Benefit for Centro Social Libertario in Cuba

Centro_Social_Libertario_CubaMonday February 8th 2016, Benefit for the new anarchist/libertarian Social Center opening in Cuba. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music (Tim Loud & X Ray Cat from Leeds, UK) from 8:30 till 10pm!

The borders are opening after many years, and changes in Cuba predict new possibilities and dangers for the Cuban society. It is essential, therefore, reinforce the work of those that from Cuba defend a critical, anti-capitalist and antiautoritarial system-world , the same machine expressed every day more clearly in the national life.

After more than a decade of social and political activism in the Critical Cuban Observatory and five years as part of the Alfredo Lopez Libertarian Workshop (Tlal) , we have identified as the main difficulty for our performance and expanding for our social impact, the lack of a permanent base, which allows to build community and shape our identity stronger and lasting way.

Who we are?

The TLAL is a specifically anarchist collective, which has hold a systematic activity in recent years, radicalizing their proposals and keeping a strong anchorage in Cuban society and their communities. We have succeeded in a short time to ser the annual Libertarian Spring Meeting in Havana, where we seek to merge thought and anarchist or libertarian action on the island. In addition, we issued a modest printed newspaper, Tierra Nueva!, with some troubles we tried to bring our critical vision to ordinary people, that which is majority and do not have access to Internet in Cuba, as well as promoting libertarian, anarcho-syndicalist, and naturist ideals, present in the country’s history before the insurrectional victory in 1959, and whose impact beats hidden in the interstices of the now a day Cuba.

Moreover, we have embarked in major organizational efforts, along with other comrades in the region. Has been the foundation of the Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation network in March 2015 containing a large expansion and development potential. […Lees verder]

Tim Loud & X Ray Cat

Tim_Loud_X_Ray_CatMonday February 8th 2016, Concert with Tim Loud & X Ray Cat. Benefit for Centro Social Libertario in Cuba. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 8:30 till 10pm!

The Leeds scene is heading back to Joe’s Garage and various squats around the country, this time on an extensive European tour. Tim Loud, 12-string driven, harmonica-blowing, country/blues wailing anti-folk, together with Nic, the guitar player from X-Ray Cat Trio, vampyre surf rock ‘n’ roll band who performed last November with the fantastic duo Zealous Doxy. Backseat Mafia: “This (X-Ray Cat Trio) is lo-fi and stripped back surf with a Latin edge, think Link Wray shooting tequila with a Mariachi band in a dive bar late into the evening.”

Wed 3rd Feb ACU Utrecht/ NL
Thu 4th Feb Kafee Bijstand Nijmegen/ NL
Fri 5th Feb De Oldskool Zaandam/ NL
Sat 6th Feb Bajesdorp Amsterdam/ NL
Sun 7th Feb ADM Amsterdam/ NL
Mon 8th Feb Joe’s Garage Amsterdam/ NL
Tue 9th Feb Pino Squat Groningen/ NL
Fri 4th Mar Knoflook Den Bosch/ NL
Tue 8th Mar Café Camelot Nijmegen/ NL

February 2016 at Joe’s Garage


Flyer [as pdf], Poster [as png]

Iranian New Wave Cinema: The Silence (1998)

Silence_by_Mohsen_MakhmalbafSunday February 21st 2016, Iranian new wave cinema: The Silence (1998) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

The Silence (Persian: سکوت‎‎) is an Iranian film from 1998. It is directed by the well known Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The movie is about a little boy who has the onerous task of earning money for his family, but is always enchanted and distracted by music. It is set in Tajikistan.

Synopsis: Khorshid lives with his mom in a house near a river somewhere in Tajikistan. The landlord comes around every morning to ask for the rent. Khorshid has to provide the money or else they’ll have to leave. His blindness has given him an amazing skill in tuning musical instruments which gets him a job at an instrument making workshop. But the problem is That Khorshid is mesmerized by sonorous music all the time; whenever he hears a great musician play, he loses track of time and place. For this, he always gets lost and gets to work late. How is he going to make a balance between his love of music and his task as a breadwinner. […Lees verder]

James Bar Bowen

20160218_JamesBarBowenThursday February 18th 2016, Gig with James Bar Bowen. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm!

James Bar Bowen (UK), radical acoustic folk-punk singer songwriter, guitarist and story-teller, to make you laugh, cry and rage. His songs and performance are original, relevant, sarcastic, political, optimistic, poetic, multilingual and sometimes even beautiful.

