Best of the Rest - Politics
Political highlights at the Edinburgh Festivals
This article is from 2009.
Annie Lennox and the SING Campaign
The HIV/AIDS pandemic is probably the greatest health threat faced by the world today. Nowhere is the impact of the disease more pronounced than in Southern Africa. Through her SING project and work with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation, Annie Lennox has become a leading activist in the fight.
18 Aug, 1pm, £6 (£3.50).
From Darwin to Dolly: And Beyond
Charles Darwin was introduced to evolutionary ideas in Scotland and we’ve housed much thriving scientific research. But what has happened since the demise of Dolly the sheep and what are the exciting developments going on now? This event will thoroughly examine the past, present, and future of science research in Scotland.
18 Aug, 3pm, free.
A Life in Politics: Dennis Canavan
Formerly a long-serving Labour MP, Canavan was elected as an independent MSP from 1999 to 2007. He has championed many issues, such as the abolition of corporal punishment, the promotion of sport, and the designation of St Andrew’s Day as a national holiday.
20 Aug, 5pm, £6 (£3.50).
Devolution and the Arts
For some, devolution is the fulfilment of 30 years of creative effort to reshape Scottish identity; for others, a final release from an unhealthy obsession with the national psyche. Author James Kelman, artist Calum Colvin and NTS boss Vicky Featherstone debate devolution’s impact upon the arts.
20 Aug, 5.30pm, free.
Young People’s Question Time
In the first event of its kind at the FoP, young folk from across Scotland pose questions and make comments on the issues that affect them to a panel of politicians and renowned social commentators. The whole bunfight is chaired by Off the Ball’s Stuart Cosgrove.
21 Aug, 2pm, free.
Burns’ Radical Voice
The songs and poetry of Burns gave Scotland’s Enlightenment its radical edge. But where does John Knox fit in, and does Burns’ work still matter to modern society?
Dr Donald Smith, the former director of Scottish Storytelling Centre, will get to grips with the issues.
22 Aug, 1.30pm, free.
Love But Her
To mark the year of Homecoming, Scottish Youth Theatre performs a revival of Lara Jane Bunting’s play which tells the story of Jean Armour from her early days, to life and death in Dumfries.
22 Aug, 6.30pm, £6 (£3.50).