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Two great workshops returning!

We’re happy to announce the return of two great RBU workshops:

The free bike workshop (formerly Black Spokes) and the Circus skill-share are back!

We’re hoping to make these both regular events again but it depends if there is enough interest to make it happen, so please turn up to support these events if you can!

rbu bike workshop aug2014circus skills september

You can find more information on our events on the website’s Calendar and Events Calendar (which is hopefully also going to include regular events at some point!)

Sgwrs Cymraeg yn ôl heno!

sgwrsThe Red and Black Umbrella welcomes the return of the Welsh Language evenings, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 7pm.

All levels of Welsh welcome, and with a chance to learn for newcomers!

7pm - Meet for a chat  /  8pm - Welsh lesson

Hope to see you tonight or in the future :)

Wela i chi!                                        Cariad a cynddaredd! x

RBU “Away Day” – This Sunday! 11am

New from the RBU Crew this Sunday 29th (with a view to going monthly after) - Away Day!!berlin-punk-things-to-doA chance to ramble together and take to the countryside!DSC_3503


We plan to walk for a few miles up the Taff Trail / Taith Taf…164

…then get a lift back down into Cardiff, or take the train together.

Meet at 11am at the waterbus pick-up point in Bute Park by the Castle. Hope to see you there! Bring your own lunch or some dosh.

ANTIFA SUMMER AT THE RBU! Atterkop, Dead City Riot, Chewed Up and Public Order Act! 5th June

We welcome back Bristol Antifa skacore punks Atterkop back through our doors with special guests, Dead City Riot- Hardcore ska all the way from the USA, on the first day of their European tour!
Also playing will be Chewed Up and Public Order act, so don’t miss out

2014 will see them continue to tour while fundraising for causes close to their hearts.
Atterkop have one simple goal, to make music for social change not fashion or profit.

The “anarcho punk/skacore” force to be reckoned with, DEAD CITY RIOT, hailing from Connecticut, USA are heading back to Europe for the second time this year. On this occasion they will be armed with a full length record and a shed load of new tunes.

Chewed Up –
A DIY Anarcho-ska project from Sheffield. Bits of Choking Victim hammered together with bits of UK82, 80s Crust. and US 80s HC.
Played with the likes of Discharge, Subhumans, Dogsflesh, Morning Glory, Restarts, Barb Wire Dolls and many more.

Public Order Act-
Dub Punk from Bristol!

Suggested donation of 3quid
Profits split between South Wales Antifa and The RBU Social Centre funds-
Give what you can!

Drink tolerated DRUNKENNESS NOT

Doors at 5pm

Love and Peas. E. xX

Folk Art/Graffiti, Seedswap, Edible Gardening, Vegan BBQ, Music+ more! This Sunday 11th May

Folk Art and Gardening day at the Red and Black Umbrella- The Revolution is Growing!

This Sunday we will happily be opening our doors to the community as we host an autonomous folk arts, bbq, music and fun day on sunday. Bring paint ya’ll!

From 11am onwards we will be sharing music, vegan food, seeds and art.
We ask and encourage those who use the space to bring vegan food, seeds to swap, paints to decorate our newly white-washed social centre walls and gardening supplies that we can use for the edible garden that we hope to start cultivating this year.

We have a nice clear space ready for Sunday, thanks to those who attended our productive (work) day yesterday.  It’s time for the space to get a new face on!
Ideas for the outside of the building greatly appreciated.

We welcome families and dogs
57 – 5 8 clifton street, cardiff.

Love and Peas! xX

Perkie and the Perkettes, Efa Supertramp, Olive Anne + more!

At our next event at the brolly we welcome PERKIE and the Perkettes in the middle of their tour…
Supported by local acts Twisted (ft. Olive Anne), Efa Supertramp and Emy Lou!

The night will be to raise some funds for the Red and Black Umbrella Social Centre with proceeds to be put towards fixing various holes, leaks, cracks and general DIY.

14th April (Mon)
Suggested Donation £3, Doors at 5.30

BYOB, drink tolerated, drunkenness not!

If you don’t know what Perkie sounds like with a band, but would like to find out, then you would do well to go get yer lug’oles round this: or check the bandcamp if you’ve got a longer attention span.

Perkie poster

‘This is England’ film screening

On Thursday 20th March, the RBU is proud to present a Film screening of ‘This is England’, followed by a discussion on ‘how we can oppose the National Front’.

Vegan food and popcorn (for donation) will also be served..- Join us from 7pm.

TIE_PosterThis Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates how their subculture, which has its roots in 1960s West Indian culture, especially skasoul, and reggae music,[4][5] became adopted by white nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene. The film’s title is a direct reference to a scene where the character Combo explainshis nationalist views using the phrase “this is England” during his speech.

[ 'This is England' on IMDB ]

eventAnd join a few of us afterwards as we head to ‘Strictly Bounce’ – a fundraiser for Stop NATO Cymru at Undertone on Church Street.

10pm – 3am // £3 Entry.

Featuring: Greggerz, Wowza, Dash & App, D#mental, Steady Jay.

‘Relaunch’ in motion…General Meeting tonight (and lots more!)

A building was squatted – it became a social centre and was named after an umbrella.

Now, after two years, we who live in it want to invite more people to be a part of the activities of the social centre, and call-out for help to go forward with events, gigs, info-nights, film showings and more, which will benefit people in East Cardiff and beyond, and provide a lasting injection of ideas of radical social change in an area where poverty is creating destitution and government cuts are biting further.

To further our aims we will have monthly meetings, work-days, and as much as we can possibly fit into this space.

We hope to see you at the first of these meetings, tonight, at 7pm, and please check the Calendar for more events already organised for this month as we welcome the coming of the spring!

Love, peas, rage, and don’t forget Squeebs!

Happy two and a half years (nearly!) x

Adamsdown Spring…

Hey everyone.

We've been through a lot in the last 2 years, 3 months, but Adamsdown's
Social Centre is still running, and we welcome new people getting
involved: PLEASE COME ALONG if you have any ideas for the space or would
like to use the space to run an event of your own...Revolution-ReLOVEutionThere haven’t been many people showing up to the social centre meetings,
so we’ve decided to hold more promoted ones once a month. They will be on
the first Tuesday of every month.

Therefore the next general meeting will be on Tuesday 4th March at 7pm.

And around this time we plan to hold a workshop to get another step
forward in renewable energy generation - with the making of our very own
pedal powered generator! So we can then always keep the juice in the
batteries! :-D 

We are also starting weekly cleaning and maintenance sessions, hoping to
improve the condition of the building itself and make it more suitable and
inviting as a venue. If you want to help out or get to know the crew, come
along on Saturday between 12noon and 4pm.

It is also possible to contact the crew by emailing us on the usual email
address - redandblackumbrella[at]
- or through the Cardiff Squatters Network phone on 07596 821 368 – we'll
be checking these regularly and ideas suggested can be raised
by someone on your behalf at the next meeting if you can’t make it
Meetings, as ever, at the Red and Black Umbrella, 57-58 Clifton Street,
Cardiff CF24 1LS – hope to see you there.

Love & rage

The crew - squeebo, gala, indi, lost and danu - x