Winter Solstice Party line up announced

The Glasgow Social Centre Winter Solstice Party is here!

After the success of the last event at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre, we will be returning on Saturday December 18th with another amazing line-up.

*Doors Open 5pm
*Food and comedy downstairs from the People's Kitchen and Laugh Out Loud Club 6pm
*The infoshop launch
*Music upstairs from Jim Macateer, Ceylen and Floura, Kung Fu Mother, BLOCastra and...

*The John Langan Band!!!!

We're excited already. See the poster for full details.

This is event is byob with corkage £0.50 a can £2 a bottle.
Full tickets £5, advance. £4. Food by donation.

If you would like to help out for the event or generally find out more about the Glasgow Socail Centre don't hesitate to get in touch. Email us at glasgowsocialcentre@riseup.net or come along to meetings on Mondays 7pm in the CCA Electron Club.


New Glasgow Social Centre Zine download

Whats in a space?' is a new zine from the Glasgow Social centre exploring our story so far. The zine details how the project at the Osborne street operated as well giving an overview of how social centres operate in general....

Download the PDF here.



Acoustic Cafe @ Garnethill Multicultural Centre - Nov 5th

The Glasgow Social Centre proudly present...

The Acoustic Cafe on November 5th.

6.30 - 11pm Garnethill Multicultural Centre (click for map).

This will be a brilliant night of amazing food and even better music from a host of performers including Rise Kagona, Honey and the Herbs, some stand up comedy and a host of solo performers. The music is not actually acoustic, we just like the name!

There will be lovely food cooked by the People's Kitchen to munch whilst watching all the fantastic performances.

Tickets are £3 in advance/£4 on the door and include all the music and food you could want! If you would like tickets please contact Sam (07983992243) or Johnny (07737030560) or email glasgowsocialcentre@riseup.net.

Check out the poster for more details.


Recycled craft workshop

This Thursday (21st) we will be back in the Lansdowne Church on Great Western Road from 6-9pm for more recycled craft. Last week we made recycled wallets, alien tenticles, salt dough craft and beaded bracelets.

Come along and please bring any materials which may be useful for making things.


People's Kitchen photos

Lots of hungry people at St. George's Cross and on Great Western Road were fed some lovely free food on Saturday. We made curry, soup and salad with skipped vegetables from the market.

The People's Kitchen will return on Saturday 13th November, hitting the streets at the earlier time of noon. See you then.


(Architectural) plans are afoot

Here's another sneak preview of 30 St. George's Road. For those of you who don't know this is the space we want to move into.

This week we were in so our resident architect Fi (pictured) could do drawings of the ground floor and basement to show the council where the new staircase will be. Just one of the hoops that we have to jump through!

So after we have these plans in and they are ok'd then we will be getting very close to having a social centre again. We hope that you're all as excited as we are.


A Day Out of Time photographs

Now that a few weeks have passed since the splendid Day Out of Time festival in Govanhill Park here are a few photos to take you back to that sunny day...


Camp for Climate Action Gathering

This weekend we will be doing the (people's) kitchen and the party for the Camp for Climate Action Gathering which is coming to Glasgow. People from all over the UK will meet up to plan the camp. More details below and at www.climatecamp.org.uk.

If you can help with the kitchen or the party give Johnny a shout on 07737030560. If not then come to the party, it will be ace!

The Gathering


The gathering is a weekend of organising, discussing and planning this year’s Camp for Climate Action which will be taking place near Edinburgh in August. Climate camp is a week long camp for educating and taking action ourselves to stop the root causes of climate change. The gathering is a great opportunity to get involved in the camp which is looking to target RBS and the fossil fuel industry. There will be vegan food provided and accommodation for anybody who needs. Disabled access also. Everyone is welcome


3rd floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1LH


31st July – 1st August 9am-6pm both days

The Party

(7pm – 12pm)

We’ll be hosting a d.j. set at the Barra’s Bistro, a chilled out, covered “outdoor” space in the heart of the Barras. Easy to find but give us a shout at the number above if you’re lost.


This Land is Your Land at the CCA

Today the Glasgow Social Centre presented our documentary and gave a talk about our current activities and the upcoming Mayan 'Day out of Time'.

Luis from the Southside Collective gave a spirited talk about the corruptive nature of 'ownership'. GSC volunteer, Omair also spoke about his experiences in a Scottish detention centre.

