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An Anarchist’s Story Film screening 7.30pm

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 6th March / 7:30pm–11:30pm

Screening 8:30pm sharp / Event ends 12am
Entry by suggested donation €3

An Anarchist’s Story

During ten months in 1936 and 1937 some 3 million men, women and children were involved in one of the most radical revolutions in world history.

In the countryside surrounding Barcelona peasants formed communes on land confiscated from old ruling elite. Workers took over the factories. Police were replaced with civilian self-defence forces.

In Catalonia three-quarters of the economy was under anarchists self managed and democratic control. Hotels, shops, barber shops and restaurants were collectivised and managed by their workers, often making them more efficient. In some communes money was entirely eliminated and replaced with vouchers and bartering schemes.

It was this setting that saw Ethel MacDonald play her part in the greatest ideological struggle of modern times

This drama-documentary tells the story of Ethel MacDonald. A forgotten legend, her story ranks alongside the courage of ‘La Pasionaria’ and the legendary ‘Odette’. Whilst both these women sustained world-wide recognition, our Scots heroine dwindled into obscurity and remains forgotten to this day.

Ethel MacDonald was born in Bellshill, West of Scotland, in 1910 the free-spirited daughter of a large working class family – but from such humble beginnings often come extraordinary stories.

At the time of our story Ethel is 27 years old. She is determined – almost to the point of obsession. She is confident of her values and her abilities and is completely fearless. As an Anarchist she is politically aware and has a burning desire for social justice.

Ethel was dark-haired, small of stature, and mesmerising company. She was a classic Scottish auto-didact – everything she has learned has taken will-power, study and patience.

She is a mercurial character – fast-talking, quick-witted, a workaholic. But she is also a constant friend. In ‘An Anarchist’s Story’ – through her own words and via our reconstructions – one characteristic more than any other shines through: her deep, undying passion.

Ethel’s own intimate recollections are presented through a definitive mix of documentary and drama, re-visiting the Killing Fields that were the Spanish Civil War. Supporting commentary spoken by David Hayman paired with expert interviews, including Noam Chomsky, provides background knowledge of 1930’s European Politics and a further insight into the young Scot’s motives, actions and social situation.

The film links her own personal drama to specific archive footage of Barcelona in disarray — an image Ethel MacDonald came to know so well.

Hosted by the Workers Solidarity Movement,

Those travelling from afar for the bookfair, and are looking for accomodation, WSM will try to arrange this on the night as well. Please be aware that accomodation can not be guaranteed. If you can offer a bed or floor space for those travelling to the book fair, please offer on the night at the WSM stall.

Queer Ball, hosted by Queer Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 28th March / 7:30pm–1am

Beloved Queers, Femmes, Butches, In-betweeners and all-rounders,

You are cordially invited to Queer Spraoi’s Queer Ball. This shall be a night of the most delightful, decadently majestic entertainment for all and sundry! Our featured swing band shall provide an appropriate backing to the proceedings, as guests enter the venue in their Best, Worst and Bizarrest. Upon arrival, photographers will be on hand to take pictures of the best femme kings and butch queens of Dublin Town; a make-up/dress- up station shall attend to those in need or want of a touch up. (While it is encouraged, guests are however not obliged to dress-up should this make them uncomfortable!)

Guests are invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages, snacks and baked goods to share in what is likely to be an unforgettable night of high-minded DIY scandal and debauchery.

The Ball shall be held on MARCH 28th, 7PM to 1AM. Doors close at 11PM. The venue is SEOMRA SPRAOI, 10 BELVIDERE COURT, OFF MOUNTJOY SQUARE.

We hope to see you there, unless you see us first.

love and filthy crusty pixie dust,

Queer Spraoi

(Advice to guests: Seomra Spraoi is a vegetarian/vegan space. Please respect this in your choice of snacks to bring along)

Films Politically / 8pm / Jean-Luc Godard’s LA CHINOISE (1967)

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 3rd March / 7:30pm–10pm

This Tuesday at Seomra Spraoi, the Experimental Film Club’s “Films Politically” screening series continues with Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘La Chinoise’.

