Not to be missed. With samba drums, dancers, bagpipes, food and fiddlesticks – Fun at the Place on Saturday 5 March is clearly going to be some celebration.
It’s an event for all ages at Duncan Place Resource Centre in Leith and it has been organised by Women onto Work and Community Learning and Development in Leith. They are celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day, 90 years of Duncan Place Resource Centre and 21 years of Women Onto Work.
The afternoon’s programme presents an extraordinary range of local and national talent. Pulse of the Place, Scotland’s largest youth samba band, are regular performers at the Edinburgh Mela and have been making an impact since they formed in 2006 – Saturday’s show will be their last public performance before heading to Barnsley to take their place in the world record breaking attempt to create the largest samba drumming band in the world… 3000 drummers.
Pulse of the Place, as seen at 2009 Mela (they have grown in number since then!)
Then there’s the nationally acclaimed bagpiper, Louise Marshall Millington (she’s a tireless campaigner for the instrument), Fiddlesticks (a ten piece band) and Beat It (samba/ rock fusion) with dancers from 21st Century Dance Academy.
Plus stalls, arts, crafts and community information – with a crèche so parents can take part in workshops. And food is provided by the Punjabi Women’s Kitchen so you better come hungry.
Along with the fun there’s a serious side too. Councillor Lesley Hinds (former Lord Provost) will lead the International Women’s Day discussion, ‘Breaking the Mould’. The MC for the event is local Leith Councillor Gordon Munro.