City for sale? The commodification of Edinburgh’s public spaces

(adapted from a post by the Cockburn Association)

Flyer about the event

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What: A major public summit!

Where: Central Hall, Tollcross, EH3 9BP

When: Wednesday 22 January, 18:30 for 19:00 start 

Book a FREE place on Eventbrite 


One of the defining issues currently in front of the City of Edinburgh is how we value our public places. Should our parks and gardens be an oasis of green-ness and tranquility, or should they be the city’s performance hubs, the Go-To places for happening events and Festival activities? Should civic spaces be open for the unrestricted access of City dwellers and City visitors alike; or should they be a gated venue accessible only to ticket holders and promoters?
Facilitated by Journalist, Broadcaster and Presenter Stephen Jardine (BBC Scotland’s Debate Night).

Contributors will include:

  • David McGillivray, Professor in Event and Digital Cultures at University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
  • Cliff Hague, Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and Chair of the Cockburn Association.
  • Dr Michelle Hipwell, Accredited Health Psychologist and active member of the Astley Ainslie Community Trust.
Entry is free, but please book to give CA an idea of numbers. If you have any additional needs, or require wheelchair access, please let CA know in advance.