Easter Roundup

It’s been a crazy busy week for us as we flung our doors open for Glasgow International festival with a host of fun activities and workshops throughout the week up to Easter Sunday.  Open Jar were in all week with their pop up café complete with delicious soups, homemade bread and scrumptious cakes.

 

photoThe sun came out and Stina, one of our amazing volunteers, held down the fort at the welcome desk; offering visitors free audio tours of the building, a variety of free workshops (hosted by our friends Rhythm Bridge, Open jar, Pester & Rossi, Xchange Scotland & Rags to riches). If you look closely you can see the Rhythm Bridge hand drumming workshop starting up in the background.

 

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Last week, we also hosted a spring time play scheme for kids who love facepainting, fun & games and making their own Fabregé eggs now on display in our entrance.

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The Commonwealth Youth Circus were in for the week for some research and development for a stunning performance they put on at Sunday for the lucky audience in our main hall.

 

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We also had some live musical performances courtesy of our resident artists Stevie Jones and Alistair Quietsch.

For our closing night, we put on a Soul Train Baby Disco for funk lovers of all ages (Check out Open Jar‘s blog for amazing photos of the whole week) . So all in all, it’s been a mad, wonderful week and we will miss the daily servings of amazing soup and our hall being filled with the sound of live music and laughter but we’re looking forward to Southside Fringe in may, see you there!

Broth Mix Programme

 

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Open Jar Collective take up residence here at the Kinning Park Complex for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2014, to create ‘Broth Mix’ – a temporary cafe open daily 12-5pm (Mon 14 – Sun 20 April).  The Cafe will play host to a range of free workshops, music, film, and family events, as well as offering a friendly space to sit and chat over a hearty bowl of soup.

Broth Mix Programme

KPC Community Consultation event – Saturday 29th March 2014 from 2 till 4pm

Kinning Park Complex is hosting a Community Consultation on the priorities and design options for potential major repairs and renovation to the KPC building.

Saturday 29 March from 2pm till 4pm

We are currently working with Collective Architecture who will be producing a building appraisal report on the priorities, design options and estimated costs for a potential program of (long overdue) major repairs and renovation to the complex.

Funding for this report has been provided by Glasgow City Council under its community facilities social enterprise fund. However this is just a first step. Once we have the priorities,  options and the more accurately estimated costs identified, then we will be in a position to try to find the substantially larger grants that will be required to actually get the work done.

KPC staff, board members and representative of Collective Architecture will be present with draft drawings, scale model and design options. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits. Come along to find out what is being considered and to give your input.

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KPC Fundraiser Party Saturday 22nd March

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Open Jar and KPC present:
A Bollywood and Bhangra EXTRAVAGANZA!

Join us for an evening of Asian delights.
*Delicious Asian foods served
*Bhangra dancing with Asap Bhangra
*Dhol drumming from DruMania Entertainments
*Bollywood films
*Mehndi
*Cheap bar from 8PM
*and some special guest DJs for late into the night shimmying and shaking. Be there with bells on.

This event is a KPC Fundraiser party and all proceeds will go towards Broth Mix, a community cafe project curated by Open Jar Collective that will temporarily transform the Kinning Park Complex into a space for conversations and action as part of Glasgow International Festival of Art.

More information can be found here - http://glasgowinternational.org/events/broth-mix-open-jar-collective/

5-8pm: £5 per adult, 5-15 year olds £2.50, kids under 5 FREE!
Families welcome, Asian food served. Family tickets are available online and will also be available on the night.

8pm – Late: £7 Asian music, entertainment and snacks.

Tickets are available online here - http://buytickets.at/kinningparkcomplex/13567

Free Screening of ‘Viva Venezuela’

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‘Defending the fight for socialism in Venezuela! Reports from the front line’  is a free screening organised by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! social group at KPC on Sunday April 6th. 

