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Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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John Zerzan — talking on the ‘Roots of the Crisis’

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 25th June / 8pm–10pm

Talk from an american anarcho-primitivist.

American anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan says civilisation is pathological and needs to be dismantled. Zerzan’s critique of civilisation draws on anthropological research to argue that domestication of nature and domestication of humans go hand in hand.

More info on Indymedia.

All ages gig!

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 26th June / 2pm–6pm

All ages, alcohol-free gig in Seomra Spraoi on a Saturday afternoon (26th June). Arcada, Middle Classs Disaster and Ainriail will be shaking the foundation for the benefit of old and young alike!

Suggested donation: €5

Arcada are a classy rock band with glorious song arrangements, heavy melody and perfect delivery.
Middle Class Disaster
Middle Class Disaster are a no-BS 3 piece rock band, raw but with a tasteful melodic edge and tons of energy.
Ainriail is an experimental band consisting of heavy, distorted bass, heavy as hell vocals and pounding electronic drums, though with a good few more relaxed tunes as well. (sorry, no songs online yet.)

Quiet Nights

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 5th June / 8pm–1am

An evening of acoustic music and spoken word performance

Doors 8pm
Suggested Donation €5

Quiet Nights is a monthly acoustic, low-fi, spoken word night in Dublin.


A lovely laid back sombre collection of rustic country tinged folk sounds reminscent of the likes of smog or bonnie prince billy at times… a lovely blend of traditional classic country folk and more modern indie folk sounds, complete with some classic slide guitar action.

Road Records


One of those excitingly wide-eyed, wide-eared, discovery moments of loveliness, totally restored my faith in the music coming down the line, not that it was all that lacking to be honest: there are plenty of talented kids about, but to see a group so young and so evolved is heartening. Traz are a group of transition year students from Dublin… heavily alt folk inspired… add some stunning choir style voices, a dollop of low sax and a love of the fiddle and you get a very irish take on americana alt folk.


A very talented Dublin-based songwriter from Switzerland, sadly still floating below the radar outside of the open-mic scene. A captivating voice over classical guitar, generating a sound that moves between haunting and melancholic.
A well known troubadour of Dublin poetry, celebrated for her witty written and spoken word. She’s performed at Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza. Niamh writes a great blog by the title of Various Cushions and produces a
weekly radio show on Liffey Sounds.
The talented poet performing a piece titled “Music’s in your soul”, exploring music’s ability to break down social barriers.

Seomra Cinema: Earthlings

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 4th June / 8pm–10pm

Animals have: The right not to be murdered; the right to freedom, the right to bodily integrity and the right not to be considered property. ‘Earthlings’ uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world…

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It is run by a non-hierarchical, anti capitalist collective on a not-for-profit basis. It hosts workshops, gigs, political meetings, language lessons, film screenings, a vegan cafe and lots more.

Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliott Performance!

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 7th May / 8pm–1am

A great evening with Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot. Rimbaud is a writer, performer, and co-founder of punk band, Crass. He’ll be reading some of his latest poetry, accompanied by Australian saxophonist, Louise Elliott.

Penny Rimbaud
Penny Rimbaud
Penny Rimbaud

Penny Rimbaud is a poet, drummer, writer, former member of the performance art group EXIT and co-founder of the anarchist punk band Crass, with Steve Ignorant in 1977.

He also set up the anarchist/pacifist Dial House community in 1967 with Gee Vaucher and Phil Russell and helped to instigate the free festival movement.

An ardent, articulate and still angry polemicist, his works include Reality Asylum, Rocky Eyed and Oh America. Says Rimbaud of his own legacy: “our response to things wasn’t a musical or a lyrical response, it was a political response.”

Louise Elliot
Louise Elliott an Australian tenor saxophonist and has performed with a wealth of international musicians. Originally known for her appearances with cult rock outfits Laughing Clowns, The Saints, Ed Kuepper and Paul Kelly, Louise has a fiery commitment to inspiring and energetic live performance which has been referred to in the media as “her profoundly diverse smorgasbord of funk, blues and rock” and “an African inspired jazz explosion”. She has played with Penny Rimbaud for 9 years.

Accompanied by haunting sax, Penny Rimbaud will read a selection of his work. Join us for an unforgettable evening with a truly righteous, independent spirit.

There’ll be a Q & A after, followed by punk disco.

Starts 8pm, BYOB, €10 waged, €5 unwaged suggested donation.

Palestine Day at Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Monday 19th April / 12pm–12am

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is holding a day of workshops, skill sharing and social events for people who are interested in learning more about Palestine and geting involved in active campaign work here in Ireland. There will be a range of discussions and workshops covering both practical and theoretical issues as well as film screenings, a Palestinian food and a social evening.

Palestine Day aims to provide a space for building on and sustaining the processes that lead to establishing a well informed grassroots mass movement here in Ireland.

This event is part of a series of IPSC events to commemorate the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine which led to the establishment of the exclusivist state of Israel. In 1948 over 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, civilians were massacred & hundreds of Palestinian villages deliberately destroyed, this expulsion continues today. We can’t stop yesterday’s atrocities; we must prevent today’s.

