What now for Govanhill Baths?

What now for Govanhill Baths? | Panel Event.
Lesley Riddoch, Loki, Aamer Anwar, Nicola Fisher & Jim Monaghan.

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· Activists come together to discuss the future of the famous community asset after funding is secured to refurbish and restore the Baths.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust is delighted to invite guests into the Big Pool of the empty building to take part in an interactive discussion with some of Scotland’s leading activists and campaigners on 26 May at 5.30-7pm as part of the Southside Fringe Festival.

With funding [1] secured and plans well underway to reopen as a swimming and wellbeing centre in 2018, Govanhill Baths now stands at the beginning of a new era in its existence. Bath house, but not council-ran. Culture and wellbeing centre, but with swimming and sauna rather than a dilapidated and edgy venue. After 15 years of campaigning, the Govanhill community will get its beloved Baths house open again, but what has changed since then? And what are the challenges facing community-run assets? How can we protect the Baths to ensure it never closes again?

The panel will be chaired by poet Jim Monaghan, and will consist of Lesley Riddoch, who reported on the original occupation 15 years ago and who has spent much of her career campaigning with communities such as Eigg for asset-handover; Aamer Anwar, one of Scotland’s leading human rights lawyers and a former director of the Trust who represented activists and occupiers from the original Save the Pool campaign; Nicola Fisher, Vice-President of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and activist from the Save the Pool campaign; and Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, political and cultural commentator and hip hop artist.

With around a year before refurbishment when the Baths will be irrevocably changed, join us on 26 May to discuss the future of this iconic Glasgow building.

Here is the link with more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/482211328650732/
Details: Trinity Church Hall, Daisy St; 1.30pm-3pm Saturday 14th May

Contact: Katie Gallogly-Swan, outreach@govanhillbaths.com; 07930862497

[1] Primary funders for the project include Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, Historic Environment Scotland, and Glasgow City Council.

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