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Big Things on the Beach invites you to ‘Imagine Portobello’ on Saturday 30 May 2015, 10.30 a.m. at the Church Hall,(former Old Parish Church), Bellfield Street.  The day will celebrate both the 10th anniversary of the organisation and Portobello’s cultural life and aspirations.


We are delighted to have as our key contributor, Lesley Riddoch, who will speak on the topic 'Whose Culture Is It Anyway?'

There will be contributions from local groups,Councilor Maureen Child and other guest speakers, with discussions over tea and cakes, interlaced with live music, songs and poems from local performers, plus a film and photographic exhibition featuring public art in Portobello.


Experience shows that the Portobello Book Festival, Village Show, Pedal Market and artistic commissions of Big Things on the Beach, amongst other cultural activities, enrich our lives and have the potential to attract visitors to Portobello, benefiting the local economy.

The day will identify current challenges and explore ‘big ideas’ for developing arts and culture in the area and for raising the profile of Portobello as a visitor destination.

Big Things on the Beach is grateful to the Portobello and Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership for funding this event. Entry is free, just come and join in – no booking required. A full programme available at Portobello Public Library and local cafes from late April.

For further information contact: Damian Killeen, Big Things on the Beach, e-mail:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 21:13  

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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries