Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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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.

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

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.


Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 28th February / 4pm–6pm

A representation (in dark comic style) of the true story of 300 Spartans standing up against thousands of invading Persians in 480 BC.

‘300’ tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Persians, under the rule of (God) King Xerxes, have already taken over some of the Hellenic city-states and now threaten Sparta and Athens. King Leonidas of Sparta is left with either having to sacrifice himself for the well-being of Sparta or watch it burn to the ground. The story depicts the epic last stand of the finest Spartan soldiers who are aware of their fate, but motivated by honour and glory see the battle as their duty to protect Greece.

Folk Night: Bardoi & Thierry Michele

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 12th February / 8pm–1am

Re-Session Session Folk Night

Live Music From:

Johnny Tennant (bouzouki/bodhran)
Katerina Garcia (vocals)

A mixture of Irish, Scottish, Macedonian and Spanish music…

Thierry Michele
(French pipes & voice)

Songs from France Ireland & Beyond & guests

Food served till 10pm.
Suggested donation €5 more/less as you can afford.

Seomra Spraoi Sunday cinema: Scratch

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 7th February / 7–9pm



(written and directed by Doug Pray)

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world’s best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. More info at imdb. Bring Your Own Popcorn!