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Glasgow Events No more deaths in detention – Glasgow demo today

sorry for sending you out this extra update today. Would be good to hear feedback on whether you, our readers, would like these occasional last minute announcements or not.

Emergency Demonstration – no more deaths in detention!
TODAY – mon 16th Jan
initially meet at unity centre (22 Ibrox Street, G51 1AQ) but if you arrive later just come straight to home office 200 Brand St, G51 1DH

The third death in the UK immigration detention estate in just over a month, another death has occurred at Morton Hall detention centre. This time by suicide on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

Detainees currently at Morton Hall report the man as ‘young and quiet, never causing any trouble’. He spent his time watching TV, playing games and at the gym. They say the atmosphere at the centre are ‘very low and people are sick and tired of the place’. Speaking to ex-detainee friends of The Unity Centre the mood is also low, no one is surprised at yet another death but anger levels are high as suicides and deaths within the detention estates continue at what seems to be an increasing rate.

What has been reported to The Unity Centre by detainees held in Morton Hall is that it is believed the man was found around 12noon Wednesday 11th January hanging in his room/cell. We are yet unsure as to how he was found or by whom. At 12noon all detainees were locked in their rooms in Morton Hall which is why this time of death is suspected.

The Home Office have been contacted by The Unity Centre for
confirmation of the event without comment.

The recently deceased was of Polish descent. The circumstances surrounding his suicide are that he was refused bail on the 23rd of December 2016, whereby, the argument was used by the Judge against granting bail because of the absence of a surety, his girlfriend, who was heavily pregnant at the time. She could not travel to the bail hearing because she was so close to her due date and Morton Hall is not an accessible place. Their baby was born on the day of the suicide, it is believed he was aware of the birth before he took his life, and that he had expressed enormous grief at not being allowed to see the birth of his child, the decision to deny him this right taken by the Home Office. His friend had also been removed from Morton Hall and the UK one day prior to this.

We have also been told that the individual had not committed any crime in the UK and that he had sought medical help for his mental health conditions and been told to use the gym facilities. He did this regularly.

One detainee while reflecting on Wednesday’s event says it is the ‘mental conditions’ of the centre that put so much pressure on people in detention to take such drastic actions. He said continuously thinking about things that are out of their hands is torture and that detention centres like Morton Hall are ‘ticking time bombs’. For him he says he is trying to be as strong as he can but how strong can he be?

One Unity Centre Volunteer recalls ‘Detainees are constantly comparing detention centres to prisons, with prisons being given preference. Detainees in Harmondsworth, now Heathrow Removal Centre, Colnbrook, Morton Hall and Yarlswood overwhelmingly report on the poor levels of health care and mental health support. One detainee who has since been removed after two years in Colnbrook said it was like a mental institution with everyone receiving anti-depressents and other medications, he even said there was a trolly that was wheeled around the centre each day handing such medications out. This cannot be the solution to locking people up with no idea on whether they will be released, deported, or continue to sit aimlessly in detention.’

While centres like Morton Hall exist, with indefinite periods of detention in place and among the increasingly hostile environment manufactured towards migrants within the UK preventable deaths will continue.

The Unity Centre will hold an emergency demo outside the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street at 4:30pm on Monday 16th January 2017.

*Meet at The Unity Centre (22 Ibrox Street, G51 1AQ) at 4.30pm to go together to the Home Office round the corner to demonstrate. Bring banners and placards and chants!*

**Please be aware there will most likely be police presence.**


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Jewellery & Capitalism; gender, class and the environment. Thurs 16th Feb

Jewellery and Capitalism talk and discussion, Thursday 16th February 7-9pm at GAS

Jewellery is a universal form of adornment dating back tens of thousands of years. This talk presented by Maddie, a jeweller and anarchist, explores some of the history of jewellery; its socio-economic significance, how it relates to gender, class, the environment and how it has been used and adapted by over the ages. Prepare to learn a whole new side to jewellery; a vast global business based around mythology, sentiment, status, ownership, exploitation and extremely successful marketing.

Magpies picking over deer carcass


Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 11.1.17

Hey everyone,

Remember us? Been a long time! You can expect more consistent updates from now on.

Here we have a pretty exciting list of events with two A-Fed hosted public discussions in the next month and an open, unstructured evening this coming Monday, so come along and meet us all for a chat!

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Disaster Communism and Mutual Aid – Glasgow workshop Mon 23rd Jan 6-9pm

“Besides the law of Mutual Struggle there is in Nature the law of Mutual Aid, which, for the success of the struggle for life, and especially for the progressive evolution of the species, is far more important than the law of mutual contest” – Peter Kropotkin

“Disasters, while producing undeniable misery, also bring to the fore the latent power of reciprocity, which always remains submerged, fractured and inchoate in the capitalist world of exchange. In this way, the kind of improvised, spontaneous mutual aid which characterises disaster communities points to latent potentials for radical social change.” – Out of the Woods

Mutual Aid is a key principle of anarchist theory. The belief, backed by much evolutionary, psychological and sociological research, that humans are naturally cooperative and that this tendency can, and must, be the basis of our social struggle and future society.

