On Friday night, some kind soul posted a link on our Facebook page. The link, a news item about our fabulous Edinburgh venue - The Roxy Art House, came bearing bad tidings. Due to financial problems of The Roxy's parent charity, the building has been forced to close its doors leaving staff and management without work and leaving Edinburgh without this great multi-purpose arts and creative space.
To read more about the closure, click here or here.
Made in the Shade has been resident at The Roxy since the start of the 2010. In The Roxy we found our ideal base. We are absolutely crushed to hear of its closure. These unexpected developments leave us in a real tricky spot. At this time of year, alternative events spaces are booked up for other festive soirees (and the ones that aren't are well outwith our budget). We have already spent our marketing money on printed promo for The Roxy event and we've already completed our press work. At this late stage it is simply not practically or financially viable for us to arrange a second event from scratch and hope that within just 20-odd days we can promote it well enough to make it a success for us, our customers and our vendors. As such we have made the horrible, horrible decision to cancel The Festive Shindig. If you are a vendor and have booked selling space at The Roxy on Saturday 27th November, you will receive a full refund shortly. We are so sorry. We know you will be disappointed and if we could find a way to prevent the inconvenience, we would. To our customers in Edinburgh, thanks so much for supporting our move to the city. We'll hopefully be back some time soon.
If it's any consolation, the cancellation of the Festive Shindig and of all other Made in the Shade events in Edinburgh for the time being has serious implications for our little business and Clare and I will need to figure out the best way forward over the coming weeks and months.