Glasgow Events from 09/03/2016

Hi all,

It’s International Working Woman’s Day, and while the UN might have dropped the content about class struggle that the day originally contained that history hasn’t been lost entirely in Glasgow, as we can see from the events going on. The revolutionary spirit of today lives on with Fail Better this Thursday putting on a night dedicated to one phrase: Fuck the Patriarchy! There is also the regular Other Feminist Reader group discussion on the 16th to check out as well as the Glasgow Woman’s Library walking tours. On top of that we have been getting the update back on track with more events and quite a few entries in the radical outdoors section at the end of this update.


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.


Fail Better: Fuck The Patriarchy
Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is PARITY. We, irrespecitve of genitals, are all daily fucked by the patriarchy in unequal measures. We need to keep questioning, shouting, swearing, cracking down the system and supporting each other. This is a night of words, tunes and laughs to celebrate women’s day and everyone’s right to smash the fucking patriarchy. Mon doon!

a whole new set from the irrefutable MAGI GIBSON

GENESEE bring her earth bending tunes

we’ll have a wee piece from TILLY GIFFORD
(more work here:

[mair to be added]

and we’re insanely lucky to have THE TWISTETTES headline for us

as always, it’s FREE ENTRY (you lucky peeeople) but chuck some coins in the bucket to cover travel n tat for the talent.


Capital Reading Group – Discussion of Chapters 1 & 2
Saturday, March 12 at 1 PM – 3 PM
The Electron Club, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

After the last one was put off, we’re finally going to discuss the rest of Chapter 1 & 2! No David Harvey, just our own questions and ideas from our reading. The discussion will be recorded for those who can’t make it. Feel free to bring nibbles!

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.


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:


Glasgow Housing Co-Op presentations and discussion
Sunday, March 13 at 1 PM
Venue TBC

For now people would like to focus on learning about housing in Glasgow and housing co-ops in general so we will be having a day where people can present areas of interest or knowledge.

Presentations should be max 15 minutes and we don’t neccessarily have a projector so more talking than images, this is low key and informal skill sharing type event so don’t worry about needing to be super confident or polished WE AIN’T!

We will then have an open discussion about things which have been presente!

If people would also like to bring a dish we can have some food and chat afterwards!


Challenging Military Visits to Schools in Scotland
Tuesday, March 15 at 6 PM
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

This public meeting at Glasgow’s Scotland Trade Union Congress (STUC) from 7-9pm on Tuesday 15 March is to raise awareness about a petition to scrutinise Armed Forces visits to schools in Scotland, and to allow a discussion of the concerns behind it.


Owen Everett from ForcesWatch will speak on his research regarding military visits to schools

Army and Navy veterans Geoffrey Martin and Conor McAllister from Veterans for Peace Scotland will speak out about their experiences – both having been recruited at the age of 17.

Nicola Fisher, a local primary school teacher and Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) member.

All welcome. The event will start at 7pm however please come from 6:30pm to enjoy some tea, coffee and biscuits. Please book a free place to guarantee a seat. The venue has disabled access.


Other Feminist Readers #6
Wednesday, March 16 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Transmission, 28 King Street, G1 5QP

For the sixth meeting of Other Feminist Readers we will read Carol Hanisch’s classic feminist treatise ‘The Personal is Political’ alongside Sara Ahmed’s recent discussion of Audre Lorde’s work on selfcare as a political act. These texts offer some historical context for the discussion in the previous session of the politics of care, distinguishing between the individualising narratives surrounding self-help and feminist conceptions of self-care in relation to collective organising.

For readings please go to:


Scottish Peace Network: Anti-Militarist Vigil
Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Donald Dewar statue at the top of Buchanan Street

The Scottish Peace Network, a coalition of peace and anti-militarist organisations, is organising a vigil and gathering with the theme of Stopping the Bombing in Syria and Iraq and opposing militarism.

Anyone who can come even for a short time to stand in solidarity at this event is very welcome. Bring placards and banners if possible.

It is hoped to make this a regular monthly event.


Plan C in Glasgow? Discussion meeting
Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM
Room GH 509, Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, G1 1QE

We are going to be having an open meeting on Wednesday the 16th of March to discuss the possibilities of organising as Plan C in Glasgow. If you are interested in Plan C, or organising with us, or just want to know more about the organisation then come along!

Plan C is a revolutionary organisation that is trying to organise in a way that is neither a network nor a party. We don’t think we are ‘the’ organisation that has the right way of organising but look to work together with other groups in a non-sectarian way. Plan C is currently active in a number of projects including the Transnational Social Strike process, antifascist mobilisations, and organising solidarity with the doctors strikes and the revolution in the Rojava. For the last two years we have organised a festival of for 200 people in Edale in the Peak District, and published the magazine BAMN (

If you want to read more about Plan C, here are a few articles that have been widely discussed in the organisation:

On Social Strikes and Directional Demands:

What the Fuck is Social Reproduction

Meaning of Plan A
Plan B
Plan C


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.


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

When I finally read the Hunger Games trilogy last year, I discovered that suddenly I was having conversations about revolution with people I had never even discussed politics with before. Positive, fun conversations. This talk and discussion will take a light-hearted look at how the dystopian society in The Hunger Games resembles our own, and how it doesn’t, and what is exciting about the revolution in the Hunger Games and what isn’t, from (of course) an anarchist communist perspective. This will be full of spoilers, but won’t contain full plot summaries, so if you haven’t got a clue what happens yet in the Hunger Games, you might like to acquaint yourself with the books or films to participate in discussion. Listeners are of course still welcome.


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:


Tear The Walls Down Tour #2 – Empty Cages Collective – Workshop
Wednesday, 23rd March: 6-8pm
Unit 11, 53 Kilbirnie Street, Glasgow, G5 8JD

EMPTY CAGES Collective are coming to Glasgow!
Check out their work here :

This workshop is open to all, with any level of experience, interest or knowledge. There will be opportunity for discussion and to focus on the struggle for abolition in a specifically Scottish context.

The Tear Down The Walls Tour is a chance to learn about struggles against prisons across England, Wales & Scotland. The two hour workshop explores the role of prison in our lives, how the P.I.C harms individuals and communities and alternatives to it. We introduce examples of state violence, like the IPP sentences, and we focus on prison expansion, as well as the role of prison labour. We explore recent resistance & ongoing struggles and aim to support new groups to emerge that can fight this racist, sexist, brutal system.

The Empty Cages Collective have been working towards building a movement in England, Wales & Scotland that fights the prison industrial complex. Through touring, popular education, events & actions, the collective have tried to connect individuals and groups who share a rage against the prison system and a desire to build a different world. The collective have produced publications, spoke at event after event, launched Community Action on Prison Expansion, took part in the international action camp against the mega prison in Wales, supported the Smash IPP campaign and organised the recent week of action against the P.I.C. Having visited five cities in March 2014, the first TDTW tour built the first friendships and now it is time to take to the road again.


It Wisnae Us? The Truth About Scotland and Slavery
Friday, March 25 at 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

March 25th – The date that British Parliament passed the bill abolishing Slave Trade in the British Empire in 1807

Before the talk food will be available from 630pm -745pm. Provided by The Vegan people’s kitchen Glasgow. £3.50 for a 3 course meal.

Scotland and Slavery talk by the super interesting Dr Iain Whyte author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838. 8pm.

Dr Iain Whyte met Dr Martin Luther King in 1964. Dr King encouraged Dr Whyte to tell the Civil Rights story at home.

It Wisnae Us. The truth about Glasgow and Slavery talk by super engaging Speaker Dr Stephen Mullen. 845pm.

Very brief talk on Anti Slavery International. 920pm

930pm finish.

£4 suggested donation. All money raised is going to Anti Slavery International.


The cost of organising this event is:

1. Venue hire £20
2. Speaker’s travel expenses £25

Any amount raised above this total will be donated to Anti-Slavery International.


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


The Glasgow Girls of Garnethill Women’s Heritage Walk
Saturday, April 2 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP


Within Garnethill’s confined boundaries we spotlight the women who pioneered European art movements, designed banners for suffragette processions, created the first women’s library in Scotland and made Garnethill the most exciting cultural and multicultural hotspot in Glasgow. For more information and booking, please see:


SKILL SHARE!!! Hosted by WestGAP
Saturday, April 2 at 11:30 AM – 4 PM
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE

WestGAP invites you to take part in our Skill Share at The Art School on Saturday 2nd April. Our Skill Share plans to bring groups, activists and researchers together to learn both the strategic and practical ways to fight poverty in our communities. We feel our service would benefit from learning from the skills and the experiences of others fighting poverty and the surrounding issues and we hope that you will to!

