Our Social Centre includes various rooms/spaces that are available to be used by individuals & groups/campaigns. Typical uses include meetings & workshops & talks; benefit cafes; film nights; gatherings; small parties (birthdays, handfastings); banner making; and so on. Facilities available at Kebele include the kitchen & cooking equipment, cafe/event space for upto 50 people seated/more if standing, individual rooms holding from 6 to 45 people, film projector & screen, internet access.
Whilst each request for room use is considered separately, there are some basic criteria to bear in mind, for example – your event should be not-for-profit (or at least a benefit!); it shouldn’t contravene any of Kebele’s Principles; it shouldn’t cause a nuisance to our neighbours.
We do not formally charge for the use of spaces & facilities, but we do ask for ‘suggested donations’ to cover wear & tear, utility bills, maintenance etc. Room Users have 2 options in covering costs – firstly ‘pay as you go’ room use for each single event; secondly taking on ‘User group’ status which means in return for space/facility use you provide a labour contribution of running at least one Sunday night cafe and carrying out one clean of Kebele every 3 months.
For full details of facilities available, the suggested donations for use, some basic rules, and our safer spaces agreement, please read/complete/print off the Room Users Agreement:
Kebele-room_user_agreement (open office format)
For any & all queries please speak to a Co-op member or email kebelesocialcentre[at]riseup.net
We’ve been banging on for a while now about our NovemberFest, celebrating our 20th anniversary, so here is OurStory…
Kebele is based at 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY, and since 1995 has provided space for the development of anarchist & radical ideas and activities, community campaigns, and international solidarity.
Kebele means “community place” or “neighbourhood” in Amharic, an Ethiopian language. The term refers to localised community institutions, which dealt with their own needs & concerns, such as justice, health and community democracy. During the revolution in Grenada in 1979, Rastafarians involved in the struggle used the term “kebele” to refer to the community centres in each neighbourhood from which, in theory at least, the revolution was based. In 1983, the USA invaded the tiny island of Grenada to crush the rebellion.
The founders of Kebele were inspired by these meanings of the word, and current members are too.
The Squat and Kebele Kulture Projekt (KKP)
Kebele started as an empty building that was squatted in autumn 1995 to provide housing for four homeless activists. It quickly mutated into something bigger out of a need to defy the owners (a bank) and authorities seeking to evict them, and inspired by European social spaces there was a desire to create a self-managed space for local individuals, campaigns & projects. Continue reading Kebele – this is Ourstory
Our NovemberFest kicks on with another eclectic mix of events this weekend mixing the serious with the fun, both indoors & out (see list below!).
NovemberFest celebrates 20 years of Kebele social centre as a living anarchist experiment, since it was first squatted in autumn 1995, until now when it has evolved into a Community Co-Op. See ‘OurStory‘.
This Weekend: Continue reading Nov/Fest – 5th weekend – talks, workshops, permaculture, food and films
UPDATE 19/11/15 – Programme for the Gathering:
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A final reminder – get in touch now if you intend to come!
Kebele social centre is pleased to be hosting the next UK Social Centre Gathering on 28 & 29 November, which comes at the end of our NovemberFest. This event currently occurs twice a year, and is for all those involved in social centres (or aiming to set one up soon) around the UK. Continue reading UK social centre network gathering – 28/9 November
Kebele’s special month of events, NovemberFest, celebrating 20 years of Kebele social centre, is up and running. In true anarchic style, it started a week ago and runs to the first week of December (see bottom image). But why wait, check out what’s on over the next 8 days! And if you’d like to put on an event over the next month then contact us asap kebelesocialcentre[at]riseup [dot]net – note that all events are at Kebele social centre unless stated otherwise. So Come On Down! Continue reading Kebele’s NovemberFest is go!