Benefit VoKu for Prosfygika & music by Rembetiko Against The Machine

Thursday 26 January 2023, Benefit Voku in solidarity with the squatted neighbourhood of Prosfygika with music performance by Rembetiko Against The Machine. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

“Prosfygika”, or otherwise refugee homes, is a complex of residential flats built in 1930’s to house refugees resulting from the Asia Minor conflict between Greece and Turkey. The buildings are situated on a central avenue of Athens, surrounded on either side by the police HQ and the supreme court, in a heavily gentrified area . After years of abandonment, Prosfygika has been increasingly reclaiming its original purpose as many refugees, migrants, poor, greek and foreigner working class people have sought to resolve their need for housing by squatting the empty flats.
(Info-night and benefit for Prosfygika in 2014 at Joe’s Garage https://joesgarage.nl/archives/9989)

Rembetiko Against The Machine – A session with rebetiko tunes from the 1930’s till the early 1950’s. The period between the 1st and 2nd World Wars had a crucial role in the development of the Greek bouzouki players and the texture of the genre. We are gonna perform rebetiko tunes from each period. Looking forward to see you there and enjoy the night with this unique atmosphere!!!

Ilias Konstantinidis: guitar, vocals
Giannis Leloudas: bouzouki, vocals
Argyris Papadimitriou: bouzouki, baglamadaki, vocals

Statement Community of Squatted Prosfygika
ON THE ATTACK ON PROSFYGIKA OF L. ALEXANDRA

On the morning of 22/11, the forces of repression entered the 7th block of the squatted neighbourhood of the Prosfygika arresting comrade Kostas Dimalexis and then, in the afternoon of the same day, in the 6th block, arresting 79 of its defenders. The media once again did government propaganda.

There are more than 400 people living in the Prosfygika – The community of the squatted Prosfygika consists of about 150 adults and 30 children. We propose to organize society outside the state capitalism. We are the birthplace of the popular uprisings of December 2008 and the anti-monetary struggles of 2010-2012. We do not and have never believed in parliamentary fairy tales.
We promote the model of social self-management; we organize ourselves in direct democratic processes in our general assembly and in the regular and extraordinary procedures. We create and operate structures for living, education and and internal economy. At the same time we organize and participate in the struggles of the oppressed, because we fight until the collapse of this tyrannical and unjust regime. Until the whole world becomes one a community of equality, freedom, solidarity and social justice. […Lees verder]

Lesvos Mutual Aid Network, No Borders Lesvos benefit voku with a jam concert by Annie’s Joy & the Vaxxxines

Thursday 29th December 2022, Lesvos Mutual Aid Network, No Borders Lesvos benefit voku. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. After the food, Joy, Lasha, Alex, Josse and Annelies will play Annie’s Joy songs, Vaxxxines songs and improvised music. Everyone welcome to join the jam.

About Lesvos Mutual Aid Network, “We are a network of comrades and friends active on the Greek island of Lesvos, with ties to collectives and movements that span the globe. We work to build relationships with people on the island, abolishing dominant norms/hierarchies and the socially constructed boundaries between our communities.
As a part of the broader anti-authoritarian movement, we condemn any and all fascist, sexist and racist behavior. We function through our assemblies, where we discuss topics, collectively take decisions and plan actions. We created an environment based on mutual respect where everyone can take part in equal terms, each according to their ability, each according to their needs. Our actions can vary depending on the needs we encounter and the dynamics of the group. We cooperate only with other self-organized structures, like “Women in Solidarity House”, “No Border Kitchen”, “Binio Squat” and other individuals that are active on the ground.
We as anarchists believe in solidarity that comes from the base and stand side by side with people in need, regardless of whether they come from another country, their age, class, ability, gender, the color of their skin or their sexuality. Here on Lesvos, we participate in multiple initiatives on the ground, all grounded in principles of antiracism, anti-authoritarianism, self-organization and mutual aid, each tackling different aspects of this common struggle.”

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Food is vegan, no reservation. All benefits go to social & political struggles. Joe’s Garage is a space run by volunteers. Without a collective effort, without your active participation, we’re remaining closed. Get in touch in you feel like giving a hand. We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.

Aman molli: Benefit dinner & Special Concert – Asteris Varveris & Eirini Zogali

Saturday 3rd December 2022, Benefit dinner & Aman Molli special concert with Asteris Varveris (laouto, guitar, vocals) & Eirini Zogali (oud, bouzouki, vocals), music from Eastern Mediterranean tradition and Greek rebetiko. Doors open at 6.30 pm, music starts at 8 pm. After the concert, there will be a jam session, so you’re more than welcome to bring your instruments! Donations welcome.

Before the concert there will be a 3 course dinner served as of 18:30. Any earnings will support the medical expenses of our 6yo fella Stefanos in Athens who is going through a sequence of surgeries. For more details about the cause, or alternative ways to support it, please ask the Aman Molli crew on Saturday.

Asteris Varveris and Eirini Zogali count six years of performing together as a duo. What started with purely rebetiko repertoire, led to experimentation of several eastern Mediterranean traditions and with different instruments! From guitar to laouto and from bouzouki to oud. Asteris and Eirini find a way to perform music that coordinates with them, with rebetiko being always their most important starting point. In the first part of the concert, the duo will present new compositions of the Eastern Mediterranean tradition, and new arrangements of traditional melodies of Greece. In the second part, the rebetiko will take over until the end of the performance.

