[— Holyrood or bust
One of the most popular dates on the Scottish arts calender, Fringe Sunday, is under threat following the loss of sole sponsor The Observer due to lack of funds. Lothian Regional Council has agreed to support the day, but a sponsorship contribution of between £8—10,000 must be found before the end of May if the event is to go ahead as planned on Sun 23 August. The free family day out in Holyrood Park last year attracted 150,000 people who enjoyed snippets from Fringe
performances and a wide and colourful display from jugglers, musicians and other street performers.
Launching a sponsorship plea. Mhairi Mackenzie-Robinson, Administrator ofthe Fringe said: ‘It has always been regarded as a fabulous event for performers and the public alike. After all, it is one of Scotland‘s largest free open air events and is a well-loved afternoon ofspectacular entertainment.‘ (Alan Morrison)
I Lappin Wins Press Award: List writer and assistant editor Tom Lappin has won Arts/Entertainment Writer ofthe Year in the 1992 Bank of Scotland Press Awards. Announcing the winners, the judges commented: ‘This Award allows the judges to congratulate The List on the generally high standard of its contributions. Mr Lappin‘s interview with Gregor Fisher (Rab C. Nesbitt) was a vivid piece of writing which gave the reader the sense of being three at a table for two.’
I Charter forthe Arts: The final phase of consultation on the Charter of the Arts (List 166) begins with the launch of the draft version of the Charter later this month. Two half-day conferences — at the Hospitality Inn, Glasgow on Tue 19 May and at the Mercury Hotel,
Harpies and Guines is a new Scottish women’s magazine that dates to call itself ‘feminist‘ — a bold move in these backlash-beset days. The brainchild of Radio Scotland presenter Lesley Hiddoch, it promises a lively mix of hard-hitting articles on such subjects as the Sara Thornton case, breast cancer and women in developing countries, plus short stories, horoscopes, a problems page, arts coverage and listings, cartoons, a restaurant guide and a feminist crossword, whatever that might mean. Launched on 8 May, it will be available from selected bookshops and newsagents throughout Scotland, or by subscription at £7 for unwaged, £14 waged, £21 for organisations and £28 for supporters, from PO Box 543, Glasgow 620 SEN. (Sue Wilson)
lnverness on Fri 22 May — will present the draft Charter. produced by writer and critic Joyce McMillan, to the public and arts organisations. A two-month consultation period will follow before the document is completed and presented to the Secretary of State for the National Heritage in September. Information on the conferences and copies of the Charter are available from Gail Boardman, Scottish Arts Council, 12 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7DD (031 226 6051).
l TV and Young People: The Edinburgh International Television Festival and the Scottish Film Council are looking for around 200 young Scots between the ages of 16—21 for an intensive four-day event to be held in Edinburgh during the Festival. For further details. contact the Edinburgh International Television Festival at 1/4 Langley Court, London WC2E 9JY.
While Glasgow is in the throes of Mayfest, the rest of Britain will be moving into action to help save the planet in Environment Week, 15-24 May. Which is not to say that Glasgow will be ignoring the initiative, with plenty of nature walks and clean-ups going on.
However, the main event in Scotland is Edinburgh District Council's Festival of the Environment. Ian Perry, chairman of the council’s environmental health committee says that the festival programme is evenly balanced between educational and practical events.
‘There are two major aims here,‘ according to Perry. ‘One is to create more awareness of environmental issues, the other is to encourage people to participate in various events like the clean ups, collecting cans and that sort ot thing.’ Already, the response from people who want to take part has been higher than last year.
A focus for the week, both in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, will be pledges made by celebrities, councils and members of the public to help save the planet. These will be forwarded to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June. In Edinburgh this will coincide
with the launch of the council's standards of delivery for services which protect the environment at the Assembly Rooms (10am). In Glasgow, Friends of the Earth will be collecting pledges at the St Enoch Centre.
