It feels more like summer, but Edinburgh District Council‘s Spring Fling has hung

onto its bouncy bunny image forthis year’s serving of community arts events. A festival which concentrates on promoting local companies and participation events, Spring Fling dips into the world of theatre, sports, kids stuff, writing and dance during the last week in May and the first week in June.

A festival which in its five year history has varied dramatically in size and scope (last year was missed out altogether) from year to year, this year’s Fling seems to have got together a sizeable programme, though much of it is in collaboration with 1 venues and organisations around the city. Spring Fling has become more and more

an umbrella than an originating venture. This year, the Traverse Theatre lends a

‘Spin Olf’ series of talks and workshops born out of its ‘Spinning a Line' season of

new writing, the Brass Rubbing Festival offers recitals and lectures and the Women Work festival is a series of information days on how to survive the job


This special List section includes a day to-day guide to events and exhibitions.

Events are listed under subject for easy reference. For further information on any of

these Spring Fling activities or performances contact the Arts Outreach Team on

225 2424 or contact the individual venues, details of which are given on this page.


Venue List

I Brass Rubbing Centre Trinity Apse. Chalmers Close (off I Iigh Street). 556 436-1. I Broomhouse Resource Centre 7‘)--8‘) Broomhouse Crescent. 443 0610. I Corstorphine Library Kirk Loan. 334 122-1. I Filmhouse Lothian Road. 228 2688. Bar. Rest. I Gilded Balloon Cowgate. 225 3013. Bar. I Gilmerton Library Crilmerton Dykes Street. 664 68-12. I Gracemount Leisure Centre (iracemount Drive. Bookings through Arts ()utreach 225 242-1. I llon Corner Centre 15 Morningside Road. 447 -1520. I Jack Kane Centre Niddrie Mains Road. 66‘) 0404. I King's Theatre 2 Leven Street. Bruntsfield. 22‘) 1201 . I Lismore Primary School Bingham Avenue. Info from Arts Outreach 225 2424. I Muirhouse Festival Activities Centre Muirhouse Place West. 336 3618. I Nelson Hall. McDonald Road Library, 556 5630. I Netherbow Arts Centre 43 High Street. 556 957‘). I Portobello Library Rosefield Avenue. 66‘) 51 15.

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I Portobello Town Hall Portobello l Iigh Street, 66‘) 5800.

I Royal Commonwealth POOI Dalkeith Road. 667 7211.

I Ryries Bar Upstairs Lounge. 1 llaymarket

Terrace. 337 7582.

I St Cecilia's Ralf. Laigh Room, Cowgate. 6671011. I St John‘s Church Princes Street. 22‘) 7565.

I St Stephen's Church Hall St Stephen Street. For info contact Arts Outreach on 225 2421.

I Saughton Park and Winter Garden 443 293‘).

I South Queensferry Library Shore Road. 331 1697.

I Southside Community Centre 117 Nicolson Street. 6670-18-1.

I Springwell House Arts Centre Ardmillan Terrace. 337 1971.

I Stockbridge Library Hamilton Place. 332 2173. I Theatre Workshop 34 Hamilton Place. Stockbridge. 226 5-125.

I Traverse Theatre. Traverse Studio and Traverse Cafe 1 12 West Bow. (irassmarket. 226 2633. Bar. Rest.

I Triangle Arts Centre West Pilton Bank. 332 ()877.

I West End Hotel 35 Palmerston Place. 225 3656.

I Wester Hailes Education Centre 5 Murrayburn Drive. Info from Arts ()utreach 225 242-1.



I Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival Pilmhouse. Lothian Road. 10am. Tickets: from the Iiilmhouse Box ( )ffice. Festival l’ass £8.50 (£5.50); Day Pass £5.50 (£3.50); Daytime Show £1 .30(‘)‘)p); Iiarly Iivening£l .‘)0(‘)‘)p); Iivening£2.-10.

A mini festival with big ambitions. this four-day es ent screens work by independent film and video makers. In keeping with the rest ofSpring I-‘ling. workshops share the limelight. Ninety films in one long weekend (you

will often have tochoose

1 between two. so take care

to plan). will show

everything from abstract videoarttodrama

documentaries to

campaigning tapes. There

is a special gay programme to tie in with the Lark In The Park (see ()pen) and films on South America and Northern Ireland. For more information see panel in Film Listings section.


