The annual Leith Festival will run from the 11th to the 20th of June.

The brochure for all the events in the festival was launched on Tuesday and I was there, with an outfit and choreography created to fit their themes of ‘red’, ‘edgy’ and ‘alternative’. With that in mind I performed a gothic/tribal inspired piece with spooky choral music followed by Emily Autumn in a red & black costume.

It was a very mixed crowd with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. I was hopeful – but in no way certain – that they would get behind such an alternative performance. But they did! And I was even asked later if I’d had ribs removed 🙂

I missed the live music and magic show, but did manage to catch a bit of the banter of the comedian, Susan Morrison (who was hilarious in regular conversation too, and a really, really lovely person). Proving what a small world this is, the DJ turned out to be the step-son of a friend of mine and the festival volunteer press officer is a colleague!

…And if you’re free next Thursday (May 13th) there’s a ‘Vintage Fashion Show’ fundraiser for the Leith Festival at Ocean Terminal. Tickets are £5/£10 (normal/access all areas). There will be fashions from Vi Nouveau, We Love Pumpkin, Kinloch Anderson and a variety of charity shops. There’s also going to be upcycled & recycled arts and crafts stalls and live music.

And finally (and totally off topic) if you’re in the UK, eligible, and haven’t done so already please remember to go vote today.