Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 19.10.2016

Hi everyone,

Some events here featured in last update but have a look through for the new ones!!


Your Autonomy Update producing friends

Benjamin Franks – Anarchist Engagement in State Elections
Wednesday 19th Oct 19:00
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

The formal rejection of, and refusal to participate in, state elections has been regarded as a core feature distinguishing anarchism from other socialist groupings. Looking at contemporary and classical anarchist positions this talk and discussion draws out many of the core criticisms of parliamentary representationalism that have come to define anarchism’s general rejection of electoral politics, showing how electoral politics recreates class hierarchies and inadequately identifies the locations of – and responses to – oppressive power. However, there have been a number of occasions in the UK, Ireland and Australia where anarchists have participated in constitutional politics: from standing as candidates in elections, from participating in referendums.

This event explores the differences in and between various electoral strategies adopted by anarchists and assesses the ways in which constitutionally-entwined anarchists use electoralism to parody and undermine state democratic legitimacy.

This event is part of RIB Project: not by the book


Document 2016
Thursday 20 October – Sunday 23 October
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Document returns for its 14th year, bringing to Glasgow the best in award-winning documentaries which will challenge everyone to consider how they see the world, and the people in it.

We open with Kings of Nowhere (Los Reyes Del Pueblo Que No Existe), and close with Plaza de la Soledad. In between we screen features, shorts, teach you how to make your own doc, and welcome visiting directors, performers, inviting you to join us for the discussion.

Book via the CCA, where the large majority of our events will take place: 0141 352 4900

Screenings £4 (£3) + £1 booking fee; Day pass available.
Document is FREE to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and those on income support.

Visit our website for more information:

We are delighted to be collaborating with the following organisations, and thank Creative Scotland, BFI, Alliance Française Glasgow and CCA Glasgow for their support.


Free Pride Open Meeting/ Potluck Dinner!
Friday 21st October 17:00-20:00
GAS (contact organiser for directions

Want to get involved with the planning of Free Pride? Got ideas for where we can go next? Want to help shape the future of Free Pride? Now is your chance!

We’re holding an open meeting/potluck dinner to plan some of our future events and discuss the way forward for Free Pride after another great year. The meeting will run from 6-8pm, but we’ll be hanging out and eating food from 5, so feel free to turn up anytime!

We’ll be providing food so don’t worry if you can’t bring anything, but also if you can, that’s great! We’ll have all allergens labelled and vegan options available.

Everyone is welcome, don’t worry if you haven’t been involved in Free Pride before- we’re always looking for new faces to get involved and help out. If there’s anything you’d like us to discuss at the meeting, message us or post in the event!

GAS is a wheelchair accessible space, with gender neutral accessible toilets. GAS is located just around the corner from West Street Subway, we will have volunteers waiting there before the event to show you where to go & we will also post details of a mobile number you can call or text if you need someone to come and meet you. Please get in touch if there is anything that would make it easier for you to attend this event & we will see what we can do!


Concrete Garden Soup Off 2016
Friday 21st October 19:00-21:00
St Matthews Centre, 200 Balmore Rd, G22 6

The Soup Off is back for 2016 with another night of celebration, soup, and friendly competition!

Entries welcome from local soup enthusiasts! Soups must be made entirely by you as an indivdual or group, and should be made using mostly local and seasonal ingredients.

For more information, or if you’d like to enter a pot of soup, get in touch with us at or 0141 237 9144.


White Poppy Appeal Scotland Conference
Friday 21st October 19:00-21:00
Grange Academy, Kilmarnock KA1 2EN

An event challenging eeryday militarsm and promoting a peaceful alterantive at remembereance time, carrying a radical message that stands against the war machine.

We are hoping after last years great successful White Poppy appeal in Ayrshire this year will be even better. Our aim to to challenge militarism and promote an end to all wars. We also aim to promote the remembrance of conscientious objectors.

We will have speakers from many different peace groups as well and a broad international spectrum of the peace movement across the world.

This is an open meeting for all those who want to help with the camapign in any way possible. All welcome.


