Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Category Archives: Events

Film Screenings — ‘The Coathanger Project’ and ‘Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa’

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 17th October / 8pm–10pm

RAG Presents: Two documentary films concerning the legalisation of abortion

Two filmakers are on tour with films they have made on the subject of abortion. The first one is called The Coat Hanger Project and the second is Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa.

The film makers will be there to talk about the films so there should be some great discussion afterwards.

Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa
This documentary feature explores and contrasts changes in Poland and South Africa regarding abortion laws and their impact on the lives of women. In the 90s, Poland banned abortion due to the increasing influence of the Catholic Church after the fall of communism; around the same time South Africa legalized it, reforming the health system after the fall of apartheid. The film reveals how the legal status of women is a direct result of the silencing or empowering of women’s voices.
The Coat Hanger Project
A documentary about the history of abortion in the US, recent attempts to ban abortion there, and the fight to keep the right to choose.

Spooky Spraoi Presents: Zombie Night!

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 31st October / 8pm–1am


  • Zombie Games
  • Zombie Movies
  • Zombie Dancers
  • & Zombies…

Live Music from:

More acts to be confirmed watch this space!

Dress Like a Zombie…

Don’t make us make you one!

Suggested Donation €5/10 (more less as you can afford)

all proceeds to seomra spraoi

Café Concert: Breton Pipes & Sarod

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 14th October / 7:30pm–10pm

  • Food Served 7:30pm
  • Music 8:30pm

€5 suggested donation
more/less as you can afford
(all monies to the running of Seomra Spraoi)

Ciaran Murphy — Sarod
Ciaran Murphy plays the Sarod, it’s a 25 stringed lute originating from the Afgan Rebab. The sarod is the most popular and prominent instrument in Hindustani (northern Indian) classical music. The sarod is known for a deep, weighty, introspective sound with sympathetic strings that give it a resonant, reverberant quality. It is a fretless instrument able to produce the continuous slides between notes known as meend, which are very important to Indian music.
Thierry Michel — Musette Béchonnet, Vegie pipes & Voice
Pipe players are usually called pipers and their fancy fingerwork pipering. Following both the French usage and avant-garde piper Jean Blanchard’s definition, Thierry prefers to be called a sonneur (‘sounder’) and his budding art dronering:

Pipers do not merely play with drones on: we play with the drones. Precisely, we play the drones. Each note produced on the melodic chanter releases a myriad overtones from the choiring drones; a buzzing swarm or wild harmonies. A presence at times disturbing, eerie or beautiful. ‘Dronering’ in this regard can be seen as much as a way of listening as a way of playing.

This is what he invites you to join in as he sings and ‘sounds’ his French pipes or briefly give voice to plants and vegetables that rarely get a hearing: “someone always cut them before they even get a chance, it seems!”

Thierry will play a selection of raw ballads & greens, and rare new tunes from France & the Great Beyond.

Food Fight! Present: Transgènico

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 24th September / 7:30pm–10pm

Café & Catalan Documentary on Genetics Campaigning.

  • Food Served 7.30–8.30pm
  • Presentation kicks off at 8.30pm

Food Fight!

Food Fight! is a monthly food/politics info night & cafe at Seomra Spraoi. Take some generous lashings of sustainable food, whizz it up with flavoursome talks, films & presentations and you’re in for a tasty treat. It’s for anyone passionate about food & changing the world…


GMO, silently, are every day more present in our lives; from the farmer’s fields to the consumer’s plate. Based on the local experience of Catalonia and Aragon, this documentary explores different point of views on transgenics (consumption, health, knowledge and production system) showing the clash of interests provoked when this new biotechnology stops the development of the alternative ecological model of production and consumption.

(Catalan w/ English Subtitles)

Bent Bars LGBTQ Prisoner Solidarity

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 29th September / 7pm–10pm

  • Discussion Café 7pm (Come & get your dinner)
  • Presentation 8pm

The Bent Bars Project is a new letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. The project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities outside and inside prison walls.