‘La Chinoise’ was made on the cusp both of the uprisings of May ’68, and of Godard’s conversion to a staunchly dogmatic Marxist perspective (and categorically uncommercial cinematic approach) that would alienate many of his viewers in the coming years. As such, this tale of a group of Maoist students holed up in a Parisian apartment, debating, performing and excommunicating each other, seems to straddle two worlds. Although didactic techniques are part of Godard’s artillery here, so is the playfulness and irony of his earlier work, and the result is a film that is both acutely sceptical of and earnestly affectionate for the revolutionary aspirations of the young.

For more information on the series, please visit or contact

The Experimental Film Club

The Experimental Film Club is dedicated to creating forums for the exploration of diverse and often neglected film works. It is perceived that there are a large number of people interested and engaged in aspects of experimental filmmaking in Dublin but no meeting point to build on this shared interest and knowledge. The club has been organising monthly screenings in the Ha’penny Bridge Inn since March 2008.

Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It is run by a non-hierarchical collective on a not-for-profit basis. It hosts workshops, gigs, political meetings, film screenings, a vegan cafe and lots more. The centre seeks to be a hub of positive resistance, in a city and society where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.

Seomra Spraoi Cinema — La Zona

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 4th March / 5pm–7:30pm

La Zona is a contemporary satirical thriller by director Rodrigo Plá, contrasting the poverty of modern Mexico with heavily fortified, gated communities for the wealthy overclass and their families.

The title refers to a fictionalised posh district in Mexico City, an arcadia of beautiful homes, resplendent lawns and kids in smart school uniforms, fenced off from the slums with razor wire, surrounded by security guards and CCTV, and boasting legal exemptions from conventional police access, signed off by judges who have links with the rich lawyers who live inside.

The community is horrified when a wealthy woman is brutally beaten, robbed and murdered by a trio of criminals who have somehow breached the perimeter: two of them are shot dead by guards and armed citizens, but the third, a boy, is still at large somewhere in their creepy Westworld. What embarrasses the citizenry of La Zona is that one of the thugs was from their security force. It looks like an inside job. So they decide to settle their own business their own way, and have in any case nothing but contempt for a feckless police force drawn from the same class as the wrongdoers.

When a suspicious cop finally gains access to ask questions about gunshots heard from over the fence, he is stonewalled; the burghers cover up the fact that there was ever a murder at all, they get rid of the bodies and initiate a huge manhunt to find the boy – and kill him.

It is a shrewd study in group pathology, and has the arresting feel of a movie set five minutes into the future: it is not entirely clear that this is a fantasy, a what-if setup, or whether it is being proposed as simply a dramatic variation on something that everyone knows is the case. In the vast lawless sprawls imagined by this movie, the police are ineffectual in rich areas as well as poor: this could well be accurate – or perhaps simply on the verge of being accurate. Either way, it is a smart movie, dramatically lean and mean, exciting and often shocking.

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Anarchist Bookfair Social

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 7th March / 7pm–1am

The Workers Solidarity Movement proudly presents the 4th annual Anarchist Bookfair which will take place on weekend of the 7th of March. The Bookfair this will host workshops, stalls from campaigning groups and book stalls.

Post bookfair party

Food & music after the Anarchist Bookfair in Liberty Hall.

Right after the bookfair an evening of entertainment will start in Seomra Spraoi. Seomra Spraoi is located at 10 Belvedere Court, off Gardiner Street in Dublin 1.

  • 6pm — food
  • 8pm — trad session
  • later – till 1am — DJs

This is a BYOB event with a suggest donation of €8. Donations will go towards the cost of the bookfair and the upkeep of Seomra Spraoi

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Nouveau Vadge gig

A showcase for female musicians and artists.