For more details and a copy of the Edinburgh Festival of the Environment programme, phone Margaret Mary-Wilson at the Environmental Health Department on 031 225 2424 ext 5705/5717.
For details of events outside Edinburgh phone Sandra Biagionl at 8T Environment Week: 041 248 6864.
' I THE GREEN MACHINE EVENTS s.......rw.n..r.~r...r. I WEDNESDAY 20 Wildlife Cabim I I ASSEMBLY nooras 54 Parliament Square, High | George Street. strict-d 8,"! mm" I Green Exhibition 10am to E 3'33", ' s .' lo" 4pm.See Mon. 10am—4pm. See Kids F Ks I The Lost crest of Caledon ZIWAIEﬂgerSIH t ' P3110 2pm. See Theatre listings. P"? “W ' 9° 5 i I THE GREEN MACHINE Office. First ofdarly i Parliament Square, High 5??de ‘jaif‘t‘é'g’ggﬁ the ‘ I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 Street. terens e ‘( ~, ,5! “L Water of Leith. Today: gr;:;géxhi;:ﬁon 103mm wndme sarcoma" '0' Juniper Green to Balerno. 4pm Sec Mon People wm' 399"" Nu“ Contact stt Millar. 455 Edinburgh mm "mm “mm-4pm- 7367. for daily details. Straw 9 30, I cm OBSERVATORY ‘ . 9V -~ Caltonlllll.5564365. Council launch their plans Voices From The Hill IWATER OF LEITH to protect. enhance and
Clean Up Ilclp the river take its natural course by removing all that garbage. All day from 9am.
create wildlife habitats in
Recycled City Sculpture 10am. noon and 2pm.
Various venues. (,‘ontact (Daily) See Arts listings Su Millar. 455 7367. for details. I Assam” Rooms 54 I CITY OBSERVATORY Gem . S . . ‘ . gc treet. MONDAY 18 C alto" “I”. 556 4365; , Green Exhibition 10am to I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 Voices From The "I" Series 4pm. See Mon.
Green Exhibition lllam to 4pm. Over 45 organisations parade their green credentials with exhibitions. workshops. quizzes and videos. Everything from cycle routes. energy conservation and green offices to a display of insects and rodents of ‘public health significancc‘.
oflectures. 1—3pm. Today: The Evolution of ' Conservation Locally. Nationally and Globally. I THE GREEN MACHINE Parliament Square. High
For Peat's Sake Don't Use
I Peat! l()am—4pm. Display
5 ofthe range and
f applications of peat alternatives, with advice
; on turning organic household waste into
Autogeddon and My New Car 7pm. See Theatre listings.
I CITY OBSERVATORY Calton Hill. 556 4365. Can-Crushing Launch and Competition 10.30am. A regular. hassle-free aluminium can collection from schools, colleges and offices is beinglaunched by LEEP. Bring some cans to crush in their new mechanical can crusher. A
The Lost Forest of Caledon COmPOSI- children's prize is on offer 3pm. World premiere. . ROYAL COLLEGE OF I for the best can crusher. See Theatre Listings. PHYSICIANS 9 0066" Waste Not! Want Not Whale Nation and Falling Strccl- Voices From The Hm
TOT 3 DOIDIIII'I 7.30pm. SCC POSA omce Env‘mnmem lectures, Ham—2pm, Theatre Listings. , Lecture 7pm. Magnus I the GREEN MACHINE
I GAYFIELD saunas Magnusson talks about Parliament Square, High Urban Tree Safari 12.30pm. ‘ThL‘Na‘U'C S’ISCO‘land: Street.
A journey in search of , w'th '"us‘rauom from h'5 Environmental Drama Day native trees in the city PM)“ Of the “me “an” 10am-4pm.
environment. Meet Gayfield Square. off Leith Walk.
Tickets £2 (£1 ) from Margaret Mary-Wilson: 224 2424 ext 5707.
Environmental games and activities for schoolchildren.
nhc List 8—5 May 1992