Fri 21 – Sun 23 October
Tramway & The Art School, Glasgow

Check out full programme at

The Workshop, Social and Episode 8 are friendly spaces where Arika’s local friends (from Unity, WestGAP, SWOU and We Will Rise) can come together and meet with international friends and allies who have been involved in important Prison Abolition, LGBT, Queer and Sex Worker struggles, and the artforms that have come out of them.

There will be Bus Pass Money Available to those who couldn’t attend otherwise. If you’d like to come but something makes that difficult for you, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Arika and we will try to help – or 0131 556 0878.


Thursday 20 October
Kinning Park Complex

Chatting, Food & Music & Dancing

A chance to chat with all the great guests at the Episode, food by Soul Food Sisters, and then party with Unity DJ’s Alieu and Christelle

Discussion & Food 6:00 – 7:00pm

Social 7:00 – 11:00pm

A friendly social space! Dinner for all! Dancing and Music! Bring the Kids!

Child Care available for whole event except during dinner.

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October
Tramway and The Art School

Is there a link between how we’re divided into populations that can be caged and exiled by the prison-industrial complex, and the ways people’s bodies are violently categorised and segregated by race, class, gender or ability?

Episode 8 celebrates all the unruly ways we refuse to be defined by such violence, escape attempts to constrain us, tear down the walls of normative culture and build joy in flight.

3 days of performances, discussions, screenings, workshop and a club with gender non-conforming rebels, students of blackness, lawyers, archivists, anarca-feminist street artists and witches, party hosts, filmmakers, prison abolitionists, poets, DJ’s, ex-prisoners and multi-media artists including:

Joshua Allen | boychild | Kai Lumumba Barrow | English Collective of Prostitutes | Elysia Crampton | Glasgow Open Dance School | Che Gossett | Reina Gossett | Juliana Huxtable | CeCe McDonald | Miss Major | Mujeres Creando | Sondra Perry | Scot-Pep | Dean Spade | Eric A Stanley | Umbrella Lane | We Will Rise

25 Albert Drive
Glasgow, G41 2PE

The Art School
20 Scott Street
Glasgow, G3 6PE

Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall St,
Glasgow, G41 1BA

All events are free for friends in the asylum system / in the struggle for papers. If you want to come to the Club in the Art School, just mention this at the Box Office. All other events don’t require you to mention this anywhere.



Check out our Introduction and Overview video in BSL to get a taster of what to expect – The following events will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted by Jo Ross and others.

Fri 21 – Life in Flight from Every Prison, Sat 22 – Miss Major and CeCe McDonald in Coversation, Sun 23 – Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Work-Station, Sun 23 – Juliana Huxtable

If you would like to attend other events, and require BSL interpretation we will try to make that happen. Please contact us, with as much notice as possible, and we will do our best – to arrange.



The following events will have Stage to Text Subtitling, provided by Stage Text.

Fri 21 – Life in Flight from Every Prison, Sat 22 – Captive Genders – Criminalisation, Sat 22 – Miss Major and CeCe McDonald in Coversation, Sun 23 – Against Inclusion

This involves the verbatim transcription of dialogue into text form as it is spoken live. Text is displayed as captions on a screen within the space.


Rags to Riches – ‘Upcycle Your Skill’
Saturday 22 October – 12:00-15:00
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

Please join us to celebrate the work of Rags to Riches ‘Upcycle Your Skill’ project.
The event has been organised to showcase the work of the participants along with Rags to Riches’s work and that of the participants who are producing their own upcycled products as a result of this project.

Join us and take part in small upcycling workshops, talks from Esty Local Glasgow team leaders and presentations.
And get ahead of the game, beat the X-Mas gift buying rush and be super organised by coming along to purchase some of the new stock from the fabulous Rags to Riches upcycled products range and some new emerging makers!

‘Upcycle Your Skills’ was kindly supported by the Bank Of Scotland Foundation


Mental Chatter
Saturday 22 October – 14:00-17:00
GAS (contact organiser for directions

This is a peer support group for women, trans and non binary folk who have experience of mental illness / distress. Come along, drink tea, eat biscuits and talk in a secure space.

