Let's get political: highlights from Edinburgh's Festival of Politics 2017
- Rowena McIntosh
- 4 September 2017
As the festival enters its 13th year, we take a look at this year's programme
The Festival of Politics has entered its teenage years. 2017 marks the festival's 13th birthday and they're embracing their teen status with a theme of rebellion and revolution that spans topics from women's equality to fake news and investigative journalism.
Highlights from the three-day programme include a series of events engaged with music. Repetitive Beats: The Rave Revolution examines the two decade journey of rave culture, from the underground to a multi-billion pound industry. Writer Sheryl Garratt, journalist Luke Bainbridge and DJ / producer Graeme Park discuss if rave's success suppresses the original counter-culture ideals. Richard Jobson of Fife punk band The Skids talks about growing up in punk rock Scotland with music business expert Ronnie Gurr, who also joins Bruce Craigie, manager of Idlewild and Fatherson, and musician Martha Ffion to discuss whether musicians still have to sell their souls and rights to major labels to make it big in How to Get Rich in the Music Business.
Greg McHugh of Gary Tank Commander joins Dr Trevor Lakey and members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Speak Your Mind: Youth Mental Health, an interactive exploration of the modern issues that affect so many young people's mental health and addresses how we can work together to challenge them. Also keeping a teen focus are Christine Grahame MSP, singer Horse McDonald, actor David Ames and podcaster / presenter Scott McGlynn as they look back on their own formative years and discuss what still needs to happen for true LGBTI equality in LGBTI Teen Years. Scott McGlynn also pairs with Sam Jeffers, creator of website Who Targets Me? for The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, to discuss the opportunities and impact of living in a virtually connected world.
As well as talks and debates, the Festival of Politics features live music from Glasgow based singer-songwriter Martha Ffion, winners of the 2017 Young Scot Award The Ayoub Sisters and 20-strong Dundonian ukulele band Dee Ukes, because everyone appreciates the political power of a ukulele. Throughout the festival, the Festival Cafe Bar is home to two exhibitions; the Scottish Press Photography Awards, celebrating images that outlive their headlines, and Teenage Instamatics Punk Rock in Edinburgh 1977, featuring photos of artists and audiences from 1977, punk's year zero.
Scottish Parliament, Thu 19–Sat 21 Oct, parliament.scot.festival