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ForestFAQ
Where is the Forest Now?
1.    What happened to the Forest?
We had to leave our home of the last eight years at 3 Bristo Place at the end of August.  This was not our choice, but our landlords ended our lease and would not consider extending it.  They informed us that selling the building would be easier if there was not a sitting tenant.  The building is still for sale four months after we left. 
However, Forest is not finished or done and dusted.  Remember, apart from the actual space, there are many dynamic and vibrant aspects of the Forest we’ve developed over the last 11 years.  Since March we’ve known that our unwanted  departure from Bristo Place was the likely outcome, barring a change of heart.  As August drew nearer, we spent more and more time drafting a departure plan that has always had the Forest’s future in mind.  Not for a moment did we consider a Forest-less future. Much of what was in the building – important items that helped the Forest to function like the photocopier, the PAs, the screen printing equipment and all the kitchen things – were moved into storage.  For some reason, we also kept pencil sharpeners and old mop heads but no one is really sure why.
Apart from a space where to hold its activities, the Forest still exists in every other aspect – both paperwork and community-wise.  The Forest is a registered charity, we still have all of the fundraising figures waiting for our new premises and, much thanks to the virtual online world, we still have an amazing network of friends and supporters, which brings us to the next point.
 
2.    Who is “we”?  Who is working for the Forest now?
 
The Forest still is, now more than ever, powered by dedicated volunteers committed to keep it alive and bring it back to the community.  The backbone of the situation management is the Forest Action Team, composed of long-term, experienced volunteers who can’t live with the absence of the Pound Tea Mug in Edinburgh’s life. The Forest Action Team used to meet on a monthly basis before August and, since then, we have met on a regular basis as well as discussing things electronically.  The main items are the developments on the building search, fundraising and event organisation/co-ordination.
For events we still rely on our brilliant volunteer community that made the Forest such a happy and unique place.  We would never be able to run anything without the vollies’ time, dedication and incredible energy!  Through Facebook, Twitter, the Bulletin Board and word of mouth, FAT tries to gather as many views and voices as possible on the future of the Forest.  We incorporate them in the discussions and choices made at such a delicate and exciting moment on the Forest history.
3.    Do you have a new location already?
No.  This is proving quite difficult, maybe because the Forest is such a special and unique space.  Even in physical terms, we’re difficult to fit anywhere ready-made!  We’re currently looking at premises in central Edinburgh where we can run a café plus host events and activities.  Sadly, we are unlikely to find somewhere exactly like Bristo Place, where we received a subsidised rent that allowed us to do everything we did in a wonderful and much loved space.
However, we have held negotiations with various landlords, including Edinburgh Council, about renting properties.  Sadly, the owners have decided to go with somebody who is offering more money or the properties would require too much in the way of renovations to make them work for us.  That hasn’t deterred us and we keep looking and talking to ANYBODY who can help us.  If you see an empty property that you think would suit the Forest, please let us know. 
The goal, at the moment, is to have a new space open in Spring 2012.  We are currently (January 2012) in negotiations about one property and are investigating other possibilities.  Rest assured though, once we have news we will let you know – and throw a party.
4.    What about 3 Bristo Place?
We loved Bristo Place and didn’t want to leave.  However, staying there wasn’t within our control.  For those who don’t know the background, Edinburgh University Settlement (EUS) owned 3 Bristo Place and rented it to the Forest.  EUS, an Edinburgh-based charity that operated as a local community action centre with a number of social outreach programmes, was declared bankrupt in October 2010 and forced into administration.   The Forest launched a campaign to raise funds to buy the building.  Sadly, we didn’t raise enough money to allow us to compete with property developers and others who are interested in the building.  Since we’ve mentioned money, this seems the natural next section…
5.    What happened with the fundraising?
We had hoped to raise at least £100,000, so we could secure a mortgage to buy Bristo Place.  We set up a JustGiving account, which you can still contribute to. To date, our efforts have raised over £38,000, whether through donations, fund-raising events or people putting money in the bucket.  Despite what you may have read in some parts, that money is all accounted for and in the charity’s bank account.  We will only use it once we have the premises to spend it on.  In effect, the money you have donated over the last year will help ensure the Forest continues.  When we open that means you will have helped save the Forest, for which we love you .
We also created  a campaign on WeFund, the UK’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects.  This was set up so people could pledge money to help us reach the £100k mark to secure a commercial mortgage.  WeFund had never hosted such an ambitious project.  The site works by allowing people to pledge money, which is only taken from their account if the campaign reached its target.  In the end we received £25,000 worth of pledges, which sadly wasn’t enough.  Having said all that, it showed how much people care about the Forest and how important they think it is.  We owe everybody who pledged any amount a HUGE thank you for their support and encouragement.
6.    What have you done since September?
Apart from creating the world’s first glitter smuggling operation, we’ve spent a lot of time looking at properties, discussing renting them – both amongst the Forest Action Team and with landlords – and running events.  In September we hosted an art auction, an alternative Freshers’ Fair and a Psychegaelic Cèilidh.  October saw the return of the Forest’s 48-hour Film Hunt while November included Samhain Zombie Cèilidh and an online Q&A day.  In December we hosted the Frosty Forest Feast and CALLOOCALLAY! The Great Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt.  We’ve also published a 2012 Forest Calendar*, featuring volunteers and familiar faces in striking poses throughout Bristo Place. We’ve also attended and held meetings.  Lots of meetings.  We’ve spoken to Building Control, Fire Officers, Planning Officers, the Public Safety Team, architects, the Police and many others.  We’ve also led full and sometimes fulfilling lives away from the Forest, but not very often.
7.    Why haven’t you opened up a café already?
We could have opened up in a premises that could hold just a café but we decided not to.  Why?  Put simply, a café is not the be-all and end-all of the Forest.  First and foremost we are an arts, community and events charity, admittedly one that often masquerades as a vegetarian café.  If we were to open as just a café, we would have to run it as a business, which means not having space for people to get involved in creative activity, no live performances, no gallery, no free shop and no sitting around enjoying the atmosphere without any pressure to buy a coffee every thirty minutes.  That’s not us and we didn’t think it was what people wanted either.  There are already plenty of places like that in the centre of Edinburgh.  We want the Forest up and running, but we also want to host creative activities.
8.    How can I help?
What can you do?  If you have a skill or ability, we’ll find some way to harness it.  If you have an idea for a fund-raising activity, get in touch but most importantly JFDI!  Seriously, the Forest is about empowering people, giving them the opportunity to do something.  We’ll help in terms of publicity, advice, volunteers and anything else you need.  But if you have an idea, especially one that will help our fundraising efforts, go ahead and do it. Apart from fundraising, if you have an idea of a free event that you think the Forest could host then get in contact.  If you know of a suitable empty building, apart from the Roxy and the Clerk Street Odeon, that is suitable for the Forest, let us know.  If you just want to generally help, contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator either via Facebook or by email.  If you want to donate money, saunter along to the JustGiving site.  If you just want to say hi or ask a question, you can do that on our Facebook page.
9.    What have you planned for 2012?
Fun.  Music.  Laughter.  Art.  Tasty and affordable food.  Raiding the Free Shop.  Events.  And glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter.
10. Where?
Anywhere we can but mainly in central Edinburgh.
11. Is the Forest going to keep the veggie burrito on the menu?
Hell yeah!  What could we replace it with after all?If you have any other questions on Forest and/or the meaning of life, please contact us via Facebook, email, Twitter or bb. 

ForestFAQ

Where is the Forest Now?

1.    What happened to the Forest?

We had to leave our home of the last eight years at 3 Bristo Place at the end of August.  This was not our choice, but our landlords ended our lease and would not consider extending it.  They informed us that selling the building would be easier if there was not a sitting tenant.  The building is still for sale four months after we left. 

However, Forest is not finished or done and dusted.  Remember, apart from the actual space, there are many dynamic and vibrant aspects of the Forest we’ve developed over the last 11 years.  Since March we’ve known that our unwanted  departure from Bristo Place was the likely outcome, barring a change of heart.  As August drew nearer, we spent more and more time drafting a departure plan that has always had the Forest’s future in mind.  Not for a moment did we consider a Forest-less future. Much of what was in the building – important items that helped the Forest to function like the photocopier, the PAs, the screen printing equipment and all the kitchen things – were moved into storage.  For some reason, we also kept pencil sharpeners and old mop heads but no one is really sure why.

Apart from a space where to hold its activities, the Forest still exists in every other aspect – both paperwork and community-wise.  The Forest is a registered charity, we still have all of the fundraising figures waiting for our new premises and, much thanks to the virtual online world, we still have an amazing network of friends and supporters, which brings us to the next point.

2.    Who is “we”?  Who is working for the Forest now?

The Forest still is, now more than ever, powered by dedicated volunteers committed to keep it alive and bring it back to the community.  The backbone of the situation management is the Forest Action Team, composed of long-term, experienced volunteers who can’t live with the absence of the Pound Tea Mug in Edinburgh’s life. The Forest Action Team used to meet on a monthly basis before August and, since then, we have met on a regular basis as well as discussing things electronically.  The main items are the developments on the building search, fundraising and event organisation/co-ordination.

For events we still rely on our brilliant volunteer community that made the Forest such a happy and unique place.  We would never be able to run anything without the vollies’ time, dedication and incredible energy!  Through Facebook, Twitter, the Bulletin Board and word of mouth, FAT tries to gather as many views and voices as possible on the future of the Forest.  We incorporate them in the discussions and choices made at such a delicate and exciting moment on the Forest history.

3.    Do you have a new location already?

No.  This is proving quite difficult, maybe because the Forest is such a special and unique space.  Even in physical terms, we’re difficult to fit anywhere ready-made!  We’re currently looking at premises in central Edinburgh where we can run a café plus host events and activities.  Sadly, we are unlikely to find somewhere exactly like Bristo Place, where we received a subsidised rent that allowed us to do everything we did in a wonderful and much loved space.

However, we have held negotiations with various landlords, including Edinburgh Council, about renting properties.  Sadly, the owners have decided to go with somebody who is offering more money or the properties would require too much in the way of renovations to make them work for us.  That hasn’t deterred us and we keep looking and talking to ANYBODY who can help us.  If you see an empty property that you think would suit the Forest, please let us know. 

The goal, at the moment, is to have a new space open in Spring 2012.  We are currently (January 2012) in negotiations about one property and are investigating other possibilities.  Rest assured though, once we have news we will let you know – and throw a party.

4.    What about 3 Bristo Place?

We loved Bristo Place and didn’t want to leave.  However, staying there wasn’t within our control.  For those who don’t know the background, Edinburgh University Settlement (EUS) owned 3 Bristo Place and rented it to the Forest.  EUS, an Edinburgh-based charity that operated as a local community action centre with a number of social outreach programmes, was declared bankrupt in October 2010 and forced into administration.   The Forest launched a campaign to raise funds to buy the building.  Sadly, we didn’t raise enough money to allow us to compete with property developers and others who are interested in the building.  Since we’ve mentioned money, this seems the natural next section…

5.    What happened with the fundraising?

We had hoped to raise at least £100,000, so we could secure a mortgage to buy Bristo Place.  We set up a JustGiving account, which you can still contribute to. To date, our efforts have raised over £38,000, whether through donations, fund-raising events or people putting money in the bucket.  Despite what you may have read in some parts, that money is all accounted for and in the charity’s bank account.  We will only use it once we have the premises to spend it on.  In effect, the money you have donated over the last year will help ensure the Forest continues.  When we open that means you will have helped save the Forest, for which we love you .

We also created  a campaign on WeFund, the UK’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects.  This was set up so people could pledge money to help us reach the £100k mark to secure a commercial mortgage.  WeFund had never hosted such an ambitious project.  The site works by allowing people to pledge money, which is only taken from their account if the campaign reached its target.  In the end we received £25,000 worth of pledges, which sadly wasn’t enough.  Having said all that, it showed how much people care about the Forest and how important they think it is.  We owe everybody who pledged any amount a HUGE thank you for their support and encouragement.

6.    What have you done since September?

Apart from creating the world’s first glitter smuggling operation, we’ve spent a lot of time looking at properties, discussing renting them – both amongst the Forest Action Team and with landlords – and running events.  In September we hosted an art auction, an alternative Freshers’ Fair and a Psychegaelic Cèilidh.  October saw the return of the Forest’s 48-hour Film Hunt while November included Samhain Zombie Cèilidh and an online Q&A day.  In December we hosted the Frosty Forest Feast and CALLOOCALLAY! The Great Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt.  We’ve also published a 2012 Forest Calendar*, featuring volunteers and familiar faces in striking poses throughout Bristo Place. We’ve also attended and held meetings.  Lots of meetings.  We’ve spoken to Building Control, Fire Officers, Planning Officers, the Public Safety Team, architects, the Police and many others.  We’ve also led full and sometimes fulfilling lives away from the Forest, but not very often.

7.    Why haven’t you opened up a café already?

We could have opened up in a premises that could hold just a café but we decided not to.  Why?  Put simply, a café is not the be-all and end-all of the Forest.  First and foremost we are an arts, community and events charity, admittedly one that often masquerades as a vegetarian café.  If we were to open as just a café, we would have to run it as a business, which means not having space for people to get involved in creative activity, no live performances, no gallery, no free shop and no sitting around enjoying the atmosphere without any pressure to buy a coffee every thirty minutes.  That’s not us and we didn’t think it was what people wanted either.  There are already plenty of places like that in the centre of Edinburgh.  We want the Forest up and running, but we also want to host creative activities.

8.    How can I help?

What can you do?  If you have a skill or ability, we’ll find some way to harness it.  If you have an idea for a fund-raising activity, get in touch but most importantly JFDI!  Seriously, the Forest is about empowering people, giving them the opportunity to do something.  We’ll help in terms of publicity, advice, volunteers and anything else you need.  But if you have an idea, especially one that will help our fundraising efforts, go ahead and do it.

Apart from fundraising, if you have an idea of a free event that you think the Forest could host then get in contact.  If you know of a suitable empty building, apart from the Roxy and the Clerk Street Odeon, that is suitable for the Forest, let us know.  If you just want to generally help, contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator either via Facebook or by email.  If you want to donate money, saunter along to the JustGiving site.  If you just want to say hi or ask a question, you can do that on our Facebook page.

9.    What have you planned for 2012?

Fun.  Music.  Laughter.  Art.  Tasty and affordable food.  Raiding the Free Shop.  Events.  And glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter.

10. Where?

Anywhere we can but mainly in central Edinburgh.

11. Is the Forest going to keep the veggie burrito on the menu?

Hell yeah!  What could we replace it with after all?

If you have any other questions on Forest and/or the meaning of life, please contact us via Facebook, email, Twitter or bb

Coming soon … you will beThe Forest is going to spice up your mince pie this Winterval, with its most raunchy offering to date. 
The 2012 calendar features your favourite friendly Forest faces, showing more than just their faces. Seldom has pen pushing looked so sexy. Rarely has a light trim seemed so appealing, or a fire extinguisher been so vital. And never has such a large organ been straddled, or a banana skin looked so inadequate.
The 2012 calendar is so hot, it cannot be legally used before January 1st. It will cause your artificial tree to drop its needles. And it will definitely blow all your Christmas lights.If you only splash out on one thing this Christmas, make sure you buy a copy of the 2012 Forest calendar first. Proceeds will go to help bringing back Edinburgh’s favourite vegetarian and vegan cafe. Spend your wad on the calendar, and together we can beat the meat.More outlet info to follow.Crikey

Coming soon … you will be

The Forest is going to spice up your mince pie this Winterval, with its most raunchy offering to date.

The 2012 calendar features your favourite friendly Forest faces, showing more than just their faces. Seldom has pen pushing looked so sexy. Rarely has a light trim seemed so appealing, or a fire extinguisher been so vital. And never has such a large organ been straddled, or a banana skin looked so inadequate.


The 2012 calendar is so hot, it cannot be legally used before January 1st. It will cause your artificial tree to drop its needles. And it will definitely blow all your Christmas lights.

If you only splash out on one thing this Christmas, make sure you buy a copy of the 2012 Forest calendar first. Proceeds will go to help bringing back Edinburgh’s favourite vegetarian and vegan cafe. Spend your wad on the calendar, and together we can beat the meat.

More outlet info to follow.

Crikey

Jump Up, Get Down
26th October, 9pm - MidnightThe Jazz Bar

Presenting:

Dirty blues, reggae and folk from the mish-mash of musicians comprising THE BLUESWATER COLLECTIVE

Politicised punk-inspired dub-loving, soul-singing, ska-swinging muzikal mash-mash from NEW URBAN FRONTIER

Shoe-string swing from the 9-piece jazz orchestra rejects LE SALON DU JAZZ REFUSE

A joint fundraiser for the Forest Collective (bring back Forest Cafe!) and Edinburgh University Feminist Society.