We also showed (most of) our film 'The Stroy so far' which documents our time at Osborne street. You can watch it in full below:

Glasgow Social Centre: The Story So Far from Bean There Done That on Vimeo.

Garnett Hill Park 25th July 'Day out of Time' Festival

This event will be loosely based on the 'Day Out Of Time' Celebrations, an international day of festivities promoting the concept of 'Peace through culture' and 'Time is Art'. For those of you who are familiar with Garnett Hill Park it is particularly appropriate for this with its Mayan like pyramid, water garden and amphitheater.

The day will be a celebration of community, the park and the fine thought and work that brought it into being, an inspiration for the many community garden and landscaping projects currently emerging and those to come in the future.

There will be a pa system set up in the amphitheatre area for music, poets, storytellers etc with dancers, performance artists and all things accoustic at the pyramid. Nothing set in stone,this is the first year for doing this event here so we feel our way and set a precedent for an annual celebration.

The idea is that the two spaces be linked by the 'Rainbow Bridge' via the stone staircase and stepping stone water garden. The Rainbow bridge will be processional i.e. made of people using costume ,body paint ,flags ,banners etc and hopefully have a ceremonial element to it....this may involve the planting of a vine!

So far we have the 'peoples kitchen' group working on providing free food, a pa system, some materials, and a growing cast of performers and artists plus the debut performance of a locally produced radio play and hopera(!) written by the late Fraser Clarke 'MEGATRIPOLIS@FOREVER' which introduces the concept of TimeDancing!!.....

Come along, and get involved. We'll see you there.


More info on Collectives

So you're interested in getting involved in one of the collectives? Great! Here's some more information on what they are all about:

Food Cooperative Collective
Help us get people out of the supermarkets and eating healthy food with less packaging! This collective involves sourcing initially dried foods from GreenCity Wholefoods and hopefully vegetables from a local farm at a later date. The dried and wholefoods will be bought in bulk and sold on at low prices with a wee profit to the Glasgow Social Centre.

People's Kitchen Collective
Serving free food to people on the street. This process provides a space to talk about how we relate to food, encourages eating together and gets healthy food into hungry mouths.

Film Collective
Showing radical films and documentaries in interesting spaces around Glasgow.

The collectives are being set up now so that they have a running start when we get a space. If you want to be involved in these collectives when we have a space (or don't!), please get stuck in now. See earlier post for contact details.

If there is a collective that you would like to start then please come along to our Monday meeting 7pm at the CCA to let us know.

Get involved in our Collectives

The Glasgow Social Centre group are setting up a Food Co-op Collective, People's Kitchen Collective and a Film Collective. For the food coop get in touch with Kate Hughes on 07969240530 and the all others contact Johnny on 07737030560.


SWAPORAMA: This Saturday

GSC presents an amazing Swaporama at the CCA. Saturday 10th July 12-4pm.Contact Melissa for more info.


Update Meeting

Tommorrow night (Monday 7th) we'll be hosting an update meeting at the Electron Club CCA from 7pm.

We've had lots of exciting developments since our move from Osborne street. The group is gaining momentum towards a new more permanent space. It would be great to get more hands on board to give it a bigger push.

So if you want to get stuck or are just generally excited byt the possibility of a Social Centre in Glasgow, then we hope to see you there.


- The GSC team


Glasgow Social Centre Update


You may wonder what we’ve been up to since moving out of Osborne Street. Here’s where we’re at:

First off, there’s a general meeting on Monday 7th June and you’re all invited! It’s in the electron club upstairs at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street. This is an opportunity for the wider group to feed into some important decisions. We’ll be looking at membership rules, and hopefully deciding on which space to go for!

So we moved out of Osborne Street way back at the start of the year. Since then we have been hunting for spaces around the city. Options have included a huge bingo hall, the old pipe factory, railway arches and some more regular spaces such as record shops. We have spoken to council planners about a couple of spaces and have especially been concentrating on a space on St George’s Road. It’s all very laborious and slow process but we’ll get there!

We’re also registering as a cooperative and hopefully as a charity as well! This will help us get rid of nasty council rates and get lovely funding.

What else have we been doing? We brought the free shop and a sound system to the May Day celebrations on Argyle Street and to Streetland in Govanhill. We’re hoping to work with The Govanhill Community Trust to have an event supporting the reopening of Govanhill baths. A group of us went to the UK Social Centres gathering in Leeds to learn from experience and meet folk from other centres around the country, and last weekend a few people went to Talmh to the Radical Routes gathering.

