7pm!



Seahorses Swimming: Transgender Swimming sessions
Sunday, February 28 at 3 PM – 4PM
Whitehill Pool, 240 Onslow Drive, G31 3QE

A closed pool session for transgender people. The pool we have access to is Whitehill Pool which is located in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow.

It’s easily accessible via train via Duke Street or Alexandra Parade.

There is a small fee for the group which is currently £5 until we gauge regular numbers. Hopefully we can bring this down over time.

There is no requirement in regards to traditional swimwear however loose clothing (jeans t-shirts etc) are not allowed in the pool.


Roller Derby: British Champs Tier 1 Triple Header
Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Glasgow Caledonian ARC, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA





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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