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Volta Cinema #5

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

Films start at 8pm.

About Volta Cinema

Volta Cinema is a collective designing events that use film as a hinge for discussion. We aim to use and abuse the medium to enquire into the conditions in which we find ourselves. We aim to assemble themes and discussions simply so we can begin the conversations that move us on to a better world.

http://www.myspace.com/voltacinema
voltacinema@gmail.com

Electronic Resistance presents The BrokeBeat Session — Seomra Spraoi Fundraiser

Brokers Bar, opposite the Central Bank, Dame Street 10 til 2.30!

Fundraiser for the Seomra Sproai Autonomous Social Centre
5 blips in before the midnight hour, 7 after (if ye can afford it) — Get down there!
More info about our activities and ethos at myspace.com/erdublin and erdublin.com

Electronic Resistance is back on the gigs trail with another fundraising electronic extravageansaí, this time for Seomra Spraoi, the wicked social centre that’s just launched its new building in Dublin city centre

Ragga breakcore bigness from the furious Prince Kong, Jungle from the smooth mixin’ DJ CLass A, Dubstep and 2-step from sub-ambassadors Konspiracy and Welfare as well as a mixed bag of niceties form Deki’s mysterious record bag — all for 5 slave tokens if yer early — Woop!

PRINCE KONG
Prince Kong is a jungle/breakcore project focusing on precision cut rythym edits and agressive/contorted sounds. Designed for most forms of ASBO inducing behaviour and other social niceties.
myspace.com/kongism
DJ CLASS A
Smooth mixin’ Derry D and B maestro fresh from supporting the legendary Grooverider — Whilst specialising in Drum and Bass & Jungle, Class A has also been known for playing sets of old skool hardcore and classic house, trance & techno. Check him every week on the nations best station, Raidio na Life!
myspace.com/dj_class_a
KONSPIRACY b2b WELFARE
Dublin Dub Stalwart Konspiracy is a DJ and Producer currently wobbling around the place with the DubCulture crew and the notorious 313 gang — mixes and tunes at myspace.com/konspiracydub

Welfare is a Dublin based Dubstep and Jungle aficionado and E.R souljah with a weekly radio show on Raidio na Life and has been known to surface loudly in Galway and Dublin clubs with vinyl and Serato in tow-production efforts almost ready for public consumption — watch this space >}
myspace.com/djwelfare

DEKI
Eclectic flavour of the broken beat variety form the ex Jazz fm and pirate pariah DJ who can be found spinning in the Seomra of an evening and carting the components of entertainment from place to place of an afternoon

Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi is Dublin’s very own radical social centre… Today in Ireland there is virtually nowhere indoors for people to congregate that isn’t a pub or overpriced cafe. There are many successful autonomous social centres in other European cities, independent of local authority, church, business or other controlling body. These spaces have provided a focal point for many of the social movements in the West, where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.

The new (fourth generation) space has been open for a couple of months now and actually just had a very busy and successful launch weekend. The space facilitates a mad range of
activities, from film screenings to regular workshops on every possible topic (including bike repair, stencil and graffiti, electronic music production, permaculture, gardening, legal support, activist skill sharing to name just a few), political meetings to cross dressing parties, acoustic gigs and a truckload of other interesting stuff — more info at seomraspraoi.org and myspace.com/seomraspraoi

Related Link: http://myspace.com/erdublin

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Films Politically: the Convergence of Politics and Cinema in the 60s

E X P E R I M E N T A L F I L M C L U B presents: Films politically…
…a series of screenings exploring the convergence of film and radical politics in the late 1960s
Every second Tuesday, starting February 17th
8pm / free entry

The Experimental Film Club is branching out, with a series of feature film screenings taking place at the autonomous social centre Seomra Spraoi. (The monthly screenings in the Ha’penny Bridge Inn will be continuing as usual.) This series will explore the convergence of film and radical politics in the late 1960s from the perspective summed up in Jean-Luc Godard’s famous line: The problem is not to make political films, but to make films politically.

For over a century, film has been recognised as a powerful political tool — but in the heightened climate of the US and Europe in the late 1960s, that power was understood in new and innovative ways. One of the key characteristics of the radical cinema that emerged in this time, particular in the epicentres of New York and Paris, was a keen awareness of the political implications of form, style and the filmmaking process that has often been neglected in contemporary radical and activist filmmaking.