We’re planning on having a fundraising party soon so if you want to help out with this please come along to the meeting on the 7th of June..

Over and out.

Glasgow Social Centre organisational collective.


Watch the Documentary

Last Saturday we premiered our documentary 'the story so far'. If you missed it or would like another look. You can watch it here.


Disco Bingo: The first 45

This Valentine's night 8pm is Disco Bingo night. Here are the tracklisting for the first 45 tracks:

1. Depeche Mode - People are People
2. The Pogues - A pair of brown eyes
3. Jason Donovan - Sealed with a kiss
4. Rokotto - Boogie on up
5. XTC - Towers of London
6. MC Tunes - Primary Rhyming
7. Status Quo - Rockin' all over the world
8. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - So what's new?
9. Kool and the Gang - In the heart
10. The Alexander Bothers - Bonnie Scotland
11. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends - Never ending song of love
12. Burton Summings - When a man loves a woman
13. Heart - These Dreams
14. Meat Loaf - Bat out of hell
15. Sonny and Cher - I got you babe.
16. The Seekers - Sinner Man
17. Steve Miller Band - The Joker
18. Sparks - This town ain't big enough for the both of us
19. Prince - The most beautiful girl in the world
20. Salt N Pepa - Push it
21. Al Green - Lets stay together
22. Def Jef - On the real tip
23. James Brown - Get up (I Feel like being a sex machine)
24. Curtis Mayfield and Ice T - Superfly 1999
25. Beats International - Dub be good to me
26. The Allegro Theatre Orchestra - Fiddler on the Roof
27. AC/DC - Thunderstruck
28. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster
29. Donna Summer - I feel love
30. Harry Connick Jr. - Bare Necessities
31. Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
32. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
33. David Bowie - Lets Dance
34. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
35. Elton John - I'm still standing
36. Simple Minds - Ghostdance
37. Crusaders - The Hustler
38. Nilsson - Without You
39. Living Colour - Love rears its ugly head
40. Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
41. Jerry Lee Lewis - Great balls of fire
42. Jefferson Starship - Girl with the hungry eyes
43. Lenny Kravitz - It ain't over 'til it's over
44. The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
45. Kate Bush - Morning

See www.discobingo.co.uk for more information


The bands performing at the Haiti Benefit

The Haiti benefit night is shaping up to be a great mix of live performances from a diverse range of local (and not so local) artists.

Here is a list of the artists playing (in no particular order):

UPSTAIRS presented by This is our battlefied

Holy Mountain

Sludge Bass and rapid fire Drums duo whose live shows are the stuff of legend


Up and coming Literate punk rock from Glasgow.

Eternal Fags

First gig for local ex-Plaaydoh members.

DOWNSTAIRS presented by ACN Glasgow


Scottish Political Hip Hop.


BAFTA Nominated NorthernXposure are Scotland's No.1 rap crew. Though still unsigned, they have toured in the USA with such groups as 'Naughty By Nature' and 'The Roots', and in the UK and Europe with 'MC Solaar', 'Busta Rhymes', and 'Amy Winehouse' to mention but a few.

Levi and Swiss

Local and soulful Hip Hop

... DJs on the night will include..

DJ Nano (latin sounds), The Legendary DJ Tchico (African sounds), Bass Warrior Sound System (Reggae)..

Salsa classes from 9pm

Salsa & Merengue Beginners/Intermediate Dance Class with Elena Mayorga "La Nicaraguita"

Poetry compere on the night form Graham Campbell


Entry by donation.

Suggested £3 unwaged £5 waged but feel free to donate more to a great cause...


- The GSC Team


Integration not Segregation

Free Capoeira Roda - Liberdade

Free Capoeira event will be held at Glasgow Social Centre every fortnight.

Not class - No teaching - Nothing to pay
Roda and Liberdade!

1hr Angola
1hr Regional


- Profeta

Please take our survey

The Glasgow Social centre is planning to move to a longer term space soon. You can help us by taking a few minutes to fill out this short suvery.

To Shoot an elephant

The GSC was very proud to take part in the 'Global Screaming' of To Shoot an Elephant. A very tough but amazing documentary filmed on the ground during the attacks on Gaza this time last year... Please check out the website for ways of hosting your own screening.