£5 in - includes entry into a damn good prize draw, and FREE ENTRY into the following event (normal cost £2/£3): MIKE KEARNEY KA-TET original bluesy, funky songs from Mike Kearney (keys/vox) and 5-piece band with trumpet/sax horn section. ‘Dynamic, danceable, and dastardly catchy - utterly funk-tastic!’ - Sunday Mail

Dance dance dance fucking dance.

Jump Up, Get Down
26th October, 9pm - Midnight
The Jazz Bar

Presenting:

Dirty blues, reggae and folk from the mish-mash of musicians comprising THE BLUESWATER COLLECTIVE

Politicised punk-inspired dub-loving, soul-singing, ska-swinging muzikal mash-mash from NEW URBAN FRONTIER

Shoe-string swing from the 9-piece jazz orchestra rejects LE SALON DU JAZZ REFUSE

A joint fundraiser for the Forest Collective (bring back Forest Cafe!) and Edinburgh University Feminist Society.

£5 in - includes entry into a damn good prize draw, and FREE ENTRY into the following event (normal cost £2/£3): MIKE KEARNEY KA-TET original bluesy, funky songs from Mike Kearney (keys/vox) and 5-piece band with trumpet/sax horn section. ‘Dynamic, danceable, and dastardly catchy - utterly funk-tastic!’ - Sunday Mail

Dance dance dance fucking dance.

[awry] Psychagaelic Ceilidh!Friday 15th, 8 til late
Upstairs in the Forest Hall, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

…dum! dum! dum! once again [awry] are going to be doing their psychegaelic cèilidh thing upstairs in the Forest hall, woo-hoo!!!

…it’s a fundraiser so entry is by donation and it’s BYOB, so if you’re in edinburgh on the night why not come out and pound the ground with us to some mental bagpiping and wild highland toons! :o)

[awry] Psychagaelic Ceilidh!
Friday 15th, 8 til late
Upstairs in the Forest Hall, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

…dum! dum! dum! once again [awry] are going to be doing their psychegaelic cèilidh thing upstairs in the Forest hall, woo-hoo!!!

…it’s a fundraiser so entry is by donation and it’s BYOB, so if you’re in edinburgh on the night why not come out and pound the ground with us to some mental bagpiping and wild highland toons! :o)

The Forest is asking its friends and supporters to object to the proposed alterations to their current premises in Bristo Place. While the self-sufficient arts centre is looking for a new home, the new owners are seeking permission to alter the internal structure of the listed building. The planning application also includes proposals to open a restaurant at the site.

Braw Trails presentsTwo Wings // Arborea // & Long Distance Runner
June 22nd

at The Bristo Hall
Bristo Place, Edinburgh

All-Ages! BYOB! £5!

Overdue: the latest in the ‘Braw Trails’ series, from Braw Gigs and Tracer Trails!

TWO WINGS is the ace new project from Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter) and Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells), plus Lucy Duncombe and Kenneth Wilson (Trees), Owen Curtis Williams (Benni Hemm Hemm, Rob St John) and Emily Roff (Tracer Trails!). Two Wings were recently described by total legend Daniel Higgs as “for real”. Genre fans, I’m calling this ‘nu wyrd dad rock’… Found yourself listening to Fleetwood Mac much lately? Me too. I think we’re ready for this! Hear tracks from Two Wings’ recently completed album (produced with John Cavanagh of Phosphene / Electroscope) online at http://twowings.bandcamp.com/

Two Wings are visiting Edinburgh as part of a short tour of Scotland with…

ARBOREA, a husband/wife psych-folk duo from Maine who have a new album out on Strange Attractors Audio House. Formed in the summer of 2005 Buck and Shanti Curran create “Low key intimate spellcasting affairs….. the fact that they are a couple might help to explain the seamless organic blending of their music together. Conjuring truly transportational magic out of the simplest ingredients. Their songs might be a hundreds of years old, and there’s little here to lock them into any moment other than forever”. (Dream magazine). Buck plays guitar, slide guitars, bowed strings, flutes, banjo, and vocals. Shanti provides lead vocals, banjo, ukulele, bowed strings, harmonium, and percussion. They are often joined by Helena Espvall on cello. http://arboreamusic.blogspot.com/

Opening this show will be the debut performance of a brand new Edinburgh band with NO NAME! Very little is known about this anonymous quartet, which reportedly comprises members of King Bear, Appendix Out, Giant Tank, The Wee Rogue and Red Death. They’ve been meeting in secret for around two years, and what little recorded evidence has leaked out of those sessions suggests such influences as Codeine, Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Palace Brothers and Slint. We can’t wait to blow their cover!