For these filmmakers, it was not possible to simply make a Hollywood film, using the established modes of production and distribution and the established stylistic and narrative conventions, and insert within that a set of radical anti-war or anti-capitalist messages. It was not possible because those established conventions were not neutral, but had serious political implications themselves, implications that overrided any message one may try to propagate within them.

This series of screenings attempts to explore some of the new, politicised forms of cinema that were created during this time, and discuss what lessons they may hold for activists and artists in today’s world.

For more information on the series, please visit filmspolitically.blogspot.com or contact experimentalfilmclub@gmail.com.

Seomra Spraoi Launch Weekend!

Hey all, here’s the outline timetable for the launch weekend for the new 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, political meetings, film screenings 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.

Our new space is at 10 Belvidere Court, off Gardiner Street in Dublin 1. There’s a map/directions on our website at http://www.seomraspraoi.org.

If you’d like to get involved in Seomra Spraoi, you can email us at seomraspraoi@gmail.com for more details

Friday 13th February

We start off our launch weekend with a night of acoustic music, featuring

HEATHERS
www.myspace.com/heatherswhatsyourdamage
CIAN NUGENT
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.
www.myspace.com/ciannugent
JAY BAKER
Poster for the Friday gig
Poster for the Friday gig

Saturday 14th February

noon – 4pm
Bike repair workshop in the seomra, hosted by our newly formed bike group
noon – 2pm
A radical walking tour of the north inner city, hosted by local historian Terry Fagan.
places on the walking tour are limited to 15 and the cost is €6.50.
To book a place, please email seomraspraoi@gmail.com
noon – 2pm
Gardening & seed planting. help grow the new seomra’s garden!
2 – 3pm
Lunch, Zapatista coffee and fancy cakes (Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available)
Cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen
3 – 4:30pm
Stencil graffiti workshop
4 – 6pm
Social Centres Workshop — A popular education participatory exercise on the historical trajectory of social centres, mapping out the link between capitalism, social movements and social centres
4 – 6pm
A workshop on electronic music hosted by Herv
http://www.myspace.com/hervmusic
8 – 1am
Paisean Faisean — fancy dress party with music from DJs Deki & Krossphader
Poster for the ‘Paisean Faisean’ event
Poster for the ‘Paisean Faisean’ event

Sunday 15th February

2 – 3pm
Lunch — guaranteed to cure your hangover…
Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available.
Cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen
3 – 4pm
3 Minutes of Infamy — A representative from each of the groups that use Seomra Spraoi will speak for three minutes about their group, what they do and how you can get involved.
4 – 6pm
Queer Spraoi presents a cross-stitching workshop.
4 – 6pm
A panel discussion on autonomous social spaces in Dublin with speakers from Seomra Spraoi, The Joy Gallery & The Shed.

The Joy Gallery is a not-for-profit art space focusing on experimental art, music/art cross-collaborations and new media work.
http://www.redspace.cc/

The Shed is a workshop space in the heart of Dublin, off Bolton street in Dublin 1.
This project has been created to give location to foreign artists resident in Ireland or in general artists working on International Issues and their unconventional approach to art and communication.
http://www.myspace.com/mcbett

7 – 9pm
A screening of short films & animations hosted by the Seomra’s cinema group

Volta Cinema 4: Manufactured Landscapes

Volta Cinema: Manufactured Landscapes. Tuesday Feb 10th, 7pm to 11pm. Films start at 8pm. Food starts at 7pm.

About Volta Cinema

Volta Cinema is a collective designing events that use film as a hinge for discussion. We aim to use and abuse the medium to enquire into the conditions in which we find ourselves. We aim to assemble themes and discussions simply so we can begin the conversations that move us on to a better world.

http://www.myspace.com/voltacinema
voltacinema@gmail.com

Manufactured Landscapes

World renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky’s depictions of destroyed natural landscapes are the subject of this oddly beautiful documentary. Recreating massive scenes from as far afield as a breaking yard in Bangladesh or a factory in China, director Jennifer Baichwal’s camera also reveals the human participants in this grand portrait of the ecological disasters brought about in the pursuit of progress.

