BBC Radio Scotland – Our Story, The Craigmillar Festival Society

Mark Stephen tells the story or the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s, used the arts as the catalyst to transform their community.

Mark Stephen celebrates the Craigmillar Festival Society and the group of young mothers who, in the 1960s used the arts as the catalyst to transform one of Edinburgh’s most deprived housing estates revolutionising the face of community arts across the world.

The story of a young boy who wanted to learn how to play the violin is legendary in Craigmillar. In the early 1960’s, music wasn’t taught in the local area and when his mother asked the headmaster why, she was told that the school had enough trouble getting the children how to learn the 3 R’s. This made her furious, and so she got together with the mother’s club, and came up with the idea for festival.

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