LeithLate announces packed programme for 2016
- Rowena McIntosh
- 18 May 2016
Highlights include Ian Gouldstone, Eye Am Camera, Carbs and LeithLate Public Poetry Project
In June, Leith dons the city's festival crown, welcoming audiences down the walk to enjoy four days of exhibitions, performances, parties and talks. Over 50 artists are involved with this year's events and, apart from the parties to open and close the festival, all events are free. LeithLate16 fully embraces the notion that you don't need a box office to be a venue, with events taking place in Pat's Chung Ying Chinese Supermarket, a back garden and even the compact surroundings of a Police Box.
The festival features a host of new art commissions including Deptford digital artist Ian Gouldstone, whose work incorporates games, animation and new media, with Nearest Neighbours: Leith; Dennis and Debbie Club's The Improvement of Invalid Youth, a multi-projection audio-visual installation revisiting the history of the Gayfield Creative Spaces site; and Leith artist Rabiya Choudhry’s new commission on currency, which features a LeithLate banknote to be distributed throughout the festival. No trying to palm it off in the pub as legal tender.
Other art highlights include a tour of Leith’s murals with contributions from some of the artists involved in their creation, Poor Art Collective's poster exhibition and zine giveaway in Settlement Projects, Juliana Capes' pavement art installations on the theme of luck, and photography collective Eye Am Camera’s Wish You Were Where.
The LeithLate16 Afterparty at Hibs Supporters Club features a headline set from Caledonian electro-hip-hoppers Carbs while The Grind Journal hosts spoken word and live music at Pilrig Church for the Closing Party. In between, there's a vinyl dance party at Brass Monkey courtesy of Soul Deep, international six-piece The Rhumba Radges perform at Victoria, and Art Bar Boot offers an art show of curiosities featuring The Department of Lost and Found, The Thermos Museum and the Penniless & Obscure zine.
Those looking for an early taste of what LeithLate16 has to offer should keep an eye out around Leith during June for poems written by Edinburgh’s Rachel McCrum, Michael Pedersen and Harry Giles as part of the LeithLate Public Poetry Project.
Various venues, Leith, Thu 23–Sun 26 Jun.