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Fascist destabilisation and terrorism, backed by the US, once again threaten to pull back and destroy the revolutionary advances made by the poor and oppressed in Venezuela. Join us to discuss the importance of defending the fight for socialism in Latin America. A revolutionary Venezuelan community artist visiting Britain will give his thoughts and our documentary film ‘Viva Venezuela: Fighting for socialism!’.

The film will be shown at 2-4 pm. Feel free to come down to KPC.

KPC is hiring! Part time Project Co-ordinator

Project Co-ordinator for BME Women’s Project 

SELF-EMPLOYED CONTRACT | 6 HOURS A WEEK, £15 AN HOUR

To develop, co-ordinate and facilitate a one year programme of social activities for the
women’s group at KPC.

We’re looking for a self-employed part time project co-ordinator for 6 hours a week at £15
an hour to develop a one year programme of activities for the women’s group at KPC. The
women’s group is open to all women in the community with a focus on BME women.
KPC has been managed and maintained since 1996 by the building users on behalf of the wider community and is a registered Community Interest Company. We have a small team of staff and volunteers who help keep us going.

Please find full job description attached and how to apply below

Applications

Kinning Park Complex CIC is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community.

Please email us with a letter of interest outlining relevant experience and a CV to: kinningparkcomplex@gmail.com or mail to:

Job Applications
Kinning Park Complex (CIC)
43 Cornwall Street Glasgow G41 1BA. Tel 0141 419 0329

Closing date: 14th March 2014 

Interviews are will take place mid March for the role to begin end of March.
Fixed Term 1 year contract until March 2015, funded by Roshi Fund and Awards For All.

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Day 1: Garden of Contemplation.

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This is the first week of the blog , the aim of which is to explore the ins and outs of KPC in the run up to Broth Mix.  The building is timeless and holds many secrets; seldom do visitors venture up to the top floor but the mystery has finally enticed two intrepid volunteers, Dasha & Sean to explore.

The main feature of the top floor seems to be the 19th century roof with its ornate design and wide windows that flood the landing with light. However, roofs do not get better with age like a fine wine and unfortunately our one is not well equipped for Glasgow’s rainy season(s) which explains why we have implemented a series of installations inspired by sails to catch the water and send it to the buckets on the landing.

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The sunlight creates a perfect atmosphere for the Garden of Contemplation created by the Women’s group and Reuben from Locavore. The garden is complete with sugar snap peas & tatties that will eventually be united with the courtyard garden.  At the moment it’s the perfect location for a light lunch and a deep philosophical contemplation.

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The top floor is also populated with artists and musicians working in their studios; some are working on performance pieces, some are working on sculpture,  and others are working on everything. Each studio is an inspirational mess of jewellery design, wood carvings, performance installations and paintings that the artists call their second home.  Next time you’re in, why not have a wander upstairs and see how our garden grows (the artists don’t bite).

See you next week,

Dasha & Sean

 

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Rhythm Bridge

Paul Dear and Rhythm Bridge are coming to KPC to offer professional Hand drumming workshops covering a wide range of hand drumming techniques and arrangements.

This is a hand drumming class, although we will from time to time do some stick/hand work. We will look at hand techniques for the drums ( Congas, Bougarabou, Goumbe and more) and will work on arrangements from different cultures including African and Latin Diasporas. This is not a Traditional ‘Ballet Style’ Djembe group, although we may look at some Djembe rhythms from time to time.

 

My aim is to create a space in which group playing is the primary focus and where melody exists within the playing due to the different drum and percussion sounds available. Some of the session time will be offered up to improvised/free play.
Connection through music is our shared goal. I look forward to playing with you soon.
Paul Dear

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The workshops will be running every Thursday for 10 weeks and will start from the 6th of March until the 9th of May (excluding the 24th of April) from 7.30pm to 9p.m. Entry will be £7/£5 concession per class or the discounted price for all 9 classes is £55/£45 concession.

Check out their website to find out more about them and you can get a sample of their work in the wee video below.