LeithLate Announces Three Day Pics n Mix Event at Biscuit Factory This November

LeithLate, that began as a one night celebration of Leith in 2011, and still going strong as a multi-arts charity based in Leith, announces a multi arts event scheduled for later  this November. The full on programme comprises a mix of live music, cinema, theatre and conversation.

The opening day of Friday 19th November at 2pm sees a screening of Lucy Enfield’s 1993 documentary The X in Scotland, about Malcolm X influence in Scotland that will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Intercultural Youth Scotland with co-writer and musician Joseph Malik and poet and performer Kokumo Rocks. From 5pm, there will be a screening of the 2021 BAFTA-nominated Leith-shot short filmHarmonic Spectrumfollowed by a live performance from Sean Logan who features in the film. From 7.30pm till -late, Scottish rave culture film Beats screens, followed by a Callum Easter TV Special take-over. Joseph Malik and Daniel Walls aka Digital Liquid will then end the night with a DJ set.

Saturday 20th November from 12pm sees founders of Edinburgh’s first LGBTQ+ bookshop Lavender Menace, Sigrid Nielsen and Bob Orr, chat with playwright James Ley (whose playLove Song To Lavender Menace was inspired by their story). STV’s 1983 documentary about gay life in Scotland Coming Outwill also be screened followed bya live spoken word performance by Gray Crosbie. From 2pm, the BBC documentaryChoose Lifescreens, followed by a Q&A with the production team. From 4.30pm there’s a live gig from Edinburgh singer-songwriter Kirsten Adamson, who will be performing new original tracks alongside covers from her late father Stuart’s band Big Country that will be followed by a screening of the ‘80s Scottish cult classic Restless Nativesthat features aBig Country soundtrack. At 7.30pm,  the coming-of-age film set in Edinburgh, Our Ladies,is introduced by one of the film’s stars, Tallulah Grieves and followed by a set of ‘90s classic tracks from DJ Miss World.

Sunday 21st November is the date for some short films by Edinburgh-based animator Cat Bruce, before the Gaelic animated fantasy film(with English subtitles) Oran Na Mara is shown. The 1988 documentary Leithers, will be introduced by the director Alistair Scott at 4pm. From 6.30pm we have Laura Wadha’s short documentary Isle of Usthat precedesthe BAFTA-nominated film Limbo, filmed on Uist and directed by Edinburgh-based Ben Sharrock and tells the story of a Syrian asylum seeker. A talk from Leith’s Multi-Cultural Family Base will follow.

LeithLate founder Morvern Cunningham said “I’m delighted with the multi-arts programme Erin and I have put together for LeithLate’s upcoming 3-day event Pics n Mix… I hope that lots of Leithers (and non-Leithers) come out to celebrate our wee part of the world, which, like everywhere else in the last 18 months, has had to ‘persevere’ – like Leith’s motto!”

Tickets, that are priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale, are now on sale from www.leithlate.co.uk.

LeithLate’s Pics n Mix event programme,  that runs from 19th – 21st November at the Biscuit Factory 4-6 Anderson Place Edinburgh, EH6 5NP,  is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Baillie Gifford, Event Scotland’s Event Recovery Fund, and the Film Exhibition Fund distributed by Film Hub Scotland.

Irene Brown

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