Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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Al Burian / Boris Beloney Zine Reading

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday February 24th / 7:30pm–10pm

Al Burian of post-hardcore/rock bands Milemarker and Challenger, and author of Burn Collector zine comes to Dublin for a one-off show as part of his European tour. We’ve been promised a mix of short story & zine readings, some poetry and music, all delivered with the directness of approach and intensity we’ve come to expect from his previous live engagements.

World renowned Wicklow-based zinester Boris Belony will accompany Al on stage. Boris will be reading passages from his forthcoming book “Messin’ with yo’ Minds” while regaling all and sundry with his witty tales of life in sub-suburban Dublin.

Admission is by a suggested donation is €5. Food will be served for a small donation from 7pm, and the show will start around 8–8.30pm, ending in plenty of time to get last busses.

Volta Cinema #5

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday February 24th / 7:30pm–10:30pm

Films start at 8pm.

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.

Films Politically: the Convergence of Politics and Cinema in the 60s

E X P E R I M E N T A L F I L M C L U B presents: Films politically…
…a series of screenings exploring the convergence of film and radical politics in the late 1960s
Every second Tuesday, starting February 17th
8pm / free entry

The Experimental Film Club is branching out, with a series of feature film screenings taking place at the autonomous social centre Seomra Spraoi. (The monthly screenings in the Ha’penny Bridge Inn will be continuing as usual.) This series will explore the convergence of film and radical politics in the late 1960s from the perspective summed up in Jean-Luc Godard’s famous line: The problem is not to make political films, but to make films politically.

For over a century, film has been recognised as a powerful political tool — but in the heightened climate of the US and Europe in the late 1960s, that power was understood in new and innovative ways. One of the key characteristics of the radical cinema that emerged in this time, particular in the epicentres of New York and Paris, was a keen awareness of the political implications of form, style and the filmmaking process that has often been neglected in contemporary radical and activist filmmaking.

For these filmmakers, it was not possible to simply make a Hollywood film, using the established modes of production and distribution and the established stylistic and narrative conventions, and insert within that a set of radical anti-war or anti-capitalist messages. It was not possible because those established conventions were not neutral, but had serious political implications themselves, implications that overrided any message one may try to propagate within them.

This series of screenings attempts to explore some of the new, politicised forms of cinema that were created during this time, and discuss what lessons they may hold for activists and artists in today’s world.

For more information on the series, please visit or contact

Seomra Spraoi Launch Weekend!

Hey all, here’s the outline timetable for the launch weekend for the new Seomra Spraoi.

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It is run by a non-hierarchical collective on a not-for-profit basis. It hosts workshops, political meetings, film screenings and lots more. The centre seeks to be a hub of positive resistance, in a city and society where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.

Our new space is at 10 Belvidere Court, off Gardiner Street in Dublin 1. There’s a map/directions on our website at

If you’d like to get involved in Seomra Spraoi, you can email us at for more details

Friday 13th February

We start off our launch weekend with a night of acoustic music, featuring

Talented young guitar player Cian Nugent plays instrumental guitar music with many folk and experimental influences. His exploratory style of playing has earned him comparisons to Robbie Basho and John Fahey. Recently he has toured with Jozef VanWissen and James Blackshaw and will feature on an upcoming compilation from legendary folk label Tompkins Square.
Poster for the Friday gig
Poster for the Friday gig

Saturday 14th February

noon – 4pm
Bike repair workshop in the seomra, hosted by our newly formed bike group
noon – 2pm
A radical walking tour of the north inner city, hosted by local historian Terry Fagan.
places on the walking tour are limited to 15 and the cost is €6.50.
To book a place, please email
noon – 2pm
Gardening & seed planting. help grow the new seomra’s garden!
2 – 3pm
Lunch, Zapatista coffee and fancy cakes (Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available)
Cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen
3 – 4:30pm
Stencil graffiti workshop
4 – 6pm
Social Centres Workshop — A popular education participatory exercise on the historical trajectory of social centres, mapping out the link between capitalism, social movements and social centres
4 – 6pm
A workshop on electronic music hosted by Herv
8 – 1am
Paisean Faisean — fancy dress party with music from DJs Deki & Krossphader
Poster for the ‘Paisean Faisean’ event
Poster for the ‘Paisean Faisean’ event

Sunday 15th February

2 – 3pm
Lunch — guaranteed to cure your hangover…
Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available.
Cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen
3 – 4pm
3 Minutes of Infamy — A representative from each of the groups that use Seomra Spraoi will speak for three minutes about their group, what they do and how you can get involved.
4 – 6pm
Queer Spraoi presents a cross-stitching workshop.
4 – 6pm
A panel discussion on autonomous social spaces in Dublin with speakers from Seomra Spraoi, The Joy Gallery & The Shed.

The Joy Gallery is a not-for-profit art space focusing on experimental art, music/art cross-collaborations and new media work.

The Shed is a workshop space in the heart of Dublin, off Bolton street in Dublin 1.
This project has been created to give location to foreign artists resident in Ireland or in general artists working on International Issues and their unconventional approach to art and communication.

7 – 9pm
A screening of short films & animations hosted by the Seomra’s cinema group

Volta Cinema 4: Manufactured Landscapes

Volta Cinema: Manufactured Landscapes. Tuesday Feb 10th, 7pm to 11pm. Films start at 8pm. Food starts at 7pm.

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.

Manufactured Landscapes

World renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky’s depictions of destroyed natural landscapes are the subject of this oddly beautiful documentary. Recreating massive scenes from as far afield as a breaking yard in Bangladesh or a factory in China, director Jennifer Baichwal’s camera also reveals the human participants in this grand portrait of the ecological disasters brought about in the pursuit of progress.

Canada / 2006 / 86 mins / Documentary / Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Watch the Trailer

Watch the Stunning Opening Shot

IPSC meeting

Weekly meeting of the Dublin branch of the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign

Thursday February 12, 2009, 8:00pm–9:30pm

The IPSC campaigns for justice for the Palestinian people, through raising public awareness about the human rights abuses in the occupied territories, the violations of international law and the historical causes of the injustices to the Palestinians that lie at the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

The IPSC lobbies the Irish government and the EU, campaigns on the streets and urges for a vigorous Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign similar to the one that played a part in ending Apartheid in South Africa. The IPSC also holds public talks with Israeli and Palestinian speakers and various cultural and fundraising events.

For more info, see

Radical (Trans) Genders Workshop

Radical (Trans) Genders is Queer Spraoi’s second ever event! It is a workshop to educate about the history of gender, the transgender experience, and how gender enables and binds us in everyday lives. Learn, share, have fun!

The workshop is on February 11th, 7pm, @ Seomra Spraoi (10 Belvidere Court, off Mountjoy Square).

About Queer Spraoi: Queer Spraoi is a project to engage queerness in Dublin on a new level. We organise events, such as gigs, film nights and workshops around the social centre Seomra Spraoi.

In an era where we’re led to believe that queerness is a commercialised ‘lifestyle choice’ to be bought and sold, we want to establish a radical community that celebrates our diversity, our differences and brings us together. To have fun, learn from each other, and have hot makeouts behind our grandparents’ tool sheds while wearing multicoloured Tutus and acting improperly towards the family silverware.