WestGAP is a volunteer-led anti-poverty community group based in Cessnock, Glasgow. We provide free, independent welfare advice to anyone who comes through the door. In 2015 the impact of Welfare Reform has also highlighted the links between poverty, housing, poor employment rights, immigration status, physical and mental health, we’ve experienced the effect this has had on our community. We’ve had to learn on our feet, and adapt quickly to the impact this has had on our service.

We want you to join us to share your experiences and your skills. We welcome any groups or campaigns to propose and host a workshop to share with others or you can come along to listen and learn from other groups.

We also want this to be as practical as possible and hopefully at the end of the day we will all have developed practical skills to develop in our communities.

The venue is fully accessible, however there is a big hill outside, if you have mobility problems please let WestGAP know and we can assist.

This event has been funded by The Community Capacity and Resilience fund, therefore we have a small budget to reimburse some travel expenses if this would prohibit you attending. Please let us know before the event.

Please register your attendence via Eventbrite here:




Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen – March Edition
Friday, March 25 at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Come and celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen with us! Get your party hats out, bring along 3.50£ and be served a delicious three course party meal! This time we are serving:

Starter: Courgettes with Pecan-Parmesan and Salad
Main: Superextrafruitilicious Banana-Pineapple Curry with Rice

Please bring along your own beverages, glasses and tap water will be provided.

See you then, you Partypossums!

P.S. Straight after the People’s Kitchen there will be a great talk on, titled "It wisnae us. Slavery and Scotland" by Dr Iain Whyte, author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838. (see above)


The Vegan People’s Kitchen is a non-profit event that is:
*offering a cheap, inclusive, ethical and healthy meal
*About anti-capitalism, shared responsibility and mutual aid
* A chance for the community to get together and socialise

We serve exclusively vegan food because it is
*environmentally more sustainable


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.




Wednesday morning led ride
Wednesday, March 9 at at 11 AM – 1 PM
Free Wheel North at The White House, 1641 Maryhill Road, G20 0DZ

From 7th & 9th March, Free Wheel North is running weekly led rides from the White House in Maryhill on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am.

Join us for two hours easy cycling on the towpaths and walkways around the north and west of the city. We avoid hills and main roads, and we’ll go no faster than blethering pace

We especially welcome newcomers and people looking to build their confidence on a bike. Even if you don’t have a bike of your own and just want to find out if cycling could be your thing, you can borrow one of ours for free.

There’s tea & coffee back at the White House at the end of the ride to recharge you for your onward journey.


Knockout – Technique Session!
Saturday, March 19 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
John Paul Academy, 2 Arrochar Street, G23 5LY

A boxing session for the LGBTI Community and friends. Learn to box, get in shape, meet new people. £5. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

Knockout is the new Boxing Club based in Glasgow, for the LGBT community and friends, providing boxing training sessions.


Critical Mass
Friday, 25th of March at 7 PM
George Square

Meet at the column before a ride about town.



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 Football Club

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

UGFC run beginners sessions for women every Monday night at the Firhill Complex. These sessions are trans inclusive. If you’ve not played since school or have never played at all, why not come along for a kickabout? Only £1 if working and nothing if you’re not earning!

For more info or to find out about our women’s 11-a-side team, get in touch with Jazz Rogers at jazz

Contact the Club for men’s training times.


United Glasgow: Can You Support Us? A Call To Action!

From like-minded football clubs to individuals who agree with our stance on financial inclusion and anti-discrimination, United Glasgow has many supporters from across the world. We’re calling on you, your friends, families and local businesses to support our cause and help us to continue to provide access to football for Glasgow’s young people. As you will be aware, we operate under a system of paying only if you are able to, which is why we’re appealing for supporters to set up a monthly subscription (£10 suggested donation) to cover the costs of hiring training facilities.

"We spend nearly £800 per month on training venues alone; your monthly support can ensure we can keep providing access and opportunities for all." – Alan, Chairperson

In 2014/15, the significant of our total costs were spent on renting venues to provide access to sports (and we have grown since then!) and we could really use your help to continue to provide this.

If you would like to set up a subscription or one off payment, you can rest assured that your contributions are directly helping provide young people from all walks of Glasgow life the chance to train and play together.

Also: Do you have any spare football boots that you could donate to those who have none but desperately want to play football? We’re always accepting donations of astro-trainers and moulded boots (no metal studs!) for our men’s teams. Please get in touch if you can help out.


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