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Nicaragua and Latin America events February - May

NSC News | Monday, 24 February 2014 |

Get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight & Nicaragua Solidarity events in London, Bristol, Reading,Oxford and Sheffield.


Fairtrade Fortnight 24 February – 9 March

Make bananas fair. Over the past ten years UK supermarkets have almost halved the shelf price of bananas while production costs have doubled trapping farmers and growers in poverty.  Take action by following this link!


Estelí Week 21 February – 1 March 

Monday 24 February. The Winter Gardens, 1pm-3pm

Student Society Lemon Fresh will be in the Winter Gardens making piñatas. 1pm-3pm

 Monday 24th February. Coffee Revolution, 7pm-8pm

Join the debating society in Coffee Revolution at the Sheffield University Student’s Union to hear the arguments around ‘This house would make American pay reparations to Nicaragua’.

 Tuesday 25th February. The West End Pub (412 Glossop Road, S10 2JD), 7.30pm-9.30pm

Come along to a bilingual poetry evening. Listen to the soothing sounds of poetry read in Spanish and some Nicaraguan inspired poetry in English.

 Wednesday 26th February. Jessop West Exhibition Space, 6pm-9pm

Come along to a showing the 'Fog of War' with a chance for discussions afterwards.

Thursday 27th February. Ebenezer Hall, (Greenhow Street, Walkley, S6 3TP). 10am-12 midday

A special workshop hosted by Alegría Arts for children to learn about the dances and rhythms from our twin town. For children aged 4-8years (some flexibility). £6 per child or £3 for one hour.

Thursday 27th February. Winter Gardens. 1pm-3pm

Join Students for Estelí and Sheffield University Art Society at the Winter Gardens for some Nicaraguan style mural painting and discover your artistic side.

Thursday 27th February. Sheffield University Student’s Union. 5pm-6.30pm

join Son de America, Sheffield’s finest Latin American folk dance group where they’ll take you through your paces at some of the most iconic Nicaraguan folk dances, from the Caribbean coast to the capital of folklore, Masaya.

 Friday 28th February. Sheffield Hallam University. 6pm-8.30pm

La Yuma, an inspiring portrayal of a young woman’s journey from the barrios of Managua to the career as a boxer that she dreams of.

 Throughout the week...

A photography exhibition exploring the experience of women in both towns as well as perspectives of street life from both places will be in the Winter Gardens and also in Tamper coffee off West Street.

 The Three Bears Cafe at Sharrow Community Forum 8pm-4pm, Mon-Fri. (Just off Sharrow Lane, S7 1DB) will be serving a Nicaraguan inspired Enchilada option every day and 50p of each one sold will go towards our fundraising for project in Esteli. A great excuse to pop in to refuel in between attending the above events!

 http://www. sheffieldestelisociety.org.uk

 Friday, 28 Feb,  LONDON, 7.30pm,  Pub Quiz to raise funds to pay salaries of teachers in a pre-school in Managua, Upstairs room, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR, Tube, Russell Square, Kings Cross, Chancery Lane.

Organised by Islington – Managua Friendship Association.


Sunday 2 March, OXFORD, 2.30pm Blackfriars Church, St Giles'. Performance of the beautiful Nicaraguan Misa Campesina. Meet people afterwards and buy some of our Nicaraguan goods - coffee, cards and lots more!


 Sunday 2 March, READING, supporters of the Reading San Francisco Libre Association (RSFLA) will be among the 16,500 runners in the Reading Half Marathon. David Grimes was a long time activist in RSFLA who died in 2012. Runners will be raising funds for a trust set up in his name which supports projects in San Francisco Libre.


Monday 3 March, READING,7.30pm, Civic Centre. Jimmy Zamora, from the Nicaraguan NGO APREDEN, will speak at an event to celebrate the twinning between Reading and San Francisco Libre, hosted by the Mayor Marian Livingstone.  Jimmy will be in Reading from 25 February until 10 March and will also participate in the Reading Half Marathon – see above - visit Bulmershe, Reading Girls and Redlands Schools, meet Association members and friends, and visit local community groups, RISC and the RBH.


