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2017 J us t Fes t i v al

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This year we are shining a spotlight on people and ideas that challenge the status quo and truly kick # AgainstTheCurrent.

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Refugee Survival Trust

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Just Performances

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W hether it?s radical new approaches to crime and punishment, revolutionising access to the arts for disabled communities, rethinking religious leadership or questioning the very foundations of our education system, our 2017 programme aims to inspire and challenge in equal measure.

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Just Conversations

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Just Talks

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Just Diary of Events

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This year also sees a number of significant anniversaries and our programme speaks to three in particular: the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of India?s independence.

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Just Exhibitions

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Just Festival offers safe spaces for dialogue and creative exchange between invited experts, practitioners, community-based organisations, socially-conscious performing arts groups and the general public. These spaces are there for everyone, and all are welcome. Thomas Lea J us t Fes t i v al

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Copyright Š 2017 Just Fest ivals Design by Beata Skobodzinska and Karen Dßnzkofer (cover) Programme written and compiled by Beata Skobodzinska (Festival Director), James Bryson (Events Planner) and the Just Festival's Board. Printed by Allander Print


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To buy your tickets and for further information visit w w w.just-fest ival.org

St John's Church Princes St reet , EH2 4BJ St John's Church, situated in Edinburgh's West End, has been home to Just Festival's events since 2001. Most performances, talks and exhibitions will be hosted at St John's Church (Venue 127) during the Festival. Most drama performances will be hosted in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel in St John's.

It is possible to buy tickets for all Just Festival events at the door, subject to availability. Just Festival's Box Office at St John's Church will be open between 4 and 27 August (excl. Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays) between 5 and 9.30PM.

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Tickets for Just Festival events at the Quaker Meeting House will be available between 7 and 27 August during the opening hours (12noon-8pm). 2017 Just Fest ival's Nominated Charit ies Just Festival is a social enterprise, dedicated to supporting those with a practical vision for social cohesion and for accommodating the needs of diverse communities. Each year we raise money for selected causes through a 50p ticket surcharge. This year the money raised will be shared between Drake Music Scotland and the Refugee Survival Trust.

Quaker Meet ing House 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL Located in Edinburgh's city centre, just off George IV Bridge, the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40) will host all Just Festival's Conversations, Talks on Death and Dying and 3 Seriously Funny stand-up comedy shows.


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The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) is a volunteer-led charit y that provides grant s to asylum claimant s and refugees living in Scot land. These grants either alleviate destitution, or help refugees and asylum seekers to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities. RST uses the information and experience gained from providing these grants to lobby government agencies for changes that will t ackle t he root causes of dest it ut ion. RST was set up in 1996 by a number of concerned individuals as a reaction to the problem of refugees and people claiming asylum being made destitute in Scotland. RST is based in Edinburgh, and works across Scotland, although most of its beneficiaries are in Glasgow. www.r s t .or g.uk


'Mi mi 's Sui t PERFORMANCES c as e' Ana Bay at | Dr ama 4 Aug | 17:30-18:30 | St John's Church | £12 (£10) 5,8,9,11,12 Aug | 21:30-22:30 | St John's Church | £12 (£10) 14-19 Aug | 20:30-21:30 | Quaker Meeting House | £12 (£10) 21-26 Aug | 18:30-19:30 | Quaker Meeting House | £12 (£10) 'Mimi's Suitcase' is a mult ilingual, auto-biographical, aw ard-w inning one-woman play w rit ten and performed by Ana Bayat . It explores ident it y and t he consequences of displacement as it follow s Iranian teen Mimi?s ret urn to her w ar-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona. This involuntary uprooting awakens questions about identity, language, culture and homeland in this hilarious and heart-warming universal coming-of-age journey of resilience, humanity and, above all, hope. "Mimi?s Suitcase" is performed in English, Spanish and Persian with English surtitles.

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'Noc t ur ne' As hwi ni

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4,5,8,9 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | St John's Church | ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ10) Inspired by t he nat ural, emot ional, and spirit ual migrat ions t hat occur after night fall, 'Noct urne' uses Indian dance and music to summon t he different facet s of t he night - t he nat ural world of flora and fauna, t he emot ional world of ant icipat ion and longing, and t he heightened spirit ual potency of pre-daw n. The work is also an allegory for embracing t he unknow n.

