Just Festival, formerly the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, heads in new direction for 2013
- Kirstyn Smith
- 29 July 2013
This article is from 2013.
The fest invites you to open your mind to unfamiliar faiths and cultures in the midst of the city
Just Festival, a rebranding of the annual Festival of Spirituality and Peace, embraces the summer with a new direction for 2013 and a fresh programme to reflect its change of pace. Faith Today, the Scottish Independence Referendum, Changing World, Behind Closed Doors and Ethics Over Profit are the five main themes of a festival that always hopes to make Edinburgh a little more peaceful.
‘Our festival is not just conversations about religion, lived ethics and justice, but also a space to relax and talk about the small things,’ says festival director Katherine Newbigging. ‘You don’t have to be religious, keep up to date with current affairs or be an expert in the field to attend our events – just simply turn up and have fun.’
The festival aims to unite people of all faiths, with 450 activities across the city. Music, poetry, theatre and discussion shed light on a number of causes, with a strong focus on accessibility throughout.
‘We are exploring the issues that people talk about every day, often asking more questions that finding answers,’ says Newbigging. ‘If you have ever walked down the street and wondered why some women choose to wear the hijab, then Just Festival will allow you to ask them and get an answer.’
Highlights include performances to mark the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’état, song and dance from Soweto Melodic Voices (an African choir comprising young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds), and a selection of theatre pieces taking an immersive look at sectarianism.
The idea is to show ‘that learning about religion and different cultures does not end at school. They are living traditions being practised around you.’
Just Festival, various venues, 228 4249, 2–26 Aug, times and prices vary, justjust.org