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We are excited to send you our first newsletter, to keep you up to date with what has been happening and give you a taster of what we have coming up at the cafe.
We are so, so happy to have Eilidh and Stéfan back home at the cafe, we don't know how we managed without you! They have had a fantastic two months travelling (and 'researching') in their van around France, Spain and Morocco. They spread the word about The Project Café far and wide and hope to bring back some of what they have learnt to the cafe.
We are also ecstatic to welcome Anna to the team as the new Events and Audience Development Co-ordinator; WE don't know how we ever managed without YOU!
And in terms of expanding our audience, we would like to send a big thank you to Paper Girls who have been cycling around the city, kindly distributing our printed events programmes at various locations! If you haven't got one already, you can pick them up at the cafe, as well as keeping up to date with what's on via our website Events page!
We started the month with the fantastic Glasgow Open House Art Festival. Catherine Hotchkiss compiled a jam packed ReSOURCE corner within Tell It Slant's poetry bookshop. An opening celebration on the Saturday included 'Communication As Currency'; an exhibition and publication launch by artists Zoë Pearson, Alice Rooney, Kate Timney and artwork by our very own Katie Ward and Stéfan Tulepo, along with an animation screening by Rachel Hendry and performance by Andrew Black. The Glasgow Artist Guild hosted artist talks by Paula MacArthur and Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.
The literary magazine Quotidian, a project by creative writing postgraduates (one of the members being our very own, Lorraine Kelly) at the University of Strathclyde, launched their first issue.
Judith Williams has been gracing the cafe with 'Jude at Eight', a series of delightful duo jazz gigs. Keep an eye out on the website for upcoming gigs!
Missing Maps Glasgow returned for their second mapathon in the cafe. The project helps Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Red Cross by creating maps of vulnerable places, providing a vital resource for their on-the-ground staff as well as local people. They'll be back in the cafe Thursday 2nd July at 6pm, meetings open to everyone.
Common Weal discussion forum is a vision of what Scotland can be if it rejects Me-First politics. Dates for June are the 11th and 24th, all welcome!
The wonderful fortnightly Friday Open Mic with Wendy Rae and guests continues to draw a crowd with an eclectic mix of music, poetry and performance. Our homemade stone-baked pizzas are always a crowd pleaser too!
The Circle of Women Yoga Project are hosting another Taiko Drumming Workshop on Saturday 20th June. Tickets for this fundraiser can be bought in advance here.
A Mindfulness seminar was hosted in the cafe for Mental Health Awareness Week, with Michael of Wake Up Glasgow delivering an introduction into the practice of Mindfulness. Wake Up Glasgow Mindfulness Group continues to meet every Tuesday 7:20-9:30pm, everyone is welcome!
Tell It Slant hosted an Edwin Morgan Trust Slovakian Poetry Translation Workshop with the Scottish Poetry Library, which brought together three Slovakian/Slovakia-based poets and three Scottish poets for a weekend of translating and exchanging poetry, experiences and exciting new ideas.
Tiril and Anna made a research trip to Dundee and checked out some great work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Degree Show.
Friends of Plockton Music School with Glasgow Piano City played an afternoon gig in the cafe which was informal and relaxed and brought some beautiful traditional Scottish music to delighted customers.
And that's just a taster of the events we hosted in May, without mentioning our nourishing and eclectic menu! You can keep up to date with our ever-changing specials on our social media sites, or just come in and try them!
You'll have to wait for the next newsletter to hear what we've been up to in June. But be assured, it got off to a great start with book launches, gigs, a visit to Glasgow School of Art's Degree Show, as well as a musical fundraiser for the lovely Cat Loud to take her show Big Night In to the Edinburgh Fringe - please help a diva out here!
We'll leave you with the class of '15 celebrating the cafe's very 1st Birthday back on 14th April!