Alt Alba Events October-December

Here’s our rough guide to events in the months ahead. If you want your event added leave a comment with details or email us and we’ll include you…

‘Invitation to Participate’ joint workshop this Saturday (15th October) ‘Reforms of cultural provision may be long overdue, but Creative Scotland has wider-reaching implications than the supersession of previous funding institutions: Scottish Screen, Scottish Arts Council. It represents a fundamental change of a key aspect of democratic society with significant implications for the many ways in which knowledge is produced and communicated in Scotland.’ All details here.

Word Power’s 15th Independent Radical Bookfair (26-30 October) boasts a stellar line-up of talks and workshops…highlights to include MITCH MILLER and JOHNNY RODGER  launch The Red Cockatoo: James Kelman and the Art of Commitment,  at the 15th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair, Andy Wightman on How Land and Power Can Be Returned to the People, Gregor Gall on Tommy Sheridan From Hero to Zero, Lorna Waite launching The Steel Garden, Norman Bissell on George Orwell the Socialist Who Loved Nature, Tim Gee on Counterpower, Making Change Happen and Laurie Penny on the new age of dissent.

More details here.

Nordic Horizons (Oct 27)

Free schools, outdoor kindergartens, the Norwegian Oil Fund, micro municipal government, open government, workplace relations, universal welfare benefits, the equality agenda, innovation, renewable energy production and recycling, energy efficiency (insulation, house design and district heating), old age provision, fitness (food, cycling, outdoors, nature), citizen involvement and trust.

Interest in the Nordic nations is high and political parties in Scotland and Westminster are starting to borrow policies which have worked well in Scandinavia. So far though there’s been little discussion about the underpinning ‘Nordic Model’ which puts Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and even debt-rattled Iceland at the top of almost every international league table for wellbeing, equality, health and productivity.

Nordic Horizons is an informal group who want to plug that gap and raise the standard of knowledge and debate about specific Nordic policies. We aim to hold six meetings in Edinburgh in 2011 where Nordic specialists can debate with their “opposite numbers” in Scotland. We invite decision-makers, practitioners, MSPs, academics and the public to join us.

Document 9 – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival*
Stalls in the CCA ground floor cafe area – Fri *21st* – Sun *23rd* October.
open from 10.00am-10.00pm approx. (the stall will close at around 4.30pm on the sunday)
(Also open for the launch night – Thurs *20th* October – 7-10pm)

CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

Changin Scotland

A weekend of politics, culture and ideas …. And fun! Friday November 4th-Sunday November 6th The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool More details here.

Food Revolt (12 November)

Fife Diet are organising an international ‘food revolt’ gathering with representatives from Palestine, Ecuador, Austria and Spain gathering to discuss the ‘local food movement in international context’ and related themes of climate justice, resistance and food sovereignty. More details here.

Glasgow Anarchist Fair (Dec 2011)

This event will include readings from Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs by it’s Scottish author D.D. Johnston plus discussions on women organising in the community, anarchist strategy, education and post-scarcity anarchism.

Saturday *3rd* December. Times and Venue TBC. Check the RiB website in early Nov for updated details.

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  1. camanachd says:

    Another cultural and political event, often overlooked but equally worthy of publicity and viewing is the Shinty/Hurling international between Scotland and Ireland, at the Bught Park, Inverness, on the 29th October. These games are indigenous Celtic sports and are the two fastest field games in the world. Playing either of these amateur games (Only in the financial sense; these players are incredibly fit and skilled beyond comprehension) is a political statement. Shinty’s governing body was “discouraged” from allowing these matches to continue, by the British state, in the early 1900s because of Hurling’s links with the Irish independence movement. They are sporting survivors against capitalism’s attempts to ram football down our throats, at every opportunity. Shinty is Scotland’s national game, not football. Go and treat your senses!

    1. Tocasaid says:

      Well said. Shinty seems to be avoided by the central belt lefties.

      There was also the Gaelic book thing at the West Port Book Fest in Edinburgh.

      Funny how our indigenous culture gets airbrushed out of things sometimes?

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