Programme for the day

Banner Making Workshop 12pm
Learn how to make a durable, effective banner without all the hassle. Materials will be provided. Hosted by Bas O’Currain.
Forming a Student Solidarity Society 1.30pm
This session will deal with practical steps and ideas on how to go about organising a student society branch of the IPSC in your university. We’ll discuss some of the issues, outline the resources we could provide and how best to make your campus based work effective.
Discussion Sessions: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 3pm
The theoretical reasoning behind the BDS campaign and the necessity for such a campaign will be discussed by IPSC Chairperson Dr. David Landy while practical ideas for boycott actions and campaigns will be discussed by prominent Dutch activist Christine DeVos.
The Left in Palestine 4.30pm
A brief history of the Leftist parties in Palestine will be given by Kevin Squires and Freda Hughes of the IPSC who will go on to discuss the current fractious nature of the Left and the new generation of collectivists emerging within Anti-Zionist activism.
Film screening: The Land Speaks Arabic (Maryse Gargour) 6pm
The Land Speaks Arabic documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early part of the 20th century. In this documentary the late 19th century birth of Zionism — and its repercussions for Palestinians — is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders’ quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This award-winning film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.
Social Evening 8pm
On the night there will be Palestinian food, Palestinian and Arabic music (from folk to electronica to hip hop) and craic galore. This is a bring your own booze event, and the cost of entry is just a suggested donation of €5. This may or may not include a free bottle of Palestinian Taybeh beer while stocks last.
Palestinian Food
Falafel plate, Tabouleh, Tzatsiki, Harissa, Humus and Chips will be provided by the Seomra Kitchen Collective for a donation of €5.

This event is organised by The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as part of Nakba Week (May 8th–15th) and will be held in Seomra Spraoi.

This event will operate on a donation basis and is open to all.

Recommended donation:
Daytime session (workshops/discussion groups/screening) — €5
Social evening — €5
Food will be provided by the Seomra Kitchen Collective who also operate on a donation basis.

For more information on Nakba Week see

RAG Open meeting: Women’s Groups in Israel/Palestine

Seomra Spraoi / Monday 12th April / 7:30pm

The next RAG open meeting will take place on Monday, 12th April, 2010 at 7:30pm.

An Israeli activist will share from her experiences of speaking out and standing against strong racism, militarism, oppression, and all odds, in struggling to end the occupation of Palestine. She will present a few projects that she had been involved in, including a screening or two, and will share lessons learnt about sustaining the activity and ourselves.

All (genders) welcome.

The Masked Activists’ Ball

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 15th April / 8 til late

Do you fancy yourself as Zorro, Phoolan Devi, Robin Hood, Granuaile, Pancho Villa, Annie Oakley, Captain Jack Sparrow, Angela Davis, Ned Ludd or Subcomandante Marcos?

Is there a guerrilla, guerrilla gardener, Raging Granny, highwayman (or woman), graffiti artist, Woman in Black, Amsterdam squatter, Redstocking, Italian partisan, French 68er, cloaked anarchist or Communard buried deep in your subconscious?

Set them free at the Masked Activists’ Ball!

We’re launching a serious course for social movement organisers, community educators, NGO workers, grassroots activists, advocates with minority groups, feminists, GLBTQ activists, environmentalists, trade unionists, solidarity activists, development workers, anti-racists, anti-war activists etc etc etc — people who are already doing it and want to do it better, and people who want to start, learning from each other’s experience and skills. But we reckon we should have fun along the way…

Masked Activists’ Ball

Seomra Spraoi social centre
10 Belvedere Court, off Gardiner St, Dublin 1 (directions)
15th April 2010, 8 till late

DJ: Dr Groove
No cover charge

All masks (and costumes) welcome — small prize for the best of the night!

More about the course at

Rethinking Revolution discussions organised by WSM

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 7th & 21st April / 6:30pm


Rethinking Revolution’ is a series of discussions about the core ideas those of us who want revolutionary change think we have in common and so too often neglect to discuss. The discussions will be kicked off by an opinionated presentation of one or more approaches on these questions with the purpose of drawing all present into a discussion that we hope will continue long after the meeting. The talks are organised by the Outreach group of the WSM and inspired by those arguments we keep having in the kitchen at parties.

The discussions will happen on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in Seomra Spraoi starting April 7th. Semora Spraoi is an activist run ‘social centre’ and is located at 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. The discussions will start at 6:30pm sharp as Seomra Kitchen has a ‘People’s Kitchen’ every Wednesday from 7:30pm (so afterwards you can get a great meal and continue the discussion.)

Opening topics

How do we know who will struggle? — April 7th

The left talks a lot about class but in a manner that often confuses more than it clarifies. Paul Bowman wonders just how useful the classification obsessed approach of the left actually is.

A revolution in our lifetimes? — April 21st

Are we spending our precious time outside of work at protests and meetings because we want to improve our lives or are we just fighting for future generations. In either case what is it that we are trying to do as we move from topic to topic and struggle to struggle? Alan MacSimoin doesn’t expect to see the glorious day while Andrew Flood is preparing for it being just around the corner.

 The seminars will continue through May, possible future titles include:
Starting from here? The popular appeal of republicanism — date TBA

The revolutionary tradition for 80% of the population means Irish republicanism. From bar stools to marginalized neighborhoods it has popular appeal way beyond that of anarchism, trotskyism or any other ism. Should we be wrapping ourselves in the green or breaking from it?

If you’re on Facebook you’ll find a group for this discussion series.

Seomra Cinema: Into the Wild

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 21st March / 4pm–10pm

  • First showing 4pm
  • Second showing 7pm

Into the Wild

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.