Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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Punky Reggae Party (Feat. Worries Outernational & Trev Radiator)

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 29th January / 8pm–1am

  • Worries Outernational
  • Trev Radiator
  • Carax
  • Jim Scully

Friday 29th January 2010 — Doors 8pm.
€5 suggested donation — BYOB.

Worries Outernational
For the past six years Worries Outernational have been running Dublin’s definitive reggae night, Dancehall Styles, at the Button Factory every Sunday. Made up of five long time reggae DJs and collectors, they have also recently started running a new saturday night club called ‘Reggae Fever’ in Le Cirk. Expect the best.

Radiator Trev
Trev is one of Dublin’s most well known gig promoters and DJs. He is currently runs ‘Trashed on Tuesdays in Andrew’s Lane, co-promotes ‘Transmission’ on Saturdays in The Button Factory and has started running a new monthly indie/ska/punk night called ‘Rehab’. Always known to drop a ska tune or two whenever he’s playing, this will be his first time playing a pure ska/reggae set.

Better Questions — Community Development: Lessons for Social Movements

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 19th January, 3rd & 17th February, 3rd March / 6:30pm–7:30pm

Better Questions seminar series in Seomra Spraoi began Tuesday 19th January 2010. All seminars take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm — dinner served in Seomra Spraoi from 7:30pm by People’s Kitchen collective.

Better Questions is an initiative that has emerged out of conversations between people engaged in either social movement practices in Dublin and/or thought on radical social change. Our point of convergence is our recognition that we must develop better questions about the world around us in order to change it. This seminar series draws on a wide variety of critical theoretical perspectives to explore contemporary forms of power and possibilities for resistance.

The talks will take place fortnightly in Seomra Spraoi from 6:30pm.

Wednesday 3rd of February 2010

Community Development: Lessons for Social Movements

Mick O’Broin, researcher and activist, will draw on conversations with community activists to look at the political possibilities opened up by Community Development, focusing on questions of political subjectivity, biopolitics and movement institutions.

Laurence Cox has been an activist for over 25 years. He works with activists studying their own movements and co-edits the Interface journal dedicated to “learning from each other’s struggles”. His contribution will look at what newer anti-capitalist movements might have to learn from community organising, and what community organising might have to learn from anti-capitalism.

Upcoming Seminars

Wednesday 17th February
Jaques Ranciere, Alain Badiou and contemporary practices of resistance
Wednesday 3rd March
Roundtable on Praxis

Soupstone KG Café Gig: Sick and Indignent Song Club

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 20th January / 7pm–10pm

Soupstone Kindergarten take over the cafe & present: Tasty organic food, raffle, slideshow of Soupstone’s work so far… & live music from: Sick and Indignent Song Club Roots music — a mix of americana, blues, shanties & chansons. It’s all to raise money for the kindergarten. Suggested donation €5 food & €5 gig.

Zine Workshop & Café

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 17th January / 3pm–6pm

D.i.Y. Sundays @ Seomra Spraoi: Great food you can afford, skillshares & workshops, every Sunday at Seomra Spraoi.

Food Served 3pm
2/3 course for €suggested donation yum! yum!
Zine Making Workshop
Kicks off 4pm
Get together, listen ta music, cut out, make & do, stick down, self publish, read & swap, FANZINE WORKSHOP; make your own magazine. Bring materials magazines and other items for cutting up, pencils, pens, scissors & paint!
Facilitated by Emily Aoibhean

You are very welcome to get involved… we always need volunteers for the café, and you’re welcome to put on a workshop or share some skills, or suggest a film for the cinema…

Hip Hop! Re-Session Session

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 15th January / 8pm–12am

Jazz, soul, broken beat, afro, latin, dubstep…

Suggested donation €5 (more/less as you can afford)

Princess 4Q & Fluid 45 coming down from Belfast to spin tunes…

Be playin tunes by, erykah badu, darkstar, nostalgia 77, nekka, fela kuti, talib kweli, yo majesty, james brown, bonobo, d’angelo, dorian concept, Q-tip, mos def, madslinky, Michael Jackson, herbie hancock, jay dilla, alice coltrane, flying lotus, jay-electonica, bus driver, wanluv, ka’naan, mf doom, common, loop troop, combat wombat, chick corea…

& it that doesn’t work for you… you might just get some dead prez, dr dre, salt n peppa, public enemy, stevie wonder, more Michael Jackson, NWA, wu tang…

It’s probably gonna be the best night of your life…

Oh & it’s raising cash for seomra spraoi — dublin’s autonomous social centre…

Van Walker & Liz Stringer: Alt County/Roots from Australia

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 30th December / 7pm–11pm

Seomra Spraoi Café gig

Food Served 7:30pm
€5 suggested donation for 3 courses
Music: 8:30pm
€5 suggested donation/more/less as you can afford

Van Walker & Liz Stringer

Alt County/Roots from Australia

Relatively unknown outside their Australian homeland, Van Walker & Liz Stringer bring their original roots music to Europe on this two month xmas/newyears tour that covers Irleland, England & Germany. Liz Stringer is a demon guitarist with the voice on an angel. Her 1st album Soon (20067) & follow up Pendulum (2008) earning her commercial & critical acclaim & supporting slots on national tours with Eric Bibb & Mia Dyson, plus a spot on SxSW. Van Walker is a finger-stylist in the grand tradition of the bard, weaving his strange stories around beguiling melodies & driving blues. His releases, The Celestial Railroad (2008) & The Last Record Store, Greetings From Penguin Tasmania, & Love Fate (2009, three releases in one year!) have seen his reputation grow as the new songwriters songwriter, sharing stages with Paul Kelly, Chris Bailey (Saints) & The Old Crow Medicine Show, & gaining support from such oz rock lumanaries as Tim Rodgers, Mick Thomas, Kim Salmon & Spencer P Jones.

They’re here in town playing releatively unknown so come down & catch them in this initmate show & judge for yourself.

Seomra Cinema: Microcosmos

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 6th December / 7pm–9pm

There’ll be popcorn and heating 🙂


(France 1996, Dir Claude Nuridsany, 1hr 15min)

Microcosmos offers passionate kisses and kinky sex, swashbuckling duels and mass suicide, water bomb attacks and genocide, undercover operations and natural cooling systems. Nonetheless it’s suitable for children. Utilizing special macroscopic photographic techniques, filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou created this fascinating and visually spectacular look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow in France. Insects become gigantic beasts, blades of grass turn into towering monuments, and raindrops form puddles that resemble vast oceans. The filmmakers find humor, drama, and beauty in the lives of these tiny flora and fauna as caterpillars transform themselves into butterflies, beetles struggle with their day’s foraging, and snails reproduce their species.

Seomra Cinema: Baraka

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 20th December / 7pm–9pm

There will be popcorn & heating 🙂


(1993 US, Dir Ron Fricke, 1hr 45min)

From Nepal to Kenya, from Australia to Brazil, people try to cope with the changes that have altered their landscape, crowding them together and speeding up daily life. The film shows us these alienated people, but also images of traditions — whirling dervishes and Tibetan monks — that offer different, peaceful ways of existence. Shot in 70mm in 24 countries, this awesome musical and visual montage in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi expresses the global existence of nature and man in the broadest sensory terms.