LeithLate returns with an exciting LeithLate17 programme of visual art, theatre, poetry, live music and film, plus regular mural tours and a brand new Public Poetry Trail. The LeithLate17 festival pops up in unusual Leith spaces for art and theatre installations, such as a former Police Box, charity shop, Trinity House’s hidden underground vaults at the Kirkgate, social enterprise curry house Punjabi Junction, and the Leith Walk Launderette!
LeithLate17’s visual art programme introduces three elements. Recipient of the inaugural LeithLate Award, presented at the RSA New Contemporaries 2017 exhibition earlier this year: Glasgow School of Art recent graduate Clara Hastrup. Hastrup’s video work has been chosen to be exhibited in a site-specific installation at LeithLate’s latest exciting venue Trinity House’s underground hidden vaults. Holly Knox Yeoman former visual arts curator at Summerhall, has curated an exhibition that includes Stephanie Mann and opening performance by David Sherry, at the under-threat Sikh-Scot social enterprise Punjabi Junction, addressing the theme of precarity and the changing identity of Leith. Audiences are encouraged to participate in the exhibition by donating food and other items to build a haphazard installation, destined for Edinburgh North East Food Bank. Sound artist and musician Yann Seznec will be presenting a unique sound installation comprised completely of donations from its charity shop venue; Settlement Projects. Seznec’s one-time solo electronics set will take place on the opening night of the festival in the window of the charity shop.
Other highlights include Ltd Ink Corporation, which will be opening its doors for the first time to coincide with the launch of LeithLate 2017. Kevin Harman will be exhibiting his installation co-be.co, open to the public for the duration of the festival. Scotland's Travelling Gallery (literally, art in a bus) will be parked up for the duration of the festival with their latest exhibition EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT. Joining LeithLate again is artist collective Place + Platform, teaming up with Poor Art for a second year. For LeithLate17 they are presenting combined work PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN at the Leith Walk Police Box. Edinburgh-based company Creative Electric present ‘Is this the real life? Is this just broccoli?’ at the Laundrette on Leith Walk, where audiences can marry their loved ones, or inanimate objects, in a completely non-binding ceremony! LeithLate is also partnering with Edinburgh Art Festival to launch a Leith edition of the ‘Every Woman Super Woman’ zine with accompanying print exhibition at LeithLate festival hub Out of the Blue Drill Hall created by young women from Young Saheliya. LeithLate17 is also teaming up with Leith Festival to present a community stage at the Kirkgate for Thursday's opening night.
On Friday, in a continuation of their festival twinning with London’s longest running visual arts festival Deptford X, LeithLate has matched up Deptford Cinema (Community Cinema of the Year 2016) and Leith Community Cinema to present a film programme surrounding the issue of gentrification at Pilrig Church. The film programme will also feature at Deptford X in September 2017. LeithLate17 is also host to the launch of a new ambitious production entitled In the Ink Dark by notable performance maker and choreographer Luke Pell in an immersive dance performance situated in the grand surroundings of the main auditorium of Leith Theatre on the evening of the Friday night of the festival.
For musos, LeithLate has teamed up with Scottish independent music label Lost Map Records for the infamous LeithLate Afterparty at Henderson Halls to close Thursday's opening night festivities, headlined by Kid Canaveral. Elvis Shakespeare returns to LeithLate with in-store live sessions from Edinburgh’s finest musical talents on both the Thursday and the Saturday of the festival, including Blueflint and Geek Maggot Bingo. The LeithLate Critter Session at Out of the Blue also joins the musical roster on Saturday afternoon, a regular session at Leith Walk’s Woodland Creatures curated by Hailey Beavis. ‘Club Tropicana’ will close Saturday’s celebrations, and the Leith Franklin Cricket Club will host the late-night 3am festival party with electro DJ Davie Miller (FiniTribe) and more tba. To close festivities on the Sunday, LeithLate welcomes Custom & Excess; an inspired collaboration of Custom Lane, Paradigm and We Throw Switches. This event will transform the lane into an all-day summer party with DJ sets and unique mix of indie games with fun interactive experiences and Studio 19 at Custom House invite to discover Leith’s musical talents with their live intimate sessions.
Elsewhere, celebrate Leith’s heritage at the Leith Heritage Open Day on Sunday 18th, with Custom House, Custom Lane, Leith Theatre's Main Auditorium and Trinity House all opening their doors to LeithLate17 goers on the final day of the festival. Not only does LeithLate17 see the return of its annual sell-out mural tours on the Sunday, LeithLate17 are also pleased to present latest tour, the Public Poetry Trail. The Public Poetry Trail takes place in conjunction with Edinburgh City of Literature, taking Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca's recent poem about Leith as inspiration. Audiences will be guided by de Luca’s words in the poem 'Leith Swing' from the Shore to the Kirkgate through the form of pavement stencils, and Christine de Luca will be reciting the poem live in person.
All daytime events are free to attend (some ticketed for numbers), late evening events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday come with a modest charge.
LeithLate17 is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh City of Literature and Settlement Projects.