Thank you SO much to everyone that supported the One World Peace Ceilidh this year! What a great night it was, there wasn't enough space in the hall for everyone joining in the first dance!
We sold out of curry and almost didn't have any plates or cutlery due to a courier mix-up (they arrived at the office on the Monday after), but somehow it all went to plan!
Our comperes for the night were Voice Box Theatre - they kept us entertained inbetween acts with acrobatics, jokes and even fire! They have a regular slot during the Fringe, so I'd definitely recommend putting a star to next their slot in your programme this year.
The evening started off with Protest in Harmony choir who performed some great sing-a-long pieces such as "What shall we do about global warming?" (Shrink our carbon footprint! - I'm still singing it) to get the crowd in the mood for a party with meaning. The singing was followed by a few jigs performed by the Clapshot Ceilidh Band who played tirelessly throughout the night, calling out the steps and accompanying the full dancefloor of twirling and laughing dancers. They're not even usually a band and just play together in the pub sometimes. If you want to hear more from them, you can often find some of them around pubs in Edinburgh.
We had Carlos Arredondo singing and playing beautiful & passionate classical guitar, also playing alongside Galo Ceron. Having Carlos at our ceilidh was exceptionally special as he is a long standing friend of the shop, we recently found footage of our 10th birthday party which features Carlos performing!
Thanks to our other musical performers Eric and Kathy, Magnus, and poet Katherine McMahon who always gives us such an authentic, funny and warming reading of her poems.
Once the food was served, all hands were on deck to dish out the baked potatoes, curry, rice and salad to a long queue of hungry dancers! There wasn't much left once people had had their fill. It was quite satisfying to throw the plates and cutlery out with the food waste, thanks to Vegware's amazing staff who hand delivered it to us about an hour before the first punters arrived!
The raffle was drawn quite late on, most of the prizes were won by people who had bought their tickets prior to the night. It was great to see Jane Forster won our top Divine Chocolate Party prize! Jane is a big supporter of fair trade in Edinburgh and is a member of Balerno's Fairtrade Group and Edinburgh's Fairtrade City Group.
By the time Auld Lang Syne was playing, we had a few sleepy heads in the sidelines but extremely grateful that some of the guests stayed behind to help clear up at the end!
The ceilidh was run by some amazing volunteers, and we wouldn't have had such an amazing result without them and all the donations from our friends and supportive businesses in Edinburgh. Collectively we've raised about £4000 from the ceilidh and raffle, which will be used to fund the move of One World Shop and the Peace and Justice Centre later this year.
Watch this space for the videos from the ceilidh!
- Divine Chocolate
- Equal Exchange
- Harvistoun Brewery
- Henderson Wines
- Just Trading Scotland
- Missy's Vegan Cupcakes
- Shared Earth
- Steampunk Coffee
- The Brotique
- The Edinburgh Casting Studio
- Thistly Cross
- Ivor Burnie
- Voice Box Theatre
- AND all of the other musicians and performers, everyone that helped, baked cakes, carried things, poured drinks, put chairs away and made the One World Peace Ceilidh a massive success!