Cardiff Homeless Solidarity becomes Cardiff Homeless Action!

Cardiff Homeless Solidarity, set up in 2012 after a mass sleep out in response to Cardiff Retail Partnership’s call to use a 188-year-old law to “rid the city’s streets of homeless people” during the Olympics by locking them up for up to three months has, this year, been working with other groups to put together an event aimed at getting people involved in taking further action in solidarity with people who are homeless. This event will mark World Homeless Day in Cardiff.

Homelessness-Awareness-posterDaytime, starting at 3pm, will see workshops, information stalls, activities for kids, free-shop, speakers and free vegan food from Food Not Bombs Cardiff.

Then in the evening there will be bands and DJs including: Junior Bill and the Scallies, Rockin’ Sinners, DJ Guy, Dope Biscuits and Big Red.

There will be free vegan food provided by Café Atma, and a bar “which unfortunately will be selling rather than giving away drinks”!

We would very much like everyone who cares about the issue to come along on the day and also to encourage people you know to come who are homeless or precariously housed.

Workshops are as follows:

in the cafe…3:30  Creative writing for mental health
                    4:30  Homelessness and substance use
                    5:30  Skipping for food
in the upstairs room…3:30 Bedroom tax
                                 4:30 Squatting – still legal, but harder. Intro to Cardiff Squatters Network and discussion (incl. Cardiff Squatters Network meeting)
                                 5:30 No recourse to public funds? Action on migrant destitution
Circus skills workshops to be delivered throughout the day in the garden or one of the halls.
Please help spread the word!

The website for the event is http://cardiffhomelessaction.org and an event page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/events/317357601770700/

The group then plan to stay together as Cardiff Homeless Action to plan future events, activities and campaigns.

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The Big Queer Picnic 2014

 

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Following the huge success of last year’s picnic, so many people have asked for a similar one this year; an inclusive, non-commercialised community based event celebrating our sexual and gender diversity: So here it is!
 
**Saturday 16th August**

**1pm at Sophia Gardens**

SCHEDULE

1:15 – 2:15 Yoga by Reiki Moon
Start the afternoon with an hour of beautiful physical, mental, and spiritual exercises to transform your body and mind.

2:15 – 2:30 Poetry by Jake Ord
Very powerful use of aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of the English language to highlight some severe topics and thoughts in our society.

2:30 – 3:00 Music by Aislinn Peters & Rhiannon Lord
Kick-ass refreshing music by Aisha and Rhi from the all female band Aisha and the Astronauts are coming to BLOW. YOU. AWAY! Why don’t you give them a listen? https://soundcloud.com/aishaandtheastronauts/rocket-ship-aisha-and-the-astronauts

3:00 – 3:30 Music by Emy Robbins
The brilliance of Emy’s music is a clever mix of subtle voice and seriously raging lyrics that you wouldn’t want to mess with. A performance that you wouldn’t want to risk missing.

3:30 – 4:00 Music by Georgia Paterson
Self pronounced lady-lovin acoustic singer/songwriterr, the refreshing sounds of Georgia Paterson was recently featured as ‘Welsh Artist of the Week’ on BBC Radio Wales. Her debut single was produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) with Catatonia’s Aled Richards on drums.
Have a listen at www.soundcloud.com/georgiapmusic

4:00 – 5:00 Speed dating & Friends making by Rufus Pearce
Session organised by the wonderful Rufus where you can come and meet people of different genders, sexuality, backgrounds, and life paths.

5:00 – 5:20 Belly dancing by Dancing Queer
What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! The pierced and tattooed queer dancer will give you a very oriental performance with a twist.

5:20 – finish Drum Circle
To finish off, join us in a large drum circle to play some banging tunes till we drop! Don’t let the name fool you, all musical instruments are happily welcome.

Face painting by Suzy Youngman
Want to be a cat or a butterfly for the day? Don’t worry, Suzy’s here for the rescue! Whatever you fancy, Suzy’s got it covered.

Food by Food Not Bombs Cardiff / Bwyd Nid Bomiau Caerdydd
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world every week to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend billions on war?

Henna by Shroukie
The art of temporary tattooing based on dyes developed by the Henna plant will leave your skin stained with delicate designs that may last up to two weeks.

**Starts at 1pm at Sophia Gardens**