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Edinburgh strippers to launch judicial review of council strip club ban

A group of Edinburgh strippers have announced that they will be launching a judicial review of City of Edinburgh Council’s strip club ban. United Sex Workers (USW), the union branch the performers are members of, raised over £20,000 since June in crowdfunded donations to launch the legal challenge. USW’s legal challenge will aim to prove […]

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Edinburgh’s annual Christmas markets cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

On 1 October, the City of Edinburgh Council, alongside the organisers of the ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ events, made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festivities including the beloved Christmas markets in Princes Street Gardens and the world-renowned Hogmanay celebrations across the city centre. Throughout the summer, event organisers and city councillors had been closely monitoring […]

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Live Music Matters: Supporting Local Venues

‘Nothing ever happens here’, the tongue-in-cheek moniker of Summerhall’s headlining gig series, is an apt description of Edinburgh dwindling music scene. For a city boasting at least 267 live music venues and playing host to the largest arts festival int he world, The City of Edinburgh Council’s (CEC) barbaric licensing laws, consistent failure to support […]

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Plans to revamp central Edinburgh cultural sites unveiled

Plans to build a £55 million “cultural quarter” in the former Royal High School on Calton Hill have been revealed. The news comes alongside other cultural proposals to revamp Calton Hill’s observatory, and to give the National Gallery of Scotland in Princes Street Gardens a £5 million overhaul. The open-air Ross Theatre in Princes Street […]

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Conservationist calls for end to Edinburgh World Heritage status

Leading urban conservationist, David Black, is calling on UNESCO to take away Scotland’s renowned heritage status it has held since 1955. Black has been heavily critical of Edinburgh’s city authorities, condemning a series of architectural decisions conducted within the city’s historic cityscape. Black is the first chairman of the city’s Southside Association, a group that […]