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Leith Festival

Festival Promises Plenty of Sunshine on Leith
One of Edinburgh's longest running community celebrations is gearing up for its annual extravaganza in June - promising an exciting mix of everything from premieres to premiership players.
The Leith Festival which aims to celebrate the rich culture, heritage, diversity and creativity of the city, will run over nine days in June.
More than 50 different activities - covering live music, art, sporting events, guided tours, dancing, theatre performances and family events - are taking place across 38 different venues within a one mile radius of the centre of Leith.
And the Festival will once again have as it centrepiece the ever popular Leith Festival Gala Day and Pageant - the Pageant has been a piece of Leith history for more than 100 years.
Patricia Romero, Leith Festival Marketing, said: "We are delighted to be bringing Leith its annual Festival once again.
"Leith Festival is a major event in the community calendar and we will be expecting some 10,000 people to get involved in the Gala Day itself.
"But this year we have tried to ensure there is a wide programme of events and activities that run across the nine days of the festival
"The atmosphere is always great especially as the whole family can get involved with so many different activities."
The festival will officially run from June 8-16 but this year it will begin with a street launch at the Kirkgate Shopping Centre on June 7 from 6pm-8pm.
This will be followed by the hugely popular Gala Day and Pageant on June 8.
Performers, visitors and locals will begin the Pageant on Balfour Street from 11am before making their way through the streets down Leith Walk and towards Leith Links.
Some of the headline events on the nine-day programme include the premiere of ‘Sinatra: The Final Curtain, theatre performances from Black Dingo Productions and Absolute Improv and Hibs legends playing for The Pete Smith Memorial Charity March.
There will also be a choice of music rhythms from around the world, from Balkan Beats & Swing Grooves, Blues on the Cruz, classical music in The Clanjamfrie, and history and family entertainment with Molly's Magical Mystery Mayhem. There is also a documentary in the planning with production company, ‘Broken Blonde'.
Patricia added: "We are all grateful to all sponsors, partners, and all the fantastic people who have been so hands on, that have made it possible for this year's festival to happen.
"With their help it has allowed us to organise a show that will be bigger and better than ever, allowing everyone involved to enjoy themselves."
The Festival Radio Show on 98.8 Castle FM will also be broadcasting a three-hour-weekly live show leading up to the festival, and a daily programme during Festival week.
For more information on everything that's going on, visits the Leith Festival website: www.leithfestival.com


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