Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

‘The Dreamlife of Angels’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 12th November / 7pm–9pm

The film is about two working class women, Isa and Marie. Isa is a drifter and searching for a lover she had met during the summer. When she realizes that her search for him is futile and turns elsewhere she meets Marie, who lives in a small French town near Lille. The two young women instantly find a connection as they both have been treated harshly by life and are living from day to day in short-time jobs, such as working in a textile factory or delivering leaflets in the streets. Marie lives in an apartment that she is looking after because the owners had a car accident in which everyone died, except for Sandrine, a teenager, who is in a coma. Marie invites Isa to live with her. Shortly thereafter Isa and Marie meet up with two bouncers, Fredo and Charly, whom they befriend. The men help them out and they have genuine fun together, although they are not much better off than the women.

RAG 5 Launch

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 20th November / 6pm–1am

Rag celebrates the launch of our 5th annual magazine with a Queer Anarchafeminist Cabaret. Food, feminists reading magazines, dancing, music fun fun fun fun. €8 donation including a copy of the magazine.

20th November
Seomra Sproai
6pm for food
…9pm for performances with popcorn and cake
Kids welcome
Fancy dress encouraged!
Dancing til late
8 euro donation including a copy of the magazine

Confirmed appearances from:

  • Mistress of ceremonies: JELL O’FISH! (Rag member)
  • Deirdre and Jonah (performance/song singing)
  • Lilly DeValle (burlesque)
  • Oscillate Wildely (queer boylesque)
  • Apollonia Tribal Bellydance
  • Coin Operated Girls (the wonderful D4 Von Teese and Lisa Connell, queer burlesquer)
  • The Lovecats’ Azaria Starfire (Burlesque/Comedy)
  • Leanne Harte (Gonna play us a few songs)
  • Blackbird (Rag’s own burlesquer)
  • The Beast Woman (Emma) and the Crash Test Cabaret troupe (comedy and burlesque)
  • Julian Mandrews (The Gay (And rather dapper!) Drag King)
  • Jennifer Evans (Amazing, lady guitarist and singer!)

Food, drink, performances, laughing, dancing, music, magazines and anarchy!


‘Offside’ — Hands off the People of Iran

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 11th November / 7:15pm–9:25pm

Hands Off the People of Iran will hold an information meeting and a screening of ‘Offside’ in Seomra Spraoi on Thursday 11th November at 7:15 pm.

The film tells the story of soccer mad Iranian girls who dress up as boys so that they can go to the world cup qualifying match in Tehran. Women are banned from attending all sporting events in Iran and face arrest and imprisonment if caught.

The production is both a serious examination of the level of repression and a light-hearted look at the ridiculous lengths the Islamic regime is prepared to go in order to keep control.

The director Jafar Panahi spent three months in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, protests that at the moment he has little hope of making another film — all he can do is film one in his head. But, he says defiantly: “I will have to make a film — that is my life.”

Guardian Review

Handle Off the People of Iran — Ireland

Hands Off The People Of Iran – Ireland is an activist campaign and its objectives are to;

  • Work to oppose the threat of any imperialist intervention, war or sanctions against Iran.
  • Seek to build active, practical solidarity with grass-roots radical secular forces in Iran, the militant women’s, workers and students movements.
  • We fight for regime change, both in Iran and in the imperialist countries. But we know that change must come from below — from the struggles of the working class and social movements — if it is to lead to genuine liberation.

Our campaign demands are:

  • No to imperialist war! For the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of US/UK troops from Iraq and the entire Gulf region!
  • No to any imperialist intervention. The immediate and unconditional end to sanctions on Iran.
  • No to the theocratic regime!
  • Opposition to Israeli expansionism and aggression!
  • Support to all working class and progressive struggles in Iran against poverty and repression!
  • Support for socialism, democracy and workers’ control in Iran!
  • For a nuclear-free Middle East as a step towards a nuclear-free world!


‘Children Underground’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 5th November / 7pm–9pm

Children Underground (2001) is a documentary film directed by Edet Belzberg.

Homeless children are the casualties of Romania’s recent history. In an effort to increase the nation’s work force, former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu outlawed contraception and abortion in 1966. Thousands of unwanted children were placed in state orphanages, where they faced terrible conditions. With the fall of Communism, many children moved onto the streets. Some were from the orphanages. Others were runways from impoverished families. Today there are 20,000 children living on the streets. The resources for sheltering these homeless youths are severely limited.

‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 22nd October / 7pm–9pm

Auntie Underground film club presents a cult movie The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (French: Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie) is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in France and is mainly in French, with some dialogue in Spanish.

The film concerns a group of upper class people attempting — despite continual interruptions — to dine together. The film received the 1972 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Songs from the Second Floor’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 8th October / 7pm–9pm

Songs from the Second Floor is a 2000 tragicomic Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. It presents a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate aspects of modern life. The film uses many quotations from the work of the Peruvian poet César Vallejo as a recurring motif. It is the first film in an unfinished trilogy (You, the Living is the second).

Punky Reggae Party Vol. 8 (Feat. Fachtna O’Kelly)

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 2nd October / 8pm–1am

October Punky Reggae Party (1st Birthday!)

Guest DJ: Fachtna O’Kelly

The legendary Fachtna O’Kelly (O’Ceallaigh) former rock journalist, radio presenter and manager of Clannad, The Boomtown Rats and Bananarama is the special guest DJ for the Punky Reggae Party’s 1st birthday celebration. O’Kelly, who is back managing Sinead O’Connor, has been collecting reggae records for over 35 years and is rumoured to own one of the largest collections in Ireland.

Don’t miss this very rare chance to see him unleash his reggae arsenal on the general public.


Carax & Jim Scully

€5 suggested donation — BYOB.

Seomra Spraoi is not a nightclub. Please respect the neighbours.

Evan Greer: Queer Riot-Folk! & Vegan Café

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 13th October / 7:45pm–10pm

Evan Greer is a radical genderqueer singer/songwriter, community organizer and popular educator based in Boston. Evan writes and performs high energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! At 25 years old, Evan tours internationally as a musician and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. With fiercely radical songs that vary in style from punk-folk to foot-stompin bluegrass, Evan has shared stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Immortal Technique, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Boots Riley of The Coup, Pamela Means, Oi Polloi, State Radio, Leftover Crack, The Mammals, Defiance Ohio, and Chumbawamba.

Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. (S)he reminds me of Phil Ochs.
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers… and (s)he’s a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like ‘Ya Basta!’ and ‘Picketline Song’ will be heard at the barricades for years to come.
Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine

‘Pustaka Semesta’ Kuala Lumpur Infoshop Fundraiser

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 24th September / 8pm–1am

Malaysian Food, Films & Party DJs… Probably gonna be the best night of your life…
Suggested Donation €5/8 more/less as you can afford

Pustaka Semesta

Hello from ‘Pustaka Semesta’ Kuala Lumpur,

We are soon to open our own Infoshop. We feel really excited and yes a bit nervous. Honestly, our budget is quite small but we have a big hearts, mobilizing our efforts and dreams to realize this.

The infoshop is part a mission by Kudeta Collective to empower community and ourselves. For the time being, it still is a bit too early to say what sort of activities we can have on the space or even categories store on the shelves. Providing alternative and valuable resources and informations, where people can get together and things can grow.

We work in collaboration with the wonderful people at Gudang Noisy, a loose collective that runs a huge two-storey warehouse. The space for now serves as show venues, jamming studio, community centre, bicyle co-op and vegan cafe. The decision to move into the space is partly taking up vacancy and supporting the space in dealing with rental. Our infoshop will be on the front part of the 1st floor at Gudang Noisy.

To make it happen we need your help in almost anything….