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A CALL TO ACTION FROM
EDINBURGH’S CULTURAL COMMUNITY

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One of the single biggest issues I have with the City of Edinburgh is the serious lack of cheap space for all art forms. The city as shown on many occasions will take big business before community. I am part of a group trying to acquire an asset in West Edinburgh to provide An International Garden Festival, 100 artisans spaces to rent at very cheap rents and an outdoor swimming facility a Lido. We have offered the market value of the site but City Council believes it to have much more value for High Value residential property development rather than a project which gives back every year almost £500k to the local community through a local Development Trust. More info at https://grantonimprovementsociety.wordpress.com/ and our Facebook site Granton Improvement Society.

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On May 30th, in the Old Parish Church Halls, Bellfield Street, cultural groups in Portobello will explore ideas about the cultural life of the community and question some of the City-centric thinking behind arts strategy in Edinburgh. Contributors are, Lesley Riddoch, Andrew Dixon, Janet Archer, Cllr. Richard Lewis and Andrew Eaton-Lewis. We will be looking at local cultural aspirations and infrastructure assets and opportunities and asking how community led initiatives can engage with and compete for resources increasingly focussed on ‘creative industries’. All welcome who have an interest in the cultural well being of Portobello. Free admission. Programme online at www.bigthingsonthebeach.org.uk .

Posted by Damian Killeen

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The council needs to wake up to the fact that selling potential venues to big business is not the way to enrich this cities culture. It’s appalling that they have allowed Boroughmuir High to go to Cala for conversion into upmarket flats. The OOTB drill proposal would have brought a greatly needed boost to the area

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