Glasgow May Day Events, 2014
April 26 (10-12am).
This will be the second in our walks through the city starting at the site of Duke Street Jail and finishing at the site of the St Andrews Halls. we’ll be visiting prominent sites of major radical events connected with the First World War – Suffrage campaigns, Rent Strikes, Industrial campaigns and Peace activities.
£7.50 per person. (max of 15)
Please contact Chris Bartter if you wish to take part.
Great May Day Cabaret
OranMor (top of Byres Road, G12)
Monday May 5.
Mark Thomas returns
and Ian Saville, our Marxist magician also returns to delight us ideologically!
An exciting addition to the bill this year is world-renowned musician Rab Noakes, and we are especially pleased that he is also headlining this year’s extended shows in Dumfries (2 May) and Blantyre (3 May).
Star entertainers, Mark Thomas, Rab Noakes and author Owen Jones are the headline acts that lead this year’s international workers’ festival celebrations in Glasgow and elsewhere in West Scotland. As they launched their programme, Chair of Glasgow Friends of MayDay, Chris Bartter said “We are delighted that in our fourth year, we are continuing to build the events celebrating MayDay. Last year’s sell-out Cabaret was so successful, Mark Thomas demanded to come back, and we were delighted to invite him!”
Mark will headline the show again in Oran Mor on May 5. Other well-known returnees are Marxist magician, Ian Saville, superb harmonica player, Fraser Speirs and the doyenne of political song, Arthur Johnstone. The show is again produced by FairPley
Making a huge contribution to the programme as a whole, famous singer-songwriter, Rab Noakes is not only starring in the main Oran Mor cabaret, but headlines two new cabaret venues in Dumfries (Locharbriggs Social Club May 2) and Blantyre (Miners’ Welfare, May 3). Also performing at all the events will be comedienne, Eleanor Morton while Dave Anderson, Bruce Morton and Susan Morrison share compering duties.
STUC Deputy General Secretary, Dave Moxham, said. “We are delighted trade unionists across Scotland are increasingly coming together to celebrate the importance of their members’ work. This programme gives the lie to coalition threats to abolish the MayDay holiday, and helps us promote an alternative to the ruinous austerity failures of the governments in Westminster and Holyrood. ‘There is A Better Way’”
In addition to the cabarets, the celebrations programme ranges from exhibitions to walks.
include an appreciation of UCS cartoonist, Bob Starrett (May 8) organised by the Morning Star
Glasgow Trades Union Council (GTUC) is premiering a ‘MayDay Friday’ (May 2) featuring a Socialist Bike Ride, a ‘Soul Afternoon’ and the results of a union-sponsored creative writing course.
Sunday 4th May
The GTUC are also the organisers of the Glasgow Mayday Rally on Sunday May 4.
This year’s features author and political commentator Owen Jones as keynote speaker.
Jennifer McCarey Chair of the GTUC) said “This year we are focussing on the impact of austerity policies on the majority of our citizens.
The march will start with a food bank collection in George Square. 11.30 a.m.
OwenJones is an ideal choice for keynote speaker, speaking out as he has, for those demonised by the Coalition, and their friends in the media.”
Rally at 02 Academy, 121 Eglinton St, Glasgow G5 9NT
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