What is rebetiko? It’s a greek urban folk music that was created in the 1920s and blossomed until the ’60s, with thousands of gramophone recordings that have been left behind for the new generations to represent it and study it. The main instruments of the genre are folk guitar and greek bouzouki.

Aman Molli is an open collective workshop for modal music, broadly defined as music following melodic pathways that are outside the two standardized Western scales and associated harmonies. Instruments and Music Styles Any kind of acoustic instrument (Strings, percussions, wind, voice). Many of the instruments used today (guitars, bouzoukia etc.) have even-tempered tuning so the maqams/dromoi are not the traditional Arabic/Turkish/Persian microtonal versions but the westernized adaptations. One of the objectives is to explore the differences. In the same spirit, we add harmonic structure (in guitars or mpaglama chords etc) where possible.On the rhythm side we explore the various characteristics rhythms of these regions/musical tradition (9/8 etc.).

El Mo Collective: World Music Jam Session 2

Saturday 19 November 2022, El Mo Collective will organise their second World Music Jam session in Joe’s Garage! Doors open at 19:00.

El Mo Collective is a world music band based in Amsterdam. During this event they invite other ‘world’ musicians to take the stage with them. Do you make music yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us in advance to schedule you in, just one piece or a few, everything is possible! We will close the evening with an open jam session. See you there!

Aman molli: Special Concert

Friday 11 November 2022, Aman molli: Special Concert, Turkish melodies with Duygu Alkan (voice), Alexandros Papadimitrakis (Oud), and Burak Savaş (violin). Door opens at 7pm, music at 9pm.

Aman molli and Joe’s Garage are opening the doors for a special music concert! Later at night jam will follow. Donations welcome.

Abortion Network Amsterdam benefit voku + acoustic concert “Rodriga or Gabrielo”

Thursday 10 November 2022, Abortion Network Amsterdam benefit voku + acoustic concert with “Rodriga or Gabrielo” which is Annelies, violin player from Trikosis with friends. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music on the stage from 9pm.

We will be cooking a delicious vegan meal for a good cause as we always do. This time the money goes to Abortion Network Amsterdam, they are a group of volunteers who came together to create a network of support for women and pregnant people who don’t have access to safe abortion. Check their website for more info: https://abortionnetwork.amsterdam/

COME EAT SUPERRRR LEKKER FOOD AND SUPPORT !! <3 SEE YOU THURSDAY <3

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Food is vegan, no reservation. All benefits go to social & political struggles. Joe’s Garage is a space run by volunteers. Without a collective effort, without your active participation, we’re remaining closed. Get in touch in you feel like giving a hand. We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.

Aman molli: Benefit voku for the Ypostego social centre and Rebetiko night

Friday 28 october 2022, Aman molli: Benefit voku for the Ypostego social centre and Rebetiko night. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music on the stage from 9pm.

Ypostego is a social center based in the southern suburban part of Athens with long history in activism and solidarity actions. The building is very old with no complete maintenance done in these years. Recently, some houses started to be built exactly next to Ypostego. Due to the drilling and excavations in order to create the foundations of theses houses the ceiling of Ypostego fell. The cost of repairing the ceiling and also fixing spots on it that will fall in the next months is way too high. We, a group of comrades that used to be actively participating or actively solidaire to that place when we were based in Athens, decided to organize an event with Rebetico music in order to gather some money for helping covering the costs as minimal act of solidarity.

Benefit Voku Punks for Rojava Solidarity Campaign. Music performance with Baschira & Roleda

Thursday 20 october 2022, Benefit Voku Punks for Rojava Solidarity Campaign. Music performance with Baschira & Roleda, music from Italy to Kurdistan and vice versa. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music on the stage from 9pm


What is Punks for Rojava?

Punks for Rojava is an international network in the punk community with the goal of providing support for Rojava and educating people about what is happening in Rojava and the ideology on which their society is built. The common ground between the society in Rojava, which is based on an ideology/political system called Democratic Confederalism has many similarities with the ideology of the international punk community, and rejects the idea of nation-states, religious influence on society, dictatorship in all its forms, as well as capitalism. It’s ‘based on direct democracy, total gender equality, secularism, ethical pluralism and ecology.

The situation

Right now, Rojava is heavy under attack by the Turkish state, using chemical weapons and bombing and attacking civilians. They mutilated bodies of dead female soldiers, looted villages and towns and made living conditions for civilians in the area impossible. With the Punks for Rojava we hope to create awareness about Rojava itself and to give heart to our internationalist comrades. The donations will be used to purchase gas masks for civilians to protect themselves from the chemical attacks and to the fighters trying to protect Rojava.
Currently, we are setting up our first benefit in Amsterdam, and we would like to invite everyone to set up a Punks for Rojava night in your locale area. It could be a pub night at your local bar, a punk gig, or even a punk compilation. Currently, we are already ordering T-shirts and stickers for additional donations.
As punks and anarchists, we stand firm against war, nationalism and religious fundamentalism; against enslavement of women, arms trafficking, and in mutual solidarity and support of our comrades’ direct democratic project.
Read the full article and see how you can support the solidarity campaign further http://www.forumvooranarchisme.nl/en/post/punks-for-rojava/

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Food is vegan, no reservation. All benefits go to social & political struggles. Joe’s Garage is a space run by volunteers. Without a collective effort, without your active participation, we’re remaining closed. Get in touch in you feel like giving a hand. We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.