October 2019 News

Friday 27th September

Both the Out of the Blue Drill Hall Café and Out of the Blueprint are fully operational social enterprises providing quality products and services, enhancing the local Leith community and contributing to the wider social enterprise sector in Scotland. In the past ten years we have provided over 200 training opportunities to young people, who have served an estimated 700,000 customers in the café. We often employ former trainees and continue our work with them over many years.

We aim to increase the long-term sustainability of our training programme by increasing trading income through spin off developments, often devised with the young people who are ex-trainee staff members of Out of the Blue. Initiatives devised and run by the café team feature heavily in a buzzing Autumn Drill Hall events programme.

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    Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

  • Covid-19 restrictions

    From 2nd April The Scottish Government has lifted the ‘Stay at Home’ requirement and replaced it with a ‘Stay Local’ message. From 26th April there is easing of restrictions in relation to education, hospitality, galleries, retail, services- but indoor numbers are restricted.

    Out of the Blue are consequently re-opening for appropriately social distanced conviviality and activity from Monday 26th April.

    As things stand, from 17th May more events will be allowed, with currently unspecified capacity constraints. We will bring back our events, classes, workshops, and exhibitions when safe to do so.

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    Monday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00 (from 26th April)

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    Over the course of 2021 Out of the Blue will continue to offer opportunities for artists and members of the community to learn, participate and earn income.

    We use the space we have developed in 6 buildings in Edinburgh for studios, workshops, classes, projects, exhibitions, social enterprises, events, clubs, music making, markets, a cafe and more.

    Our all year round activity helps create the culture of the city, supporting the local economy and having positive social impact for the thousands of individuals and organisations we work with.

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