Maryhill Integration Network’s dance piece ‘Lullaby Spirit’ is one of the events to be seen in
DOCUMENT – the ten day festival on human rights issues in Glasgow starting on Friday 19 October.
The beautifully choreographed piece by Natasha Gilmore, centres on sleep and is interpreted by people from around the world who have arrived in Maryhill for a multitude of different reasons. Those different reasons are seen and understood even without one word being spoken. Produced by award winning author Remzije Sherifi, the dance is skilfully shown by adults and children who are touching on their own experiences.
That is just one of the stunning events and 85 films on offer at DOCUMENT which celebrates its tenth year now.
Another local contribution will be the special screening of ‘Roma of Govanhill’ with a guest audience of Govanhill residents.
Most of the films and events take place at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) at the Charing Cross end of Sauchiehall Street but some are scheduled for Glasgow University’s Gilmorehill Centre at the foot of University Avenue near Kelvin Way.
Festival Director Mona Rai said: “A visit to DOCUMENT Film Festival is like time-travelling through a decade of world events from the comfort of an armchair.”
A special award presented by an international jury has been created for the best film. In the form of a glass sculpture featuring Glasgow’s Duke of Wellington statue, complete with his famous traffic cone ‘hat’, it will be handed over during the final gala night on Sunday 28 October in the CCA. The winner will be one of the 11 films which have already won a category at the Festival. All of them will be screened in Glasgow. On the same evening Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh will receive the Festival’s DOCUMENT Lifetime Achievement Award. His films explore the state of Cambodia in the aftermath of years of genocide.
Other events include ‘Harry Horseplay’ a tribute to cartoonist and social commentator Harry Horse performed by actor Tam Dean Burn.
The festival programme will also feature a debate on Israel and Palestine, with a screening of films made by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, in association with The Guardian newspaper.
Other film highlights include ‘The Redemption of General Butt Naked’, about former Liberian warlord Joshua Milton Blahyi who reinvents himself as a Christian evangelist preacher.
‘The Sisterhood’ tells the story of Hope, Rollie and Pietie, South African vineyard workers and drag queens.
Full details can be found at http://documentfilmfestival.org/doc10/
All screenings are free for OAPS and asylum seekers / refugees. Since visiting international film directors from Germany, Poland, Italy, South America and elsewhere will be attending DOCUMENT is a Festival where there is a lot going on. Don’t miss it! See their website: www.documentfilmfestival.org
The people of Mansewood and Hillpark are not the only communities facing cuts in bus services. First Glasgow has stated the following five services will be withdrawn:
Route 2 – Toryglen and Croftfoot
Route 25 – Govan and Silverburn
Route 29 – Manswood, Hillpark and Shawlands
Route 91 – Partick and Clydebank
Route 92 – restricted to operate between Partick Bus Station and Gartnavel Hospital only.
But Glasgow City Council has been told of others to be withdrawn:
Route 11 – Bearsden Road/Switchback – diverted from Glasgow Road, Clydebank to Barns Street/East Barns Street.
Route 42 – Drumchapel and City Centre via Garscadden, Scotstoun, Partick and Charing Cross – evening operation to be withdrawn.
Route 119 – Baljaffray and Castlemains Estate
Route 213A – Bargeddie to Buchanan Bus Station via Baillieston, Edinburgh Road, Cranhill and Alexandra Parade – Sunday day service to be withdrawn.
In addition, many established routes will have major timetable changes.
Children in three Glasgow primary schools gave a new playpark a good work out on Monday. The outdoor gym at Dover Street in Charing Cross, was formally opened by Alistair Campbell, 10, from Anderston Primary; Shileas Nicgriogair, 8, from the Glasgow Gaelic School and Elisha Lal, 5, from St Patrick’s RC school who, together, cut the ribbon.
They and their class mates were the first to try out the new multi-purpose games court and play area which has been in informal use for several weeks.
Equipment enables users to do sit ups, leg and chest presses and play football, hockey, basketball and netball on the synthetic games surface.
This is the 57th play area to be built since 2005 as part of the Play Area Improvement Programme run by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA). Additional funding for this project was provided by the Central and West Community Planning Partnership.
GHA’s West Area Director, Jacqueline Norwood, said: “Our partnership with the Council to build play parks has brought a real boost to dozens of communities over the past six years. Children can play safely and keep fit at the same time. The play areas are also a great way for the youngsters and parents from different backgrounds and cultures to mix.”
Local Councillor Philip Braat, who instigated this project, said: “I fought long and hard to get this play area up and running. I am absolutely delighted with what we have here now. It is a wonderful illustration of how a community, working together, can secure significant improvements and create a community space which is tailored to their needs. Everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved in making Dover Street/Kent Road greenspace what it is today – a fantastic resource for the community to enjoy for many years to come.”
The children were entertained by Bubbles the clown and a football session put on by A&M Training, a project part funded by GHA which tackles youth disorder, racism and gang violence through football and dance classes.
