City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Activism


Occupy Edinburgh

Occupy Wall Street Poster

It started with Adusters magazine's poster, inspired by the Arab Spring, suggesting that Americans Occupy Wall Street on 17th September. "Bring tent" said the poster. They did, in huge numbers. And they stayed. Surprising media commentators and the authorities, the movement continues to grow globally.

Film of the Week: Blood In The Mobile

Miners Hands

Ten years ago it was widely publicised that minerals such as coltan and cassiterite used in electronics, particularly cell phones, were funding violent militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Beachwatch Big Cleanup Weekend

Gullane Bents looking East

According to the Marine Conservation Society, Scotland had the highest average litter levels in the UK of six out of the seven sewage-related debris items: condoms, cotton bud sticks, nappies, tampons/tampon applicators, toilet fresheners, and sanitary towels/pantyliners/backing strips.

Fringe Shows The Wheel and Sold Win Amnesty Award

Fringe 2011: Cast of Sold purvey their show at Pleasance Courtyard

The joint winners of the 2011 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award were announced yesterday. The winners of the award that honours productions fighting for human rights were Sold (view photos), directed by Catherine Alexander at the Pleasance Courtyard, and The Wheel, directed by Vicky Featherstone at the Traverse.

Festival of Politics 2011

Scottish Parliament chamber

The Festival of Politics 2011, which runs from 20 - 27 August, presents a diverse programme of events bringing together politics, media and the arts through performance, discussion and debate.

Demolition of Art Deco Odeon Cinema Gets Thumbs Down

Odeon Clerk St

Plans to demolish the auditorium of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street and build an "arts hotel" were given the thumbs down by Edinburgh city councillors yesterday.

Barefoot Friendly Beach Rescue Tour: Belhaven Beach

All hands on deck for this community clean-up of the popular, sandy Belhaven Beach. This volunteer event is being run by Surfers Against Sewage, with support from Barefoot wines, as part of a UK beach cleaning tour of 14 beaches between May and September.

Fringe Seeks Nominees For New Participants' Council

The Fringe Office

The Fringe Society, the body that publishes the Fringe programme, has opened nominations for the newly established Participants’ Council. The deadline for submitting nominations is 6 May 2011.

Pride Scotia 2011

Scotland's national LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) pride festival is a traditional pride march and rally, and a community based festival. The festival, held in Edinburgh every two years, encompasses live music, DJs and a health and community fair.

Video: Edinburgh World Naked Bike Ride

With cycling season now upon us we follow up the St Andrews bike ride video with another less established Edinburgh bike ride, the World Naked Bike Ride.