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Meet the Artists

Scottish Design Exchange 1st floor, Ocean Terminal

Meet local artists and designers at the Scottish Design Exchange

Open Studio Weekend

Studio 52 52 Albion Rd

Artist's studio open weekend exhibiting a large selection of affordable original art. Come, browse the art, chat with the artist and pick up a unique bargain. Oils on canvas, clay & stone sculpture, and traditional hand-cut photomontage. Limited edition signed prints available. Watch the work in progress in the studio as Alan demonstrates his skills.... View Article

Mainstage at Gala Day

Leith Links

LeithLate and The Skinny present the mainstage at Gala day - Check our Mainstage Performers page for full line-up http://leithfestival.com/gala-day-main-stage-performers/

The Leith Dog Show

Leith Links

Enter your furry friend in the Official Leith Dog Show run by Edinburgh Cat and Dog Home. Categories (or more correctly dogegories) are - 1. Prettiest girl, 2. Handsomest boy, 3. Best OAP, 4. Most like owner, 5. Best trick and 6. Waggiest tail... Free to spectate, £2 to enter your dog.

Artist Moving Image Screening

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Screening of new moving image works by Edinburgh based artists

Persevere Film Screening

Little Shop of Memory 1st floor, Ocean Terminal

Living Memory Association presents a fantastic opportunity to see the Leith film, Persevere. The film allows Leithers, old and new, to tell the story of the ancient port's proud industrial past and their hopes and fears for the future of this once vibrant and tight knit community. Using rare archive footage and interviews, the film... View Article

Reggaeton Workshop

The Granary 32-34 The Shore, Edinburgh

Free Reggaeton workshop with The Granary Salsa team

Leith Whisky Trail

The Shore

Take a 'sip back in time' on the Leith Whisky Trail! Learn all about the history of the brokers, blenders and bottlers resident in what was once a thriving whisky district whilst listening to some entertaining stories of Leith's whisky days of old. After the tour, you'll taste four carefully selected drams from the 60s,... View Article

£20

LeithLate19: Happiness Hotel Gig

The Warehouse 61 Queen Charlotte St

In the evening of Saturday 8th June, LeithLate retreats to hidden gem The Happiness Hotel (AKA the Song, By Toad recording studio) for an intimate gig hosted and curated by Leith-based riot-grrrl pop musician Lou McLean. Tickets £6 available from Citizen Ticket.

£6

Tablao Flamenco “Primavera Flamenca”

South Leith Baptist Church Hall Kirk Street Entrance, Edinburgh

TuFlamenco brings a "Tablao Flamenco" to the Leith Festival straight from the heart of Andaluc’a, another spectacle of raw flamenco by your most popular Edinburgh based flamenco musicians, always involved in delivering passionate and unforgettable events. Featuring: 'Al Baile', the powerful, elegant and explosive dancer Gabriela Pouso, 'Al Toque', flamenco guitar virtuoso and composer of... View Article

£10

Meditation Centre Open Day

Kadampa Meditation Centre 172 Leith Walk

Are you curious about meditation and/or Buddhism and would like to check out our city temple on 172 Leith Walk? If so, put Sunday, 9th June, on your calendar. From 10am-3pm, we'll be serving up delicious refreshments prepared onsite, and providing tours of the temple as well as free guided meditations (10:30 - 11:00pm, 12:00... View Article

This is Local Leith (Kids go free)

Leith Theatre 28-30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh

A huge, one-stop marketplace that celebrates the extraordinary breadth of talent in Leith's independent businesses. From the kitchen table to the shop front, This Is Local Leith will feature designer makers, high end crafts, quality vintage, artisan food producers, jewellers, artists, and so much more! We'll also have the very best in local Street Food... View Article

£2

Sunday Service

Pilrig St Pauls 1B Pilrig Street, Edinburgh

Leith Churches Together - This year’s Leith Festival Service will take place on Sunday 9 June at 11:30 am in Pilrig St. Paul’s Church. This year the service coincides with Pentecost and everyone is encouraged to wear Red, Orange, and/or Yellow (flame colours) as we celebrate the Holy Spirit at work through the lives of... View Article