Although many overtly homophobic and transphobic laws have been recently overturned in Britain, the criminal (in)justice system continues to target and criminalize queer, trans and gender non-conforming people. We don’t know exactly how many LGBTQ people are currently behind bars, but we do know queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, particularly those from poor backgrounds and communities of colour, are disproportionately funneled into the prison system as a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and social exclusion. We also know that queer, trans and gender non-conforming people are subject to increased isolation, harassment, violence and assault when in prison.

Bent Bars aims to work in solidarity with prisoners by sharing resources, providing mutual support and drawing public attention to the struggles of queer and trans people behind bars.

The project is still in the early stages of formation, but we also hope to collect and distribute information for LGBT/queer/trans prisoners on harm reduction practices (safer sex, safer drug-use), HIV and HepC prevention, homophobia, transphobia, coming out in prison, etc.

We are looking for non-imprisoned and formerly imprisoned LGBTQ people who are interested in becoming penpals. In the first month since we initiated the project, we received more than 100 requests from LGBTQ prisoners for penpals, and the requests keep coming. So we are urgently looking for non-imprisoned folks to write to prisoners. We are especially looking for gay/bi men and transwoman to be penpals.

More info:

Seomra Spraoi location & info:

Social Solidarity Network — Building a Network of Resistance: Invitation to meeting Saturday 3rd October

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 3rd October / 12:30pm–9pm

Job losses, wage cuts, cuts in essential public services, pension levies… Our living standards and our social services are under huge attack.

Mainstream media commentators and some politicians would have us believe that there is no alternative, that we have all been living beyond our means and that we have to tighten our belts in these recessionary times.

But we do not have to accept their reality. We do not have to accept that people on minimum wage, unwaged workers, those on social welfare, low-paid civil servants or working class people in general should be the ones who pay for the economic crisis. We do not have to accept that our health, education, infrastructure and social welfare services should be slashed in order to bail out the banks and the property developers.

Huge numbers of people recognise that we are being sold a lie. Huge numbers know that the attempts to create divisions between public and private sector workers and between different groups of ordinary people are an attempt to weaken us.

Communities all over the country have organised to resist hospital closures, cuts in hospital services, education cuts and other attacks on social services. Senior citizens fought valiantly, and ultimately victoriously, to retain the right to a medical card for over 70s.

Communities and workforces all over the country are organising resistance to threatened attacks and cutbacks. Groups such as Waterford Crystal workers, Visteon workers in Belfast, Thomas Cook workers, Custom House cleaners in Dublin, Marine Terminals Ltd. Workers (Dublin port) and Mr. Binman workers (Co. Tipperary) and many more have fought back against job losses and attacks on working conditions.

The Social Solidarity Network is coming together to provide a forum for workers and communities to unite to resist the attacks, and to build links across the many struggles which will break out over the coming months. On Saturday 3rd October we are holding a meeting which will provide a chance for people to come together and share their personal experiences, explore the economics of the crisis and plan ways in which we can build resistance.

We have identified 3 main areas for discussion – Workplace Resistance; Unemployed/Unwaged/Community Resistance; Education Cuts resistance. In each of these areas we want to explore how opposition to government cuts can be encouraged and co-ordinated. These are of course only our ideas and we are open to suggestions for alternative or additional workshops.

We hope that you will come along on the day, share your views and help to build a network which can share skills, knowledge and experience and which can help to bring reality to the old maxim that ‘Unity is Strength’.


Tea/Coffee/Registration & mingling – including film showing
Short introduction to the day followed by breaking up into groups of 10 or less for 30 minutes discussion on how people are effected personally (work, dole etc), what if any involvement they have had in resistance, what problems they have faced in that involvement (or what has stopped them being involved) and what they think might be possible for them to do. Followed by feedback.
Introductory session on the economics of the crisis — 20 minute presentation followed by breaking up into groups of 10 or less to discuss.
Building Resistance – short leadoff followed by breaking into 3 groups.

  1. Workplace resistance
  2. Unemployed/Unwaged/Community resistance
  3. Education Cuts resistance

Discussion on how we should organise ourselves / what is the first step.

