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Leith Festival launches 2009 programme

Promotional ImageThe organisers of this year's Leith Festival are confident that a ‘vibrant' programme combined with ‘down to earth' ticket prices will ensure the event is a resounding success.

The festival, which takes place from June 5 - 14, will feature over 100 music acts, 40 comedians, numerous theatre and dance productions, visual arts exhibitions, walks, talks and many other activities in and around the Leith area.  

Some of the highlights include music from renowned, Leith-based recording artists Aberfeldy; the premier staging of the play ‘Homecoming' by Alistair Rutherford; comedy from well established acts including Bruce Morton and Susan Morris; and one of the city's largest ever exhibitions from local artists.

The festival will be staged across a number of sites in Leith and throughout Edinburgh. Key venues include Cruz and the Granary at the Shore, Out of the Blue, Leith Academy, the Queen Charlotte Rooms, the Raj Restaurant and the Leith Dockers Club. The newly opened ‘arts complex' at Meadowbank will also host the Leith Festival Art Expo, a free exhibition of east of Scotland artists and photographers which will be open throughout the 10 days of the festival.

Despite the challenges of the current economic climate, the organiser's of the Leith Festival - now in its 102nd  year - say they are confident that this year's programme will attract good crowds. The Festival Manager , Rowan Campbell said: "We are delighted to be launching with such a vibrant programme for this year's festival. While we do face economic challenges, individuals and businesses across the local community have been outstanding in giving us their support which has enabled us to stage such a strong event.

"The Leith Festival is open to everyone and we are also determined to make it accessible to everyone. We have worked hard to keep ticket prices as low as possible - many of the events will be free to attend, most will cost only a few pounds and no ticket will cost more than £10.
"We are confident that the excellent programme of events we are launching today combined with our down to earth ticket policy will ensure we deliver another successful Leith Festival."

Councillor Gordon Munro, Chair of the Leith Festival said: "As ever, we are indebted to the local businesses and enterprises that give their support to the festival. This year's event will feature numerous artists, acts and exhibitions which will showcase the great talent that exists here in Leith and beyond. There is something for all ages and I would encourage people to join in the fun."

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