Here’s the provisional timetable (even the workshop titles are provisional!), it will definitely change as we get nearer the time so check for updates before you come along. If you have any suggestions for workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner’s everyday at 7pm for a small donation. And there’ll be evenings entertainment on tap.
There will also be ongoing activities for anybody to participate in whenever you drop in. These include:
– Our Stories – what’s being cut: a space to attach stories about our most important experiences with services that government are cutting.
– Art Wall: expressing our visions of an alternative Leeds on a blank canvas.
– Kids Corner: All the stuff needed to keep the little ones entertained.
– Our Priorities: comparing what we value with those clear from government spending.
– Mapping the Cuts: a map to locate and remember stories of resistance and community inspiration, how cuts are affecting Leeds and our hopes for the future.
Monday 31st Jan
9 – 1:30 Countermapping Leeds – A workshop exploring how representations of space affect how we interact with our city. –
5.30 – 7.30 Regeneration in the City –In this talk we’ll discuss how the regeneration of Eastgate is affecting Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the few non-gentrified zones in Leeds City Centre and a great public space where people of different ages, cultures and class mix. The prospect of a new corporate mega shopping centre (Eastgate development) and budget cuts in the Council’s accounts means that the future of the Market is under discussion. Leeds City Council who owns the market has launched a consultation and we fear a much smaller, middle class ‘olive and ciabatta heaven’ is what they might have in mind possibly run by or with a private developer. We could end up with a new Corn Exchange or Dark Arches disaster. Now is the time to get involved in this campaign to preserve and dignify one of the best spaces in Leeds! For more information: http://kirkgatemarket.wordpress.com/
7.30 – 9 Opening Discussion. Talking about why we’re here and what we want to get out of the week.
Tuesday 1st February
4 – 5:30 Legal Defence Group – Get to know your legal rights in public order situations.
5.30 – 7.30 Cuts and Housing – A workshop linking the crisis in relation to housing, the cuts and reforms of the Condems and then open up to facilitate discussion of what can do about it locally.
6.30 – 7.30 Dance snippets, a collection of contemporary dance pieces.
7.30 – 10.30 Film Night – Night of short films, email us to contribute to the playlist. Cinema seats and pop will be provided.
5 – 6 Disabled People and the Cuts – Workshop examining the how the cuts affect disabled people and what people are doing about it, hosted by Disabled People’s Direct Action Network.
6 – 7.30 How to Steal an Education – In an era of university cuts and tuition fee rises, here’s an alternative approach to higher education.
7.30 – 10.30 Slam the Cuts – A poetry slam with political overtones, come along to listen and join in. More details here.
6 – 8 Supporting Action in Leeds – A meeting to start setting up support structures to help people protesting and taking action in Leeds be safe and secure, such as coordinating action medics, legal observers and arrestee support.
6 – 8 Unionism and the workers struggle – A workshop on the role of unionism in fighting the cuts.
7.30 – 8.30 What if there were a movement and we weren’t invited? – A critical reflection on the changing times to evaluating the strategies and tactics we’ve employed, and how we shall act in the future.
8 till Late: Games Night – Taking our games to the street, join us for subversive entertainment, having fun and reclaiming the streets.
2-4 Sewing and clothes making skillshare – we got the machines and the material, just bring yourselves!
2-5 Squatting Skillshare- come learn about plumbing electric and locks.
2.30 – 4 How are cuts impacting on families and carers – Discussing families, wider issues, inovlving parents in social movements and general rants. Kids welcome, there’s a kids corner with activities for them to do in the same room.
4 – Fighting abuse and building healthy communities in the absence of funding.
5-6 Women and the Cuts- An open discussion about how the cuts will disproportionately affect women, thinking about how this can be challenged.
6-7 – housing and the cuts- problems and solutions.
8 – Late. An evening of acoustic music and free haicuts.
2-3 Radical Healthcare Workers Basic Life Support training – A group of healthcare students and medical professionals will be running a workshop on basic life support. We will be teach you how to assess unconscious people using DRABC and will teach a compressions only CPR technique. This is because current recommendations place emphasis on high quality chest compressions over artificial respirations and a method involving only chest compressions is recommended for untrained rescuers. We will also have copies of our zine (a basic guide to basic self care) for a small donation.
3 – 4 FitWatch and Our Response to Surveillance – Learning how to resist the growth of political surveillance
3-4:30 Contact Improvisation Workshop – Contact Improvisation is a movement form based around moving in contact with another person. Based around physical communication, personal responsibility and mutual respect, it can be wild and acrobatic or gentle and meditative. Suitable for all bodies, levels of physical ability and experience, you just need an enquiring mind.
5- 6:30 – NHS and Privitisation
7.30 – 8.30 Mathilde improvised music and dance performance – Four dancers and musicians collectively navigate the physical and sonic space, exploring the boundaries of each other’s realms and giving way to enchanting spontaneous interactions that carry you with them through a playful and entertaining improvised performance.
7.30 – Late: Band Night – Live local music galore –
Tatu Carreta – 10pm,
Radio Partizan – 11pm
Eternal Fags – 12am
Afternoon Gentlemen ..
1:00 – 2:30 Northern Indymedia – Let’s be the media! Why independent news is important and how to create it.
2.30 – 4 Benefits Cuts and Claimants Unions – A workshop on the effects of cuts to benefits and how we can fight them.
4 – 6 Where Next: How to Create Our Future Today – A closing workshop to learn from the week, link struggles in Leeds, resist the cuts and create the future that we want to see