Far from a hellish war of all against all, the absence of capitalism and the state often produces the conditions for solidarity and collaboration. Disasters, natural or political, are dreadful and we do not wish them, but even in the worst conditions we should not despair.

We’ll discuss the history of mutual aid as an idea, the relation to disasters and people’s natural response to them, and what we can practically do right now for survival pending revolution.

Free and all welcome.

Monday 23rd Jan.

6-9pm with tea breaks liberally sprinkled throughout.

Glasgow Autonomous Space. Email for address if you don’t know already 🙂


Glasgow Events anti-fracking bus and migrant solidarity good news

There’s places still available on a free/donation bus from Glasgow to the big anti-fracking demo in Manchester on Saturday.

Whilst we’re all still reeling from Trumpocalypse, there has been good news locally – a fabulous local campaign kicked out a proposed new Migrant Detention Centre in Paisley. Well done to all involved and remember – don’t mourn the darkness, light a candle/organise. Do what you can and we will see change when we collectively work and organise ourselves with solidarity and determination and humour and love and light.

Glasgow night shelter for destitute asylum seekers are looking for new volunteers – see open evening listing 1st December below for more details.

Fracking is currently on hold in Scotland, but the moratorium could end next year as there’s to be a government consultation starting January – watch this space for updates on keeping this fossil fuel in the ground – climate change is happening but this is something we can do locally.

Have a good few weeks. Take care of yourselves and don’t lose hope that we can make a difference in the world for the better.

Friday 11th November

Maslow’s Community Shop and the Kinning Park Complex invite you to


A night of funk and fusion to celebrate difference and diversity!

Despite what Theresa May & Donald Trump think, it’s our differences and diversity that make the world the spicy and interesting place it is!

Come and join us for a night of food, cocktails, live music and dancing to show your support for our multi-cultural, multi-ethic, multi-national city.

Danny McLaren aka The Mad Chef from Bloc+ will be making fusion inspired finger food whilst the bar staff at Bloc+ will be making some killer cocktails for you all to try.

Live music will come from Glasgow’s fantastic Chrissy Barnacle whilst The Unity Centre DJs Lemofack, Alieu and Ashanti will be spinning some funky beats to get you all up and moving.

If this wasn’t enough there will also be live Sax and Piano during the night, because a Friday night can NEVER have too much funk!

All the money raised on the evening will be going to support Maslow’s Community Shop which helps provide clothes, shoes and basic
necessities to refugees, asylum seekers and people experiencing hardship.

So, come join us, stick two fingers up to Theresa and Donald and raise some money for a fantastic cause whilst having an amazing time.



11th November at 19:00–23:59

Kinning Park Complex

43 Cornwall Street, G411BA


Saturday 12th November

Anti Fracking demo.

Free/donation bus places available from Glasgow to the UK wide anti-fracking demo in Manchester this Saturday.


We Will Rise: a group of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and allies who campaign to End Immigration Detention in UK.

Public Meeting & Social

12th November 2-6pm

Fred Paton Day Care Centre

19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ


Black Lives Matter Scotland: Organising Event
Saturday 12th November 15:00

Event held by Black Lives Matter Scotland for black people (including mixed race) interested in organising future events in Glasgow.

Please contact for directions to Glasgow Autonomous Space, or just turn up!


Woodlands Community Garden invite you to Kale Fest – a magical Kale-idoscopic afternoon of delights.

It’s green, it’s beautifully nutritious, it’s easy to grow and it’s one of Scotland’s oldest vegetables – but how much do we really know about Kale? Join us for a delicious afternoon indulging in everything kale – celebrate the flavours, history and uses of this easy to grow veg.

2pm: Meet at Woodlands Community Garden, for Kale Harvesting Demonstration and a storytelling walk from the garden to the CCA

3.30pm: Programme starts at CCA with a mix of Kale inspired films, performance, talks and stories

5pm: Guess Speaker and expert in Kale, Christopher Trotter

5.30pm: Sample some Kale delights

Special Guess – Bryan Burnett from BBC radio


Sunday 13th November.

Scottish Assembly of the IWW.

The session from 2.45 to 4.45pm approximately will be Public, with an invite to fellow workers not in the Industrial Workers of the World to discuss organising in workplaces and in industry sectors in an increasingly precarious & casualised work environment.

3.25-4.55 The Capitalist project of a 21C insecure, mobile and “flexible” workforce – includes presentation by Officina Precaria on their advocacy work in Edinburgh amongst mostly Spanish migrants. IWW members with experience of insecure employment in any sector – education, bar & restaurant, etc

Location: Clubroom, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St., G2 3JD. The Clubroom is on the second floor and lift accessible.

