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The GrassMarkets

A new series of regular markets is being lined up for Edinburgh's Grassmarket to begin in May 2009. "GrassMarkets" will take place on the first Sunday of the summer months, from May to September and will be organised by Unique Events for the City of Edinburgh Council.

Following the recent redevelopment of the area, the aspiration is for the Grassmarket to become a unique focus for tourism activity, within the World Heritage Site. The Markets will be part of a new pilot events calendar for 2009, funded by The City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise. The aim of the events is develop and re-enforce the public perception that the Grassmarket is a quality, family-friendly place and it is intended that the GrassMarkets become a city-wide destination in themselves.

City of Edinburgh Festival & Events Champion Steve Cardownie said:

"With finishing touches nearing completion, the Grassmarket area is starting to reap the benefits of a major regeneration. The new 'GrassMarkets' are the ideal fit for the newly created space and will be a fantastic addition to Edinburgh's increasingly eclectic events calendar."

The GrassMarkets will take place on the following dates:

    * Sunday 3 May 2009
    * Sunday 7 June 2009
    * Sunday 5 July 2009
    * Sunday 2 August 2009
    * Sunday 6 September 2009

Market stalls will include organic, home-grown and farmer's food produce, plants and flowers, interesting crafts and applied arts, cool collectibles, and bric-a-brac, a mixture of all the good things in life. The GrassMarkets will also feature live entertainment: a programme of soft summer music. The markets will operate from 12 noon till 6pm.

Chairman of GATA, Joss Bastiaensen said: "we're very much looking forward to the forthcoming animation and events in the newly refurbished Grassmarket space".

Organisers Unique Events are now accepting applications from stall holders. They will want to be as selective as possible to create a diverse and dynamic marketplace whilst striving for quality and authenticity.

Pete Irvine of Unique Events said: "The Grassmarket is a beautiful part of Edinburgh; it's time to rediscover it. With the recent improvements and cafes and bars becoming involved in this pilot programme of events, including these Sunday Markets, we hope that the Grassmarket will fulfill its potential as a great place to visit and hang out in, like the cultural quarters of other great European cities."

Further events in the pilot programme will be announced in due course.

Trade packs are available for download here:

Application Form (pdf)
Terms and Conditions (pdf)

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