PUSCII Benefit, Rebetiko Night

Monday 26 July 2021, PUSCII Benefit, Rebetiko Night, Volkseten Vegazulu. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music from 9pm with Charis Konstantinou (guitar and vocals) and Jaap Faber (guitar).

You might be using services provided by Puscii without being aware of it. An active squat scene also means using, supporting and maintaining on the long term an initiative like Puscii, https://www.puscii.nl/.
“Puscii is the radical tech collective that used to run Utrecht’s first public internet workspace in the Ubica squat. Since our retreat to the virtual realms, we run a server to provide web hosting, email, mailinglists, streaming, etc. to anarchists groups, freaks, artists and other sorts of people like us. We do our best to keep our data safe from the prying eyes and ears of state and capital, using cryptography whenever possible. Alas, servers ain’t cheap, so our little techno safe haven is quite a costly affair”.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Starting from 19:00 until 21:00, 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.

Also every monday, from 19:00, free fruit and veggie stall in front of Joe’s Garage.

Benefit for Rosa Nera squat

Thursday 17 september 2020, benefit for Rosa Nera squat. Food will be served on the Steve Bikoplein, the square next to Joe’s Garage, from 19:00 and will be directly followed by music, also on the square. Rebetika with Georges, Charis and others. No reservation, vegan food, veggies from the garden. Donations welcome. If you want food to take away, bring your own containers.

On 5 September 2020, Rosa Nera squat in Chania, Creta was evicted by surprise at 5 o’clock in the morning. 16 people sleeping inside got arrested. 5 of them are immigrants. All of them got released after some hours.
Rosa Nera was squatted in 2004. The building belongs to the Polytechnic School of Chania. Rosa Nera has been for 16 years an emblematic space, not only in Creta but for the whole Greece, for the movement. Various groups and collectives have been using the space.

During the summer, a potential buyer came to check the building and was welcomed by a group of 200 people. Prime minister Mitsotakis is from Chania and had promised many years ago that when he will be in the government, he would evict Rosa Nera.

ROSA NERA is an autonomous, anti-authoritarian political collective and since 2004, has squatted and given its name to the historical building that was formerly known as the “5th Army Division”, declaring it, for the first time in its history, a liberated space.

The squatted building of ROSA NERA, was built around 1880 by the Turks as a palace for the local pasha. It continued to house different representatives of the authority, the latest being the local military command, during the military dictatorship of Papadopoulos.

In 1985 the building passes from the ministry of defense to the ministry of education, which offers it to the Technical University of Crete, under the condition that it would be used solely for educational activities. Nevertheless, from 1985 till 2004, the building was totally abandoned.

In June 2004, the building was occupied and revived. It was transformed from a ruin that was falling apart, into a political, cultural and social activities center, as well as a house. Everything was accomplished with collective work, collective will and collective financial support. That means that the people did it all, by organizing themselves through horizontal and non-hierarchical procedures.

ROSA NERA squat had organised and operated amongst many other things, an non-commercial cafe-bar, a theater, a clothes exchange bazaar, a children’s space, an event and film projection room, a library, a workshop, a guest house, a collective kitchen, and an open vegetable-garden. At the same time, many political and cultural events were taking place, always with a free entrance or voluntary-donation based.

Most importantly, ROSA NERA, as a political group, supported and participated in social and class struggles, always standing in solidarity with the oppressed and struggling people, fighting against any exploitation and oppression, for justice, equality and freedom.

On the 5th of September 2020, after 16 years of active presence in the social and political life of the town of Chania, police forces evict the squat, arrest the people inside and empty the building with the assent of the municipality and the administration of the Technical Universcity of Crete. The reason behind this eviction was the leasing of the building by the university, to a privately owned hotel group (BELVEDERE) in order to turn it into a luxury hotel.

In a town that is suffocating under the unrelenting growth of tourism, where the public space has all but disappeared and during a health crisis that has gravely affected the labour market and has highlighted the catastrophic character of the economic monoculture of tourism, the eviction of Rosa Nera and the plans of turning this historical building into another boutique hotel, seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The struggle is just beginning.



Chania, Greece, 2020

Rosa Nera squat http://rosanera.squat.gr/ […Lees verder]

Striving for Autonomy! the Barricade 3rd anniversary

A promising event organized by The Barricade taking place at ACU, Voorstraat 71 in Utrecht on Sunday 1st December. The Barricade is a “volunteer-run collective inspired by raccoons and anarchism“, hosting a weekly sunday event at ACU.  https://thebarricade.noblogs.org/

The Barricade will be celebrating 3 years anniversary, Striving for Autonomy! and has already announced a full day of events, from vegan brunch to music, exhibition, a book presentation “The Barricade ABC” and various workshops, discussions such as “Reflection Tables on People’s Kitchens and Political Struggle”, “DIY: A collective toolbox against the supermarkets”, “Social Centers as basis for Counter-power”.