Free, but donations are welcome towards childcare for people who need it / GAS’s running costs.


Kiki – Screening
Saturday 22 October – 17:45–19:45
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Kiki | Dir. Sara Jordenö | USA | 2016 | 1hr 34mins

Co-written with one of the main subjects Twiggy Pucci Garçon who will be present for Q&A.

We are pleased to be partnering with Document Film Festival ♥ & this screening is part of their programme.


Follows young members of the predominantly black contemporary ballroom scene in NYC. Dancing! On the pier, the subway, community halls and culminating in the large scale ball nights where different houses come together to compete and celebrate. Against formidable odds queer youth create their own communities and family and organise to have each other’s backs.

Often whilst still teenagers themselves young people become house mothers and fathers, guiding all their group members not only to excel on the dance floor but to gain self love and become conscious community members. In a significant break from the approach of Paris is Burning this film, whilst still directed by a white director, gives greater scope for understanding by centering the political insights of the films subjects.

This film is fully subtitled and the CCA is a fully wheelchair accessible venue.

Because this event is part of Document Film Festival the tickets follows their pricing system:

£5/4 and FREE for anyone in receipt of any kind of benefits (no proof required) – there will also be bargain weekend passes available.

The following information will soon be available from Document Film Festival:
* Ticketing links
* Whether BSL will be available


Investigating the Impossible: 30 Years of Paranormal Research
24 October at 19:00–22:00
The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Join Professor Caroline Watt for a whistlestop tour of the highs and lows of three decades of research into paranormal claims. From the Indian Rope Trick, to precognitive dreams, to controlled laboratory research testing the ESP hypothesis, discover the challenges and unexpected scientific rewards of investigating the impossible.

Caroline Watt holds the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology, and is a founder member (in 1986) of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Watt is passionate about helping the public to think critically about paranormal claims, and in 2015 presented a workshop on the topic at science festivals around the UK, culminating with a week of full-houses at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. She is a former President of the Parapsychological Association, has published numerous journal articles about her research, and her latest book is Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide. She runs a parapsychological study registry, the KPU website, Twitter @KPUNews, as well as a popular online course. Find out more at the KPU website:
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
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.


Govanhill Theatre presents Taste The Blood
26-29 October 19:30 (each evening)
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

An evening of short horror plays for Halloween week. In homage to the portmanteau style horror films of Amicus and Hammer, we cordially invite the audience to taste morsels from the cadaver of an intended much larger feast of the macabre. A starter of horror, a main of fear, and sweet terror await by way of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ ; Mr. Peter Lamb with his something ‘Monstrous’ and a deliciously fiendish delicacy from Ms. Karen Barclay. Over 14’s. Swearing and violent imagery.

£6 – £10


Cultivate Event – What to do in Winter
28 October at 12:00–15:00
The Concrete Gardens, 200 Balmore Road, G22 6LJ

As part of the Cultivate programme the Concrete Garden are putting on a series of training and networking sessions targeted at community groups who have a small growing space.

This session will cover what can you still plant at this time, how to protect your crops and some indoor activities for when it is too cold and dark.

We will also look at risk assessment of different garden activities.

Lunch will be served at 12pm followed by a practical session with Abi in the garden and finishing up with a hot drink and chat

To book your place email


Free Pride Queer Horror Cabaret
28 October at 19:00–22:00
The Spoon Cafe, 46 Trongate, G1 5

There’s something Queer in the air this halloween and that can only mean one thing – it’s the Free Pride Queer Horror Cabaret! Join us in celebrating the gayest holiday of the year, with an unforgettable evening of blood, magic, glitter and ghouls.

With performances from:

Grey Glitterpunk
AB Silvera
Elaine Gallagher
Caitlin Buchanan
Gayle Smith
Liz Seddon
James Kirkpatrick
More TBC!

Hosted by Freya!

And that’s not all! There’s an open stage throughout the night, so if you’d like to perform, then drop a message to the Free Pride page, or simply turn up on the night.

Free Tarot and Spells from our resident witch Izzie
Prizes for the best costume
Zines from Artificial Womb

**** FREE ENTRY ****

Meet us at the Spoon Cafe on Friday the 28th of October, 6.30PM, if you dare…

Please note: This event is open to all ages, and is an alcohol free event.


