Date Thur 11 August 2011
UNISON Mobilises for action at Anti-Cuts Festival
Artists will paint a real picture of the damage caused by public
sector cuts at UNISON's Mobilise Festival in Edinburgh, alongside
musicians, comedians and special guests.
The festival against the Government's cuts, which runs from
13 to 20 August, will include daily debates, followed by live
music and open mike slots.
Highlights include the launch of Dave Anderson's new topical
satire show, performances from Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate,
a public speaking workshop with renowned author Denise Mina
and cartooning with the Guardian's Martin Rowson.
Comedy performances featuring Susan Morrison, Vladimir McTavish,
Steve Day, Lee Camp, Bruce Morton, Phil Differ and Robin Ince,
are also on the agenda. The UK's largest union is opening up
the majority of events to the public, although there are a limited
number of places available.
UNISON's Scottish Secretary, Mike Kirby, said: "Edinburgh is
a festival city, but it is also on the brink of the largest
council privatisation plan ever to hit Scotland. We know that
this will have a devastating impact on local people who rely
on these vital services and on the staff who provide them.
"Mobilise is about bringing people together to prepare for
action. We must fight against the Government's savage public
sector cuts and the Festival is a creative way to reach out
and get more people involved in our campaign. "Mobilise is about
celebrating high quality public services and fighting to keep
them a priority."
Tickets are available at www.mobilisefestival.co.uk
or 0131 226 0053.
For more festival information please contact Nancy Kelly on
07904 342230 or the UNISON Press Office
Activate, agitate, debate, laugh, mobilise www.mobilisefestival.co.uk