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"I thought it was a really dynamic event. One of the spectacular rare finds in the arts scenes, or at least The Old Tram Depot/Out Of The Blue. I was only able to get a small taster of the set up but the artistic hub was fantastic to witness. Painters and sculptors all hanging out and being so encouraging and receptive about other works, especially our "Fragility". A pleasure to be a teeny part of." Alistair Maxwell, Cast member of Fragility


Leith late is Leith's annual festival consisting of art,  live music, spoken word and even stalls along Leith walk. the event runs between the 23-26th of June and has been in operation for the past six years.
Official Leith Late Currency by Rabiya Choudhry
Though it is one of the smallest festivals in Edinburgh, it is also one of the most unique as it showcases Leith's diverse creative community, drawing a large crowd of not only fellow creatives, but also Edinburgh locals and tourists alike. This was my first time attending and hearing about Leith Late so I decided to attend as many events as I could during the festival.
Volunteer at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

The opening of the festival consisted of an evening art crawl with over 100 artists, performers and musicians participating in different venues along Leith walk. As I'm not the most handy person with a map and instead decided to try and spot anyone holding a Leith late map or venue sporting the logo, got lost a few times but it didn't take away any fun from the evening.
Some of the events I went to were in Elvis Shakespeare, a record shop which had in-store performers, The Creative show room, a retail shop and creative space, Out of the Blue Drill Hall which displayed Rabiya Choudhry's  work, ending my night by bumping into friends at Woodland Creature which had an open mic session with Hailey Beavis

Elvis Shakespeare

The following day consisted of a Panel talk at Out of the Blue Drill Hall where creatives talked about the Value of Art and Artist. The panel talked about how there is a lack of understanding about art unless it has an economic value to it. They also delved in deeper discussing how younger creatives are finding it harder to look for experience in the industry and how not only does the creative sector need more support from the government but also support from other creatives.
L-R Sorcha Carey: Edinburgh Arts Festival, Laura Doherty: Cultural Benefits Project, Alistair Gentry: Artist and Writer


I finished my festival fun with a little gander around the Art Mart which was also at Out of the Blue. it consisted of different artist selling and displaying their work from paintings to illustrations and even cassettes.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall Art Mart



"The Leith Late Festival is an array of many different mediums of art and a great platform to show what Scottish artists have to offer. Fun and interactive, you are able to come in and participate in performances, whats animations and projections and even touch and use animatronic sculptures. You are able to do this with a drink in your hands or even bring your children as the festival welcomes all to enjoy the arts and themselves in the process. A must see for for any Edinburgh resident or visitor of the City, featured throughout The Kingdom of Leith"- Gregor Campbell: Cast member of Fragility



Overall, I enjoyed the festival and I would definitely come back and encourage more people to go next year


"The Leith Late Festival has an array of different mediums of art and is a great platform to show what Scottish artists have to offer. Fun and interactive, you are able to come in and participate in performances, animations and projections and even touch and use animatronic sculptures. You are able to do this with a drink in your hands or even bring your children as the festival welcomes all to enjoy the arts and themselves in the process. A must see for for any Edinburgh resident or visitor of the City." Gregor Campbell, Cast Member of Fragility

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