What to see at this year's Just Festival

This article is from 2017

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Lal Batti Express

As the Just Festival prepares to launch, we take a peek at some of its stage treats

With social justice firmly on the British political agenda this summer, the Just Festival has managed to become even more relevant. As the event extends an annual welcome to all communities, it restates the aim to challenge perceptions, celebrate differences and promote respectful dialogue.

To that end, this year's month-long festival is another fine selection of talks, conversations, exhibitions and performances. Among its stage highlights are The Lady Doth Protest Too Much with Nadine Aisha bringing us her 'poetry in resistance' and 100 Years of Balfour which features a dramatised reading of correspondence between the main parties negotiating land settlements in the Middle East, a 'resolution' which has led to a century of bloody conflict.

Lal Batti Express tells the story of girls working in Mumbai's red light district as they aim to become agents of their own social change, Freedom focuses on the tale of an orphan in Uganda while Spect-Act is a series of interactive plays exploring the power of devised theatre to promote social justice. Plus, there's dance from the Ragamala Dance Company, comedy from junior doctor Ed Patrick and UK-Iraqi drag performer Glamrou (who will be joined by supergroup Denim), and music from the HarmonyChoir.

Just Festival, St John's Church, Princes Street and Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Street, 0131 225 6470, 4–27 Aug.