I Funny Women Traverse Cafe. 1.15pm. Free. What tickles the female funny bone'.’ As part ofthe Traverse ‘Spin ()ff‘ series. Ann Marie Di Mambro talks to writer and actress Anne Downie about what makes women laugh. What a good idea?


I Stephen Jeffries Traverse Studio.

6pm -7pm. liree. Writer-in-rcsidence with I’aines Plough. Jeffries discusses his own work.


with an array ofgarden plants for sale. Pony& trap rides. a children's farm and refreshment make this a family affair.


IA Fantastic Journey (iilded Balloon. 10am--5pm. Free. This is no ordinary slide show. Slide Workshop are in the business of creating visual magic with their slipsof celluloid. With the addition of music and sculpture. this show. made by those with special needs. should be something to see. Performances held throughout the day. on the hour. every hour.




I Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival The liilmhousc. Lothian Road. 10am. See Fri 26.


I The Spring Fling Flower Show Saughton Park and WinterUarden. 10am---1pm. Free. In the true village green tradition of hosting a flower show. Spring Fling has organised a flower show with lots of botanical bargains. L'nfortunately there seems no sign of judgingor showing prize specimens. This is more to catch those late bedde rs

I Stephen Jelfries'l‘hc Pleasance. 10am—5pm. £5. Places are limited to 20. For advance booking. contact Traverse Theatre. 226 2633. Jeffries looks at different ways to structure and shape plays. This workshop is open to writers who have written

at least one play.


l I ‘New Pieces' Poetry

Mosaic Workshop Netherbow Arts Centre.

1 lam. I‘ree. Kenny Munro and Jerry Peyton go back to a Sixties fashion for making poetry into visual art. ()pen to all ages. beginners welcomed.


I Tea Dance Portobello Town Hall. 1.30pm. 75p. Tickets: llobson's Choice. 17 Brighton Place and at the door. Take your partner to a rousing afternoon of jazz and tea. Prohibition rules.


I Jan at the Royal Commonwealth Pool Royal Commonwealth Pool. 1.30-3.30pm. Free. Jazz by Melanie ()‘Reilly and Francis Cowan to open the 5th Spring Fling Competition Exhibition. I Edinburgh Jazz Ouintet West Iind llotel. 8pm. £1. Routes from Roots isa project which harmonizes music with poetry. The Falkirk Writers' Circle. the life Writers' (iroup and the Edinburgh Jazz. Quintet share the stage for a performance which recalls and reshapes the influencesand inspirationsof their work.


I City Pulse Music WorkshOp for 7—1 2


year-olds (iracemount Leisure Centre. (iracemount Drive. 2pm—-1pm. I-‘ree. Booking essential. Book through Arts()utreach Team. 12 Nicolson Street. Edinburgh. 225 2424 ext 6623. Just like Blue Peter - make yourown instruments from squeezy bottles. peas. anything in fact that makes a noise. Percussion workshops are always lots of fun and great inhibition breakers. This one is taken by City Pulse. the [Edinburgh branch of (irand L'nion. For 7— l2 year-olds.

I Darl - Robotic Walkabout

AC1 Foyer. Royal

Commonwealth Pool. 2»--1pm. I-‘rce.


I Carlos Arredondo in Concert St John's Church. Princes Street. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Chilean music with its roots in folk. but strong. inspiring. uncompromising lyrics for the country's contemporaryconcerns.


I Common Bonds Springwell Ilouse Arts Centre. 7.30pm. £1.50 (£1 ). The Ardmillan

Players present a new play. set in (iorgie. by

Andy Jones.

IThe Apothecary Netherbow Arts Centre. 8.15pm. £2.50(£2). Brink Theatre Company fast-forward history and look at the families of Romeo and Juliet set to take revenge in modern times.


I Some of the People Southside Community Centre. 7.30pm. £2.50

' (£1.50).()ne-man comedy

show by Brian Davidson on the state ofthe individual in our times.


I flight and Silence St Cecilia‘s Hall. 8pm. £2.50 (£1.50). A concert of music by women from the 18th century tothe present. Including trio-sonatas by “Mrs Philharmonica' and pieces by Priaulx Rainier and Wilma Paterson.



I Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival The Filmhousc. Lothian Road. 10am. See Fri 26.


I The Spring Fling Flower

TDThe List 1‘) May— 1 June 1989