Creative Edinburgh winners to be announced this Friday

From left to right, Siân Bevan and Jenny Lindsay. Published with permission from Creative Edinburgh.

Creative Edinburgh will announce the winners for its annual awards at its 6th anniversary party this Friday.

The network of 3,500 creative and tech businesses is honouring exceptional professionals that have contributed positively to the city.

Claire Stewart, Director of Creative Edinburgh, said: “The creative community brings immense social benefits to Edinburgh and their value to the city cannot simply be measured in pounds.

“As well as our Social Award category which recognises important projects that have a social benefit and altruistic aims, other shortlistees create projects and work tirelessly to benefit the wider creative community they are a part of.”

The capital’s creative sector is being celebrated under the following nine categories: City, Collaboration, Commercial, Creativity, Independent, Leadership, Social, Startup, and Student.

The voluntary-run arts festival Hidden Door was shortlisted under the City Award for restoring Leith Theatre, which lay empty and derelict for 20 years.

David Martin, Director of Hidden Door said: “It’s great to be recognised as making a valuable contribution to the city’s cultural life, especially when the city is home to so many amazing festivals.

“It is an indication that Hidden Door is not ‘just another festival’ jumping on the bandwagon, but that it is necessary, and worth paying attention to.

“Edinburgh is well known for its set-in-stone institutions and famous arts events and organisations. These celebrate the already-successful or use tried-and-tested formulas to deliver content to the audience again and again.

“Where will the successes of tomorrow’s International Festival come from? Where will they try their ideas? Hidden Door aims to be an engine of cultural generation and give energy and impetus to those who are willing to try something new.”

Jenny Lindsay was nominated for her work with Flint & Pitch Productions, an events company that she founded last year to continue the work of the disbanded spoken word cabaret Rally & Broad.

She said: “I was incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for a Leadership Award,” she said. “Championing spoken word alongside more established art-forms, and in particular ensuring gender balanced bills across all event series, is something I have been passionately grafting at for 15 years now.

“Spoken word and live literature in Scotland is often said to be ‘in rude health’ but it remains incredibly underfunded.  Many spoken word acts are leaving Scotland or stopping performing due to the difficulties in touring, networking, and actually making a living.

“All of the work I have done in terms of events has been due to both an anger at this situation, and a fierce belief that there is no reason whatsoever why Scotland, which has a rich literary heritage, exceptionally talented writers and performers, and a festival network that punches way above its weight in comparison to other small countries, shouldn’t have a year round professional spoken word scene where there’s a diversity of nights and events, both grassroots and professional. We do very well in the former, but still lack the latter.”

Creative Edinburgh announced their shortlist of 32 creatives last Monday.

The awards and birthday party is taking place in Codebase on Friday 24 November from 6pm.