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The People's Festival

Image credit: 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh by Michael McVeigh, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Boys Night

In 1951 the Cultural Committee of the Communist Party in Scotland organised a People's Festival as a fringe to the Edinburgh International Festival. The programme included theatre from Ewan McColl, Joe Corrie and Ena Lamont; lunctime uplifting lectures; and Hamish Henderson' People's Festival Ceilidhs at the Oddfellows Hall, This programme broadcast on Radio Scotland in 2001 hears from participants and archive recordings about the artistic and financial challenges and political infighting.