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Folks, we’re nearly halfway to out £100,000 target. We’re within sight of buying back 3 Bristo Place and reopening the Forest there. (If you’ve just landed on this site and what to know more about the campaign, read on here.) The support we’ve had so far from all quarters, from artists to MSPs, has been overwhelming. But we still need your help to run that last stretch to the target.
Press Release: MSPs SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR FOREST CAFÉ
Politicians from across the political spectrum have pledged support
for Edinburgh’s free arts and events space. Following last week’s
support from the Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop (1), MSPs are now adding
their verbal support for The Forest’s volunteer-run campaign to buy
the premises at 3 Bristo Place. The Culture Secretary praised The
Forest’s August programme and vowed during last week’s Question Time
to help arrange a meeting with her civil servants to help with the
fundraising efforts. Since then, Alison Johnstone, the Lothian
Region’s Green MSP, has lodged a Parliamentary Motion (2) calling on
Holyrood to support the fundraising efforts.
As we write this, Forest is leaving Bristo Place. We’re taking out the lights, the food, the amps, the chairs, the paperwork, the kitchen sink. When you walk past 3 Bristo Place on September 1st, it will be empty. We’re all a bit emotional about this. But we can tell you one thing:
Read on to find out how you can be part of making Forest continue and come back better than ever.
Press Release: FOREST SAYS YES TO WEFUNDING PROPERTY PURCHASE
The Fringe is over, all the posters and crowds have gone and
Edinburgh’s year-round, fringe venue is closing its doors.
The Forest is today beginning departure from Bristo Place, but is
determined to return—this time as owners rather than tenants of the
building. The volunteer-run open-access multi-arts venue and charity
has launched a WeFund campaign to raise sufficient funds to allow it
to buy their current location. The Forest will use the money raised
as a deposit towards the purchase of the former Edinburgh
Congressional Church. However, the charity won’t take the money from
supporters’ bank accounts until a mortgage is secured.
Press Release: FOREST LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO BUY BRISTO PLACE HOME
The Forest has launched a campaign to buy its current home in Bristo Place. The fundraising follows last week’s news that the sale of the premises has collapsed. The Forest has sought to find a permanent home since Edinburgh University Settlement was declared bankrupt last year. Recent developments have created the opportunity for Edinburgh’s open-access multi-arts venue to buy its home of the last eight years.
Press Release: FOREST CAFÉ STUNNED BY PWC DECISION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday 17 August 2011
FOREST CAFÉ STUNNED AT PWC DECISION
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have said they would rather leave a building empty than receive rent to help pay off the creditors they are supposed to be representing. PwC are the administrators for Edinburgh University Settlement, who were declared bankrupt and forced into administration last October. The decision follows the collapse of the sale for several buildings previously owned by EUS. PWC have said they would not consider the Forest as tenants for the former Edinburgh Congressional Church in Bristo Place despite being the sitting tenant and the only party willing to rent the premises.
Ragged are just getting ready for the workshops and events this week at the Forest Cafe. We have a few places left on our Ragged Theatre Workshops where we will be prepareing a rehearsed reading of banned and censored texts for presentation on Thursday 11th at 7:30pm.
So if any of your friends wish to come along let me know by sending me a quick email at email@example.com! (Open to over 15yers old.)