The Leith Festival programme has launched with a ten day programme packed with dance, song, tours and history from Saturday, June 13 to Monday, June 22.
It all began in 1907 when the first Leith Pageant was established, raising funds to enable locals to receive medical attention at Leith Hospital.
From a fundraiser to an annual celebration, Leithers continue to embrace the area’s rich history.
To keep maintain a 100 year-old tradition, this year’s event will open with a gala day and pageant at Leith Links on Saturday, June 13 with a children’s zone, market stalls, a fun fair and parade from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
If you’re a fan of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Trainspotting’ then you can visit some of the places which inspired the novel with Tim Bell’s adults-only tour.
Starting from the Port O’ Leith Bar on Constitution Street, from Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 20 at 7pm.
The hit Fringe show celebrating the life of Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir will return for one night only on Sunday, June 21 at the Malmaison Hotel.
Followed by a Q&A with Alan, the show will have you singing in your seat with hits including Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-lang.
Step back in time and learn more about the Leith Battalion, who trained at the Drill Hall more than 100 years ago, with a travelling theatre production.
The story will be retold throughout the venue on Saturday, June 20 retelling stories of Leithers who were part of the tragic Gretna rail disaster.
Friends of Lochend Park will showcase their Police Box transformation for the first time on Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, June 21 as they have created a mini-museum inside the box.
You don’t need to wait until August for a taste of tattoo, as the miniature Leith version returns on Sunday, June 21.
The popular event takes place at the Piazza on the Shore combining Irish, Polish, Scottish and Italian culture to bring the festival to a colourful close.
The full Leith Festival programme is now available online with full details on how to secure your slot.
By Claire White on Thursday 30 April 2015