Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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Posts from previous Seomra Spraoi websites that have been imported

Vegan Picnic (Phoenix Park)

Phoenix Park / Sunday 19th September / 2pm–6:30pm

Come along and let your herbivore side come out, you’re in safe company, amongst non-violent grubbers and veggie heads getting together to share mighty soul food, home made and full of life. Possibly music and games too. Come on out of the kitchen cupboard… see you there.

“Whale Rider” — a family friendly film show after at Seomra Spraoi.

Notice: in case of ‘bad weather situation’ we’ll go directly to Seomra.

‘Hear My Cry’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 1st October / 7pm–9pm

The story of Ryszard Siwiec, a clerk from Przemyśl. In September, 1968, during a harvest festival at the 10th Anniversary Stadium in Warsaw, in front of thousands of people he poured benzene over himself and lit it in protest against the communist totalitarianism and the entrance of Warsaw Pact forces into Czechoslovakia. Severely burned, Siwiec was transferred to the hospital where he died. His sacrifice passed unnoticed. His name did not appear on the front pages of neither Polish, nor western papers. After many years, the creator of the film, on the basis of the preserved documents, confessions of relatives and eyewitnesses of the event tries to find out who Ryszard Siwiec was and the cause of his readiness to do such a terrible thing. The film ends in a shocking seven-seconds-long archive fragment that shows the “human torch”.

Out of a very scarce material Maciej Drygas made a terrific, shocking film. A film that is not only a tribute to a rebellious man, but also a complement to the meaning of his sacrifice. It is only now that this imploring appeal ‘hear my cry’ can be answered.

Paweł Mossakowski, “Gazeta Wyborcza”

‘From a Night Porter’s Point of View’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 17th September / 7pm–9pm

From a Night Porter’s Point of View is a 1977 documentary film by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski. It won the Grand Prix at the nineteenth Kraków Film Festival in 1979. The 16 minute film consists of an interview with Marian Osuch, a minor security official.

Most of the footage is of Osuch performing the various duties of his job, while he narrates his opinions on various subjects. Osuch talks mostly about his position, how he personally enjoys enforcing various bureaucratic rules, arresting petty offenders, and confiscating fishing rods. He also details his support for the government and capital punishment, saying that criticism of the government should be silenced, and that criminals should be hanged in public.

‘Together’ — Auntie Underground cinema

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 10th September / 7pm–9pm

Come down to Seomra for Auntie Underground’s first night! Cinema nights for 3 euro suggested donation (more or less as you can afford).


‘Together’ is set in a Stockholm commune called Tillsammans (Swedish for “Together”) in 1975 — running time 106 mins

One house; one revolutionary; two open straight marriages; three gay people (maybe four); three children; two carnivores and eight vegetarians; there’s only one way they’re going to make it… together. Together is set in one of the communes that sprang up around Stockholm in the 1970s. Vaguely led by the sweet-natured Göran, who will do anything to avoid a conflict, the group spend their time arguing about left-wing politics and other questions such as whether doing the washing up is bourgeois. The commune’s dynamics are significantly shaken when Göran’s sister leaves her violent husband Rolf and moves in with her two children, Eva and Stefan.

Together is a bittersweet comedy; a satirical look at radical lifestyles and liberal values.

Workshops for activists in facilitation, consensus decision making, non-hierarchical power structures

Seomra Spraoi / 15th–17th October


Friday 15th: Consensus Decision Making: One-Day Workshop
Help your group become more inclusive, make consensual decisions and implement them, and have more fun. This course could be for you.

  • 9:30am — Registration
  • 10am — Workshop starts
  • 11:15am–11:30am — tea break
  • 1pm–2pm — lunch
  • 2pm–3:30pm — tea break
  • 3:45pm–5.30pm — workshop
  • 6pm — dinner
  • 7pm–8pm (ish) Workshop
Saturday 16th
Building Strong Groups: Half-Day Workshop
Co-operative group work helps us deal with our problems, become sustainable and grow, gives us space for creativity, and is inspiring and ful…filling. Create strong and resilient community and campaign groups.
Facilitating Meetings
Strong and clear facilitation can help your group work together effectively, get more done and have more fun!
  • 9:30am — Registration
  • 10:00am — Workshop starts
  • 11:15am–11:30am — tea break
  • 1pm–2pm — lunch
  • 2pm–5:30pm — workshop!
  • 6pm — Dinner
  • 7pm — Introduction to Housing Co-operatives workshop
  • 8pm — Mystery Screening — film tba
Sunday 17th & Monday 18th: How to Run a Great Workshop: One/Two-Day Workshop
This could be for you, if you have skills or information you want to share, and/or you want to support people to learn from each other or share experiences.

Sunday 17th
  • 9:30am — Registration
  • 10am — Workshop starts
  • 11:15am–11:30am — tea break
  • 1pm–2pm — lunch
  • 2pm–3:30pm — tea break
  • 3:45pm–5:30pm — workshop
Monday 18th
  • 9:30am — Registration
  • 10am — Workshop starts
  • 11:15am–11:30am — tea
  • 1pm–2pm — lunch
  • 2pm–3:30pm — tea break

How to participate in the Event

We ask that you register for this event by returning our flyer, stamped to the address printed on it or copy and paste the form at bottom of article and emailing it to There is a max limit on all workshops.

Workshops are by Donation, suggested at €5 for a half day and €10 for a full day. Beverages and vegan lunch available by donation too.

Seeds for Change Network works with grassroots groups involved in Environmental and Social Justice issues to help them organise for action and positive social change. One way we do this is by providing free workshops and training covering all aspects of campaigning work. When developing a workshop or training session we work closely with the group involved to find out in which way we can best provide support.

An important area is that of working in groups and community building. We offer workshops on group organisation, decision-making and group dynamics. Conflicts between members, frustration at the lack of success, dwindling numbers, the question of where to go from here are problems every group experiences at some stage. Facilitation and support from outside can often help groups to overcome obstacles. Someone from outside can see things in a fresh way, help to facilitate group decisions and empower the group to get a project going again.

How to Register to Particicpate

Hi all potential attendees!

If you would like to attend the training you need to register for the event. There are limited places available, particularly the ‘How To Run A Great Workshop’. This workshop is tailored for people who have a specific idea/intention for a workshop in mind. If you need any more info don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can register via email, just copy paste the form below, fill out the info and send it back to us at


Take Back Power Screening and Talk

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 21st July / 8pm–9pm

Looking back and Forward on Irish Climate Camp

A screening of a short documentary about Climate Camp Ireland 2009 and a collection of other shorts from previous Climate Camps in other countries accompanied by a brief talk about what Irish Climate is and where/what it will be this year. There will also be a chance to ask questions of some of the people involved. The main film is 20 minutes along and the others are between five and twelve minutes.

Climate Camp Ireland camp together in late 2008 with the aim of building an environmental and social justice movement, providing a space for free education and workshops on sustainability, climate change and lots more, taking direct action against environmental destruction and social injustice and to demonstrate a model of sustainable living. A year and a half on and we achieved and will continue to achieve all of our aims! Come along to screening to find out more…