Cultural Playing Field

Voluntary Arts Week 2011 by Robin Simpson
May 20, 2011, 4:46 pm
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On Saturday 7 May I was in Edinburgh for the Voluntary Arts Week celebration event. Approaching Festival Square on Lothian Road, opposite the Usher Hall, I was excited but nervous as I waited to see whether we had managed to attract enough people. I needn’t have worried: as I entered the marquee I encountered almost a hundred people engaged in a wide variety of arts and crafts including quilting, screen-printing, animation, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing and hula-hooping. Over the course of the day there was a steady flow of people taking part in the event. I particularly enjoyed sessions on the performance stage by the Celtic Nyckelharpa Project and the Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society (a fast-paced demonstration of Scottish step dancing). We were also treated to the balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Shakespeare at Traquair (an RSC Open Stages production). The celebration event was a great success and was the curtain-raiser for more than 50 events across Scotland as part of Voluntary Arts Week. Congratulations to Fiona and the Voluntary Arts Scotland team, particularly Cassandra without whose hard work Voluntary Arts Week would not have been possible.

Robin Simpson.

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