Hosted in Seomra Spraoi, off Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1…

All profits go straight into the hands of Hampis Childrens Trust, Hampi, India…

Doors open at 9pm and close at 12am sharp, gig on till 1am…

It’s donations at the door and you can Bring Your Own Booze, so would hope the money your saving on pints would allow you to dig deep for this good cause…

Really looking forward to it and hope to see you there,
Would recommend you buzz down early as we can only squeeze so many in.

Music by (starting with who’s on first)
  • Rae
  • Laura Sheeran
  • ilex
  • Jane
  • Rosanna Woods
Art by
  • iheartbellies.. (lisa)

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LASC public talk: “5 Years Under Military Occupation: What Has the Future in Store for Haiti?”

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 4th March / 7pm–9pm

LASC Latin America Solidarity Centre presents:

TNT Thursday Night Talk (Exceptionally on Wednesday)
4th March, 7:00 pm
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1

5 Years Under Military Occupation: What Has the Future in Store for Haiti?

  • On February 29th, 2008, US, French, Canadian and Chilean troops invade Haiti, kidnap and expel President Aristide to the Central African Republic and put an unpopular member of the opposition into government.
  • On July, the UN sent an armed contingent, the MINUSTAH, to take effective control of the country.
  • On February 2006 the current president Rene Preval was elected as the candidate of “national sovereignty”… yet, the occupation has not been questioned in any sensitive form.
  • On April 2008 there was widespread rioting for the high cost of food that quickly turned into anti-occupation protests.
  • 5 years later, the country remains under UN military occupation while social conditions keep deteriorating.
  • 5 years later… Is there any sign of hope for Haiti or we would expect it to be forever more a UN protectorate?

Talk delivered by José Antonio Gutiérrez, Research and Development Officer, LASC

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Soup Kitchen Cafe w/ Eric Carbonara, Cian Nugent & Gavin Prior

Food served from 7pm

€5 suggested donation, pay less if you’re skint…

FOOD: 7pm – till it’s all gone…

We promise a feast…
3 course dinner, Zapatista coffee and fancy cakes
(Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available) cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen

with live music from…

Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based multi-instrumentalist & recording engineer, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.

Carbonara’s playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets. Carbonara is a regular collaborator in the improvisational outfit, Evil Eye Sound System & plays with the Philly psych-rock group, Soft People.

Carbonara’s full length solo acoustic debut, Exodus Bulldornadius was released in November 2007 on Chicago based Locust Music as part of the label’s ongoing Wooden Guitar series.

Talented young guitar player Cian Nugent plays instrumental guitar music with many folk and experimental influences. His exploratory style of playing has earned him comparisons to Robbie Basho and John Fahey. Recently he has toured with Jozef VanWissen and James Blackshaw
and will feature on an upcoming compilation from legendary folk label Tompkins Square.
A solo show from Gavin, who also plays in United Bible Studies, Wyntr Ravn, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Toymonger, and has played in Agitated Radio Pilot, Amygdala, Murmansk, The Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree and many other occasional or once-off improv groupings. Gavin also co-runs the Deserted Village label.

Al Burian / Boris Beloney Zine Reading

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday February 24th / 7:30pm–10pm

Al Burian of post-hardcore/rock bands Milemarker and Challenger, and author of Burn Collector zine comes to Dublin for a one-off show as part of his European tour. We’ve been promised a mix of short story & zine readings, some poetry and music, all delivered with the directness of approach and intensity we’ve come to expect from his previous live engagements.

World renowned Wicklow-based zinester Boris Belony will accompany Al on stage. Boris will be reading passages from his forthcoming book “Messin’ with yo’ Minds” while regaling all and sundry with his witty tales of life in sub-suburban Dublin.

Admission is by a suggested donation is €5. Food will be served for a small donation from 7pm, and the show will start around 8–8.30pm, ending in plenty of time to get last busses.