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Date Thur 11 August 2011

UNISON Mobilises for action at Anti-Cuts Festival

Artists will paint a real picture of the damage caused by public sector cuts at UNISON's Mobilise Festival in Edinburgh, alongside musicians, comedians and special guests.

The festival against the Government's cuts, which runs from 13 to 20 August, will include daily debates, followed by live music and open mike slots.

Highlights include the launch of Dave Anderson's new topical satire show, performances from Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, a public speaking workshop with renowned author Denise Mina and cartooning with the Guardian's Martin Rowson.

Comedy performances featuring Susan Morrison, Vladimir McTavish, Steve Day, Lee Camp, Bruce Morton, Phil Differ and Robin Ince, are also on the agenda. The UK's largest union is opening up the majority of events to the public, although there are a limited number of places available.

UNISON's Scottish Secretary, Mike Kirby, said: "Edinburgh is a festival city, but it is also on the brink of the largest council privatisation plan ever to hit Scotland. We know that this will have a devastating impact on local people who rely on these vital services and on the staff who provide them.

"Mobilise is about bringing people together to prepare for action. We must fight against the Government's savage public sector cuts and the Festival is a creative way to reach out and get more people involved in our campaign. "Mobilise is about celebrating high quality public services and fighting to keep them a priority."

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Tickets are available at www.mobilisefestival.co.uk or 0131 226 0053.

For more festival information please contact Nancy Kelly on 07904 342230 or the UNISON Press Office

Activate, agitate, debate, laugh, mobilise www.mobilisefestival.co.uk

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