The list of musicians, singers, poets and promoters I would not know if The Forest Cafe had not been among the pioneers of the Free Fringe movement in Edinburgh is easily in the hundreds. Let me try some out on you: Jonny Berliner, Kevin Molloy, Kal Lavelle, Ed Sheeran, David Goo, Folk-A-Dot, Gideon Conn, iKToms, Ali Whitton, Melv -- and so many more. It would be heartbreaking for me to think about my life without the people I met there.
The Forest functions as a cafe, gallery, performance space, free Fringe venue, artist grant provider, record label, publisher, rehearsal space, darkroom, recording studio and just about anything else you might be able to come up with and propose to them. It is an all-volunteer vegetarian collective.
|Upstairs at 3 Bristo|
Says Fundraising Co-ordinator Harry Giles:
"Forest's spirit of independence and free access has supported thousands of artists from across the world -- painters, musicians, poets, performers, and much else besides. It runs pretty much entirely on the love and dedication of the community, and that, to me, makes it an endlessly exciting and inspiring place to be."
|LA's Brenda Petrakos at The Forest|
So how can you help?
Easy - click on any of the links. You know you want to.
DONATE - This can be a one-time or a monthly donation - even a very small monthly donation.
SIGN THE PETITION - Speak out and be heard.
VOLUNTEER - Get involved!
And as always, pass the word along. This is how we build a world that looks like us.