Soup for the East End’s Soul
Community focused event set to boost causes in Glasgow’s East End
The Carlton Heritage and Learning Centre will host the second annual Glasgow Soup on the 23rd March.
The event, which is a crowd-funded effort, will target local causes dedicated to the improvement of the East End.
Five causes will be pitched to the audience, each limited to four minutes without any supporting technology, followed by four audience questions.
The audience will then be encouraged to debate whilst they eat, before voting on which cause to support, with the winner awarded the money raised at the event.
Announced March 16th the five causes will be: The Homeless Barbers, who offer free haircuts to the homeless; Piano City, which distributes pianos to public spaces in the city; Soundsystems, a youth project teaching music production and MC skills; Mind and Draw, a creative project designed to help sufferers of anxiety; and Empowered Neighbourhoods, which seeks to help people with disabilities to live independently, providing support for tasks such as gardening or shopping where needed.
The “soup revolution” began in 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The idea came from the now defunct research group inCUBATE, which looked at innovative funding concepts in Chicago.
Eight Detroit locals adapted the concept and brought Soup to life, becoming its founding committee. The idea eventually spread and similar events now take place across the United States.
Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Glasgow Soup website and attendees will be asked to donate a minimum of £5 at the door.
In addition to meeting the representatives of all four causes and taking part in the voting process, purchasing a ticket entitles an attendee to a bowl of fresh soup — which gives the event its name. There will also be live music throughout the evening.
Re-tune – the winners of the first Glasgow Soup, held in November 2016 – will also be in attendance to demonstrate how the money which the charity received has been used.