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Glasgow Belongs to Us! A Summit on Ownership and Democracy

October 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Glasgow Against Closures invites you to join us on Saturday 01 October to explore, critique and challenge Glasgow’s affinity for closures and cuts to our venues, jobs and services. 

Glasgow Against Closures has now been campaigning to save our city’s venues for 18 months. In this time we have seen pushback from the City Council and Glasgow Life, who have attempted to justify the sustained closure of our cities libraries, leisure centres, community centres and cultural venues. But we have also witnessed the power of local communities, trade unions and targeted campaigns, and localised democratic structures including community councils, to resist any such justifications, and get our venues reopened. 

After over a year of campaigning, it’s time for us to share what we’ve learned, and learn ourselves about the greater socio-economic and cultural context within Glasgow that our campaign has been elevated and shaped by. Our conference on October 01 will bring our campaigners together with speakers from community campaigns, trade unions and other groups investing in the needs of the people of this city. 

Our sessions have been selected to shed light on information relating to our core campaign demands. Since the beginning of our campaign, these demands have remained unchanged.

  • Stop the closures!

The City Council must do everything in their power to make sure that all publicly owned venues will never permanently close, and all of them reopen as soon as possible.

  • They belong to the people!

The City Council must commit to keeping all our venues under public ownership, reject Community Asset Transfers and shelve the controversial ‘People Make Glasgow Communities’ scheme. 

  • End Glasgow Life!

The City Council must create a mechanism to bring the staff and assets of Glasgow back into direct Council management as done with other failed Arms-Length Organisations. 


SUMMIT AGENDA – Speakers and session leaders to be announced!

11am – 12pm – Welcome and plenary session with Glasgow Against Closures

12pm – 1pm – Attendees can choose from a session on community ownership or session on cuts to services and funding

1pm – 2pm – Break for lunch (we will not be providing lunch, but hot drinks and other refreshments will be available throughout.)

2pm – 3pm – Attendees can choose from a session on localised and alternative democracies or session on Glasgow’s cultural history

3pm – 4pm – Closing rally and call to action

4.30pm – Informal social wind-down nearby

Please contact glasgowagainstclosures@gmail.com to let us know about any dietary or accessibility requirements you may have, or if you have any other questions about the event.

Book your free space here!


Glasgow Against Closures
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Garnethill Multicultural Centre
21 Rose Street
Glasgow, G3 6RE United Kingdom
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