Canada / 2006 / 86 mins / Documentary / Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Watch the Trailer

Watch the Stunning Opening Shot

IPSC meeting

Weekly meeting of the Dublin branch of the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign

Thursday February 12, 2009, 8:00pm–9:30pm

The IPSC campaigns for justice for the Palestinian people, through raising public awareness about the human rights abuses in the occupied territories, the violations of international law and the historical causes of the injustices to the Palestinians that lie at the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

The IPSC lobbies the Irish government and the EU, campaigns on the streets and urges for a vigorous Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign similar to the one that played a part in ending Apartheid in South Africa. The IPSC also holds public talks with Israeli and Palestinian speakers and various cultural and fundraising events.

For more info, see ipsc.ie

Radical (Trans) Genders Workshop

Radical (Trans) Genders is Queer Spraoi’s second ever event! It is a workshop to educate about the history of gender, the transgender experience, and how gender enables and binds us in everyday lives. Learn, share, have fun!

The workshop is on February 11th, 7pm, @ Seomra Spraoi (10 Belvidere Court, off Mountjoy Square).

About Queer Spraoi: Queer Spraoi is a project to engage queerness in Dublin on a new level. We organise events, such as gigs, film nights and workshops around the social centre Seomra Spraoi.

In an era where we’re led to believe that queerness is a commercialised ‘lifestyle choice’ to be bought and sold, we want to establish a radical community that celebrates our diversity, our differences and brings us together. To have fun, learn from each other, and have hot makeouts behind our grandparents’ tool sheds while wearing multicoloured Tutus and acting improperly towards the family silverware.

Queer Spraoi Cinema & Dancing night 24th Jan Seomra Spraoi‏‏

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 24th January / 8pm–late

Ladies & genderfuckers, deviant bois & grrrls, queers, queens, trannies, grannies genderqueers, dykes, fags, faeries, femmes, crossdressers, crips, crutches, butterflies, Butches, bears, sissies, pansies, dandies, tom bois, poly chufters … insert yourself here: ______________ (you know who you are!) & our friends…

You are cordially invited to the launch of QUEER SPRAOI, Queer events in Seomra Spraoi…

Cinema: Stonewall 8pm SHARP
Inspired by the memoir of the same title, Stonewall is a fictionalized account of the weeks leading up to the Stonewall riots, a seminal event in the modern American gay rights movement. The film is a work of fiction but it includes documentary-style interview footage with several people who were at the Stonewall Inn during the uprising…
DJs & Dancing from 10pm till late
Doors close 12am

Bring Fairy & Queen cakes & nice things to share

BYOB

Popcorn & icecream provided.

€5 suggested donation

A Rainbow is not enough! So fly obver the Rainbow with QS.
A Rainbow is not enough! So fly obver the Rainbow with QS.

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’s located at 10 Belvedere Court, Parallel to the north side of Mountjoy Square.

For more info or a map see our contact/location page.

Ungdomshuset film screening in Seomra Spraoi December 20th

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 20th December / 2pm

Seomra Spraoi Cinema presents “69”, a new film about Ungdomshuset, the Danish Social Centre, featuring the period leading up to the 2007 eviction, the debates about the use of violence to defend the house, and the importance of such a space.

Showing at 3pm. Lunch served from 2pm

Suggested donation €3. More if you can afford it, less if you can’t.
Where: Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, off Upper Gardiner St

Map/directions are on our website at www.seomraspraoi.org
seomraspraoi@gmail.com
0872403602

Ungdomshuset (literally “the Youth House”) was the popular name of the building formally named Folkets Hus (“House of the People”) located on Jagtvej 69 in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, which functioned as an underground scene venue for music and rendezvous point for varying anarchist and leftist groups from 1982 until 2007. On 1 March 2007 Ungdomshuset was cleared of its occupants by the police at about 7:00 in the morning, sparking days of intense rioting and giving birth to a widespread social movement that fought for a new space for alternative culture.

“69”, directed and shot by first-time filmmaker Nikolaj Viborg, looks at the dramatic events leading up to the authorities clearing Ungdomshuset on 1 March 2007 and the conflict that ensued. The film recently won the prestigious talent New Nordic Voices award at Nordisk Panorama 2008.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the film with volunteers from Ungdomshuset.

Info: