We had another cracking fundraising get-together yesterday, with a bunch of enthusiastic new
people lending their energy and ideas to the campaign. It’s always exciting to meet new folk: there are dozens of people working on this campaign on all sorts of different levels. Minutes of that meeting are available on request, with important messages below: an opportunity to help out with our amazing Tentracks month of music fundraisers, a callout for people eager to volunteer at community events, and notices of coming meetings.
Ahead of Wednesday’s Edinburgh International Festival programme launch, Deborah
Pearson, co-direcor of Forest Fringe, shares her story and tells us why keeping venue
free is integral to its success and spirit…
FOREST CAFE LEASE TERMINATED BUT THE CAFE VOWS TO STAY OPEN
The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh’s independent arts and community centre, has been told it must leave its current premises at 3 Bristo Place by 31 August, in a letter received this week from the Trustees of Edinburgh University Settlement (EUS). But the campaign to Save the Forest has vowed to continue its fight to stay at the current location in the old town.
Over £1100 Raised! Campaign Relaunch a Huge Success
Huge thanks are due to everyone involved in making the Thursday 3rd’s Spring Fling a glorious party and a massive fundraising success — and to everyone who came and made it the fun celebration that it was. We raked in over £1100, which has put the campaign pot over the £17,000 mark — well on the way to our target of £50,000 by June 1st, though we’re still going to have to work very hard.
Saturday 5th also saw a diverse and widely-attended public meeting as part of the whole campaign relaunch. Over 30 Forest people — enthusiasts and new faces — gathered to hear the latest updates, offer their skills, and come up with new ideas for the campaign. We’re bubbling with energy and drive, and you can be part of that too. See below for the latest on how to get and stay involved, and in the mean time stay tuned for news of an exciting art auction in May, and spectacular plans for the Festivals, as well as a host of other Forest goodness.
Be Part of The Campaign
Forest believes in people being empowered to do things autonomously. If you have a campaign idea you’d like to pursue, go for it! But if you want a hand making something happen, email email@example.com. We particularly would like to hear from
people with media experience, or who are willing to help with being a street flyering team in the future.
We’re also stronger when we’re organised together, so we’re having regular fortnightly Forest Campaign Team meetings. The next will be on Tuesday 15th March, 5-7pm, upstairs at Forest, and everyone who’s involved in the campaign is welcome.
The Happening * Forest Fundraiser * Fri 11th March
Live Music / Performance / Video / Installation
Entry by donation, 9pm - late
At a secret location in Hoxton
Arctic Circle (Bristo), Fueldiva (Edinburgh), Konstruct (London), What They Could Do They Did, Kohoutek, Mal Voyage, Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle, Spectres
Visit http://lostintheforest.info/ for more details
We’ve set up the READeasy Writers’ Group to be a safe and encouraging
space for writers to meet up, hear their words read, and get
constructive critical feedback. The third open session is at the
Forest Cafe,3 Bristo Place, 6 – 9pm, Thursday 10th March.
“An as-yet anonymous buyer has been found for the Forest Cafe building in Bristo Place … The Guardian’s art diarist Charlotte Higgins says she is hearing rumours the buyer may be a chain coffee shop. But the Forest’s supporters are determined to fight back.”—Guardian Edinburgh
A host of local performers have waived their fees to support Bristo Place’s Forest Cafe, which faces being forced out of its venue. Kat Corbett, one of the charity’s fundraising volunteers, tells us about Thursday’s Alice in Wonderland themed evening…
“Bad news from Edinburgh: the Forest Café, home of Forest Fringe, the most inventive and fresh theatre and performance art you’ll see during the August festivals, is in the process of being sold from under the feet of the artists’ collective who lease the building year-round. The identity of the buyer is not known, but rumours circulate about a chain coffee shop: and what a shame it would be for this quirky, rough-round-the-edges space to be brought into anonymous corporate line. If the sale goes through, this August would be the last that the Forest Fringe, directed by Andy Field and Deborah Pearson, would be able to operate out of the cafe. Still, my guess is that – ingenious and bright as they are – they will find a new home.”—Guardian Edinburgh
By now you’ll certainly be aware that Forest needs your help: we’re on a huge fundraising campaign drive to try and help save our home. But we don’t just need your money (though we do need that), we also need your time, energy and ideas!
“The buyers haven’t been in touch with us themselves so we don’t know who they are or what their intentions for the Forest are – but if they’re expecting us to pack up and leave quietly they’re mistaken. Potential buyers should remember that last time we had a big scare, when Eidyn Architects wanted to turn the building into private flats, objection letters from around the world forced them to withdraw.”
Late last week we were informed by the estate agents of 3 Bristo Place that a
buyer for the building has been found and that a sale is being finalised over
the next few weeks. We thought you should hear this important news, and also an
important message about it: DON’T PANIC. This is not an end for the campaign,
nor an end for Forest; in fact, far from it. There is still a great deal we can