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Whatabout Wednesdays Is Back!

Into 2023 we go, and Base social centre’s mini-cafe – Whatabout Wednesdays – is back every week from 4th January, from 11am to 5pm.

Whatabout Wednesdays is an alternative welcoming space for everyone local – neighbours, community, strikers, doleys, students, rebels & friends.

We offer a very cheap basic cafe comprising: a soup & bread (£1); cakes (£1); and hot drinks (50p) – but nobody is turned away if they’re skint.

There’s also Base’s range of free facilities: wi-fi; radical reading library & workspace; campaigns info; toilets; or just hang out and have a chat.

Plus there’s Base’s Info Shop to purchase all your radical presents – books, pamphlets, stickers, postcards, t-shirts, diaries, music cd’s.

Got any ideas for other things that could be on in the building? Come and speak to us!

Note: Base’s ground floor cafe area and one toilet are wheelchair accessible, but the 1st floor is not.

Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Two great Palestinian film nights at the Museum.

We are delighted to announce that we are again working with the Bristol Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) this year and showing two great films in the Museum:

Tuesday 6th December at 8pm (Doors 7.30): Palestinian Short Films Night (103mins)

The BPFF shorts programme is a night packed with a selection of compelling short films from different genres, including animation, documentary, and comedy. It displays the talent of Palestinian filmmakers and their interrogation of their identity, culture and struggle for freedom.

Our shorts programme this year consists of seven films: By the Sea, The Living of the Pigeons, Mariam, TAQI, Night, Siri Miri and Wifi Rider.

Book tickets here: event_password=70qg5wn178

Thursday 8th December at 8pm (Doors 7.30): Fadia’s Tree (84 mins)

Followed by a Q&A with the director, Sarah Beddington

While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges the film’s director, Sarah Beddington to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds inadvertently reveal the unresolved problems of the region.

Spanning 15 years, this is a story of a friendship that stays connectedacross a divided land and a fragmented people, adopting a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile, and the hope of return.

Sarah Beddington is a visual artist and filmmaker based in London. Her works in film and video, sculpture, performance and public art, explore the overlaps between the historical, the mythical and the everyday, often focusing on journeys and migration.

She has completed many multi and single-screen film and video works that have been shown internationally in film festivals, museums, non-profit spaces and galleries. Fadia’s Tree is Beddington’s first feature length film.

Book tickets here: event_password=fa6li3fqxa


Tickets for both nights are £8.50 or £5 for concessions. We recommend buying your tickets in advance using the links above.

We hope to see you there and look forward to hosting more events in 2023.

Remember, we are open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am till 6pm. We have lots of great original and fair trade Palestinian products for sale, including a range of t-shirts plus ceramics, earrings, necklaces, bottled sand art, keyrings and kuffiyehs bought directly from Hebron and all at great prices. Ideal for presents.

Stay safe and well.
In solidarity,
Everyone at the PMCC

Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre
27 Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2HG

Capitalism, Anarchism, and Mental Health

A two part workshop on two Saturday afternoons in January.

A discussion and workshop on the ways capitalist society damages our mental well being. We’ll discuss everything from housing, to advertising, from secure units to endless waiting lists.

We will also look at how a more anarchist society could foster better mental well being, and how we can apply anarchism to improve our lives in the hear and now.

The workshops will take place from 14:00 – 18:00 with a break in the middle. We plan to stay in the space after to allow more informal discussion, and to keep the space open for anyone that doesn’t want to be alone after such heavy discussion topics.

The second Saturday (21st of January) we will hold a second session where we look at more practical steps we can take to support each other in our communities, groups, and friendships.

BASE infoshop at the 10th December Radical Book Fair

BASE infoshop are excited to have a stall the next radical bookfair in Bristol. We have loads of new and revolutionary books just in, so come say hello and get some stories, ideas and analysis for all your seasonal / lifelong trouble making needs!

Active Distribution are hosting another Radical Book Fair at the Exchange on Old Market, Bristol. We’re under attack from all sides, and we need radical ideas and community more than ever. At the bookfair, you’ll find new and second hand titles from radical publishers, zine makers and activists plus stalls from local campaigns groups. Plus vegan hot dogs, cakes, snacks, hot drinks, mulled cider, and beers available from the Exchange cafe.

The bookfair is free to attend and all are welcome (please get in touch if you have any access needs or requests). We are currently planning a small programme of free talks and discussions in the basement room – watch this space for details. COVID is still with us and you are encouraged to wear a mask if you are attending.…/

See you there!

BASE Arts Collective and Avon Gleaning Network present: The Gleaners and I

BASE Cafe Collective has, for a long time, provided filling and yummy Sunday meals, a lot of which comes from gleaned produce – from field and shop alike.

On Sunday 11th after the Cafe’s meal, BASE Arts Collective and Avon Gleaning Network will be screening The Gleaners and I, Agnes Varda’s poem to the waste-saver, the stooper in the field, the bin-diver.

