Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Nouveau Vadge gig

A showcase for female musicians and artists.

Hosted in Seomra Spraoi, off Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1…

All profits go straight into the hands of Hampis Childrens Trust, Hampi, India… www.myspace.com/hopeinhampi

Doors open at 9pm and close at 12am sharp, gig on till 1am…

It’s donations at the door and you can Bring Your Own Booze, so would hope the money your saving on pints would allow you to dig deep for this good cause…

Really looking forward to it and hope to see you there,
Would recommend you buzz down early as we can only squeeze so many in.

Music by (starting with who’s on first)
  • Rae
  • Laura Sheeran
  • ilex
  • Jane
  • Rosanna Woods
Art by
  • iheartbellies.. (lisa)

Related Link: http://myspace.com/nouveauvadge

LASC public talk: “5 Years Under Military Occupation: What Has the Future in Store for Haiti?”

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 4th March / 7pm–9pm

LASC Latin America Solidarity Centre presents:

TNT Thursday Night Talk (Exceptionally on Wednesday)
4th March, 7:00 pm
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1

5 Years Under Military Occupation: What Has the Future in Store for Haiti?

  • On February 29th, 2008, US, French, Canadian and Chilean troops invade Haiti, kidnap and expel President Aristide to the Central African Republic and put an unpopular member of the opposition into government.
  • On July, the UN sent an armed contingent, the MINUSTAH, to take effective control of the country.
  • On February 2006 the current president Rene Preval was elected as the candidate of “national sovereignty”… yet, the occupation has not been questioned in any sensitive form.
  • On April 2008 there was widespread rioting for the high cost of food that quickly turned into anti-occupation protests.
  • 5 years later, the country remains under UN military occupation while social conditions keep deteriorating.
  • 5 years later… Is there any sign of hope for Haiti or we would expect it to be forever more a UN protectorate?

Talk delivered by José Antonio Gutiérrez, Research and Development Officer, LASC

For more information, see lasc.ie

Soup Kitchen Cafe w/ Eric Carbonara, Cian Nugent & Gavin Prior

Food served from 7pm

€5 suggested donation, pay less if you’re skint…

FOOD: 7pm – till it’s all gone…

We promise a feast…
3 course dinner, Zapatista coffee and fancy cakes
(Veggie/vegan & gluten free options available) cooked & served by Dublin’s sexiest chefs The People’s Kitchen

with live music from…

ERIC CARBONARA
Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based multi-instrumentalist & recording engineer, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.

Carbonara’s playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets. Carbonara is a regular collaborator in the improvisational outfit, Evil Eye Sound System & plays with the Philly psych-rock group, Soft People.

Carbonara’s full length solo acoustic debut, Exodus Bulldornadius was released in November 2007 on Chicago based Locust Music as part of the label’s ongoing Wooden Guitar series.

www.myspace.com/ericcarbonara

CIAN NUGENT
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.
www.myspace.com/ciannugent
GAVIN PRIOR
A solo show from Gavin, who also plays in United Bible Studies, Wyntr Ravn, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Toymonger, and has played in Agitated Radio Pilot, Amygdala, Murmansk, The Magickal Folk Of The Faraway Tree and many other occasional or once-off improv groupings. Gavin also co-runs the Deserted Village label.
www.myspace.com/gavinprior

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.

http://www.alburian.com
http://www.myspace.com/alburian

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.

http://www.myspace.com/borisbelony

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.

http://www.myspace.com/voltacinema
voltacinema@gmail.com

Electronic Resistance presents The BrokeBeat Session — Seomra Spraoi Fundraiser

Brokers Bar, opposite the Central Bank, Dame Street 10 til 2.30!

Fundraiser for the Seomra Sproai Autonomous Social Centre
5 blips in before the midnight hour, 7 after (if ye can afford it) — Get down there!
More info about our activities and ethos at myspace.com/erdublin and erdublin.com

Electronic Resistance is back on the gigs trail with another fundraising electronic extravageansaí, this time for Seomra Spraoi, the wicked social centre that’s just launched its new building in Dublin city centre

Ragga breakcore bigness from the furious Prince Kong, Jungle from the smooth mixin’ DJ CLass A, Dubstep and 2-step from sub-ambassadors Konspiracy and Welfare as well as a mixed bag of niceties form Deki’s mysterious record bag — all for 5 slave tokens if yer early — Woop!

PRINCE KONG
Prince Kong is a jungle/breakcore project focusing on precision cut rythym edits and agressive/contorted sounds. Designed for most forms of ASBO inducing behaviour and other social niceties.
myspace.com/kongism
DJ CLASS A
Smooth mixin’ Derry D and B maestro fresh from supporting the legendary Grooverider — Whilst specialising in Drum and Bass & Jungle, Class A has also been known for playing sets of old skool hardcore and classic house, trance & techno. Check him every week on the nations best station, Raidio na Life!
myspace.com/dj_class_a
KONSPIRACY b2b WELFARE
Dublin Dub Stalwart Konspiracy is a DJ and Producer currently wobbling around the place with the DubCulture crew and the notorious 313 gang — mixes and tunes at myspace.com/konspiracydub

Welfare is a Dublin based Dubstep and Jungle aficionado and E.R souljah with a weekly radio show on Raidio na Life and has been known to surface loudly in Galway and Dublin clubs with vinyl and Serato in tow-production efforts almost ready for public consumption — watch this space >}
myspace.com/djwelfare

DEKI
Eclectic flavour of the broken beat variety form the ex Jazz fm and pirate pariah DJ who can be found spinning in the Seomra of an evening and carting the components of entertainment from place to place of an afternoon

Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi is Dublin’s very own radical social centre… Today in Ireland there is virtually nowhere indoors for people to congregate that isn’t a pub or overpriced cafe. There are many successful autonomous social centres in other European cities, independent of local authority, church, business or other controlling body. These spaces have provided a focal point for many of the social movements in the West, where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.

The new (fourth generation) space has been open for a couple of months now and actually just had a very busy and successful launch weekend. The space facilitates a mad range of
activities, from film screenings to regular workshops on every possible topic (including bike repair, stencil and graffiti, electronic music production, permaculture, gardening, legal support, activist skill sharing to name just a few), political meetings to cross dressing parties, acoustic gigs and a truckload of other interesting stuff — more info at seomraspraoi.org and myspace.com/seomraspraoi

Related Link: http://myspace.com/erdublin

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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 filmspolitically.blogspot.com or contact experimentalfilmclub@gmail.com.

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 http://www.seomraspraoi.org.

If you’d like to get involved in Seomra Spraoi, you can email us at seomraspraoi@gmail.com for more details

Friday 13th February

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

HEATHERS
www.myspace.com/heatherswhatsyourdamage
CIAN NUGENT
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.
www.myspace.com/ciannugent
JAY BAKER
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 seomraspraoi@gmail.com
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
http://www.myspace.com/hervmusic
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.
http://www.redspace.cc/

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.
http://www.myspace.com/mcbett

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.

http://www.myspace.com/voltacinema
voltacinema@gmail.com

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