Final session — reportbacks from each group, discussion of how best to proceed — future meetings, organising etc. Attempt to come up with some concrete proposals and agree core principles.
Meeting concludes
Food will be served.
Film Showing
9:00pm onwards
Social evening – Chill out, relax, make new friends and discuss the events of the day in the convivial atmosphere of Seomra Spraoi.
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ACT NOW Climate Activist Training 15th–18th October

Seomra Spraoi / 15th–18th October

Are you aged between 18–30?

Want to get action and media skills?

Want to join other young people in mobilising for climate justice at the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009?

A historic moment in the global movement for climate justice is coming. This year in December the world leaders will come together in Copenhagen to discuss a new climate deal. The Young Friends of the Earth Europe Climate Team, are 40 young people from all over Europe who will be there, following the negotiations. We will be putting pressure on our leaders, and reporting on the proceedings though numerous communication channels to young people all over Europe. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help!

During October regional conferences will be taking place all across Europe. The aim of the conferences is to empower young people to participate in climate politics and join the global movement for climate justice. At the conferences we will explore and gain understanding of the UNs role in forming the new global climate deal; and equip ourselves with all the action and media skills needed to carry out successful local climate justice actions at home. Other events to include: debates, a creative action on the streets of Dublin, and a movie night. If you want to be a part of the international youth climate movement that is working together to curb climate change and bring about a better future, then these four days of knowledge sharing and motivation would be a great place to start.

For young people from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg a conference will be held in Ireland.

Targeted age range is 18-30 years
More info
How to apply

Applications are open until September 14th

(but late applications will be considered)

Free — breakfast, lunch and dinners are provided free of charge.
Accomodation can be arranged on request.

Dublin Climate Camp meeting in Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 15th September / 6pm

Dublin Climate Camp meeting — all welcome

Proposed agenda points so far include…

  1. Possible Flash mob event as part of a global climate “wake up call” on Monday 21st September
  2. Do something on the transport issue on car free day, 22nd September?
  3. Organising logistics for the all-Ireland meeting 26th–27th September

Background to this meeting…

Since last November we’ve been building a movement for anyone who cares about climate change or social justice. The first Climate Camp in Ireland happened this August 15th–23rd, in Co. Offaly, where we created a space to meet, live, learn and take direct action together.

We pulled it off people… all who envisioned, inspired, planned, met, worked, participated, built, laughed, cooked, sang, discussed and took direct action, well done! It was all worth it. 300 people, 9 days of workshops, 7 enormous banners, 6 perfect compost loos, over 30 radio interviews, 27 delicious sustainable meals, simultaneous actions at all three peat-fired powerstations, 100s of bags of milled peat returned to the bog… …all impossible without you! People’s response during the go-round at the final plenary were great. The camp got a phenomenal amount of media coverage for its size, all of it was balanced and much of it was sympathetic.

But it wasn’t just about a 9 day camp.

Join us building a climate justice movement that can stop the promotion of false solutions in Copenhagen and create the real solutions we want at home.

Now we’re moving on to discuss where we go from here, the climate summit in Copenhagen and how we can build the alternatives in our own local areas. Now is the time to get involved and help shape this movement… join us at local meeting or our next all-Ireland gathering this September 26th in Dublin. More practical details of the gathering will follow. If you’d like to offer a workshop for kids, a workshop for everyone, offer to cook or offer to co-facilitate at this gathering please contact

On the agenda

  • The new climate camp working groups – reforming working groups for the coming year
  • Evaluation of the Climate Camp in 2009
  • Continuing community relationship in Shannonbridge
  • Going to Copenhagen & local direct actions around the global summit in December 09

Please send proposals and items for discussion to

Bicycle Repair Classes

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th September & 6th October / 7pm–9pm

Seomra Spraoi will host a series of bicycle repair classes every Tuesday over the coming weeks.

15th September — How a Bike Works
Dismantle and re-build a bike. How to choose the size of your bike and general maintenance.
22nd September — Brakes
How to replaces the pads and cables, and tune it for maximum efficiency.
29th September — Wheels
How to fix a puncture, replace tubes & tyres and fix bent wheels.
6th October — Gears
How to replace the cable, tune the gears and replace the chain.

Suggested Donation: €5 unwaged / €8 waged