We’ll do a short intro to the Gleaning Network and what they’ve achieved in only a couple of years, saving tonnes and tonnes of produce from going to waste. This produce is then redistributed to charitable food projects who are supporting people experiencing food insecurity.

This is the right time to talk about food waste. At Christmas, binned food usually amounts to 42 million dishes of Christmas dinner…

You never know, you may organise your first bin-dive or glean on the crisp morning of the 12th ;)


Buried Moons: Forgotten folktales from beyond the patriarchy

A multimedia exhibition alongside artist Annie Randall.

This exhibition will be held at Centerspace, Bristol between the 23rd of
February and the 9th of March 2023. This exhibition is an open call
which is free to submit and free to exhibit. The deadline for
submissions is the 5th of December. We have applied for 2 funding
grants, from which we hope to pay selected artists for their

This exhibition is a celebration of next year’s International Women’s
Day (8th of March).


Open call, deadline 5th December, email for more
info and the submissions from

Open to FINT (Female, Intersex, Non-biary and Trans) people located in
or near Bristol

Free to submit and exhibit, selected artists may be funded.

Selected artists will be asked to make a new artwork based upon a
(forgotten) folktale from their culture

All mediums welcomed

Artists are encouraged to hold a public workshop

Follow @buriedmoons_folk on instagram for updates

Whatabout Wednesdays!

Note: From 2nd November – 21st December and then 4th January until further notice

Base social centre opens it’s doors every Wednesday from 11am to 5pm, offering a mini-cafe, drop-in & welcoming space.

In the Cafe – hot drinks (50p), soup/bread (£1), cake (£1).

Spend time in our free Library; check out Free Info; browse our Infoshop for books/pamphlets/music to buy; use the Wi-fi; or just hang out and chat.

#DontPayUK BS5 group will also have a drop-in from 11am-2pm in the Cafe, with campaign news, flyers & posters, and info on where to get support.

Plus…surprises! Speak to us if you have ideas for any ok.

Library Collective Launch!

November 10th, 7-9pm

The Base Library collective invites you to join us in the library for a workshop session to bring life into this amazing and currently underused common resource

Find out more about what is in the library and how to use it and join us to imagine its potential!

𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒍𝒖𝒅𝒆 …

𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠

𝑎 𝑏𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑙𝑎𝑢𝑛𝑐ℎ 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦

𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠

𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦

𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑠

𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝𝑠

𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 & 𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝐷𝐼𝑌 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑠𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡

𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑏 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒

𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒

𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟 𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠

𝑎 𝑓𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠

Which of these sound good to you? What are your dreams?

With an abundance of possibilities, we can choose where to put our
energy to make some of them reality

𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 & 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 <𝟑


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Stay Grounded Gathering

19th and 20th November @ BASE

Stay Grounded Communications Training Weekend on Aviation & Climate Justice
Open to activists and campaigners across the UK and free to attend,
with overnight accommodation and support for travel costs available.

Please apply by 7th November via

What is this about?

    * Free training weekend about aviation & climate justice,
greenwashing, just transition and changing travel policies

    * Reflection on _how we talk _about aviation and _how we counter the industry’s greenwashing with our own narratives for fair and grounded mobility
     * Creating a network of _multipliers _in Europe who support each
other with future workshops, campaigns and actions
     * Based on our latest guide ‘Common Destination: Reframing aviation to ensure a safe landing and lay the tracks towards a fair planet’

Who is it for?
     * Campaigners against airport expansions or for a fairer mobility
     * Climate justice activists interested to do more on aviation
     * Communicators seeking to reflect and expand on their framing
     * Anyone looking for a new way to join the movement and meet
like-minded people!

You can find more info and apply here

Stay Grounded is an international network of more than 180 groups campaigning for a reduction of aviation and its negative impacts, as well as against problematic strategies like offsetting and biofuels.

Bristol Airport Action Network is a coalition of groups and individuals working to oppose Bristol Airport’s expansion plans and are currently mobilising around a Brisotl High Court hearing on 8-9th November. Get in touch to find out what you can do:

Tea and Type Tuesday with Adblock

Tuesday 25th, 6:30-9:30 Library

Adblock Bristol are running a ‘Tea and Type’ to lodge as many objections as possible to BT’s applications for new advertising spaces in Bristol.

BT have started submitting applications for new ‘Street Hubs’, across the city. Some are in place of old phone boxes, but many would be new, and just like Clear Channel’s bus stop ad screens, use crazy amounts of electricity and shine all day and night. Lucky us.

BUT, have hope, because through Bristol City Council’s planning portal, Adblock Bristol has wielded the mighty keyboard to get multiple (70-something and counting) digital ad spaces rejected by the Council’s planning officers and councillors.

We’ll be in BASE’s library on Tuesday the 25th of October to get as many objections under our belts before our brains go fuzzy. If it isn’t something you’ve ever done before, come along anyway and we’ve got lots of helpful tips. It’s a surprisingly effective form of anti-capitalist activism. There will be tea.