Reflection Tables on People’s Kitchens and Political Struggle https://squ.at/r/7gxy

A big part of what we’ve been doing for the past years, is hosting the anti-food waste dinner on Sunday evening. For us, providing people with a meal made from trash for free or donation is a political statement to address the problem of food waste and the importance of collective cooking and eating. We are not the only ones doing this, there are a lot of VoKus around in the Netherlands who organise meals or events out of the same political principles. We would therefore like to host reflection tables in the afternoon during Barriversary, to share experiences and start a reflection about the importance of food and collective cooking/eating. […Lees verder]

Aman Molli special concert

Saturday October 12th 2019, Aman Molli special concert.
Aman molli is proud to host one more special concert with traditional Greek and Turkish music.
Alexandros Papadimitrakis, Vanessa Kourtesi, Dimitra Metzaki and many more will be with us for a special winter welcoming concert, full of singing and music playing.
Melodies from all around the sunbathed Aegean Sea, Greek islands, Turkish sores, middle east bazaars, and desolate Arabic deserts will warm our hearts!
The doors will open at 7 pm. 7:30 pm food will be served! Music around 9pm.
Aman Molli: https://radar.squat.net/en/aman-molli

♬♬♬ Concert with Arrajatabla from Mexico City ♬♬♬ Radar benefit voku

Monday September 2nd 2019, Concert with Arrajatabla from Mexico City. Radar benefit voku. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music on the stage between 21:00 and 22:00.

If you missed Arrajatabla on saturday at the 35 Binnenpret anniversary party, here is your chance. Arrajatabla are from Mexico City, they play Mexican Son and traditional music from different regions of Mexico. https://youtu.be/cdrNjRTzfHw

Joe’s Garage is always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, mail us and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Flamenco Thief & Angela Chan duo

Monday August 12th 2019, Flamenco Thief & Angela Chan duo on the stage between 21:00 and 22:00. Free entrance, donations welcome.

The Flamenco Thief returns to Joe’s with his good friend Angela Chan on Viola. Double looping instrumental music from the UK.

Do you want to play with your band at Joe’s Garage? Have a read to the Howto page: https://joesgarage.nl/howto

Aman molli special: workshop and jam session by Alexandros Papadimitrakis and Vanessa Kourtesi

Sunday June 2nd 2019, Aman molli special, workshop and jam session by Alexandros Papadimitrakis and Vanessa Kourtesi. Door opens at 16:00. By donations. Bring on your instruments!

Alexandros Papadimitrakis and Vanessa Kourtesi will be with us for a special workshop full of singing and music playing! In this workshop we will go on step further by practicing in parallel repertoire of east Mediterranean on vocals as well as melodically and rhythmically. In the end we will try to assemble all together! Don’t miss another unique opportunity!
Alexandros Papadimitrakis teaches Turkish Music (Oud & Lavta) at the World Music department of Codarts university in Rotterdam. Vanessa Kourtesi is singing with the Serenade Ensemble, a group of five talented young musicians from Greece and Turkey. Alexandros and Vanessa have been actively participating in the Aman molli workshops and performed a few times at Joe’s Garage.
Alexandros Papadimitrakis with Michalis at a music Sundays Rodos: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CazagBfmimk
Vanessa Kourtesi The Circle: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VsE6FcP1lk
Somewhere in Athens: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuyJt185ITE
Aman Molli: https://radar.squat.net/en/aman-molli

LAG benefit voku with Sharp Knives, angry anarcho folk trio from Lisbon and Valinor from Huelva

Monday May 6th 2019, LAG benefit voku, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Directly after the people’s kitchen, around 8:45, music on the stage. Free entrance, donations welcome. First band to play: Sharp Knives, angry anarcho folk trio from Lisbon. Second act will be Valinor from around Huelva.

The LAG crew in the kitchen! LAG is a hacklab project coming out of the SLUG (Squatting Linux User Group) mesh. Their main focus is the relationship between politics and technology, both at a practical and theoretical level. Drop by the “wicked wacky open day” on fridays and other events at the Binnenpret. LAG has announced with Radio Papillon the Rust Vreugd en Terreur– Visual & Sonic Synthesis of the Analogue/Digital Dialectic – event on 17 and 18 may at the squatted Huize Ívicke in Wassenaar. In support of legal costs for WH7 and K19 and maintenance of ]LAG( with workshops, food, diy performances, tattoo, radio and LAGlab.

Sharp Knives from Lisbon on the stage at Joe’s Garage for the first time. Well, they already know this space. They just recorded their first record: “This is also a result of our personal and collective experiences & growth, so inevitably Disgraça (the anti-authoritarian social center where we conspire) and everyone involved there are a big part of it. It’s our home and it deserves our gratitude as much as everyone else.

Squatting being criminalized, rare are the squatted spaces left to hold concerts, benefit events or soup kitchens. Joe’s Garage as a squatted social center, is supporting bands, performers, activists, fellow squatters who understand the urgency to support each others, to strengthen our networks. In other words, start networking on something else than facebook, instagram, twitter, spotify and youtube. So rare are the bands these days making the effort to have a decent website, to the point we, at Joe’s Garage, are less and less interested to make space for such bands.

Do you want to perform on the stage, play a concert at Joe’s Garage? Get in touch, we are curious to read on your website, not on corporate facebook, where you’ve been playing in the past, where you’re heading to.