International Women Day events, Saturday 8 March

BRISTOL, 7.30 – 10.30pm, MShed, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN, Changing the lives of women and girls: an evening of debate, music and film

Fairtrade coffee producer, Margarita Espinoza, from Soppexcca Co-operative, Nicaragua

Music from The Cat’s Pyjamas and Makala Cheung

Film Screening ‘In the House, In Bed and On the Streets’, direct from the Feminist Film Festival in London ‘En la casa, la cama y la calle’, follows an inspiring Nicaraguan women’s rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets through a powerful blend of mainstream media and grassroots organizing.

Panel debate ‘What can be done here and internationally to end violence against women?’

Fairtrade welcome drink and nibbles included

Women and Men welcome!

Organised by Bristol Link with Nicaragua and Bristol Fairtrade Network in association with MShed.



Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign and Central America Women’s Network invite you to celebrating the successes of Nicaraguan women!

4.00 – 9.00pm, Talks, film, Nicaraguan music, Latin American food

 Upstairs room, Calthorpe Arms Pub, 252 Grays Inn Rd (Corner Wren St), London WC1X 8JR.  (underground: Kings Cross)

 Entrance: £4/£3 talks and film only

£10/£8 talks, film and Latin American food. Everyone welcome!

Ending sexual violence through TV dramas combined with outreach in schools, communities and prisons. The 30 minute documentary 'En la casa, la cama y la calle' (At home, in bed and in the streets), produced by Nicaraguan Feminist organisation  Puntos de Encuentro, explains how the dramas were made and used as an outreach tool not only in Nicaragua but also ten other Latin American countries. Film introduced by Helen Dixon, Nicaraguan/British feminist activist and writer.

It's Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February - 9 March) so time to make Fairtrade fairer for women! Despite decades of campaigning, work traditionally done  by women remains invisible, undervalued and unrenumerated. Learn about a Nicaragua/UK initiative that moves beyond rhetoric by exploring ways in which the unpaid work traditionally done by women can be included in the pricing of coffee and sesame. Felicity Butler, fairtrade practitioner and PhD student explains.



Sunday 16 March, Oxford International Women’s Festival - Coffee morning with fresh Nicaraguan coffee to drink and buy. Sinday 16th March 930-12.30 at South Oxford Community Centre, Lake Street.  We will have freshly-made cakes and other goodies to buy, eat, and just enjoy. All the profits go to our projects to help people in and near Leon - look at the projects elsewhere on this website


Saturday 10 May, 10.30 am (10.00am registration), The legacy of Hugo Chavez & ongoing transformation in Venezuela, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY.

With guests from Venezuelan Government & social movements plus: Alvaro Sanchez, Venezuelan Embassy – Henry Suarez, Venezuelan writer & historian – H.E. Esther Armentreros, Cuban Ambassador – H.E. Alicia Castro, Argentinian Ambassador- Guissell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan Embassy

And: Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary – Colin Burgon, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary – Jeremy Corbyn MP – Dr. Mark Dineen, University of Southampton – Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Latin American Studies, Middlesex University – Sian Errington, VSC Women for Venezuela – Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop the War Coalition – Billy Hayes, CWU General Secretary – Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary – Bethan Jenkins AM, Plaid Cymru – Peter Kavanagh, Unite London & Eastern Regional Secretary – Bruce Kent, peace campaigner & VSC patron – Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Officer & member of student delegation to Venezuela – Karen Mitchell, RMT – Thomas Muhr, author, Counter-Globalization & Socialism in the 21st Century; The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Pablo Navarrete, filmmaker, Venezuela: Inside the Revolution – Barbara Ntumy, NUS Women’s Committee – Hugh O’Shaughnessy, writer & journalist – Derek Wall, Green Party International Co-ordinator – Chris Williamson MP


Sunday 18 May, BRISTOL, Ashton Park School, the annual hotly contested football tournament Copa Sandino and Copa Lucrecia Lindo to raise funds for project in Puerto Morazan, Bristol’s twin town. Funds from this year’s women’s tournament Copa Lucrecia Lindo will go to support Futbol sin Fronteras based in Granada. If you can muster up a five-a-side team contact BLINC