Pirate Party 2023

Published on: June 26 / 2023

the David Graeber Institute and Museum of Care cordially invite you to the opening of a new season that will include an exhibition, movie screening, carnival, and party. Join us on September 16, 2023, for assembling together, co-creation, caring for each other, and food sharing.

DGI Cinema launch

DGI Cinema is a project dedicated to public screenings of science fiction movies. On September 16, we will open DGI Cinema with one of David Graeber’s favourite films, a 2005 space western called “Serenity.” “Serenity” is a continuation of the television series “Firefly.” The story is set in the 26th century and follows the crew of the spaceship Serenity as they navigate a renegade lifestyle.

The event will feature talks by science-fiction writers. The first 50 seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Pirate Workshop in Preparation for the Carnival

At 5 pm, Friday, September 15, at the TRA Hall on the Alexandra Road Estate, artists and designers will run a child-friendly art workshop. Together, we’ll print pirate t-shirts, flags and make costumes and masks for the carnival on Saturday.


As always, we’ll begin with a Carnival. This year the Carnival is tied in with the release of David Graeber’s last posthumous book, Pirate Enlightenment – it’s a Pirate Carnival!

On Saturday September 16, at 5pm, join us for the Pirate Carnival 4 David and to celebrate 10 years of the Alexandra Road Estate, our wonderful home, being recognised as a renowned architectural landmark. We’ll sing and dance in the costumes from the workshop across the estate to the TRA Hall where, at 20:00, there will be a free screening of ‘Serenity’ by Joss Whedon. 

Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate


Here is a plan for the day!

Hi everyone, 

I can’t wait for our Carnavalesque procession  

Here is our plan:


Carnival goers collect the costumes created at the workshop from 4A Rowley Way NW80SF, London. There will be makeup and makeup artists to apply finishing touches, painted and fabricated skeletons, velvet robes, fake collars and false cuffs. Song lyrics will be handed out for the songs we’ll sing together! Yes, we plan to try group singing this year, though we’re also hoping to have some of our friends who are famous musicians to help us! 
A carnival procession will make its way down the famous Red Road, accompanied by Skeletons, Pirate Princesses, and whoever else shows up during our workshop on Friday. 
As is the tradition, we will stop at the midpoint of the Red Road to listen to the minister of our community, the Reverend Billy, who recorded a rousing sermon from his address in New York City. 
We will make our way to Tenant Hall for drinks and treats prepared by our friends and residents of Rowley Way. A Carnival feast with speeches. 
Launch of the David Graeber Institute Movie Theatre 
All who have requested tickets in advance will be able to see one of David Graeber’s favorite films, ‘Serenity’ by Joss Weadon. As Aya Esther Hayashi wrote in her article about the movie: “It’s a movie about resistance and the hope of finding family among strangers.”