All Included Benefit

20160216_transactMonday February 15th 2016, All Included Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

All Included Amsterdam for freedom of movement, the right of residence for migrants and fair development, is taking part in the action in Rabat/Morocco commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the massacre of Ceuta of the 6th of February 2014 when the Guardia Civil shot at least 15 sub-saharan migrants on Tarajal beach trying to reach the EU. “We are activists from collectives, associations, initiatives and various social movements. We fight for freedom of movement for all! We are from Cameroon, Syria, Mali, Eritrea, Senegal, Spain, Germany, Tunisia, Morocco, France and many more countries. We don´t accept any more deaths in the Mediterranean. We know it is possible to ‘live together’ and to consider a political system of equality and respect for human rights, because we have been building solidarity networks for years. The happenings on the 6th of February 2014, when the Spanish Guardia Civil killed at least 15 persons, who entered swimming to Ceuta, are not only spanish or morrocan issues, they are global issues. So, we united us in a common transnational struggle for the demilitarisation of the borders, the freedom of movement and global justice.”

NO BORDERS! […Lees verder]

Black Cat Cine presents Venuto al Mondo

Venuto-al-mondoSunday February 14th 2016, Special Valentine’s Day movie. Black Cat Cine presents Venuto al Mondo from Sergio Castellitto, (Italy/Spain, 2012, 127 min, English subtitles). Door opens at 20:00, movie starts at 21:00. Free admission.

‘Venuto al Mondo’ is a romantic drama directed by Sergio Castellitto, based on a novel by Margaret Mazzantini, set partly during the Balkan wars of the early 1990s.
Middle-aged Gemma (Penelope Cruz) returns with her 16-year-old son Pietro (Pietro Castellitto) to Sarajevo at the invitation of her old friend Gojko (Adnan Haskovic), once the heart of a vibrant group of artists, poets and philosophers. While sullen Pietro resists the impulse to delve into his origins, insisting he was born in Sarajevo “by mistake,” Gemma’s return to the scene of her greatest love stokes potent memories and conflicted emotions.

Not many movies get such extreme ratings: it was panned by the critics but loved by the audience (7.4 on IMDB). I liked it very much, especially the beautiful photography (excellent historical reconstruction of a debased Sarajevo under siege) and the great acting of Penelope Cruz. Also a good soundtrack with Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen. Come and see/hear for yourself!

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: The Decline of Western Civilization

decline_of_western_civilizationSunday February 7th 2016. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981). Directed by Penelope Spheeris, 100 minutes. In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

This is the legendary indie documentary about the 80s American punk explosion, which is a wild cinematic gem not only for the music but also for the razor-sharp filmmaking and fascinating look at a subculture, which is packed with energy and abrasive vigor. The film has an appeal to anyone who likes the music, but also to people who know nothing about it, with an almost anthropological quality to it.

A mix of outrageous interviews interspersed with visceral concert footage, the film was mostly shot in seedy L.A. clubs and acutely captures the mood of those rebellious times. Director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World) is a woman who dives into the chaos and extracts mind-boggling interviews with the “blank generation” youths who hang out at the nightclubs. She also incorporates footage of bands like Catholic Discipline, X, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear and The Germs as a backdrop. An incredible time-capsule, which shows that cinema is perhaps even a better way than books to record history.

This will be a high-definition screening.
Doors open at 8pm, intro and film start at 9pm

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

VluchtBus Benefit

Thursday February 4th 2016, VluchtBus Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Vluchtbus_Chios_3VluchtBus is a solidarity bus that runs to several border areas to support refugees. They are currently out in Chios, Greece working with refugees to provide food and other supplies. They are also busy with an autonomous centre that has been squatted and are in the process of fixing it up. The refugee crisis at the moment means demand is very high and that their limited funds are running out quick. The local NGO’s and GO’s have supplies to hand out and to help refugees at the border, but due to the tense situation and their protocols, they are not willing to do it themselves. VluchtBus helped local private initiatives to hand out these supplies. Come on down to Joe’s Garage on Thursday 4th for some top notch dinner as every penny helps or if you can donate here are the banking details: Bank account name: Vluchtbus, account no: NL06 INGB 0007 1702 49

Vluchtbus update from 22/01/2016
On January 20th, two vluchtbussers have joined the other vluchtbussers on Chios, the team now consists of four people. The property that is squatted, is currently the base from which is working a collective of approximately 15 people, including Vluchtbus. This collective has taken it upon himself to serve breakfast every morning. Although the building is not yet ready to really open to go for refugees and there is still busy chores. Other cooking groups will provide the lunch and dinner. In addition, there is no organisation to distribute the food so it is crucial that there are groups of people to cook and distribute it around. […Lees verder]

Solidarity with the political prisoners in Turkey! Benefit voku

Monday February 1st 2016, Solidarity with the political prisoners in Turkey! Benefit voku. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

More than 10.000 political prisoners are behind bars in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan. Most of them are PKK prisoners. The others are those who are claimed to be related with revolutionary parties like MLKP, TKP/ML, DHKP/C and MKP. A tiny minority is accused with commitment to other organisations.