LeithLate19: Mural Tours (Ticketed Event)

Start at Leith History Mural North Junction St

Sunday 9th June sees the return of LeithLate's legendary Mural Tours, involving a guided walking tour of a selection of Leith's public art murals, with the added bonus of having a few of the original artists in attendance to talk about their work. Featured murals on the tour include: the Leith History Mural, the Leith... View Article

House of Jack Dance Class Tasters for All Ages

Shapes Studio 19 Arthur Street

Free 30-minute street dance tasters for all, from Primary 1 to adults - dance in a fun, encouraging environment!  Open to everyone, no previous experience needed. Tasters will run as: 1 pm - Primary 1-3.  1.45 pm - Primary 4-7.  2.30 pm - Secondary 1-5.  3.15 pm - Adults hip hop.  4 pm - Adults... View Article

Unsung Leith: Buggy Walk (Ticketed Event)

Dr Bells Family Centre 15 Junction Pl

Join us for a **FREE** Unsung Leith: Buggy Walk to explore the hidden tales of Leith’s trailblazing women. This special Leith Festival walk will continue to explore the historical and contemporary women of Leith and the role they have played in building the diverse and culturally rich community that Leith is today. Free but booking... View Article

Resound A Silent: Charlie Chaplin with Live Music

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

The origins of cinema are brought to life with a collection of short films starring Charlie Chaplin and will be accompanied with live music from Dave Abbott.

£8

The Granary Live Music

The Granary 32-34 The Shore, Edinburgh

Enjoy live music on The Shore every Thursday to Sunday. Date & Time: 9th June 4:00pm-6:30pm & 13th-15th June 9:00pm-11:00pm

LeithLate19: Cricket Club Afterparty

Leith Franklin Cricket Club 1 Leith Links

Top your LeithLate19 night off in style as we return to the Leith Franklin Cricket Club for another epic 3am-close clubnight. Taking the Queen's birthday as our theme, join us for a shimmy with Edinburgh's very own all-female DJ collective MISS WORLD - showcasing female & queer DJ talent - on the decks. Tickets priced... View Article

£6

Exposed 19 – Edinburgh College Photography

Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

Showcasing award winning work from both the HND and BA student photographers, Exposed is one of Scotland's largest and much talked about photographic exhibitions, portraying a wide variety of different photographic styles and genres. Date & Time: 10am - 5pm 8th, 10th to 15th June

Fitness Hacks for Cyclists workshop

Griffen Fitness 3 Balfour Street, Edinburgh

You look after your bike, but do you look after its engine? Keeping fit in between bikes rides can make you a better cyclist. Join Personal Trainer Tracy Griffen in her studio for this interactive workshop of fitness hacks for cycling. With a Q & A at the end ask the PT any question. Now... View Article

£10

“Emotes” ESW Schools Programme Exhibition

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 21 Hawthornwale

Emotes will take over the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop gallery spaces, showcasing the installations, ceramics, performances and prints made as part of the unique Schools Programme. Now in its seventh year, this initiative has brought 150 P5s and P6/7s from Trinity and Victoria Primary Schools to make artwork at ESW for one hour a week throughout... View Article

Tea Dance

Leith Dockers Club 17 Academy Street, Edinburgh

The annual Leith Festival Traditional Tea Dance - music to dance to, tea and cakes, bingo and raffle. Tickets available on the door.

£5

Macrame Workshop (Ticketed Event)

Leith Community Centre, Links Room 12A Newkirkgate

Have a go at macrame. Materials provided, No experience required.

Leith Vs The World

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Leith vs The World: an inter-disciplinary, inter-planetary, literary tug-of-words! The Edinburgh Literary Salon brings a rip-roaring take on Live Literature poetry-slam meets literary death-match, with song and flash-fiction thrown in. It will be wordy; it will be messy; it will be totally entertaining! Raising funds for Edinburgh Literary Salon (6pm, every last Tuesday, the Wash... View Article

£5

Visit the SS Explorer

SS Explorer Moored at Edinburgh Dock

The SS Explorer, moored at Leith's Edinburgh Dock, is Scotland's first custom-built fisheries research vessel. Twice saved from demolition, she is currently being restored by the Explorer Preservation Society. Members of the society will show groups round the ship and recount her fascinating story: the cutting-edge marine research carried out aboard uncovered early evidence of... View Article

Sea Changes

Leith Dockers Club 17 Academy Street, Edinburgh

SS Explorer, moored at Leith, is Scotland's first custom-built fisheries research vessel. Citadel Arts Group has collected memories of crew, officers, scientists and cook, to create a powerful play, 'Sea Changes' by Jim Brown ('Whit aboot the Wimmen?' 'Malky') directed by Mark Kydd ('Dancing with Mrs Murphy'). Jim's research uncovered stories of Explorer as spy... View Article

£7

Trinity House Packs A Punch

Trinity House 99 Kirkgate, Edinburgh

On June 12th Trinity House Packs a Punch - come inside from midday to view a new exhibition about Leith's legendary boxers like Ken Buchanan and Jackie Brown. You can explore local sports heritage by looking at archive photography. Perhaps you used to spar? If so, there'll be opportunity to grab a ringside seat and... View Article

Unsung Leith: Buggy Walk (Ticketed Event)

Dr Bells Family Centre 15 Junction Pl

Join us for a **FREE** Unsung Leith: Buggy Walk to explore the hidden tales of Leith’s trailblazing women. This special Leith Festival walk will continue to explore the historical and contemporary women of Leith and the role they have played in building the diverse and culturally rich community that Leith is today. Free but booking... View Article

CultFusion #6

The Persevere Bar 398 Easter Rd

Scotland's most misleadingly named poetry night returns to Leith Festival once again. This year we welcome Gerda Stevenson, renowned Scottish actress, writer, director, singer and songwriter, recently acclaimed for her collection 'Quines: Poems in tribute to women of Scotland'; Marjorie Lotfi Gill, a seasoned poet who last year published a short collection entitled 'Refuge', including... View Article

£3

Trainspotting Tour

Leith Dockers Club 17 Academy Street, Edinburgh

From the author of the acclaimed best book about Welsh's Trainspotting, Tim Bell takes us on a deep dive into Trainspotting and back to the Leith of the 1980s and 1990s, warts, laughs and all. It's the story that belongs to Leith and went world-wide. Nobody knows it like Tim Bell knows it. Go. See.... View Article

£5

The Granary Quiz Night

The Granary 32-34 The Shore, Edinburgh

Free quiz night, a £50 gift card to be won

Humpday Lucky Dip gig

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Celebrate the halfway point of Leith Festival with a selection of local bands - the debut set from Lizards of Alba, plus 'Erb & Ting and the notorious Victor Pope Band. Get over the hump with us.

Phoenix Choir Summer

Leith Theatre 28-30 Ferry Rd,

We’ve got 4 community choirs from across Edinburgh – each with their own style and voice, coming together for one night of amazing music in this extraordinary Leith venue! You’ll hear songs from each of the choirs, showing their unique take on music from George Michael, to Mumford & Sons, Marvin Gaye and more –... View Article

The Granary Live Music

The Shore

Enjoy live music on The Shore every Thursday to Sunday. Date & Time: 9th June 4:00pm-6:30pm & 13th-15th June 9:00pm-11:00pm

Layers of Leith – ‘My Leith. Your Leith. Our Leith?’

Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

Layers of Leith explores the changing face of Leith through the waves of regeneration and gentrification that it has witnessed. The exhibition aims to celebrate, inform and empower through its multimedia exhibits. Taking you on a journey of Leith's rich historical past to the present day where the current wave of gentrification has been met... View Article

Leith Community Centre Ceilidh (Ticketed Event)

Leith Community Centre Association 12A Newkirkgate

Join us for an evening of free Scottish food & dancing as part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations. No dance experience is required as our live ceilidh band will call the dances and talk us through them as we go, we can all learn together. Take part in some or all of the dances. This... View Article

Custom House Open Day

Custom House Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St, Edinburgh

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust are pleased to open the doors of Custom House to visitors as part of the Leith Festival. Come and join us for family fun: workshops, circus entertainment, children's activities and various stalls. There will also be an exhibition of photos of Leith by fine art photographer Daniel Dabrowski. For more information,... View Article

Leith Market

Leith Market Dock Place

Meet local traders, with the friendliest shopping around. Every Saturday.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Leith Toy Hospital 64 Constitution St

See what goes on at the toy hospital! Bring your favourite doll or cuddly toy and some snacks along for a picnic (we'll go to Leith Links if the weather is nice). Get all your questions answered and meet new friends! The toy hospital will be offering a discount all week to anyone who mentions... View Article

Meet the Artists

Scottish Design Exchange 1st floor, Ocean Terminal

Meet local artists and designers at the Scottish Design Exchange

“Not a Slave” exhibition

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Andy McKay, a local Leith based artist, presents an exhibition of contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas. His work is well known to many in the area as it bedecks The Leith Depot's main bar walls in the form of two quite uniquely different murals. The exhibition will be on display in the upstairs venue of... View Article

Errant Boy & Stephen McLaren

Elvis Shakespeare 347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Errant Boy is an BBC Introducing artist and has gained a **** review in The Scotsman. Latest album Memory Fractures has been praised for its energy and strong songwriting. Dreampop troubadour Stephen McLaren mixes the personal and political in a compelling melodic brew. Solo debut We Used To Go Raving is recommended by The List... View Article

Leith Whisky Trail

Meet at the anchor on The Shore The Shore, Edinburgh

Take a ‘sip back in time’ on the Leith Whisky Trail! Learn all about the history of the brokers, blenders and bottlers resident in what was once a thriving whisky district whilst listening to some entertaining stories of Leith’s whisky days of old. After the tour, you’ll taste four carefully selected drams from the 60s,... View Article

£20

Keara Murphy: MEN

Leith Dockers Club 17 Academy Street, Edinburgh

The truth about men. The whole truth about men. And nothing but the truth about men. BBC Radio 4 'Women's Hour' 2019, BBC Radio 4 "Pick of the week" 2017/2019, BBC Radio Scotland Documentaries on "Robert Burns", BBC Radio Scotland "Mistress MacKenzie and Friends", BBC Radio Scotland. "The Shark's Mouth", BBC Two "Joy Division" (Film),... View Article

£8

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Leith St Andrew's Church 410 - 412 Easter Rd

Capital Concert Band – Leith’s very own dynamic wind band – presents popular music themes from the stage, television and cinema, including: “The Greatest Showman”; “Harry Potter”; “Oliver”; “Guys & Dolls”; “Last of the Summer Wine” and “Dallas”. Entertainment for all the family! Ticket Price: £8 (£5 Concession) & £20 Family

Electro Cycle Club Night

The Village Bar 16 South Fort St

Welcome to the wonderful world of Electro Cycle, where we bring The Sound of House to a loving nation through our club night at The Village Bar Leith. We treat you to the best in Deep House, Funky House, Chicago House, Tech House, Acid House, with a bit of Disco thrown in and even some... View Article

Hibs Historical Tours

Easter Road Stadium Hibernian Football Club, 12 Albion Place, Edinburgh

Open Day starting at the Main Reception in the West Stand of Easter Road Stadium (home of Hibernian Football Club) which will include open gallery displays and self-guided tours of the West Stand. The tour includes the dressing rooms, Directors suite and box, and pitchside. Visitors will also be able to access the South Stand... View Article

Black Arches

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Black Arches (Gareth E. Rees and Matt Frost of garage punk band The Dirty Contacts) perform improvised sets of intense heavy psych and electronic noise to experimental short films by international artists and collaborative duo Elizaveta Maltseva and Tara Kathleen Stewart, and photographer and musician Alex Amoros (The Liquorice Experiment) presenting from his new book... View Article

Leith Festival Tattoo

Malmaison Square Malmaison, Tower Place, Edinburgh

The festival's traditional last event, bringing together the best of music and dance from Leith's cosmopolitan community, topped and tailed by the pipes and drums.

The Granary Comedy Night

The Granary 32-34 The Shore, Edinburgh

Life is better when you're laughing...

“Emotes” ESW Schools Programme Exhibition

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 21 Hawthornwale

Emotes will take over the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop gallery spaces, showcasing the installations, ceramics, performances and prints made as part of the unique Schools Programme. Now in its seventh year, this initiative has brought 150 P5s and P6/7s from Trinity and Victoria Primary Schools to make artwork at ESW for one hour a week throughout... View Article

The Sideshow

Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

Omawick. A small town on the edge of a big town. A place with a rich history and strong community spirit. But recently times have been hard and change is needed. The Fiar is coming. Change is coming. But is it the change that the community wants? Who speaks for Omawick and what will be... View Article

£8

Live Music + DJ @ Ooh Mami

Ooh Mami 7 Bernard Street, Leith

Saturday 12th March 2022 from 7pm The Honza Kourimsky 3rio make their first appearance at Leith's own Ooh Mami as part of the Leith Festival music sessions. Jazz and jazz fusion all around! Live Music Free Entry - £5 donations encouraged FREE TICKET LINK

Board Games Night @ Ooh Mami

Ooh Mami 7 Bernard Street, Leith

Every other Wednesday starting 16th March 2022 Ooh Mami will be hosting a new board games night. Reserve a table and bring your own board games OR try out something the venue has. TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES 16th & 30th March 2022 13th & 27th April 2022 11th & 25th May 2022

Monthly Monday Meet Up @ BAM Coffee

BAM Coffee

BAM are supporting us by giving over some of their space to us every month so we can chat with you about all things Leith Festival. You can sign up as a volunteer for gala day (which is Saturday June 11th this year, maybe you are thinking about booking a stall for gala day and... View Article

Leith Festival AGM @ Smoke + Mirrors

Smoke + Mirrors

The Leith Festival Annual General Meeting is a chance for our board to keep the community up to date with their activities and plans. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM This is a FREE | NON-TICKETED event

LEITH FESTIVAL In Conversation With… Lesley Kelly

Smoke + Mirrors

FREE | TICKETED Q&A session with readings and book signing. We're delighted to host our very first In Conversation With session with author Lesley Kelly. We'll be chatting to Lesley about her Health of Strangers novels; a crime fiction series set in a parallel Edinburgh beset by a killer virus, and her 2016 best seller... View Article

In Conversation With… Edinburgh Community Food & Changeworks

Sketch Beats Cafe 208 Great Junction Street, Leith

Leith Festival has joined forces with Edinburgh Community Food & Change works to discuss rising household costs, food waste and managing fuel costs. There will be some fun activities too and lots of time afterwards to sign up for further info sessions or other support services provided by ECF & Changeworks.

Leith Festival Live

Ooh Mami 7 Bernard Street, Leith

Leith Festival have teamed up with Edinburgh Festival Carnival to bring you a night of local and international spoken word & hip hip talent.

FREE

Leith Collective

Leith Collective Ocean Terminal, Leith

Pop into this wonderful unique retail space & discover over 130 artists and makers from all over Scotland alongside the mysterious 'Leith Persevere' plaque.

Leith Festival @ Leith Market

Leith Market Dock Place

A Foodie heaven, Creative crafts, Superb street food, Original Art. Eat, meet, greet or treat - there is something for everyone, the market is open every Sat 10am-4pm

Leith Versus The World Story Slam!

Argonaut Books 15-17 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

There will be other readings, books for sale, entertainment, refreshments and, probably, adjournment to a local hostelry.

Leithers Live Photographs

Argonaut Books 15-17 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Leithers Live: Photography exhibition of historic Leith and present-day Leithers

Leith Walk Police Box: Leithal Hot Sauces

Leith Walk Police Box

Vegan hot sauce freshly made here in Leith. 
Flavour in every bottle. 
Return your clean empty bottle & lid to get 15% off your next purchase.

Taylors of Edinburgh

Leith Links

Taylor's of Edinburgh Funfairs have been thrilling the public for over 6 generations with their own brand of Fairground entertainment.

Leith Walk Police Box: Granton Goes Greener

Leith Walk Police Box

Free clothes & shoes. 
GGG is an eco project that aims to keep stuff out of landfill.  Come and have a browse and take away some treasures

Leith Beer Festival

Steel Coiulson Shore 38 Bernard Street, Leith,, Edinburgh

Beer & Cider Festival @ Steel Coulson Shore
Various times - see description for full details

Leith Writings Live

Ooh Mami 7 Bernard Street, Leith

Readings and presentations from The Darting Salamander, Leith’s own annual collection of writings.
Live musical interludes.

Lapidary Demonstration and Displays (Daytime)

Quality Yard 20 Maritime Lane, Edinburgh

Discover Scottish minerals and traditional crafts of lapidary/silverwork
Daytime from 10:30am - 4pm: Saturday 11th - Saturday 18th June 2022
Evening from 7pm - 9:30pm: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Friday 17th June 2022

Leith Churches Together

St Mary's Star of the Sea 106 Constitution Stree, Edinburgh

Service of Thanksgiving, to celebrate the return of the Leith Festival. Welcome all – no need to book!

Lapidary Demonstration and Displays (Evening)

Quality Yard 20 Maritime Lane, Edinburgh

Discover Scottish minerals and traditional crafts of lapidary/silverwork
Daytime from 10:30am - 4pm: Saturday 11th - Saturday 18th June 2022
Evening from 7pm - 9:30pm: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Friday 17th June 2022

How to get fit without really trying

Griffen Fitness 3 Balfour Street, Edinburgh

Get fit and enjoy it! Learns tips and tricks on how to make your day more active, healthier and with more energy. Get your mojo back... Personal Trainer Tracy will share her favourite methods to make fitness easy to maintain, in an entertaining and interactive workshop. Free healthy nibbles are provided, you can meet Coco... View Article

£10.00

Leith Stories Collaboritive Workshops

Leith Community Centre, Links Room 12A Newkirkgate

Leith is changing. Help us create a living memory archive about Leith then and now to share with future generations of Leithers & visitors.

CultFusion #7

The Persevere Bar 398 Easter Rd

Four contrasting poets and a singer-songwriter – rewarding, funny and moving.

Leithers Live

Custom House Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St, Edinburgh

Site specific historical show in and around Leith Custom House

£10

Leithers Live

Custom House Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St, Edinburgh

Site specific historical show in and around Leith Custom House

£10

Leith Walk Police Box: Native Salt

Leith Walk Police Box

Edinburgh based clothing company.  
Tees, hoodies, beanies & more.  Sustainable & affordable with a percentage of profits going to a marine charity. 

Leithers Live

Custom House Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St, Edinburgh

Site specific historical show in and around Leith Custom House

£10

Leith Stories Collaboritive Workshops

Leith Dockers Club 17 Academy Street, Edinburgh

Leith is changing. Help us create a living memory archive about Leith then and now to share with future generations of Leithers & visitors.

Leithers Live

Custom House Custom House, 65-67 Commercial St, Edinburgh

Site specific historical show in and around Leith Custom House

£10

Leith Walk Police Box: Frolla Biscotteria

Leith Walk Police Box

Frolla Biscotteria

Delicious Italian biscuits that you can’t usually find outside of Italy,  Handmade in Edinburgh  10-5 or sellout

Leith Festival Live Launch Party

Leith Arches 6 Manderston Street,, Leith

Thanks to the support of Enliven Edinburgh, we (Leith Festival) are able to return to live events for the remainder of 2022. The Enliven Edinburgh campaign is focused on either building on existing initiatives or creating new initiatives and opportunities for people to connect and interact. Family Dug Presents are an existing Leith based events... View Article

FREE