The Roofraiser benefit concerts produced by The Forest Cafe and Ten
Tracks for the Save the Forest Campaign have been a resounding
success, and have inspired a second series of benefit concerts,
Roofraiser II, that will be held in Edinburgh throughout May.
Over £1,000 has been raised already, and over 800 people have attended
the live music events held in April, with the help of 60 artists, 200
musicians and several of the Edinburgh’s established music promoters.
A competition to create artistic black and white designs for posters
to promote the Roofraiser concerts was run by the forward-looking arts
collective, Dundee-based Yuck n Yum. Ten specially curated works of
art, chosen from submissions by 60 artists, are being work printed and
posted around the city.
Harry Giles, Fundraising Officer for the Save the Forest campaign,
said, “It’s been really fantastic to work with Ten Tracks on
Roofraiser. The Forest cares a lot about collaborating on exciting
and ambitious projects with a diversity of groups—- and it’s been
wonderful to have so many organisations like Ten Tracks rally round to
support the Save the Forest campaign, which is so important for
Edinburgh’s arts community.”
The Forest Cafe, one of the few remaining independent art centres in
the city, has been running a campaign to raise funds to stay in the
building since October, when Edinburgh University Settlement (EUS),
who owns the Forest’s premises at 3 Bristo Place, was declared
bankrupt and forced into administration.
A second series of benefit concerts, Roofraiser II, will be hosted at
The Forest and other venues throughout Edinburgh on Tuesday through
Sunday evenings until early June, including performances at The
Forest Stage at the upcoming Meadows Festival on 4-5 June. A schedule
and further details can be found on The Forest web site at
"It’s been great realising again just how much variety of quality
music there is on offer in Edinburgh, and how truly unique the
atmosphere at The Forest is. If April’s anything to go by, I can’t
wait for what we have coming up in the rest of May," said Ed Stack of
Ten Tracks, which hopes to showcase over 500 musicians over the course
of the Roofraiser concerts. "I’m especially looking forward to
Francois and the Atlas Mountains on Tuesday May 10th. The weekend of the
13th/14th is also looking great, as is the Meadows festival at the
start of June… If you’re looking for a way to do your bit for The
Forest, Roofraiser is a great example of that Forest atmosphere that
can’t be found anywhere else—- and your donation will help it to
survive," said Ed Stack of Ten Tracks, which hopes to showcase over
500 musicians over the course of the Roofraiser concerts."
Ten Tracks is a unique and innovative record label for the marketing
and retail of music, which responds to online music listening culture
in a way that has not been achieved to date by the major music
industry, and offers a platform for emerging artists in the thriving
music community of Scotland’s central belt. For more information, see
their web site at http://www.tentracks.co.uk.
As of today, over 1,500 people have pledged their support in the Save
the Forest e-petition, and the Forest has raised nearly £25,000
towards the purchase of the building or future rent—- halfway towards
the goal of £50,000 by 1 June.
Artists and celebrities who have pledged their support so far include
Stephen Fry, musicians Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, Guardian
theatre journalist Lyn Gardner, playwright Lucy Kirkwood, and artists
Andy Field and Deborah Pearson.
The Forest would like to remind people of three simple actions that
they can take now to help Save the Forest:
SIGN THE E-PETITION at http://gopetition.com/petition/43255.html
declaring your support for the campaign and for Forest to stay in
its home. This will show just how many of us there are. If you
use social networks, you can also tweet or Facebook about that
petition from that site, follow us @foresttweets on Twitter, and
you can “Like” our Facebook page.
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TEAM by offering your time, energy and skills.
We want to hear every offer, from doing admin to running events,
from smooching celebs to chugging on the street. E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org to offer you help, and see
http://blog.theforest.org.uk/savetheforest for more information.
COMMIT TO A MONTHLY DONATION. The more money we have, and the
more secure our income, the stronger a position we are in. You
can be giving as little as £3 a month and be making a huge and
significant contribution to Forest: it’s a much better way than
just throwing money into a bucket. You can get forms at the cafe
or online at http://blog.theforest.org.uk/savetheforest
The Forest is one of Edinburgh’s last remaining open-access arts
centres, and has become an award-winning Fringe venue (The Forest
Fringe). The volunteer-run charity operates an art gallery (Total
Kunst), a theatre, performance and rehearsal spaces, a darkroom, a
publishing house, a swap shop, a record label, a hairdresser, and a
thriving vegetarian cafe. It has inspired like-minded projects and
people all over the world, from Switzerland to Korea.
The Forest is not sponsored by the government, city council or the
arts council. It has been been running a successful alternative
business since it was established in August 2000, thanks to the
commitment of a large and enthusiastic team of volunteers. It is a
registered charity (SC038234), funded mainly by the Forest Cafe, and
by the rental of facilities and the sale of books from Forest
Publishing and music from Forest Records. In keeping with their ethos
that art should be accessible, all of their events and workshops are
A detailed press pack about the Forest’s work is available at:
Previous publicity and information about the campaign can be found at:
The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh
Fundraising Officer / Media Contact