Daily misery in Turkish prisons

The fact that all the torture and murder related cases filed against prison administrations end in favour of the same. Arbitrary prohibition of visiters, letters and publications. Isolation terror, physical violence, frequent violation of various rights, Violation through many different methods against the right to use other languages than Turkish in speaking communication and writing. Prevention of watching the legal progressive TV channels. Arbitrary implementations to hinder medical treatment. Hindering the prisoners to send their scientific and literary productions to publishers. Bad conditions of heating, nutrition. Expensiveness of the vital needs which are only allowed to be bought from the prison canteens. The transport difficulties of families to visit their relatives in prison. Most of the prisoners are put in prisons in the cities away from their family houses. […Lees verder]

Iranian new wave cinema: Afghan Alphabet (2002)

20160131_iranian_new_wave_cinema_afghan_alphabetSunday January 31st 2016, Iranian new wave cinema: Afghan Alphabet (2002) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

The Afghan Alphabet (Persian: الفبای افغان‎‎, Alefbay-e afghan) is a 2002 documentary by Mohsen Makhmalbaf showing the life of children in the Afghan villages bordering Iran, and how their life and culture were affected by the Taliban regime.


Mohsen Makhmalbaf tracks the children who do not attend school in the border villages between Iran and Afghanistan with his digital camera and questions why they are not being educated. He finds girls studying in UNICEF classes in one region. One of the girls is not willing to come out of her burqa despite the fact that she has run away from Afghanistan and the Taliban are not present here. She is more afraid of the horrifying god that the Taliban have created than the Taliban.

In 2002 about 3 million Afghan refugees were living in Iran. From those about 700,000 were Afghan children who were not allowed to go to Iranian schools because of their illegal status in Iran. After this movie was made, this subject became controversial and finally the Islamic Consultative Assembly passed a bill to allow Afghani children to go to school and it resulted in 500,000 kids getting education.

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Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Concert with Cistem Failure. Smash the Freakin Patriarchy Tour 2016

20160125_Cistem_FailureMonday January 25th 2016, Concert with Cistem Failure. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm!

Anarcha feminist folk punk queers from all over the place, fighting the cisheteropatriarchy one banjo at a time… members include Momma Swift and Roverrr.

“We are a travelling Anarchist feminist queer band. We are involved in different political projects/spaces/struggles and try to combine our words with our actions when we can. We play rowdy political banjo folkpunk. We would like to see more non binary peeps, Transfolk, and female asociated people play music, make zines, take the space in male-dominated music scenes that we all deserve to be part of.
On our lists of things to smash in 2015/2016: Patriarchy, Heteronormativity, Prisons, speciesism, The State, Racist dutch Christmas, RWE, unrealistic Beautystandarts, Borders, Bad consent practices, Capitalism…. We cant do this alone though!”

Smash the Freakin Patriarchy Tour 2016: 25/1 Joe’s Garage – 26/1 Bajesdorp – 27/1 Utrecht, 29/1 AZ Wuppertal, 2/2 Brussel. 3/2 Ghent, 4/2 Paris….

Movie night: The lost honour of Kathariana Blum

KatharinablumSunday January 24th 2016: “Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum” by Margarethe von Trotta and Oliver Schlöndorf (1975), based on a story by Heinrich Böll (1974) written after he got attacked in the press for an article about Ulrike Meinhof.

German with (corrected) English subtitles, 106 min. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

Katharina Blum is the story of a woman who works as a housekeeper whose life is ruined by an invasive tabloid reporter and a police investigation when the man with whom she has just met and quickly fallen in love is accused of being a terrorist. She suddenly becomes a suspect in the crimes he’s being accused of.

Story and film were written and produced during a time of political controversy in West Germany, and a time when being branded a terrorist allowed the press free reign. (

40 years later, this film is still relevant when social media takes over the role of the tabloid press.

The original subtitles of the film contain some mistakes, and they’ve been corrected for this screening.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net