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June: Barcelona Air Raid Shelters Exhibition

June 1, 2024
Eccles

1-30 June ECCLES  – A drop-in photographic exhibition, curated by Ana Sánchez and Xavier Domènech, revealing the network of underground air-raid shelters, intensively bombed between 1937 and 1939 by the Italian and the German air forces, allied with Franco’s command, from an artistic perspective; no ticket required. Please check the Eccles Library opening times carefully before your visit to ensure entry. Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th June 2024; Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles M30 0TU. More information.

25 June: Dolores Long in conversation with Chris Carson

June 25, 2024
Eccles

25 June ECCLES – IBMT Trustee Dolores Long in conversation with Chris Carson on the volunteers from the North West; time to be confirmed; 2-3pm; Eccles Library, Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, Greater Manchester M30 0TU. Free, booking required. More information.

29 June: Brunete commemoration

June 29, 2024
Brunete

29 June BRUNETE – Annual guided walk across the Brunete battlefield west of Madrid. Assemble at the 1km marker on the M851 road from Las Rozas to Majadahonda at 9.30am. Organised by the AABI Madrid-based Friends of the International Brigades.

6 July: Annual commemoration in London

July 6, 2024
London

6 July LONDON – Music, words and wreath-laying from 1pm-2pm to honour the International Brigades at the national International Brigade Memorial on the South Bank in Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PG. Contact IBMT Secretary.

13 July: Durham Miners Gala

July 13, 2024
Durham

13 July DURHAM – Join the IBMT contingent at the Durham Miners Gala. Assemble at 8.30am in the Market Square; the Wigan True Levellers Samba Band will lead International Brigade banners on the route to the Racecourse, where there will be an IBMT stall. The IBMT-affiliated North East Volunteers for Liberty group has a Facebook page about the event.

28 July: Commemoration in Motherwell

July 28, 2024
Motherwell

28 July MOTHERWELL – Annual commemoration at the Motherwell International Brigade memorial. The programme includes a roll of honour, a minute's silence, wreath-laying, speeches and music. A social gathering will follow at the Railway Tavern in Motherwell; organised by the No Pasaran Memorial Committee North Lanarkshire; 1pm; Duchess of Hamilton Park, 117 Avon Street, Motherwell ML1 3AL. Contact IBMT Scotland Secretary Mike Arnott.

24 August: George Orwell in Wigan & Spain

August 24, 2024
Wigan

24 August WIGAN – ‘George Orwell in Wigan & Spain’: talks on his life, books and experiences, including the Spanish Civil War. Hosted by the Museum of Wigan Life, 41 Museum St, Wigan WN1 1NU. More details to follow.

7 September: 'Churchill's Spaniards' book launch

September 7, 2024
Teesside

7 September TEESSIDE – Sean Scullion will be signing copies of his new book, ‘Churchill’s Spaniards’ from 12-2pm at Drakes the Bookshop, 26-27 Silver Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1SX. He will also give a talk from 3pm-5pm in The Chapel, 16 Whitehouse Street, Middlesbrough TS5 4BY, after which Bob Beagrie will read some of his poems from ‘Romanceros’.

27-29 September: KFSR international meeting

September 27, 2024
Berlin

27-29 September BERLIN – International annual meeting of the KFSR (Kämpfer und Freunde der Spanischen Republik), the IBMT’s sister organisation in Germany. This year’s conference will focus on the XIV International Brigade, in which the French volunteers in particular fought. More details to come; see KFSR webpage to check updates.

28 September: Commemoration in Kirkcaldy

September 28, 2024
Kirkcaldy

28 September KIRKCALDY – Fife Trades Union Council's annual event to commemorate Fife’s International Brigade volunteers; 11am at the memorial stone on Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy KY2 5PR. Further details from Fife Trades Union Council.

5 October: Annual General Meeting of the IBMT

October 5, 2024
Weston-super-Mare

5 October WESTON-SUPER-MARE – IBMT Annual General Meeting; details to follow. The AGM will be held Saturday afternoon as part of a weekend of social, commemorative and educational activities in Weston and Bristol from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Contact the IBMT Secretary for more information.

11 October: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

October 11, 2024
London

11 October LONDON – Folk trio The Young’Uns present The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, the true story of a Brigader's journey from unemployment, the Battle of Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. The performance will start at 7.30pm at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. For more information and to book, go to the venue's website.

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