The Spoon Cafe is a wheelchair accessible venue, with a level entrance and a lift to wheelchair accessible toilets. There are some small stairs to the stage area. Gender neutral toilets will be available. If you have any access needs or anything that may prevent you coming along and enjoying our event, please get in touch & we’ll see what we can do.


Africa in Motion Film Festival: Time
28th October to 6th November
Various locations across Glasgow and Edinburgh –
see for Glasgow events

Welcome to the 11th edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival! We are back and ready to present a packed programme of screenings, discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, pop-up screenings, workshops, exhibitions, live performances and more, across Edinburgh and Glasgow. Artistically innovative and thought-provoking, the programme takes on bold narratives through a range of features, documentaries and shorts.

This year we have taken a unique collaborative approach to curating the festival, with a number of different groups and organisations taking part in choosing what they want to see on screen. Residents from East Lothian and Paisley have programmed two pop-up film festivals taking place within their home regions. We have engaged young programmers to curate a package of events inspired by taking part in our ‘Reviving Scotland’s Black History’ summer school. Postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow made up the selection committee for the Short Film and Documentary Competitions.

This year our festival theme is ‘Time’, through which we explore the past, present and future of Africa, looking at different eras of African history including slavery, colonisation, globalisation and future concepts of Africa. We will also look at cultural notions of time including a focus on Swahili time, the Amharic calendar, and the place of tradition in a modern world. By looking at different political, cultural and social epochs we aim to show how Africa has never been a place bound in past tradition separated from the rest of the world, but has always been influenced by and connected to global movements.

Our festival theme of ‘Time’ is illustrated through our cover design and trailer created by South African artist, Diek Grobler, who in his own words, drew inspiration from ‘The way in which rock artists have been telling stories with pictures in the flickering light of fires on cave walls for centuries. Cinema in Africa is ancient!’


Gendered Violence in Activist Communities Workshop
Saturday 5th November 10:00-17:30
GAS (contact organiser for directions

Identifying, challenging and preventing gendered violence in your activist group, organisation and community

Free 1-day workshop facilitated by the salvage collective at Glasgow Autonomous Space.

The salvage collective brings together women, transgender and non-binary survivors and activists who experience gender oppression, violence and abuse in activist communities. We aim to provide a network to share experiences, resources, skills and build communities of belief, support and action.

We recently launched a report-zine and toolkit to help develop knowledge and understanding about gendered violence in activist communities (see

We are very happy to facilitate a series of free one-day workshops funded by the Feminist Review Trust across the UK:

The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 5:30pm at the latest. Food and refreshments will be provided. Activists of all genders are welcome.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU HAVE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP. Places are on a first come first served basis however if the workshops are over-subscribed priority will be given to activists with disciplinary, complaints, safer spaces, accountability and policy responsibilities.

For more information and to register for a place.


CHARITEA – With Haifa Zangana
30 November at 18:30
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

We’ve all seen the news reels and sensational headlines, and we’ve all heard first hand accounts from friends and family still caught up in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
What we don’t hear enough about is all the positive humanitarian work that is currently ongoing inside the country to help rebuild valuable infrastructures which help the people that are most in need.

Join us to raise awareness and much needed funds to help this work to continue! £15 a ticket and in return you will be served delicious Iraqi food, live Iraqi Oud and poetry as well as helping Iraqi Refugees

With us to give a talk on the evening will be Haifa Zangana who is a novelist, political commentator and currently has a weekly column in Al-Quds newspaper as well as being a regular contributor for The Guardian, Red Pepper, and Al-Ahram.

This is a ticketed event limted to 120 seats. Please reserve your seating through one of the following hosts by texting IRAQ2016 with the number of seats to be reserved. £15 per ticket free for kids under 8

Supported by Scottish Action for Refugees (SAFR)
All funds go to International Action for Iraqi Refugees

Vivian – 07540706747
Fayrouz – 07828310433
Wesun – 07545035341

Doors open 6.30pm.




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