Opening a new creative space in Leith

Calling all drummers, dancers, singers, poets and storytellers. Here’s your  open invitation  to take part in a fantastic event to celebrate Edinburgh’s cultural diversity on Monday 1st November at Fort Community Wing. You are also welcome if you would rather help out behind the scenes – or simply enjoy the show.

There is a serious purpose. The Migrant Open Stage drop in night aims to bring together the fascinating mix of migrants, refugees, travellers and local people of all ages who make Leith such an interesting and dynamic place.

So the drop in night on Monday is the first to be organised by Welcome Home and they hope it will be just the start of a regular monthly event sharing and exploring  different cultures. The idea is to build bridges between newcomers and local people in a safe and welcoming environment.

All together now: Flashback to the Swietlica Christmas party last year

But they mean to have fun at the same time . “It should be a great night,” as Kasia Raszewska says in her email asking us to forward the flyer to anyone who might be interested in volunteering, performing or just coming along.

The idea for Welcome Home began with Kasia  (who is also one of the founding organisers of Swietlica the Polish drop in club at the Fort Community Wing) and was quickly taken up by other members who formed the new group, “Making it happen involves so many other people,” she says.

Including you maybe?  Performers are needed to help start the show at 6pm (“most performers can come later” ) and Welcome Home are also looking for people to get involved to keep the idea growing and developing.

Maybe there is even space for World Kitchen in Leith. In the true spirit of multiculturalism, food will be an important part of the night.  You are invited to bring any (healthy) food that reminds you of home.

If you would like to get involved in any way, email

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