Help My Pup! Benefit gig for Charlie’s leg! – Tonight 7pm


 So, basically, Charlie has a deformed leg, and if it isn’t operated on then he could develop arthritis and lots of pain. The PDSA can’t do the operation because they don’t have the necessary specialist or enough money for corrective surgery, so this gig is to help.


*HOWL – Banging Hard Stoner Rock from Cardiff -
‘If Rock and Roll were loins, Howl would be it’s fruit’

*CHARLIE – The coolest and cheekiest dog in Cardiff, all the way from the harsh streets of Spain. Bigger and badder than ever, he’s literally growing all time. He’ll be on the door, looking fabulous.

*MARK AYLING – Raw, Aggressive, Angry, Acoustic Punk from Scotland.

*NICODEMUS REUBEN – He’s not very good at making things out of wood or bricks or metal so he makes things out of words. Excellent spoken word.

*BIG RED – Spendid political anarcho-folk from Cardiff

*MEIRION BOUDIER – ‘The 12 Stringed Wonder’

Followed by an OPEN MIC session


This event is covered by the Red and Black Umbrella’s new safer spaces policy, in short, this means that people should people treat each other with mutual respect. Respect each others boundaries and personal space. Be aware of the range of different identities (genders, races, sexualities, class etc.) that people may identify with and respect them. Anyone being abusive may be asked to leave.

£4 Suggested donation. Give what you can, no one will be refused for lack of funds.

There’s also a page online for donations, check it out at:


Surplus Charity Fundraiser – Royal Oak – Saturday 15th


SurplusFest are holding a fundraiser for two local Cardiff charities. To raise much needed funds for Cardiff Foodbank and Cardiff Women’s Aid. All money raided will go to the organisations.
Please come and support the event, round the corner from us, where Broadway meets Newport Road.”This is a family friendly event and we welcome everyone to come and join in.

We have a circus workshop in the afternoon where you’ll be able to learn new circus skills including poi, juggling, hoopla and many more skills…..

PLUS lush munch from the lovely FOOD NOT BOMBS!

Plus a BBQ selling Burgers and Hotdogs

We also have someone coming down to do some Henna for the afternoon and a fire show in evening.

There will be a firepit in the garden for folks to keep warm




AgrrrlsCaerdydd Film Screening of “The Punk Singer”


AgrrrlsCaerdydd host a Film Screening of “The Punk Singer” with discussion afterwards.

From 4pm @ Porters, Harlech Court, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FE

“Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod.

We will be discussing feminism, women and spaces as well as any other themes arising from this film after. Be good to see people there!”

Here’s the trailer:


Public Meeting: Resisting the North Wales Mega Prison

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About the Prison

The idea of a new mega-prisons in the UK emerged in 2008, but failed due to opposition. Now back on the agenda, planning permission was granted in January 2014 for a Category C prison with the capacity to hold 2,100 adult male prisoners in Wrexham, North Wales.

Like all prisons, it will imprison poor, working class people, individuals with mental health challenges & learning disabilities, abuse survivors as well as people of colour and immigrants. The prison will cost more than £250 million to build.

Why organise in South Wales?

Several of the companies involved in the project are based in Wales. Resistance to the prison will need to be taken to the companies themselves. Once built, the prison will need to be kept full to ensure it is a profitable enterprise. People from communities in Wales and the North West will be who are sent there to ensure private companies can continue to profit from caging human beings.

For more info:

or for the local group in Cardiff, email: info[@]cape-campaign[dot]org

Happy Birthday…to Food not Bombs Cardiff!

The Red and Black Umbrella would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Food not Bombs untitledCardiff…

*Two years of weekly serves this week!*

There is a party tomorrow night to celebrate -

BONFIRES NOT BOMBS! 7pm at the Wells Hotel, 77 Craddock Street, Riverside, West Cardiff

The Wells Hotel would like to invite you to a bonfire gathering in our wonderful yard, to celebrate Food Not Bombs Cardiff / Bwyd Nid Bomiau Caerdydd’s 2nd Birthday, Bronwen Little Eris Davies’s Birthday and of course bonfire night!

There will be delicious vegan food and cake, and if you would like to donate it will go to Food Not Bombs Cardiff! We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable foods (lentils, pulses, oil, tins of veg etc)

Come along…. Feel free to bring fireworks, wood, cake, food, musical instruments etc…..

Food Not Bombs has celebrated two years of weekly serves! Woohoo! We are continuing to serve free meals at 12:30pm every Friday outside the back of Central Market!untitled2

As winter is approaching the plan is to prepare supplies in the kitchen for a cold and damp winter and make sure they don’t get spoiled!!!


SEALED CONTAINERS AND LOTS OF THEM – Tupperwear, Big Jars, Chinese Takeaway Plastic Pots, Large Yoghurt Pots, Celebration Chocolate Pots etc…. Any containers which has a sealed lid!

Whilst we’re at it, these are some other things which you might be able to donate if you wanted:
- Bowls (ideally plastic)
- Mugs (ideally plastic)
- Cleaning Products: antibacterial spray, washing up liquid, sponges etc….
- Kitchen Roll / Serviettes
- Large Yoghurt Pots for carrying the food in or washing dishes in.


Happy Birthday to us!

The Red and Black Umbrella is now three years old!

Running a Social Centre isn’t easy, and the last few months have been particularly challenging.

We aim to continue to be a resource for the community and will be going through what could be our last winter together in the ‘ol Tred, and to kick off the 4th year of Red and Black events and activities, we’ve put together a week of anniversary events that capture the spirit of what the last three years have been about…

The programme for the week so far:anniv3



★ Ⓐ★☮★ Revolution Solution in partnership with The Hold Up and No Borders Morocco present: Hip Hop, Live Music, Beatbox and Spoken Word ★Ⓐ★☮★

Saturday 8th November 2014

★ Hosted by BeSpoken and Nicodemus Reuben

with Live Sets From:

Misled Truth

Applied Science

Turna Phrase

Dope Biscuits

Rebel Unit

Welsh Beatbox Collective

Joe Dirt – Squid Ninjaz

K.O.B – Knights Of Boom

★ With DJ Alkemy spinning the best underground and big beat Hip Hop vinyl all day to get your heads nodding.

★ Doors open 4:45, acts start at 6pm till late

Open Mic and Cypher to end off the night. Local MC or Poet and feel like dropping a sixteen or some spoken word? Here’s your chance.

★ We’re looking to build something sustainable so there is a suggested donation of £5 on the door. All funds raised go back into the space and to support No Borders Morocco and other No Borders groups, in South Wales and Bristol.

★ For any more info or if you want to get involved for future events please email either – revolutionsolution[@] or nicodemuspoet[@]


Occupy Democracy! Info-talk and discussion – Wed 6pm


Parliament Square in London is currently occupied by activists from the Occupy movement.

The Red and Black Umbrella is hosting an event dedicated to discussion issues around the action and the movement.

This is at 6pm on Wednesday 22nd October.

Come along to hear from someone who was there in London and to discuss the way forward for the Occupy movement, here and around the world.

All contributions welcome but no-one is expected to speak.

Read more here: