LeithLate is back for 2019

After a hiatus in 2018, multi-arts organisation LeithLate announces it will be returning in 2019 with a brand new ongoing events format

Article by Jamie Dunn | 28 Mar 2019
  • LeithLate mural

Last year, Edinburgh's cultural scene was hit by the blow that LeithLate, one of the city’s liveliest events, wouldn’t be going ahead as usual. “The delivery of an annual festival of this quality, energy and ambition is becoming increasingly unsustainable with current resources,” said the festival's organisers at the time. 

Fast forward 12 months and there’s some good news: LeithLate is back! “The LeithLate committee were overwhelmed with the messages of love and support we received when it was announced there would be no LeithLate festival in 2018,” said Morvern Cunningham, LeithLate’s director. “We have missed you and can’t wait to share the start of our 2019 events programme with you all very soon.”

Back in 2011, LeithLate started life as a grassroots late-night art event; for its first four editions it was entirely self-funded. From this modest one-night-only beginning, LeithLate grew to become a four-day weekend festival in 2016 and 2017. This expanded festival included an art crawl with pop-up exhibitions, live music and theatre performances, panel talks, film screenings and mural tours.

We’ve been told a LeithLate weekender will take place in the summer, as well as a smaller event next month, with details of both still to be revealed. This year’s event will go ahead with the help of support from the City of Edinburgh Council and investment management firm Baillie Gifford. LeithLate is also looking for a talented producer to help deliver its 2019 events programme, with the aim that they can go on to work with LeithLate long-term (info here).

For more info on LeithLate head to www.leithlate.co.uk, where more event details will be released in the coming weeks