Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Category Archives: Plone

‘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.

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.