Glasgow Events from 19/05/2016

Hi folks,

Another jam-packed update, with both an open night for the Glasgow Night Shelter where folks can learn how to get involved and a fundraiser to help expand the project. Along with that there is a load of other events on the go!

Enjoy 🙂


Show your support for the Glasgow Primary School Janitors
Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 PM
Buchanan Gallery Steps

Come along and show your support for the Glasgow Primary School Janitors, on strike for fair & equal pay. Glasgow city council are refusing to negotiate. bring union members, banners friends and family.


Speed Sisters – Summer Season
Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Speed Sisters | Dir. Amber Fares | 78 mins | Palestine | 2015

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Fundraiser for Refuweegee –
Entry FREE/Donations for Refuweegee

+ Introduction by Refuweegee about their work
+ Film followed by letter writing session (optional 😉

Film with subtitles for deaf/hard of hearing audience members and introduction with BSL interpretation.

Trailer –


Open evening at Glasgow Night Shelter
Thursday, May 19 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Contact details below

Interested in volunteering at the night shelter? Then come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 19th May at 8pm to find out more about the shelter and what it is like to volunteer there. This is an excellent opportunity to see what the shelter does and how our amazing team of volunteers do it, bring your friends!

Email glasgownightshelter[at] to get more details or text 07929852264


Rae Spoon
Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Suggestion donation £6 waged/£4 unwaged
All ages welcome, BYOB for those 18+ only
Accessible venue and gender neutral toilets will be available

A rare chance to see the exceptional Canadian musician, performer and writer Rae Spoon ( as part of their tour of UK and Europe! Their latest solo album Armour follows their critically acclaimed film and album My Prairie Home as well as their book Gender Failure, co-authored with Ivan E Coyote, which explores their experiences of failing to fit into society’s traditional binary understanding of gender. Support from Laurence Made Me Cry ( – singer/songwriter and artist Jo Whitby, Leeds-based queer punk act Jesus and his Judgemental Father ( and Glasgow-based singer/songwriter and storyteller Chrissy Barnacle (


Cycle In Movie – Bikes vs Cars
Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Pollokshields Playhouse, Albert Drive, G41 2PE

Join us for a our open-air, cycle-in screening of Bikes vs Cars – an intelligent, intimate and well crafted look at how we can make or cities more bike and people friendly.

Alongside the main screening we’ll be showing some carefully selected ‘cycle-in shorts’ in our shipping container cinema, Soul Riders will be on hand to help you with any bike related questions and Jaldikatessan will provide much needed sustenance.

This is a free event (suggested donation £2)


Belter for a Shelter!
Tuesday, May 24 at 10 PM
Broadcast, 427 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3LG

Glaswegians unite to bring you a night to swing and boogie to your heart’s desire in order to raise funding for our city’s Refugee Night Shelter!

The current Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers has been providing a vital service in Glasgow for the last five years: giving a home for up to fifteen men a night who have been denied access to public charity facilities due to their refugee status.

The team over at the night shelter are currently in the process of raising funds for the opening of a new mixed-gendered shelter in order to house more people affected by asylum. This shelter will be licensed to house both men and women which is crucial in their efforts to keep families together.

So, please, join us in a drink and a dance for humanity as we have some cracking acts lined up for you…

Harry & The Hendersons (Band)
A sweet and unusual blend of Americana, psychedelic-rock and folk meets striking vocal harmonies to create an irresistible sound.

The Ediots
Their main purpose being for you to groove all night long, The Ediots team up as a four man band that oozes old school charm whilst shaking up modern music with unadulterated madness.

Bluesy folk that will make your mind wonder…

To top it all off we have our good and talented friends, Kubwa (Strawberry Jam Sound System), Clippa (Too Much Hype) and Adler (Partial) to whisk the night away, playing a mixture of music from disco to funk, and beyond…

>Super groovy visuals from Sean Zelle!<


All proceeds from the evening will be donated towards the opening of the new shelter.


Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)


Every Tuesday we meet to exchange Arabic and English language in a conversation class. It is a space for all levels to come and we all learn what we like in the way that we want – some focus on writing and grammar, others prefer to swap slang.

