FOR those people not yet acquainted with Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network’s mascot, ‘Doogie Goodstuff’ – you might meet him as he reviews Edinburgh Festivals shows from some of the exciting social enterprise venues across Edinburgh.
Doogie Goodstuff is the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network’s mascot – launched last year at Social in the Square – and is now taking his message out to festival-goers – to encourage them to buy from the 200 social enterprises across the city, as the festivals get into full swing.
And for a bit of fun this summer – Doogie has turned his hand to reviewing three festival shows at social enterprise venues in the city.
Doogie’s festival reviews have been arranged with the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Out of the Blue and Just Festival – who are members of Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.
Land of the Dragon by PuppetSoup at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – “I was thrilled to hear about the magical adventures of my fire-breathing Welsh cousins at Land of the Dragon in the Scottish Storytelling Centre,” said Doogie.
“It was a thrilling tale, with stunning sets and puppetry, from Welsh social enterprise, PuppetSoup. I was scared to get too near the red and white dragons in case they melted my fur while they were fighting. But I did befriend the sheep, who was a lot less frightening.”
This is Not a Magic Show by Vincent Gambini, part of the Forest Fringe at Out of the Blue – “My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the astonishing tricks that Vincent Gambini performed with coins and cards,” said Doogie.
“His patter and sideways look at magic made the show come alive. I felt a little sad that my fingers would always be too fluffy for prestidigitation, but Vincent cheered me up by showing me how to make a playing card pop out of my mouth.”
Afropella Night by Alabaster Box, part of the Just Festival at St John’s Church – “The acoustics of St John’s Church brought out the wonderful voices and beats of Alabaster Box who had travelled from Ghana to take part in the Just Festival,” said Doogie.
“I was a little ‘blue’ that there wasn’t any room for me in the group, as they already have a baritone.
“My mood soon lifted when they encouraged me to come out into the central aisle of the church to show my monster moves as I danced along to the music. They also told me that my Ghanaian name is Kwame, because I was born on a Saturday.”
Linsay Chalmers, network co-ordinator at Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network, commented: “We welcome all the support we can get, so if festival-goers meet Doogie Goodstuff, please feel free to ask about our ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ campaign and check out Doogie’s reviews on our website, www.buythegoodstuff.co.uk
Notes to Editors:
The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Out of the Blue and the Just Festival are all members of Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.
Buy the Good Stuff is a call to action to the general public to consider how they shop around the city and can really make a difference by purchasing from social enterprises. Over 200 social enterprises are trading in Edinburgh, from cafes and retail, to creative industries and leisure generating income and reinvesting their profits into the community for social or environmental benefits.
Edinburgh was the first place in Scotland to run a marketing campaign to raise awareness of social enterprise shopping with branding designed by BOLD design agency for ‘Buy the Good Stuff’ appearing on the side of eight Lothian Buses.
The Buy the Good Stuff campaign is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and delivered by Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network.
What is social enterprise?
Social enterprise is a way of doing business that benefits the community, society or the environment.
Social enterprises must reinvest all of their profits into their social or environmental aims and many also achieve their aims through the way that they run their business; for example, by employing people who might otherwise find it difficult to find a job.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network uses the criteria for social enterprise set out in the Social Enterprise Code (www.se-code.net).
The most common legal models for social enterprises are: Companies Ltd by Guarantee, Companies Ltd by Guarantee with Charitable Status, Charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs).
For further press information contact:
Fiona Stewart, Interwoven PR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: 07940560453
For Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network information contact:
Linsay Chalmers, network co-ordinator E-mail: email@example.com
Mobile: 07940 512110
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