Agile City Newsletter – May 2024

Hello Agile City community! Here’s our monthly update of what’s been going on and what you can look forward to across Civic House and Glue Factory!

We have exciting events coming up across theatre, design, food and music, plus highlights from some cracking events – Black and Scottish: Hear My Voice! and Reinventing Cities – check out the Event Recap section for details.

We’re also delighted to introduce Parveens’s Corner – a place for our talented Canteen operators to share news, upcoming events and other tidbits.

Upcoming Events:

The Glasgow School of Art Master of Fine Art
Thursday 30 May – Sunday 9 June, 10am-6pm daily
Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, Glasgow G4 9SE

Glue Factory is proudly hosting The Glasgow School of Art’s Masters of Fine Art Degree Show 2024. Open to the public from 30 May – 9 June from 10am-6pm daily, this is a great opportunity to see the hard work and unique artworks of the graduating MFA students and a moment to see inside a re-imagined Glue Factory following its recent extensive retrofit project.
With the addition of 20 new triple glazed windows, LED lighting throughout, and new heat pump units, the Glue Factory looks and feels like a new building that is as much an experience as viewing the artworks on display.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presents:
Off Kilter Festival
Monday 3 June – Wednesday 5 June, 6.30pm-8pm
Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH
Tickets info HERE

Off Kilter is a festival of bold and urgent new work, created and performed by second year BA Acting and BA Performance in British Sign Language (BSL) and English students. A platform for students to explore their craft as theatre-makers, asking searching questions about the world we live in today by telling the stories that need to be told. Each night features a different programme of work, with integrated access.

Spot Design Market
Sunday 23 June, 11am-4pm
Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH

Spot Design Market returns to Civic House at the end of June for a special fifth anniversary market, featuring all the delectably curated items you’ve come to expect from Spot Design. Keep an eye on their socials for more details landing soon!

Events Recap:

C4O Reinventing Cities

C40 Reinventing Cities is a global competition aiming to transform under-utilised urban sites into innovative, zero-carbon and resilient urban projects. Civic House event attendees learned more about the competition and the Applecross Wharf site which seeks to create a mixed-use, inclusive development within North Glasgow’s canal Applecross-Firhill zone.
With representatives from Scottish Canals, C40 Cities and Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken, this well attended event featured informative presentations, a lively Q & A, networking for attendees and a site visit. You can find out more about the project here.

Intercultural Youth Scotland: 
Black and Scottish: Hear My Voice! 

Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) is Scotland’s leading charity for Black and People of Colour  (BPoC) youth. A packed programme for May’s Civic House event included an address by prominent Black-British race & human rights activist and politician Lee Jasper, amazing spoken word by talented young poets, a panel discussion on education policies, a zine workshop and food, music and community building activities.

Nights at Parveen’s: Mera Bhai, Joumana & How Bizarre
Friday 7 June, 6pm-12am
Parveen’s Canteen at Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH
More information and tickets HERE

Nights At Parveen’s is a celebration of South Asian music and food, and the next tasty instalment is in collaboration with Southside music hub Radio Buena Vida, who’ll be broadcasting the night live on air.

Headlining the night is Mera Bhai, a producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist best known as founding member of Psych band Flamingods & part of Asian Underground collective Daytimers. Hard to pin down, Mera Bhai takes his influence from Indian Carnatic to Tropicalia and 70s Disco, with a heavy dose of 80s/90s Acid House, Detroit techno and breaks on top.

How Bizarre چقدر عجیب is a Glasgow Southside-based Radio Buena Vida resident and vintage rug emporium. Selections reflect her musical curiosity, drawing from traditional rug origins and her Iranian heritage. Think shoulder shakers and exotic textures from across the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, and beyond.

Joumana جُمَانة, another local dj brings a fresh selection of Southwest Asian funk and disco to the canteen for the second time. Expect lots of groovey percussion and tabla!

DJs How Bizarre, Joumana and Mera Bhai play alongside a live act yet to be announced! Parveen’s will be serving up Pakistani style kebabs and party snacks. Entry is free before 8pm and £8 after.

Parveen’s Branded Clothing

Parveen’s have launched a new branded clothing range, beautifully illustrated by Lizzie Watts. They’re now ready to order from Shopify.

Thank you to everyone who created, planned, attended and contributed to all the wonderful activities and events at Civic House this March. We look forward to seeing you soon!