We aim to improve our language skills and get to know each other in a supportive environment – the class is a welcoming place, where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The group is volunteer run and functions collectively – we make decisions all together.

The class is free but we welcome donations. Any money goes directly to funding others’ travel, who could not otherwise afford to attend the class. If you can’t come to the class but want to support us anyway, you can donate here:

Bringing snacks to share is encouraged 🙂

The Unity Centre offers practical support and unconditional solidarity to asylum seekers and all migrants – The class has gotten so big we have outgrown Unity’s office, hence the move to KPC.

[We are particularly in search of English speakers to join us, as there are many more Arabic speakers than English speakers. You certainly don't have to be a native speaker, anyone from anywhere is welcome!]

Please email unitylanguageexchange if you’d like to come down and feel free to extend this invitation.
Hope to see you there!

* KPC will host us for the next weeks, but do email unitylanguageexchange to confirm venue as it might change later in the year.


What do sex workers want? Film night
Friday, June 3 at 7 PM
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

For International Sex Workers’ Day, Sex Worker Open University is inviting to a projection of three short movies exploring the diverse realities of sex workers around the world, followed by a Q&A wth sex workers and allies from SCOT-PEP and Umbrella Lane, two organsiations working with sex workers in Scotland

The programme includes:

Soy negra, soy marica, soy puta (i’m black, i’ m queer, i’m a whore) by Hugo Meijer and Cas van der Pas – a short documentary that follows Diana Navarro, a sex worker and lawyer who is fighting for the rights of trans people and sex workers in Colombia.

Becky’s Journey by Sine Plambech tells the story of Becky, a 26 year old Nigerian woman who has made two attempts to go to Europe to sell sex in the hopes of changing her life.

What do sex workers want? Sex worker and activist Toni Mac take the stage in East London to spell out the demand of the sex workers’ rights movement.

Ages: 14+ accompanied by an adult

Ticket: £7; £3 concession


Rowan Refuge Summer Open Days 2016
Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5 at 12 PM – 6 PM
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you!

Also available:

– mini bookstall –
– info point –
– seed swap –
– refreshments –


Magical Radical Collective (formerly Radical Childcare Collective) June Meet up!
Sunday, June 12 at 12 PM – 4 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Next meet up will be same time and place KPC 12-4pm
Weather dependent we will either be in the upstairs hall or out in the garden!

This months skilshare theme is KNITTING! so bring along any spare wool, knitting kneedles you have knocking about.

It will be super casual so feel free to join in or not depending how you are feeling on the day.

As usual bring snacks to share if you fancy and any other bits and bobs that are fun! (we usually have a good supply of crafting paper etc, balls, face paints, and a mini resorce library on all things parenting/hanging out with kids)


United Glasgow FC 5th Anniversary Fundraiser
Saturday, June 25 at 7 PM – 3 AM
O2 ABC, 300 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G2 3JA

United Glasgow Football Club will celebrate it’s 5th anniversary on 25th June 2016 and we’d love you to be part of it!

There will be music from:

The Wakes (Glasgow/Folk and Roll)

Bombskare (Edinburgh/Ska)

Esperanza (Glasgow/Ska/Punk/Reggae)

There will also be a range of 5th Anniversary UGFC merchandise available over this weekend and merchandise from FC Lampedusa Hamburg and RFC Lions Ska Football Club, among others!

Tickets are only £6 in advance from the O2 ABC Box Office, or from United Glasgow FC players. If you want to support but can’t come, you can buy a ticket and we’ll donate it to someone who can’t afford to come otherwise.

Whether you’ve played for us, came and watched us, support us from a distance or just like the idea, why not come along and say hi – it’s our birthday after all!


United Glasgow FC Men’s Player of the Year Night
Sunday, June 26 at 7 PM – 12 AM
The Rum Shack Glasgow, 657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AB

It’s at the end of a VERY long season for United Glasgow FC’s men’s teams and we think it’s time to celebrate those who’ve made this a great year.

