Our scratchpad of events as they come in. (Please tell us and consider also notifying firstname.lastname@example.org, and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RemainEvents/) Acknowledgements to those, as well as the Grassroots for Europe Conference organisers and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shine-through-the-darkness-town-squares-across-the-uk-london-eye-tickets-89162536547 .
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Thursday 30 January:
Friday 31 January:
"Imagine that the main news footage of January 31st is not Farage's financier chums quaffing champagne in Parliament Square or Johnson bragging from Downing Street, but instead the lasting image becomes that of thousands of young people and allies turning out to stand up for rights and solidarity. Thousands of phone torches shimmer beside the Thames and thousands of keys jingle, symbolising that we WILL unlock our future from Brexit's toxic legacy. If it can be done in Bologna, Budapest, Warsaw or Prague, why not London? "
1. “Shine through the Darkness/ Sardines 4 Solidarity” 10-11.30pm TBC Jubilee Gardens and along the Thames near Westminster Bridge:
2. TBC Rally to Rejoin the EU 10.30-11.59pm
3. A bientot/ See you soon 2-3.30pm procession Downing Street-St John Smith Square
4. Mayor's Event for European Londoners on Brexit Day 5-8pm City Hall
6. Pro EU Candle vigil Parliament Square.
7. Don't make citizens pay the price of Brexit! location in Westminster confirmed on registration - 6pm to 11:30pm Silent march and candlelit vigil.
Saturday 1 February
1. Peaceful Gathering on Saturday 1st February: Meet near Big Ben at 2pm. You can bring your own home-made placards highlighting the Benefits of the EU which we wish to rescue/don't want to lose, one benefit per placard, words at least 15cm high, reduce to a few words – see:
Take photos with Big Ben and London Eye in background, then perhaps walk to Smith Square to sing Ode to Joy. The effigy float (DC holding BJ as a handpuppet) will be doing the rounds (another photo opportunity). Aiming for Quality not Quantity. Thereafter find somewhere for a cuppa (and then go to stock up at Waitrose)!
Venue see website: www.nes4eu.co.uk
ONLINE: Friday 31st
ELSEWHERE: Thursday 30th
- Commemoration of British membership and Tree Dedication, Place Luxembourg 13:00 to 14:00.
- Brussels Calling 16:00- 21:00, Grand-Place, Brussels 1000, Hosted by Ville De Bruxelles: https://www.brussels.be/brussels-calling
- Plux Drink with Magid Magid MEP and EP folks (a.k.a. “Brexit’s shit but let’s party anyway) . 18.00 onwards Place du Luxembourg Event organised by Magid Magid’s office email@example.com (Contact Rosie BIRCHARD firstname.lastname@example.org https://m.facebook.com/events/802485880196103/
- Live Music & Dance - Ceilidh with Remain MEPs, friends and supporters - Still #NotLeavingQuietly19:00. Ceilidh starts at 19:15 La Maison des Ailes (Rue Montoyer 1) Drown our sorrows in music and dance on the night before we leave the EU!
The fantastic Brussels-based Scottish band The Hoggies will perform https://www.thehoggies.be
Free entrance, but please click attending here - https://facebook.com/events/s/live-musicdance-with-uk-remain/539699413291980/? Cash bar Event sponsored by Remain MEPs in the European Parliament; coordinated by Ellie Chowns MEP (Contact Jasmine Rowlands Jasmine.email@example.com ((+32) 0485 56 58 71)
Bakewell: "Forever European" 31st Jan 8-11pm, Bakewell Town Hall
Berlin: 3pm Leaving reluctantly British Embassy
Bournemouth: Shine a Light for Our Rights, Bournemouth 31st Jan 10-11.30pm, The Square, Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove: Shine a Light for Europe 31st Jan 6pm, The Peace Statue, Hove
- Brexit Day Service 13:00- 13:50 Chapel for Europe rue Van Maerlant 22-24, 1040 Brussels, Belgiumhttps://www.facebook.com/events/597758811038120/
- We’ll Be Back- Drink and Dance 18:00 onwards Pullman Bar, Place du Luxembourg Booking https://facebook.com/events/s/fuck-brexit-well-be-back-party/2793469247379293/?ti=asContact Point Alex White +32 484 27 28 07
- Brussels Labour 23:30 Place Jo Cox Sharing thoughts and music as the UK leaves the EU. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
Canterbury: Quiet Vigil with torches at the Buttermarket 4-30 to 5-30pm
Cheltenham: Light a candle for Europe 31st Jan 10:30-11-15pm, 47 Promenade.
