Forest is having a cleaning day on Sunday 2nd January, to clean up after NY parties, do kitchen prep before re-opening the cafe on the 3rd, mop places that we don’t usually mop, etc. Come along at 12 noon and volunteer!
In the next of a series of guest blog posts about the campaign to save the Forest Cafe, New Orleans-based hyperlocal blogger Benjamin Morris tells how the venue’s ‘sheer gut-busting why-the-hell-can’t-it-be-done spirit’ inspired Forest Publications…
“The estimable Forest Cafe in Edinburgh – which many of you will know from Forest Fringe during the festival – is in the middle of a three-day fundraising series to try and secure its future. Do what you can to help them, because it’s a wonderful organisation, and Edinburgh would be poorer without it.”—The Guardian
Blogger and musician Garry Lee is one of many artists to have performed at the Forest Cafe during the Edinburgh festival - here he adds his voice to a series of guest blog posts campaigning for the venue to be saved from closure…
The Forest Cafe in Edinburgh, home to Forest Fringe during August’s festivals, has won the first skirmish in its battle to remain at Bristo Place after a planning application to convert the building into flats was withdrawn…
A shining free beacon in the middle of an inevitably money sucking Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Forest Café is an independent social and arts centre currently located on Bristo Place. Achingly cool and run by volunteers as a charitable self-sustaining not-for-profit organisation, it has presented a refreshingly free alternative to both its artists and audience members…
As some of you may or may not be aware The Forest Cafe is facing closure.
Safe havens such as this for the creative community are few and far between. Many consider this a massive loss to the city. Forest Cafe has been a space for local skaters to kick back and hide from the rain, an exhibition space for Edinburgh’s extroverted artistes and a live music venue for buskers who are hoping to “pull a Jefferson” and move on up to a deluxe stage inside.
This neat little building offers a place to crack open a bottle of wine (or can of Strongbow) for small corkage fee. You can also get a bite to eat, brought to you by volunteers and served on donated crockery…
In the next of our series highlighting the campaign to save the Forest Cafe, Dan Gorman writes in from Damascus, Syria, to say that without it, he never would have become director of the Firefly International charity or set up Reel Festivals…
Art Sale at Forest Café, Bristo Place, 11th – 12th December
A5 artworks in any medium: postcards, canvas, photos, screen prints…get creative!
We’ re looking for artists interested in creating and donating A5 works for an art sale as part of the ‘Save the Forest’ campaign . Email email@example.com for details.
Deadline for submissions: Wed 8th December.
Artwork can be dropped into the Forest Café: please mark ‘Everything Must Go!’ and let the volunteers know what it is. Or post to Forest Café, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY. And sign them. We want to know who you are…
GET A TABLE! There are also opportunities to run a table as part of an Arts & Crafts sale on Saturday 11th December. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, marking your email ‘FAO Stephen’
WATCH THIS SPACE – ART AUCTION 2011
There will be a high profile auction of contemporary artworks early 2011. Contact email@example.com for further information.
The Forest is… a registered charity, an arts and community project space, an art gallery, a café, a performance space, recording studio, rehearsal room, darkroom, screen printing studio and publishing venue. Powered by the enthusiasm and dedication of hardworking, generous and committed volunteers, it’s been a vivid, vibrant part of Edinburgh’s creative scene for over a decade. It continually offers grassroots support for the arts and creative projects, as well as a place for people to meet, talk, listen, watch, share ideas, make stuff, argue. And eat great burritos.
It is essential that places like the Forest exist in our cities.
EUS (Edinburgh University Settlement), the previous landlord of the current Forest venue was recently declared bankrupt. This led to the immediate and devastating closure of the Roxy Art House. The Forest doesn’t want to go the same way. An awesome fundraising campaign has begun to buy the current building for the Forest, and to continue to run it as an autonomous art space. Supporters of the Forest across the city, the UK and internationally, are mobilising to organise events and ensure that the Forest continues.
“An appeal, then. The Roxy and the Forest are places where – rather like the Arches in Glasgow – the successful artists, theatre-makers and musicians of the future can experiment, meet kindred spirits, and find their voices. If investment in culture defines the successful modern city then these venues, now fighting for survival, are vital places to invest in. The Roxy is currently seeking a new owner, while the Forest team, in typical DIY fashion, are trying to raise £500,000 to buy the building (visit http:forestcafe.tumblr.com). Both deserve our support, and Creative Scotland’s too.”—Andrew Eaton: the prompt - Scotsman.com Living