Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

About

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It has existed in some form or another since 2004. It is run by a non-hierarchical, anti-capitalist collective on a not-for-profit basis.

We want to rebuild some of the things that have been lost to us in the modern world: a sense of community, an atmosphere of tolerance and respect, a safe and secure environment and a non-commercial space for political, arts, cultural, community and other events. Seomra Spraoi is a space where you don’t feel like you need to buy a cup of over-priced coffee just to sit and relax for a while.

Seomra Spraoi is a gathering space without a profit motive. It is a focal point for social movements, and a resource centre for people who are trying to make the world a better place. Seomra Spraoi hosts campaigning groups and facilitates art and music. It is a centre for debate and the exchange of ideas. In a society where people are increasingly isolated and exploited, it can be a space of creativity and a hub of positive resistance. It is a point of contact for anyone interested in reclaiming the ability to shape our society.

Lots of people have got involved in the project in various ways. The spaces we have rented or borrowed in the city centre since 2005 have been used for numerous and diverse activities: meeting space, drop-in centre, cinema, café, music venue, kindergarten, library, crafts workshop, information and resource centre with wireless internet access, arts centre, bicycle repair workshop…

In our current space, where we have been since 2009, we host a bike workshop gigs, political meetings, language lessons, cafés and lots more. You can read about our regular events here. Our website also has an “Upcoming Events” widget which lists once-off events in addition to our regular events. We also have a Facebook page which you can follow (and also one you can befriend who will invite you to events in Seomra Spraoi).

How is the Centre Run?

The Seomra Spraoi social centre is an autonomous space. This means that decisions are only be made by the people who are involved in the centre – it is independent of any business, church, local authority or political party. The centre is organised on the basis of libertarian principles. Eh? Simply put, this means that everyone involved in organising the space has an equal voice in deciding how it is run. People give their time and energy on a voluntary basis. Decisions are made through discussion and consensus. The centre is a model of participatory democracy.

There is no leadership or executive committee – this initiative is being organised by a collective of different people with different backgrounds and interests, working together in co-operation with a common purpose. We want to reclaim our lives and dignity, which have been degraded by a society based on inequality and corruption. We also want to put a bit of life back into the city.