With more award winners than ever, this should be a great night with food, drinks, raffles and music at the Rum Shack in Glasgow’s south side.

Awards will be presented for:

Player of the Year (Saturday Team)
Player of the Year (Sunday Team)
Player of the Year (Development Team)
Players Player of the Year (Saturday Team)
Players Player of the Year (Sunday Team)
Players Player of the Year (Development Team)
Top goalscorer
Most Improved Player (Development Team)
Volunteer of the Year

And more.

Come along and celebrate the 2015/16 season of United Glasgow FC’s men’s teams!




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.


Kinning Park Complex: Social Sundays
Every Sunday 11am – 4pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Join us every Sunday for good food, clothes swapping and up-cycling activities for all the family!

Upcycling: Learn how to turn junk into practical household and garden items!

Café: The Real Junk Food Project will be joining us every week! Using ‘intercepted’ food waste. Served on a Pay-What-You-Want basis!

Swap ‘Shop’: Bring unwanted clothes/accessories/textiles and toys still in good condition and swap them for others!

contact: christy
for more info call us: 0141 419 0329

Our doors are always open so pop in for a chat if you are passing and we will have a cup of tea in the garden!




Glasgow’s Maiden Grrders vs Blackpool Roller Derby
Saturday, May 21 at 12 PM – 3 PM
The Arc Sports Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA

Back on track after their last winning home game, on the 21st May, Glasgow’s reserves, the Maiden Grrders will do battle with Blackpool Roller Derby’s A-Team. Blackpool hosted an excellent Sur5al tournament last year and some of our Maidens went down, but this will be the full length real deal.

We are really excited to welcome them to Glasgow and to cheer our Maidens on.

Come on down to the ARC and cheer with us, and enjoy snacks, games and fun while you’re there. Remember tickets are cheaper online in advance at £6.


GRD Presents: Stefanie Mainey Bootcamp
Sunday, May 22 at 1 PM – 5:45 PM
The Arc Sports Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA

Glasgow Roller Derby is excited to announce our Spring 2016 Intermediate bootcamp: featuring the one and only Stefanie Mainey!

Stef is coming up from London, where she skates for London Rollergirls’ A Team, London Brawling, currently ranked #3 in the world! So grab this opportunity for her coaching at intermediate level in Scotland while you can.

Stef is a full time roller derby coach, and a legendary skater with a wealth of international experience and success. She will be delivering a bootcamp with both off-skates fitness and strength, and on skates training. This a unique opportunity to hone your skills and learn from one of the biggest names in roller derby.

Intermediate = full WFTDA minimum skills passed. Already playing games, or cleared to.

On-Skates tickets are £50, anyone who will be coming along solely to take notes should buy an off-skates ticket for £25.


Critical Mass
Friday, May 27 at 7 PM
George Square

Meet at the column before a ride about town.



Knockout – LEAP Festival Fortnight Taster Session
Saturday, June 4 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Glasgow Club Gym John Paul, 2 Arrochar Street, G23 5LY

A Taster session for the LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight. Want to try boxing but feel a bit uneasy? Let us take you through a workout in which you learn some boxing basics, and train like a fighter! For more information, get in touch. Members of the trans community welcome.


United Glasgow FC 5th Anniversary Friendly Match
Saturday, June 25 at 1 PM – 5 PM
James Mcgrory Park – St Roch’s FC, Provanmill, East Dunbartonshire

United Glasgow Football Club will celebrate it’s 5th anniversary on 25th June 2016 and we’d love you to be part of it!

Like last year, we’ll have a match between current UGFC players, ex-players (and long serving club players/volunteers) and friends of UGFC.

The match is being hosted for the second year in a row by our friends at St Roch’s FC who’ll have a licence to run a bar at the event on the day with beers on the go at £2 a can and other drinks available.

There will also be a range of 5th Anniversary UGFC merchandise available over this weekend and merchandise from FC Lampedusa Hamburg and RFC Lions Ska Football Club, among others!

Whether you’ve played for us, came and watched us, support us from a distance or just like the idea, why not come along and say hi – it’s our birthday after all!


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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