The railway cycle paths are a brilliant asset of living in Leith. But despite recent improvements – new benches – the Restalrig path is still in a bit of a state. So a much needed clean-up of that path will take place on May 11, organised by Councillor Adam McVey and Councillor Tymkewyc. Are you free? Fancy volunteering? If you do, head along to the Hawkhill Avenue end of the path at 11am. The usual kit will be provided: gloves, bags, litter pickers. The hope is that the whole path can be cleared so everyone is welcome.
Ok, it’s not quite Constitution Street, but we’re posting this in the hope that one day it might be. This Saturday (March 9) at 11am a group of locals are hoping to transform the gardens around old St Paul’s on Lorne Street. The plan is to grow veg, herbs and flowers to make a small oasis in the local area. If you fancy getting involved then head along to find out more or to help with some gardening. And if you need more of an incentive, hot soup will be provided for lunch.
If for no other reason that it offers a chance to post something that focuses on issues other than crappy road surfaces and vibrating buildings we are excited to be mention LeithLate 2012. But actually, it’s not just a welcome distraction from potholes, LeithLate is a properly exciting one-night festival of the arts. Programmed by Morvern Cunningham, on June 28, more than 10 venues will take part hosting gigs and exhibitions, site specific works and, of course, a party.
It’s not just bigger than its first year either, new developments for 2012 include the launch of The Shutter Project in conjunction with iloveleith which will give a local artist the chance to create a permanent or semi-permanent artwork on the shutter of a Leith business each month. The work will be visible after business hours when the shops are closed and the first is to be done by Edinburgh-based illustrator Jamie Johnson on the shutter of Gamesmaster Games Exchange (287 Leith Walk) opposite the flat where Johnson grew up. The work will be unveiled on June 28. Further artworks will be appearing on local businesses on Leith Walk in the following months, including work by Leith artists Rabiya Choudhry and Bernie Reid.
So take a wander on Thursday and see what’s going on. Leith is just brilliant, isn’t it?
VENUES TAKING PART
1 Whitespace Gallery, 11 Gayfield Square: Kevin Harman, new work
2 Superclub, 11a Gayfield Square: Open Studios
3 Windsor Buffet, 45 Elm Row: Live music showcase featuring Boy Up A Tree
4 The Old Ambulance Depot, 77 Brunswick Street: The Making of It, work by Joseph Calleja, Martin Campbell, Irfan Donmez, Deniz Guvensoy, Dominik Lipp, Scott McCracken, Eilidh McPherson, Roz McKenzie, Nikos Mantzios, Allan J. Robertson, Andrew Smith, and Augustus Veinoglou.
5 Word of Mouth Café, 3A Albert Street: Inky Fingers & Lowedef films hosted by Rachel McCrum and Paul Maguire
6 Brass Monkey Leith, 362 Leith Walk: Superclub exhibition + Black Diamond Express acoustic set
7 Elvis Shakespeare, 347 Leith Walk: Exhibition of Leith-based artists, plus the showcase of a new collection by JRF Rouge Milliner, plus live performances from The Last Battle, Blueflint and Edinburgh School for the Deaf
8 Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, 25 Arthur Street: Its Hard to Find a Good Lamp, featuring Jennifer Bailey, Emily Fogarty, Sadie Murdoch, Method Furniture, Alex Pollard and Oliver Smith
9 The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street: QMU Art Therapy final year graduate exhibition, plus a night of ping pong shenanigans with special guest DJ
10 Victoria, 265 Leith Walk: Open exhibition plus music from Piece of Cake.
11 Boda, 229 Leith Walk: Exhibition by Steven Collier, plus music from folk duo Julias’ Daughters and Blues ‘n’ Two’s
12 Silverhub Studios, 130/7 Leith Walk: Residents exhibition plus acoustic set from Blueflint.
13 Leith Circle of Friends, 115 Leith Walk: Live music from rapper Zeba, singer-songwriter Jennifer Davidson and live African music performance.