The Edinburgh People’s Festival is delighted to mark the life and times of James Connolly who died one hundred years ago. Edinburgh born Connolly was one of the British labour movements most important figures in his time. He was executed by the British state after taking part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin as head of the Irish Citizens Army committed to securing Irish Independence. Edinburgh historian Allan Armstrong will introduce our celebration of Connolly’s life which involves a short introductory talk in St Patrick’s RC Church in the Cowgate on Thursday 4th August at 6.30pm followed by a walking tour round the landmarks of Connolly’s more »
Following the success of our Independence debate in 2014, the Edinburgh People’s Festival hosts a public debate on ‘What the EU should look like?’ and the choices facing the citizens of Edinburgh on June 23rd with the EU Referendum. We are delighted to announce that the former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars will join us to make the case for ‘Leaving’ the EU. Maggie Chapman will be the ‘Remain’ advocate and the Lothians MSP Neil Findlay will also join our panel although he has not as yet made up his mind how he will vote on June 23rd. The event takes place on Wednesday 8th June at 7pm more »
The much anticipated Edinburgh premiere of Robbie Fraser’s documentary ‘Hamish’ on the remarkable life of Hamish Henderson will take place at the Film House on Friday 3rd June. The film runs until Wednesday 8th June. Robbie will introduce the screening on June 3rd at 8.30pm and take part in a post-screening Q&A. Look out for online discounts available to Edinburgh People’s Festival members. Details to be announced soon.
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