Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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The Black Market, Dublin, 1pm

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 3rd May / 1pm–7pm

A DIY Market Of Artwork, Books, Records And Oddities

An alternative to the “art world”

On Sunday 3rd of May, the Seomra Spraoi social centre will be host to a collection of artists, sculptors, zine nerds, record collectors and purveyors of bric a brac and assorted oddities. The market will be run in conjunction with its sister market of the same name in Belfast which has been running very successfully for a number of months now. It is run on a purely DIY non-profit basis with donations going towards the running of Seomra Spraoi itself.

All are welcome to come and spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls and food and drinks will also be available, or indeed if you would like a stall of your own please contact us by email:, or by phone, 0857103532.

‘Food Fight’ Café with talk on local struggles and food sovereignty in latin America by Alberta Cariño Trujillo

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 18th April / 7pm–10pm

Food served 7pm to 8pm, followed by talk at 8pm, with questions and answers and discussion afterwards.

Suggested donation for food €3, more or less as you can afford.

Alberta Cariño Trujillo is a Mixtec woman from Oaxaca who works in CACTUS (Centre of Community Support Working Together), a Mixtec peasant organisation which is part of MAIZ (Agrarian Zapatista Indigenous Movement) and of the broader coalition “No Maize, No Country”. This organisation has extensive work in the area of food sovereignty, promoting sowing for local consumption and local barter, community water management, soil conservation, women’s productive collectives, etc. They run an Agrarian School, Ricardo Flores Magón, which has as its mission to recover traditional and autonomous alimentary systems. CACTUS also advocates gender equality issues.

English as a foreign language classes

Seomra Spraoi / Every Tuesday from 14th April / 6:30pm–8pm, 8:15pm–9:45pm

  • Elementary/Pre-Intermediate from 6:30pm–8pm
  • Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate from 8:15pm–9:45pm

Can fit about 14 in each class so good if people can get in contact to check that there’s space.

Classes are on Tuesdays from 14th April and will run for 8 weeks. There’ll be another set of 8 after that.

Classes are free. A small donation for photocopying would be appreciated.

People interested can contact me at or 083 3077725.

Vegetarian / Vegan Café with Music from Geoff Berner (Canda) and Jay Baker

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 20th April / 7:30pm–10pm

Café with Music from Geoff Berner (Canada) and Jay Baker

  • Geoff Berner — Klezmer/Folk from Vancouver, Canada
  • Jay Baker — Murder Ballads and Bad Luck Blues
  • Vegan / Vegetarian Cafe from 7:30pm
  • Music 8:30pm

Wednesday 29th April
Suggested Donation €5

Club Sandino – Latin America Week 2009 edition

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 18th April / 9pm–1am

Recommended donation 10 € / 5€ unwaged

  • Resident Dj Don “R”
  • Tango performance by Erika y Alexandre

For further details contact:

LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Ph. 01 6760435

What is Club Sandino?

Club Sandino was born in London in the late eighties. It was formed by a posse of London based radical DJ’s, musicians and dance enthusiasts and all profits were funnelled to the U.K./Nicaragua support groups. These groups were involved in the struggle by the people of Nicaragua and their democratically elected government against the U.S. backed Contra terrorist campaign.

In Dublin the club was originally based in the late lamented McGonagle#s of South Ann Street. Again all profits went to running the Irish Nicaragua Support Group (a forerunner of today’s LASC).

The club’s music policy is based on the links between musical languages and styles around the world. Salsamet reggae — soukous might be followed by r&b — bhangra beats gave way to highlife and so on.

So! — if you’re into James Brown, Papa Wemba, Joe Arroyo, Khaled, Muddy Waters and an eclectic music mix this is where you’ll get it…

Seomra Spraoi Cinema (The Take, 2004)

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 12th April / 5pm–7:30pm

This Sunday 12th of April we will be showing ‘The Take’, a 2004 documentary by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, about a group of Argentinian workers who take control of an auto factory.

The Take is a Canadian documentary film released in 2004 by the wife and husband team of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. It tells the story of workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed Forja auto plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative, or as could be argued, a working model of anarcho-syndicalism.


The plant closed as a result of the economic policies of the Carlos Menem government under the watchful eye of the International Monetary Fund.

While in bankruptcy protection, the company appeared to be selling off property and inventory to pay creditors – a move which further reduced the chances of the facility returning to production. In an effort to establish their own control, the workers occupied the factory and began a long battle to win the right to operate it themselves, as a cooperative.

This collective movement has gained strength in Argentina, having started with a garment factory several years earlier. The factory workers waded through the courts and legislative system with help from the experience of these other groups who had fought the same battle, and ultimately secured their right to operate the plant.

Irish Climate Camp Awareness Raiser

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 11th April / 6pm–11pm

Doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm sharp!

  • Introduction of event and slideshows
  • Food served @ 6:30pm
  • Film: (to be confirmed) The Power of Community, starts 7.30pm
  • After film there will be open discussion about Climate Camp Aims and Principles and a chance to have all questions answered. Also, some short clips of previous Climate Camps and Ecotopia.

Climate Camp

Ever wondered what exactly Climate Camp is? What it hopes to achieve? How is it organised and who is organising the Irish one? Now is your chance to have your questions answered, contribute your opinions and hopefully get more involved in this ambitous, challenging project, which has great potential to bring people together in the battle against climate and social injustice.

The Power of Community

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

The slideshows and shorts will be from the Irish Ecotopia and Previous Climate Camps. If you have photos or footage to add please send it to me asap.

The food will be Vegan/Vegetarian, food prepared by Seomra Spraoi’s Kitchen Group. If you want to help or bring extra deserts I can put you in touch with kitchen group.

The event is free entry, with a suggested donation for food. It is a non-alcoholic event. The event will end about 11pm.

Any questions or comment please contact me on 0868041898 or on behalf of Dublin Climate Camp Group

Volta Cinema 7 — La Classe Operaia va in Paradiso

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 8th April / 8pm–11pm

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Italian: La classe operaia va in paradiso) is a 1971 film directed by Elio Petri. It depicts a factory worker’s realisation of his own condition as a simple “tool” in the process of production and, implicitly, his struggle with the trade unions. The worker in question, Lulu, is described in the first part of the film as a Stakhanovite.

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.

RAG Open Meeting: Anti-racism and discrimination

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 7th April / 7:30pm–9:30pm

You are invited to a participatory discussion based workshop (no pressure!) exploring participants attitudes on the themes of anti-racism and discrimination.

For: Anyone who is interested in exploring this topic who supports the work of RAG. It would be helpful to have a good fluency in english.

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