Join us for a magical evening of tall tales, fabulous fables, and history that’s stranger than fiction. To commemorate Scotland’s Year of Stories, we’ll be voyaging through the mists of time, exploring the myths and legends that lie buried beneath the city streets. Our guides will be Rae McKinlay, spinner of tales and original Baths campaigner, together with local author and historian Bruce Downie. As fact and fiction intertwine, you’ll see a side of Govanhill and Glasgow that you’ve never seen before! This is also a chance to learn about the hidden history of storytellers, brave souls who at one time had to live as outlaws in order to survive.
This event is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Two exciting opportunities have opened up at Govanhill Baths Community Trust for an experienced Woodwork Facilitator and a Technician to join the Rags to Riches team of staff and volunteers. We are looking to recruit a Woodwork Facilitator to help us deliver our community builds, make products and facilitate workshops, and a Technician to help us manage and maintain our workshops and machinery at our recycling and upcycling hub at The Deep End.
As part of your role you will be required to project manage our community build projects in our local community, along with working with our Woodwork Assistant to make upcycled wooden products and deliver practical upcycling workshops to members of our community. You’ll also be expected to work alongside our Technician to ensure our woodworking workshop is kept clean, safe and ready for public use as we use the space to host a variety of workshops and community programmes.
As part of your role you will be required to assemble and maintain our Precious Plastics machinery and provide upkeep for our woodworking and sewing machines. You’ll also be involved in ensuring our spaces are clean, safe and ready for public use as we host a variety of workshops and community programmes from our spaces.
On the 13 May 2021 two of men living on Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, Glasgow, were taken from their home by the UK Home Office. They were detained in a van on the street. Spontaneously, neighbours amassed and prevented the van leaving by sitting in the road. Word spread quickly and the number of protestors grew to occupy the street. As a result of this action, both men, Sumit Sehdev and Lakhvir Singh, were released and so created a moment no one will forget. The two men were freed and that was the last raid to date; It was a stunning and inspiring victory for antiracists and campaigners.
One year on, we are coming together to commemorate Kenmure Street’s community response to this deportation raid. This will be a celebration of the unbreakable solidarity expressed by the community of Pollokshields and our ongoing resistance to the cruelty of the war on refugees and asylum seekers. We will occupy Kenmure Street and surrounding areas with music, dance, theatre, talks, panels of discussion, food sharing, activities for young people and much more.
We are expecting thousands of people to visit Kenmure Street. The street will be closed, banners will hang, bands and musicians will be playing for free in a local park, children will be painting a mural, international guests will be speaking about similar actions in their countries.
To make this all possible though we need support to provide essential facilities, equipment and resources to make the festival a safe and successful one. In so doing we will continue the impact of that local and community action and make sure it helps make real lasting change in Glasgow and beyond.
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