Live urban poetry, comedy and acoustic music will be presented by three artistes at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street (near Charing Cross) on Wednesday 6 April from 7.30pm. Tawona, Tarneem and Ernest make up Seeds Of Thought. Their aim is to share cultures through poetry, art and music. Their website is: www.seedsofthought.webs.com and they can be found on facebook.com/seedsofthoughtglasgow.
Tawona Sithole is from Zimbabwe. He is a poet and a master of a unique traditional musical instrument called a mbira. With his brother Ernest and their friend Tarneem Al Mousawi, they formed Seeds of Thought some years ago.
A Sauchiehall Street building, gutted by fire, was still being monitored more than 12 hours later.
Strathclyde firefighters saved four adults and a child from the top flat of the property in what Area Commander, Garry Milne described as: “A classic textbook ladder rescue”.
Believed to have started around 11pm on Tuesday 8 February in the kitchen of The Steak & Cherry Restaurant – normally open till 4am to serve clubbers – the fire quickly spread to the upper floors and the roof space of the tenement. A major hazard was the threat of hidden fires spreading via enclosed voids and spaces in a traditional building of that type.
Surrounding flats were evacuated and overnight accommodation found for those displaced.
At the height of the blaze 11 engines including two with high reach capability, and 70 firefighters, were in attendance.
The fire was under control by 8am but smoke could still be seen drifting from the building at 12 noon on Wednesday when it was still being closely monitored.
Traffic which would normally enter that part of Sauchiehall Street from Charing Cross, was diverted.
With music, poetry, film and words, the Scottish Campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia launched its first social evening which was enjoyed by more than 100 supporters at the CCA in Glasgow on Tuesday 18 January.
In his welcome, John Matthew, chair of the Glasgow Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) which is actively promoting the campaign, said: ‘Everyone is welcome – and an especial welcome to anyone sent here by the Gambia Government or Security Service. Here, you will hear the truth!’
The truth about people who had been imprisoned, tortured, disappeared or killed in cold blood for saying things that were constitutional but critical of the present regime, was related in a variety of ways.
Exiled journalist Alieu Ceesay outlined the reality of life in the sunny West African country. Not only is he on a ‘wanted’ list which is checked at every point of entry to the Gambia, but last week the country’s own Justice Minister Edward Gomez, threatened him and the Scottish Campaign for Human Rights. ‘We will wait here for them to come,’ said the Justice Minister. And warned they would be prosecuted on arrival in Gambia.
Amnesty filmed interviews of a woman writer who was imprisoned and whose baby was taken from her and put into an orphanage and of a male politician who was tortured and witnessed others being tortured and killed in prison, were screened.
A messages of support was given by Peter Swindon, assistant to Westminster MP Anas Sarwar (Labour) who has had 27 cross-party MPs signing an Early Day Motion condemning the abuses of human right in the Gambia. Through the MP, the Campaign has made contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee to inform their cause and the UK Government’s responses and policies.
Said Peter: ‘We have been inspired by the courage and bravery of people like Alieu Ceesay and exiled journalist Charles Atangana from the Cameroons. These voiceless people need us to stand up and shout for them.’
MSP Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party) detailed how he has brought forward a similar early day motion in the Scottish Parliament which has been signed by 25 MSPs from the different parties. He emphasised that such human rights were a fundamental part of any democracy. MSP Anne McLaughlin (SNP) also pledged support.
NUJ President, Peter Murray, explained how important it was for a journalist to be able to investigate and circulate their stories especially when a government is corrupt. ‘This is at the heart of good journalism,’ he said. ‘Informed people are strong people.’
Amnesty International representative Arthur West, who is chair of Ayrshire Branch, told the meeting that asylum seekers like Alieu and Charles have been rejected by the UK. ‘We are encouraged to continue the fight for fairness and justice when we hear what people like them have to say and what they have experienced.’
The information was interspersed with poetry, music, song and laughter.
Karina and Ben set the tone of the evening with voice and keyboard. Babs MacGregor followed with some old and new Gaelic songs. Tawong Sithole a poet and musician from Zimbabwe, played the traditional music instrument, mbirg, to wonderful effect. His poems of critical assessment of self and others, were powerful. He and some of his colleagues entertain regularly at the CCA at the Charing Cross end of Sauchiehall Street under the name: Seeds of Thought. An uplifting set from the Parsonage Choir keep the mood bright and enabled everyone to leave with a song in their hearts and with some serious information in their mind.
A glamorous change has come over two retail units in Elderslie Street, Charing Cross.
Web designers David McSweeney and Gerry Maguire have found hair-raising success in meeting the needs of people who want to look their best on a girlznight or boyznight out or in.
So from supplying hair and beauty products for women and men on-line in one shop, they have now opened their own hairdressing salon next door.
The gn salon offers professional hair design and a unique experience. It complements their on-line business. Said Karen McDougall, educational Director; ‘People have high expectations today. We have high capability and we really care about people and their hair. Each person will enjoy a totally different experience from anything they’ve encountered before.’
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