1 Feb Cheltenham : walk up Cleeve Hill, followed by the planting of an EU flag. The walk starts at 2 p.m.
Chester: silent demonstration,1st Feb 11am, Chester Town Hall
Dunfermline: Forever European street stall Feb 1st 10-12am, the High Street
Edinburgh: Brexit Day Protest Rally and Vigil 31st Jan 6-11pm Holyrood
Exeter: Exeter #StillEuropean flag-wave/mini march
Glasgow: Leave the Light on for Scotland 31st Jan 10.30-11pm Donald Dewar statue
Harrogate: Thank EU for Being Here 31st Jan 7.30-11.15pm (get-together to thank EU27 local residents with a meal and music)
Ipswich: 11pm 31 Jan candlelit vigil at Cornhill, preceded by shared meal with EU food https://www.facebook.com/events/ipswich-town-hall-corn-exchange/eu-exit-vigil-31st-january-2020/2538346769770787/
Liverpool: Keeping the EU Alive in Liverpool get-together
Newcastle: Vigil for Europe: a good thing never truly dies 31st Jan 10.30-11.15pm Civic Centre
Oxford: Proud to be European. Candlelight vigil outside Town Hall 6:45pm. Public meeting, Town Hall 7:30-9:30
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/proud-to-be-european-tickets-90309761929. 10.45-11:00 torch and phone light vigil, Bonn Square. Check site for final details.
Stirling: Keep the Light on for Europe 31st Jan 4-6pm, King Street
St Andrews: Forever European street stall, 1st Feb 10-12am, St. Mary’s Place
Stratford: Thank EU and Au Revoir 31st Jan 6.45-7.15pm, The Swan Fountain, RSC
Truro: Get-together and Vigil 31st Jan
Wells cathedral Vigil at 10:30pm
West Lancashire celebration of EU evening with European food and drinks. Mourning starts on Feb 1st, wearing black
York and Selby for Europe are holding a European Friendship Supper.
PS it goes without saying that in these times the far right are emboldened and on 31/01 there may be a number of drunken Nazis celebrating who could attack people with flags they don’t like, speaking languages they don’t like, or obviously of a religious or racial group they don’t like. If you fear to go out because of them then you let them limit your freedom through their aggression, but it’s worth being careful. You know your area, you may want to consider moving about in company, avoiding certain places, and being mindful not to engage in any interaction that could become confrontational.
This page is a citizen to citizen call-out. There is no organisation behind it. But if you share the hope, then share this as widely as you can, and register to get further info nearer the time. Let's follow the example of Sardines Against Salvini and movements across Europe. Let’s gather together and show the world :
OUR SOLIDARITY with all who are being scapegoated, dispossessed and intimidated under the current politics of “deceive, divide and rule”.
OUR DETERMINATION to resist the Brexit programme of deregulation and exploitation, defend our NHS, and restore all economic, social and citizenship rights being taken from us.
OUR RECOGNITION that - more people voted for progressive parties than for the Johnson-Cummings regime - only 1 in 9 UK young people currently aged 16-38 voted for Brexit whereas twice as many voted against it* - Johnson is pushing ahead despite Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales refusing consent.
OUR HOPE that eventually our country will reunite with our neighbours in working for human dignity, solidarity, peace and cooperation, and in fighting together against real threats such as climate change.
ITALIAN SARDINES: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/boris-johnson-nationalism-salvini-far-right-italy-sardines-protest-a9270976.html%3famp
CZECH KEYS: https://theshiftnews.com/2018/03/20/the-jingling-of-the-keys/
*Estimate based on 0% of 16-21 year-olds and 2/3 of 22-38 year olds having been registered to vote in 2016, of which a little less than 2/3 turned out to vote in the referendum. Amongst those that voted in the referendum those at the time aged 18-24 voted 27% Leave against 73% Remain, and those aged 25-34 voted 38% Leave against 62% Remain.