20th November

Interfaith Family Fun Day


This year our annual Interfaith Week Family Fun Day will take place on the 20th November (2-4.30pm) in Glasgow’s West End (the large hall at Hillhead Primary School, 110 Otago St, Glasgow G12 8NS). As well as performances, free food, face-painting, and henna, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about different religious traditions from members of those traditions, while engaging in fun activities such as trying your hand at Sikh calligraphy, Hindu Rangoli, decorating pebbles for universal peace, origami and lantern making. A unique occasion not to be missed – all the family welcome!


22nd November

Education Under Occupation in Palestine: Talk & Discussion


Boyd Orr 507 (Lecture Theatre C). Glasgow University

Glasgow University Palestine Society invites you to a discussion on Education under Occupation in Palestine. This is the last in a series of events forming part of Right to Education Week, a grassroots Palestinian movement which seeks to document, research, and raise awareness about the issues facing Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under Israeli military occupation

We are delighted to have two special guest speakers:

Keith Hammond is a retired university lecturer with a long involvement in Palestinian history and politics. He has coordinated European projects in Palestine and been involved in Non-Government
Organisations and different organisations of Palestinian civil society. Mr Hammond has a particular involvement in Palestinian Universities on both the West Bank and in Gaza and supports the work of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine.

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Mai Abu Moghli is a Palestinian human rights activist based in London. Mai is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, University College of London. Her research focus is on human rights education in Palestinian Authority schools in the Occupied West Bank. Mai holds a Masters degree in human rights from the University of Essex and has worked extensively in the field of human rights in the MENA region.

The speakers will be followed by a Q&A and discussion.


We are also holding two film screenings:

Roadmap to Apartheid

Tuesday, 15th November @ 6:30PM

Boyd Orr 412 (Lecture Theatre B)

5 Broken Cameras

Thursday, 17th November @ 6:30PM

Boyd Orr 407 (Lecture Theatre A)


Saturday 26th November

Anti-Racist march

Assemble Glasgow Green from 10.30 to leave at 11am to march through Glasgow City Centre to GFT Rally, from 12 Noon, in Rose Street. Clydeside IWW will have the branch banner & other anti-State revolutionaries are invited to form a “black Bloc” to show our opposition to Racism and Fascism.


Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s Rags to Riches’ 5th edition of This Is Not A Craft Fair is on its way!

It’s been a quick and busy year and the Christmas gift buying frenzy is finally upon us.

But we have it all sorted for you. We have some of the best
established and emerging upcyclers who all create innovative upcyled products to rival any high street mass produced soulless tattery will be under one roof in our beloved swimming pool.

We have unusual objects, funky jewellery, useful homeware and all the weirdest, unique and quirkiest items at affordable prices and more.

All items are made with love and all innovatively handcrafted using post consumer waste.

The best Christmas buying option for people who care for their loved ones, care for the planet and care to support local economy.

Dive in to the eco Christmas buying experience with us, beat the city center madness and chat to some lovely people about their journey and their craft.

And this is likely to be the last one before we shut the doors to our beloved building as we get ready for the most important upcycling project yet !

Saturday 26th November 2016

11am to 6pm

Govanhill Baths

99 Calder Street

All our makers, crafters , upcyclers, designers ( becaue they are defined as all these things to us! ) will be revealed in the next few weeks.


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.



Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Open Evening for Winter volunteers on Thursday 1st December at 8pm at the night shelter.

Email us for more details.

Imagine being in a strange city in a foreign country on a cold winter’s night. You can’t speak the language and you have nowhere to stay. It’s starting to rain and you don’t know anyone who can help you…

What do you do? Where do you go?

Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers began in December 2011. Since then we have been providing somewhere safe and warm to stay overnight for people who because of their immigratin status cannot access normal homeless services.

Located in a church hall in the west end of Glasgow and run almost entirely by volunteers, the night shelter provides a hot meal and somewhere safe to stay for up to 15 men every night, 365 nights a year, including Christmas Day and Hogmanay.

The people we look after are refused asylum seekers who are not eligible for support and homeless non-EU migrants who because of their immigration status cannot access normal homeless services.

This group of people face multiple difficulties; often unable to speak English; without any family or friends who can help them; unable to do paid work; with an insecure immigration status; not knowing their rights and often scared to draw attention to their plight for fear of coming to the attention of the authorities, they are blocked from accessing any support that is funded by public money.

Glasgow Night Shelter are looking for new volunteers to help cover over the holiday period when some of our long-term volunteers leave Glasgow to visit family and friends.
We’re also planning to run a day time drop in on Christmas & Boxing Day when everywhere else will be shut and our guys have nowhere to go. If you’re interested in volunteering or want to help out over the holiday period, the Open Evening will be an excellent time to find out more!
Contact us for more details, thanks!


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Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 29.10.2016

Hi everyone,

Brief update this week.

Special attention to Demo in Paisley against ‘new Dungavel’ on Tuesday 8th of November from 2. GET DOWN THERE!!! Lets get show them there’s to be no more detention in Scotland, NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!

Love to you all,

Glasgow A-Fed Autonomy Updaters

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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 –
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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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