NRDPL im November, ohne Rain

Was so los ist:

  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018

    Operation Shantytown

    21:00Nordpol

    Der Nordstadt zuliebe.

     

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018

    21:00

  • Wed
    07
    Nov
    2018

    19:00

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018

    21:00

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018

    20:00

  • Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018

    20:00Nordpol

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    20:00

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    Café Welcome

    16:00

    Immer am zweiten Samstag im Monat findet das Café Welcome im Nordpol statt. Das Café Welcome soll ein Treffpunkt für Geflüchtete, Asylsuchende, Menschen ohne Papiere und Unterstützer*innen sein.

    Infos: Refugees Welcome Dortmund, https://refugeeswelcomedo.noblogs.org

    Chaque 2ième samedi par moi le Café Welcome aura lieu à Dortmund. Le Café Welcome est un lieu à se rencontrer pour les réfugiés, les demandeurs d’asile, les migrants sans-papiers et des sympathisants.

    Info: Refugees Welcome Dortmund, https://refugeeswelcomedo.noblogs.org

    The second Saturday of every month Café Welcome is taking place at Nordpol. The Café intends to be a meeting point for refugees, asylum seekers, people without legal status and supporters.

    Info: Refugees Welcome Dortmund, https://refugeeswelcomedo.noblogs.org 

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    21:00

  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018

    Here be dragons - Spieletresen

    19:00

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    20:00

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    20:00

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    19:30

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    21:00

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    21:00

We talked about NORDPOL at Fast Forward 2018

The weekend of the 17th of August, we followed the invitation from Plan C and participated in a session on social centres at their festival Fast Forward. The aim of the session was to have a conversation about what it takes to found and run a social centre, to appreciate common problems in organising but also to inspire people in other cities and places to get together themselves.

Apart from us, there were representatives from the other social centres; from the Common House in London, Centro in Frankfurt/Main and the Cowley Club in Brighton. The social centres represented are diverse both when one looks at the city and the environment, in which they exist, but also with regard to their age. The oldest centre is the Cowley Club founded in 2002, while the newest one is Centro founded last year in 2017. Nevertheless, the exchange was fruitful, stimulating and motivating. For those who could not attend, we are summarising our contribution here.

The Nordpol although more a bar with more or less regular pub nights than a social centre still host a great variety of discussions, political talks, concerts, language courses of refugees, a weekly for free shop and provides a general infrastructure for left politics in Dortmund. The positive effects of its existence cannot be overstated; multiple other initiatives followed the model and within Dortmund the Nordpol is an integral part of the left landscape.

All that it took for the Nordpol to be founded was a relatively small groups of people coming together in 2012, collecting money and founding a registered association. After year of collecting, we started looking suitable places and pretty quickly we were lucky and spotted a pub in the heart of the Nordstadt, the northern part of the city centre, which is a neighbourhood struck with poverty heavily patrolled by the police because of the perceived high rate of street crimes, and which has high percentage of migrant workers intermixed with some students and left activists.

Of course not everything is perfect and runs smoothly in the Nordpol. Organising a social centres takes a lot of time and needs committed people. Bringing new people on-board is an ongoing process and a crucial part of keeping a social centre running. We also need to do a better job with regard to getting a foothold in the local community and reaching people beyond what is commonly called the left scene

All in all, social centres can be catalysts for change and even though they involve a lot of work, it’s worth it. The conversations during that session showed though the circumstances the social centres exist in are different often the same types of problems arise for instance who cleans the toilets? To build a future, we need to foster more of these conversations and learn from each other.