Thursday 15th March

Plenty on, so make sure you take advantage of the last few days of the Cafe at the Gamecock! On Thursday we have lots of workshops for you followed by Open Mic Night, and as always there will be lunch at the cafe and a freeshop all day..

13:00 – 15:00 ACTION! Practical Urban Gardening Session
A short talk and demonstration of useful techniques to maximise growing space in an urban environment, in a sustainable way.

15:00 -16:00 Education, Alienation and Capitalism
If we follow through the Marxist/materialist position that things are a reflection of their historic/economic/social situation, then we can claim that the education system we go through is a reflection of capitalism. Arguably then, schools and further education in this country are a product of and a tool for the ruling class, and work to further the ideology of free market capitalism. Can we go further than this to identify the education system as a weapon which through ideas of right and wrong, discipline and how to succeed, numbs people into submission and acceptance of their position in society, and is even part of the Marxist idea of alienation? At the same time, the anti-capitalist movement calls for education and the spreading of ideas as a way to fight against capitalism. What is this education, and how does it differ from what we are taught in school?
Come along to talk about it!

17:30 – 19:30 Polyglot café / Languages (French, Greek, Spanish + others) discussion
Learn or share your languages – French, Spanish, Greek… over a cup of tea!

17:30 – 19:00 Sustainable Activism
Many of the activities we’re involved in can feel urgent and full on, being involved in campaigns can be stressful and sometime traumatic, we’re a part of ongoing struggles, but how can we keep going for the long haul..? This workshop will provide a space to discuss issues of taking action and personal sustainability.

19:00 – 21:00 Manchester Map of Shame: Exposing the Institutions that Oppress Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Travellers in Manchester
Exposing the institutions that oppress migrants, asylum seekers and travellers in Manchester.

19:30 – 20:30 Sigla
Are you inundated by consonants and at a loss for vowels? Reclaim some personal autonomy from the lurid symbology of advertising and all other manifestations of the monopoly of signs by sharing a subterranean script with your peers. This workshop challenges the way we use language, through the medium of writing, with a historical discussion, and a view to people creating personal literature through the use of Sigla.

21:00 – 23:30 Open Mic Night
This week the open Mic is on Thursday… We have had two fantastic open Mic nights already, and this is your last chance to get on the Mic at the Gamecock! We want to hear you…

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