boom saloon's Creative Riot to showcase Edinburgh's untapped talent
- Arusa Qureshi
- 13 July 2017
The team behind the Edinburgh-based arts magazine present an exciting new project, reinvigorating Leith Theatre as part of ArchiFringe 2017
Residents of Leith, brace yourselves; a Creative Riot is about to come your way. Following the hugely successful launch of their first issue, Edinburgh-based bi-annual arts magazine boom saloon are back with a social project that intends to celebrate the best of Edinburgh's untapped talent. The Creative Riot, which takes over the Leith Theatre on Tue 18 and Wed 19 Jul, will showcase the work of a range of emerging creatives, providing a platform for support as well as exposure, encouraging the potential for future opportunities.
The team behind the magazine have made it their mission to democratise creativity for good, both through the content of the magazine itself and the organisation of community-focused projects alongside each issue released. The Creative Riot, the first in this series of boom projects, will feature grime, graffiti, dance, theatre and more as part of the ArchiFringe programme, transforming the Leith Theatre's main auditorium, with support from Leith Theatre Trust itself, along with WPK Architects, Civic Soup, Edinburgh Tool Library, Firstport and CGI.
Music is provided by some of the city's most exciting rap and grime acts including hip hop collective 131 Northside and solo acts Zesh and Chriis Wood. Up and comers Dominique Haig and Christie Brown will be responsible for theatrical interludes, while Ellen Renton, winner of spoken word competition 'The Time is Now', is also performing. Elsewhere, you'll find dance from Mini Jackers, with choreography by the excellent Ashley Jack and appearances from Edinburgh Parkour, Studio Ember and graffiti artist Azad Adam.
boom saloon founder and editor Rachel Arthur says: 'We're hugely excited for the Creative Riot, which will bring together a whole host of up-and-coming talent in a new, fresh, exciting performance. These unsung creative heroes are some of the most talented and driven people in our city and the opportunity to provide them with a platform to showcase their endeavours is a great honour. It feels like there's a lot of exciting work bubbling just under Edinburgh's surface at the moment; the Creative Riot offers an opportunity to see this first-hand in what is essentially a live community block party – with all the energy, raw talent and sensory assault that brings with it …'
The Creative Riot, Leith Theatre, Tue 18 & Wed 19 Jul, 7pm. Tickets available now.