As the growing trend for pop-ups continues, Kim Williams speaks to the couple behind East Lothian’s newest arts and events company – Rogue Village – who have a number of events popping-up around the county.

Thousands of pop-up events have opened in the UK over the last few years – ranging from the small to the large, the cool to the rubbish, the sublime to the ridiculous. There have been pop-up shops, restaurants, galleries and cinemas. Gigs have popped-up in launderettes, restaurants in people’s front rooms and even films projected on to hay bales in fields.

But pop-ups are more than just a trendy, seemingly unplanned or temporary happening. They’re about bringing people together in one place, a place where guests can interact and unite in a shared passion. It was with this ethos in mind that Peter and Jenny Maniam set up Rogue Village. Based at The Mart in East Linton, they aim to deliver a mix of events across East Lothian in quirky and unusual spaces. Events and experiences that bring people together to celebrate, share and be inspired.

With pedigrees earned from working in theatre and fashion, the couple were keen to consolidate their skills and create a venture where they could work together. Moving home to Scotland, after time in London set the wheels in motion. Peter explains “We think you should be able to have you’re cake and eat it! We aim to bring unique events and experiences from the urban arena to East Lothian.” Jenny adds “There are so many great spaces in the county from derelict buildings to awe-inspiring castles, we would like to utilise these as much as we can.” With an eye for the weird and wonderful Rogue Village is planning a range of events including pop-up restaurants, street food, cinema, live music and performance.

Their first event Canteen – a world street food pop-up restaurant sold out in just 24 hours. Jenny said “We were blown away – we could not believe that all the tickets sold in such a short space of time!” But don’t worry this is a bi-monthly event and plans are also afoot for a Street Food Market. Hobo Cinema – a monthly pop-up cinema – launches on 10 December with a screening of The Snowman supported by a live 22-piece orchestra at the beautiful St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington. New Year’s Day sees the launch of The Sunshine Sessions – a family event which will leave the whole family smiling from ear to ear! Think Cafe Del Mar meets Bronx Block Party! Plans are also in place for regular live performance nights. Jenny explains “East Lothian’s very own monthly speakeasy with performers, dancers, poets and circus in a really amazing space.”

As a Community Interest Company the couple are also keen to develop and promote local artists and performers as well as act as a training opportunity for students planning to work in the events industry.  Both Jenny and Peter are passionate about using their knowledge and experience to help others.

So, a company who pops-up in unusual spaces, a company who helps to create memories for you, your friends, your nearest and dearest. A company who create unique events where everyone feels welcome. Worth shouting about from the roof-tops? Bearing in mind their first event sold out in less than a day – you might only want to tell a few of your closest friends where they’ll be popping up next!

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