Today (Thursday 10 May 2018) female MSPs gathered on the steps of the Garden Lobby inside the Scottish Parliament wearing scarves in the colours of the suffragettes Green, White and Violet to mark ‘one month to go’ until PROCESSIONS takes place in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Belfast.
These scarves will be worn by thousands of women and girls taking part in PROCESSIONS on Sunday 10 June – a UK-wide, mass participatory artwork celebrating 100 years since the first British women got the vote.
PROCESSIONS Edinburgh will leave from The Meadows at 2pm on Sunday 10 June. Wearing the suffragette colours, women and girls will be choreographed to walk in stripes in a flowing river of colour through the city streets, creating a living portrait of women and girls in the 21st century. Many will carry textile banners made in the lead-up to the event and echoing the banners carried by the suffrage campaigners.
The First Minister said: “As we mark the 100 year anniversary since some women secured the right to vote in the UK, this is an occasion for us all to reflect on the progress made to date, look at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and to celebrate and commemorate the suffrage movement. PROCESSIONS Edinburgh is a great opportunity to take an active role in celebrating this centenary year.”
Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke said: "It is wonderful to see the momentum for PROCESSIONS building as we get closer to the 10 June. Processions is a once in a lifetime opportunity for women and girls across the UK, to come together to celebrate what has been achieved for women, but also to recognise how far there is still to go. I hope everyone participating in this event will look back with pride on this day and say ‘I was there.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is proud to be supporting the mass participatory artwork as it takes to the streets of Edinburgh to celebrate this important anniversary. British women’s right to vote was a significant moment in our civic history and Processions will be a wonderful opportunity for the women and girls of Scotland to come together to celebrate the occassion and all the change that proceeded from it.”
Starting Point: Middle Meadow Walk, The Meadows EH3 9GE
Finishing Point: Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park, EH8 8AZ
Distance of route: 2.5miles / 4km
Assembly at the start point from 12:15 – 13:30
Start Time 14:00
Registration to take part in this free event is open now at www.processions.co.uk/register