Sunday, 4 June 2017

17 Tory St - Closing Celebration

17 Tory Street, formerly known as Nineteen Tory Street, is closing its doors on the 18th of June. To honour the mauri of what has lived and flourished in the space over the past five years, there will be an afternoon of storytelling, kai, warmth and plotting:

Sunday 11th of June 
3pm - 7pm 
**Keynote speakers at 5pm**

The Concerned Citizens Collective asks us to bring the memories and spirit that made 17 Tory St the vibrant hub that it was. There will be an open-mic for storytelling opportunities.

The 17 Tory Street Open Source Community Gallery grew out of the Occupy Movement of late 2011 and first opened in April 2012. The Freedom Shop began to hold public meetings there in November of that year. We'd hold public meetings at Tory St and film evenings at the Peoples' Cinema. After the Peoples' Cinema closed in 2014, most of our public events have been held at Tory Street.

Our talks, public meetings and film screenings at Tory St have been on a variety of topics - including evening discussions on prison abolition, border militarisation, the TPPA, war and the centenary of the Gallipoli massacre. We've also hosted different people passing through the city, these include Ryan Conrad from Against Equality and Jake Conroy from SHAC7. Last year we hosted a four-day exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution.

For the Freedom Shop and many others, Tory Street has been more than a gallery and more than a venue; as the Concerned Citizens Collective says, 'it championed community participation and was home to a countless number of events, projects and exhibitions.'

The Concerned Citizens Collective will not cease to exist. We all know there is a need for alternative accessible comment space - so a new, collectively run centre will be formed - this time on Level 1 of the same building!

Do come along on Sunday 11th June to celebrate Tory St.

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