£eith Decides

Feb 5 2016 | By More

Theatre companies in running for neighbourhood funds

Two theatre companies are among the 36 projects applying for £22K of funding by popular vote in the £eith Decides project which opens on Saturday 6 February 2016.

The Strange Town theatre company is looking for bursaries for 33 young Leithers to attend its performance projects; and the Citadel Arts Group is looking to create a new play based on the memories of Leith dock workers.

Leith Decides Logo

Running through to Tuesday 16 Feb, the participatory budgeting project asks the public to give a score to each of the 36 different projects, which have bids totalling £33,724.18. Each project can apply for up to £1,000.

The most popular projects will get a share of the £22,092 funding available from the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership. This represents half the Partnership’s Community Grants Fund.

All 36 projects will be present at the £eith Decides launch event in the Leith Community Centre on Saturday 6 Feb, running from 12.30pm to 3pm. Anyone can go along to speak to applicant organisations about their projects and the work they do in Leith, and then vote.

Voting is open to anyone aged eight or over who lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area.

Voting can be done at the launch event or through ballot boxes in the Leith and McDonald Road libraries, which will be open from 3pm on Saturday 6 through to 5pm on Tuesday 16 Feb. An online voting form will be available from the £eith Decides website after the launch event.

Strange Town Application.

Strange Town is a performing arts company for 5-25 year olds based at Out of the Blue in Leith. It aims to foster creativity, nurture talent and increase access to opportunities in the arts to young people across Edinburgh.

It is applying for £1,000 to offer bursary assistance giving help with fees and free places in its April-June to its existing youth theatre members from Leith from low income families. It will also offer bursaries to encourage further Leith young people to take part in its holiday performance projects at Easter and in July 2016.

Citadel Arts Group application

Citadel Arts expresses the creativity of older people in various ways including developing new plays in on Leith community themes by older writers and collecting living memories in Leith’s older people’s centres, which are used to inspire plays.

Its major project for 2016 is The Story of Leith Project. This has several strands including two one-act plays on Leith themes. It is applying for funding for a play which is a tribute to Leith dockers, the port’s industries and past way of life.

It will collect stories from retired dock workers which will be used as the inspiration for a new play to be scripted by Laure Paterson.


£eith Decides Launch Event
Leith Community Education Centre, 12A Newkirkgate, Leith, EH6 6AD
Saturday 6 February 2016

£eith Decides website: http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/leith/about/%C2%A3eith-decides/
£eith Decides on facebook: VoteforLeithdecides
Full details of the £eith Decides applicants: www.edinburghnp.org.uk

Citadel Arts Group website: http://www.citadelartsgroup.co.uk/
Citadel Arts Group on facebook: CitadelArtsGroupFull Citadel Arts Group application (pdf): Citadel Arts Group.pdf

Strange Town Theatre Company website: http://www.strangetown.org.uk/
Strange Town Theatre Company on facebook: StrangeTown-Youth-Theatre
Full Strange Town application (pdf): Strange Town.pdf


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