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Old Town Festival Launch

The Old Town Festival was launched on 14 June, with the help of our sedan chairmen.

Jul 19, 2010

The festival, organised by the Scottish Storytelling Centre with support from EWH, involved a programme of 50 events at venues throughout the Old Town over two weeks.

Festival partners and other stakeholders gathered at Riddle’s Court for the launch, a sixteenth century building just off the Lawnmarket. The Edinburgh City Centre MSP Sarah Boyack spoke about the importance of keeping the Old Town as a living community, and Professor Charles McKean emphasised its ‘European’ culture of communal living.

Hear interviews with Sarah Boyack, Donald Smith and Charles McKean on the Guardian’s local website.

As well as helping support the promotion of the festival, EWH organised a series of activities for the event programme. The ‘Tales of Auld Reekie’ saw actor Robert Howat bring some of the characters of Georgian Edinburgh back to life through storytelling. Sedan chairmen also performed a mobile show for visitors, looking for one of the geniuses that the Old Town was once famous for.

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