Oh hang on, news just in: they’re called Long Distance Runner.

Proceeds from this gig go towards the Save the Forest Campaign.

Save the Forest!

Braw Trails presents
Two Wings // Arborea // & Long Distance Runner
June 22nd

at The Bristo Hall
Bristo Place, Edinburgh

All-Ages! BYOB! £5!

Overdue: the latest in the ‘Braw Trails’ series, from Braw Gigs and Tracer Trails!

TWO WINGS is the ace new project from Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter) and Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells), plus Lucy Duncombe and Kenneth Wilson (Trees), Owen Curtis Williams (Benni Hemm Hemm, Rob St John) and Emily Roff (Tracer Trails!). Two Wings were recently described by total legend Daniel Higgs as “for real”. Genre fans, I’m calling this ‘nu wyrd dad rock’… Found yourself listening to Fleetwood Mac much lately? Me too. I think we’re ready for this! Hear tracks from Two Wings’ recently completed album (produced with John Cavanagh of Phosphene / Electroscope) online at http://twowings.bandcamp.com/

Two Wings are visiting Edinburgh as part of a short tour of Scotland with…

ARBOREA, a husband/wife psych-folk duo from Maine who have a new album out on Strange Attractors Audio House. Formed in the summer of 2005 Buck and Shanti Curran create “Low key intimate spellcasting affairs….. the fact that they are a couple might help to explain the seamless organic blending of their music together. Conjuring truly transportational magic out of the simplest ingredients. Their songs might be a hundreds of years old, and there’s little here to lock them into any moment other than forever”. (Dream magazine). Buck plays guitar, slide guitars, bowed strings, flutes, banjo, and vocals. Shanti provides lead vocals, banjo, ukulele, bowed strings, harmonium, and percussion. They are often joined by Helena Espvall on cello. http://arboreamusic.blogspot.com/

Opening this show will be the debut performance of a brand new Edinburgh band with NO NAME! Very little is known about this anonymous quartet, which reportedly comprises members of King Bear, Appendix Out, Giant Tank, The Wee Rogue and Red Death. They’ve been meeting in secret for around two years, and what little recorded evidence has leaked out of those sessions suggests such influences as Codeine, Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Palace Brothers and Slint. We can’t wait to blow their cover!

Oh hang on, news just in: they’re called Long Distance Runner.

Proceeds from this gig go towards the Save the Forest Campaign.

Save the Forest!

The Forest collective has pledged to use the sale of its current premises as a means to transform the organisation. In late May, the “For Sale” sign over the entrance to the building in Bristo Place was removed and the Forest was told that a buyer was found for the building. The sale is not yet complete, sources say the missives should be finalised soon. Despite this, the Forest is determined to still provide an arts space in Edinburgh that is free and accessible to all.

Queer Mutiny PartyWed 8th: 7pm - 1am
Bristo Hall (above The Forest Cafe)

They said it would never happen again. They said the danger had passed. But, as prophesied, Queer Mutiny has risen from the grave to destroy The Forest Cafe. Did I say destroy? I meant fundraise for. I always get those mixed up.

7-9pm: The Queer Mutiny Salon - Food, Activism, Paramilitary Training. All this and much, much less. Come share a truly civilized occasion (police infiltrators welcome, bring cookies).

9-11pm: The Hermitage - Banshee pop
Alex’s Hilarious Enterprises (UnLtd.) - Ukulele lunacy
The Fannies - Dear God my eyes, my eyes, my beautiful eyes

11-1am: Frenzied Dancing

BYOB + Corkage

Are you excited? We’re on the verge of losing bladder control. Request music on the website.

http://www.queermutiny.tk/

Queer Mutiny Party
Wed 8th: 7pm - 1am
Bristo Hall (above The Forest Cafe)

They said it would never happen again. They said the danger had passed. But, as prophesied, Queer Mutiny has risen from the grave to destroy The Forest Cafe. Did I say destroy? I meant fundraise for. I always get those mixed up.

7-9pm: The Queer Mutiny Salon - Food, Activism, Paramilitary Training. All this and much, much less. Come share a truly civilized occasion (police infiltrators welcome, bring cookies).

9-11pm: The Hermitage - Banshee pop Alex’s Hilarious Enterprises (UnLtd.) - Ukulele lunacy The Fannies - Dear God my eyes, my eyes, my beautiful eyes

11-1am: Frenzied Dancing

BYOB + Corkage

Are you excited? We’re on the verge of losing bladder control. Request music on the website.

http://www.queermutiny.tk/

[awry] Psych Cèilidh!
The Forest Hall, 3 Bristo PlaceFriday 20th May, 8pm - 1am



Once again [awry] are going to be holding a psychedelic ceilidh upstairs in the forest.

As well as the Psych Ceilidh, we’ve got the great Jen and the Gents playing (http://www.jenewan.co.uk/) and possibly some very special guests…..

As always, entry is by donation only and it’s BYOB, so come and dance the night away to some psychegaelic tunes!

[awry] Psych Cèilidh!
The Forest Hall, 3 Bristo Place
Friday 20th May, 8pm - 1am

UNDERGROWTH - A FOREST FUNDRAISER
Help support The Forest with a night of extraordinary sound!
16 May, 8pm

UNDERGROWTH - A FOREST FUNDRAISER
Help support The Forest with a night of extraordinary sound!
16 May, 8pm

A special preview of some of the work available for purchase at the Forest Art Auction, Saturday 14th May, 6-10pm, preview 13th May 7-10pm. More images and information about the artists available here.

Wolizga Mojego Taty / Daddy’s Suitcase
Matthew Kolakowski
Recycled carbboard (signed) (2009)

GOLDEN HOUR
18 May, 8pm


Celebrate Reel Festivals at The Golden Hour
Edinburgh’s premiere literary cabaret featuring new Arabic and English translations from these thrilling local and international writers:

William Letford
William Letford lives in Stirling, Scotland and works as a roofer. In 2008 he received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and an SQA Star Award. He has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Poetry Scotland and New Writing Scotland.

Emily Ballou
Emily Ballou is a Glasgow-based Australian-American poet, screenwriter and novelist. She is the author of the novels Father Lands and Aphelion (Picador), and the recent verse-portrait of Charles Darwin The Darwin Poems (UWA Publishing). She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tom Pow
Tom Pow was the first Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He was StAnza’s Poet in Residence in 2005. Dear Alice Narratives of Madness (Salt) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards in 2009. In the Becoming, New and Selected Poems (Polygon), was published in 2009.

Rasha Omran
Rasha Omran is a Syrian poet with a degree in Arabic literature from Damascus University. Since 1997 she has published four collections of poetry: Rajaa Lahu Shakal al-Haya; Ka’ana Manfay Jasady; Thilak al-Mumatad Fi Aqsa Hanini and Ma’atif Ahmar Faragh  as well as compiling an anthology of Syrian Poetry. She is the director of the
annual Al-Sindiyana festival of culture in Syria.

Golan Haji
Golan Haji is a Syrian poet, with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He has published a number of books including Called in Darkness (2004) which won the ‘Al-Maghut’ prize in poetry;  and Someone Sees You as a Monster (2008). His next collection My Cold Faraway Home will be published in Autumn 2011.  He has also translated various works into Arabic including the Scottish classic - Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He lives in Damascus.

Mazen Maarouf
Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian poet and journalist, living as a refugee in Beirut.  He has published a number of books including Kaan Hoznona Khobz/It was our sadness as bread (2000) and Camera La Taltaket Al Aasafir/The camera does not frame birds (2004). His most recent collection of poetry is currently in press and he is also
translating the poems of William Blake into Arabic.

Yehia Jaber
Yehia Jaber is a Lebanese poet, playwright, communist, journalist and actor. Amongst other literary and political works, he has published six collections of poetry: A Pool of Serum (1988); The Rascals (1991); Take The Book By Force (1994); Like If I Was A Divorced Woman (2007); For Adults Only (2008); and Love In A Washing Machine (2010).  In 2010 he performed his previous poetry collection as a theatrical work
entitled O Yahya Jaber, Take The Book By Force (Stand Up Poetry).  He lives in Beirut.

All this plus short films and an eclectic range of music from Scotland and the the Levant including OkyDoky, Belvedere Mountain Express and Hiva Oa!

