Let’s write a community manifesto

Votes are cast by sticking coloured dots on flip chart action points
Voting time at our December Open Space event

More power for local communities. That was a strong theme of our Open Space meeting in December 2015. Now we hope together we can turn words into a Community Manifesto for Edinburgh Northern and Leith in the Scottish Parliament elections in May. Please join our community discussion event on Saturday (2 April) in Newhaven Church Cafe 10am – 2pm. Continue reading “Let’s write a community manifesto”

Tramlines to the future?

The tram story continues to defy understanding. Leith Open Space is not attempting to repeat arguments for and against we simply thought we would collect some of the informative and constructive comments made on different city blogs. Not least because the question of repairing the damage to Leith remains unanswered.

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Multicultural farewell to Cathy

In the end it wasn’t a complete surprise. Cathy Macnaughton got wind of the leaving party which allowed her to dress up and bring a surprise present of her own.  After five years in the voluntary sector she knew just what the staff would find useful.

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Cool as a cucumber: Welcome Home to cultural diversity

Sofia steals the show: photograph by Martyna Kamecka

The pictures say it all.  There were many magical moments at the first Welcome Home open stage night – Sofia’s grin, Maria’s love letters, Gordon’s poetry, Lotus Leaf’s jazz – and the second event promises many more.  Come to the Fort Community Wing on Monday 21st February for a whole-hearted celebration of Leith’s cultural diversity.  And please bring a plate of food that reminds you of home.

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Art for art (therapy) sake

One of six designs raising money for art therapy in Leith.

No, it’s not too soon.  Christmas card brochures are already coming through the letter box but here’s a local charity well worth supporting.  Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB) has set up a social enterprise selling cards to fund some of their vital work with vulnerable families in Leith.

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Real life drama in Leith: come and play a part


Can art change society? Here’s news of an exciting new community theatre project in Leith which aims to get people asking questions about the world around us. And maybe come up with some answers about how to change it. No theatre experience needed.  Just turn up and get involved on Saturday 14 March in St James Hall, 12 St John’s Place. Continue reading “Real life drama in Leith: come and play a part”

Best foot forward to a new year in Leith


Fortune-telling in shoes: The Shape of Things to Come was one of our best read stories last year.

In Homecoming year Leith Open Space will report more stories of  remarkable new and old Leithers. But first news of our multicultural discussion event for women who care in March,  a campaign to get women into politics and  a fascinating glimpse of Scottish politics from Opening Doors ‘shadow’ Francis Kahembwe.  Then treat yourself to a quick world tour without leaving Leith,  travel back in time to the Lost World, and pick up a free book on the way.