Citizen @ North Edinburgh Arts

Saturday 11 May, from 2pm | North Edinburgh Arts | Getting there

A feast of fun, food and stories for all in celebration of Citizen, a programme getting the people of Edinburgh talking about community, belonging and home.

This afternoon-long celebration showcases the stories, ideas, and passions of the local community. From Muirhouse to Moredun to Wester Hailes, we’ve asked what being a citizen means in today’s world. Those stories are in the spotlight here, and we want to hear yours too. Meet neighbours from across the city, make your voice heard and tell the world what it means to live in these streets, this city, this country.

Free activities

Sat 11 May 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
North Edinburgh Arts
Free event | Drop-in
All ages

We’re packing North Edinburgh Arts with loads of free, relaxed activities to try – get your creative juices flowing, start thinking about what being a Citizen means to you, and have fun! As you arrive you’ll spot the Super Power Agency Bus outside – hop aboard and become a literacy superhero. Our special secret super agents show you how to …

Citizen Stories

Sat 11 May 2019 2:30pm (45 minutes)
North Edinburgh Arts
Free event but ticket required
All ages

Led by authors Eleanor Thom and Claire Askew, people from around the city have shared their ideas, memories, passions and more, reflecting on belonging and what defines home to them. Hear some of their tales in live story sharings and audio recordings today. A sound installation featuring some of these stories and field recordings created by interdisciplinary artist Chris Dooks …

Eat Together

Sat 11 May 2019 4:00pm (120 minutes)
North Edinburgh Arts
Free event
All ages

Food, glorious food! It’s a huge part of our personal and community identities, helping us come together to share stories of life and home. It’s also political in a time of climate concern and food poverty. These ideas are at the heart of Citizen, so we’re providing a free meal for everyone to enjoy – stop by, grab a plate, …

Aidan O’Rourke & Kit Downes

Sat 11 May 2019 6:00pm (105 minutes)
North Edinburgh Arts
£6 | £3 for Good Neighbour Cardholders
All ages

Words, music, and the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling. One of Scotland’s most celebrated authors, James Robertson wrote a story every day for a year, each exactly 365 words. What began as an exercise became a valued ritual and a captivating collection of tales, from the supernatural to the philosophical. Leading musician Aidan O’Rourke, fiddler of folk supergroup Lau, applied …