GOLDEN HOUR
18 May, 8pm

Save The Forest ART AUCTION
14th May, 6-10pm  @ AXO Gallery, Leith
Local and international artists are donating their work to a charity auction in support of the Forest. By bidding in this auction, not only are people buying art but they are also supporting the arts community. Save The Forest Art Auction →

Save The Forest ART AUCTION
14th May, 6-10pm @ AXO Gallery, Leith
Local and international artists are donating their work to a charity auction in support of the Forest. By bidding in this auction, not only are people buying art but they are also supporting the arts community. Save The Forest Art Auction →

Jade And The Jacks
9-Piece Band - Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Reggae and more…
4th May, 8pm



Ten Tracks & The Forest Cafe present
Roofraiser - Save The Forest Cafe with Jade and the Jacks

Jade And The Jacks
9-Piece Band - Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Reggae and more…
4th May, 8pm

TEN TRACKS and THE FOREST CAFE presentR O O F R A I S E R II
We’re at it again!



……various live shows
in various venues
in aid of various causes

…but mostly to
Save The Forest Cafe

SHOWS 8pm-11pm (unless marked otherwise)

BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE (Forest Hall Shows only)
Corkage:
Small bottle/can (beer/cider) £0.50
Large Bottle (wine/cider) £1.50
No Spirits

Sunday 1st May @ The Store (GRV)
(Club night 10pm-2am)

DELTA MAINLINE
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Delta-Mainline/120466471296749
+ HOBO DJs

£1 before 11pm
£3 after

Wednesday 4th May @ The Forest Hall

JADE AND THE JACKS
9-piece band playing extended set of SOUL/SKA/FUNK!!!
http://www.myspace.com/jadeandthejacks

8pm

£4 donation

Friday 6th May @ St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry St, Cowgate

JAPAN FUNDRAISER
All profits go to Japan’s Red Cross and Hand in Hand for Japan

Includes Japanese songs, Taiko drums, Shamisen, local singer songwriters, classical music, bands, and…

…Japanese foods, crafts, art works, raffle prizes from local restaurants, shops, and theatres!

Artists include: Calum Carlyle, Real Dave, Town House, Beggar Girls, The Forest Trio (incl members of Lipsync for a Lullaby), Gudrun Sabrina, Norman Lamont

6pm

£3 (free for children under 5)
Tickets available at Ripping Records

For more info, contact abetchak@yahoo.co.jp

Tuesday 10th May @ The Forest Hall

SONG, BY TOAD presents

FRANCOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
THIS IS THE KIT
BABE (feat. Gerard of Findo Gask)

8pm

£5 donation

Wednesday 11th May @ Forest Hall

QMU, FOREST & TEN TRACKS
present a special bill for RAG

TBC - look out!!

8pm

£5 donation

Friday 13th May @ Forest Hall

TALL TALES (formerly The Social Services)
MIGHTY MOTH MAGNETS
SMALL FEET LITTLE TOES

8pm

£5 donation

Saturday 14th May @ Forest Hall

SCREEN KIDS
Plus Support

8pm

£5 donation

Friday 20th May @ Forest Hall

[AWRY] PSYCHEDELIC CEILIDH
with JEN & THE GENTS

20th May - Ceilidh (feat?)

8pm

Sunday 22nd May @ The Store (GRV)

HIDDEN MASTERS
YOUNG SPOOKS

10pm

£3

Friday 25th May @ Forest Hall

HUMPHREY WOOD

Friday 27th May @ Forest Hall Doune The Rabbit Hole (Asazi)

DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE PRESENTS AN EVENING OF EVEN MORE SPLENDOUR THAN THE LAST ONE, WHICH WAS SPLENDID INDEED

ASAZI SPACE FUNK EXPLOSION
ADOPTED AS HOLOGRAPH
and more tbc…

8pm

£5 donation

Saturday 4th June @ The Forest Hall

FREAK OUT
Promoters of the famous THE BIG FREAK nights, stage a DISCO! end to the first day of the  Meadows festival, featuring…

RUBY AND THE EMERALDS at the very very least.

(There will be acts for an alternative palate downstairs…)

9pm

£3 donation

ROOFRAISER @ THE MEADOWS FESTIVAL!

Saturday 4th June / Sunday 5th June @ The Forest Stage, The Meadows

Featuring (so far…)

SATURDAY
Ruby & The Emeralds
Dark Jokes
Donna Maciocia
The Pineapple Chunks
Conscious Route
Kung Fu Mother

SUNDAY
The Stagger Rats
Small Feet Little Toes
Miasma
Missing Cat
Enfant Bastard

TEN TRACKS and THE FOREST CAFE present
R O O F R A I S E R II
We’re at it again!