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Nocturne unfolds over three movements: Luna/ Chandra - nocturnal creatures and settings that are dormant by day are free to roam and flourish only after sundown; Rapture/ Pramodya - night is when love?s influence is at its strongest; Invocation/ Yaman - the hours between midnight and sunrise are charged with spiritual vibrations. For one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state, one that exists deep in the heart of night. Caroline Palmer | StarTribune


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5,8,9 Aug | 17:30-18:30 | St John's Church | £10 (£8) 11,12,15,16 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | St John's Church | £10 (£8) Krant i (Revolut ion) empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agent s of social change. Born and raised in t he red-light dist rict , t he girls often face harsh realit ies early on in t heir lives. Using drama, t hey challenge clichés and misconcept ions surrounding sex workers and t heir families. In 2014, Kranti's girls wrote, directed and performed a play in dozens of theatres and festivals across the world. Their engaging performances helped change the mindsets of thousands of people about sex workers and their children. Kranti's latest play, 'Lal Batti Express (Red-Light Express)', is a compilation of their life stories and experiences. It is a journey of Krantikaris (Revolutionaries) through their past, present and future.

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'Ser i ous l y Funny ' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h t he Bel t ane Publ i c Engagement Net wor k | Comedy 4 Aug | 21:30-22:30 | St John's Church | ÂŁ5 11,18,25 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5

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Spare an hour for qualit y comedy t hat educates and entert ains! Comedians are joined on st age by academic researchers from Edinburgh's universit ies to explore local and global issues of healt hcare, gender ident it y and current polit ics. Feat uring Glamrou and Denim, Bet hany Black, Daphna Baram and Ed Pat rick. 4 Aug | Glamrou is a British-Iraqi writer and drag performer who addresses gender identity in his comedy. He will be joined on stage by a drag super-group DENIM. 11 Aug | Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. In her shows she tells the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. 18 Aug | Daphna Baram is a London based, Israeli-born stand up comedian. W ith a background in Human Rights Law and Journalism, she has been performing stand up comedy addressing politics and social relations. 25 Aug | Ed Patrick, junior doctor, comedian, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist 2016 and Paramount Funniest Student finalist, looks at the current state of healthcare and shares his personal stories from the ward.


'100 Year s of Bal fPERFORMANCES our ' J ohn Mol l es on & Col i n Cooper | Dr ama 11,12,15,16,18,19 Aug | 17:15-18:35 | St John's Church | ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ8) A dramat ised reading of let ters exchanged bet ween t he Brit ish, Palest inian and Zionist part ies 100 years ago sheds more light on t he event s t hat led to t he present geopolit ical relat ions in t he Middle East . W it h visual and musical element s to locate and inform t he narrat ive. For the last hundred years, the history of the world has been blighted by the conflict in Palestine. At the root of this conflict lies the Balfour Declaration, the contradiction perpetrated by the British in 1917 when they promised the same land to three different peoples. In order to investigate this situation, we are looking closely at the events leading up to and following this Declaration. To aid learning, we are, where possible, reading verbatim from the available texts.

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'Fr eedom' Ni s ha Kal ema | Dr ama 15,16,22,23,26 Aug | 21:30-22:30 | St John's Church | ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ8)

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Based on a t rue story, 'Freedom' tells t he t ale of an orphan called Amelia, w ho w as adopted by a childless couple after her parent s were killed in a house fire. Susanaah loves Amelia as if she were her own child. Susanaah?s husband, Nsubuga, the owner of a local bar, resents Amelia as a drain on his dwindling financial resources. Nsubuga is a violent man who abuses both his wife Susanaah and Amelia; until he eventually kills Susanaah in a rage after she objects to him setting Amelia to work as a waitress in his bar. W ith Nsubuga?s wife dead, and the murder disguised as an accident; Amelia?s life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. Coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe directly from Uganda, 'Freedom' is a stage adaption of the original screenplay for the award-winning movie under the same title. 'Freedom' powerfully depicts the themes of sex slavery, domestic violence, and the worst kind of misogyny set against the backdrop of the harsh economic realities of life in Africa.


'The Lady Dot h Pr ot es t Too PERFORMANCES Muc h' Nadi ne Ai s ha | Poet r y 18 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | St John's Church | ÂŁ8 (ÂŁ6) We live in an era of significant polit ical shift s; of t hreat s to women?s reproduct ive right s, of global and local at t acks on Muslim women?s right s, of hate on t he st reet s. In t he face of t hese current s of misogyny, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, how do women resist t he t ides w hich seek to sweep t hem aw ay? Join poet and activist Nadine Aisha to consider the role that women?s voices ? particularly women?s poetry as protest ? play in providing resistance against the current. Through poetry and storytelling, Aisha will explore and illustrate the power of women?s voices to resist and create change. Nadine Aisha (Nadine Aisha Jassat) is a poet, writer and creative practitioner. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Still, was published by Appletree Writers Press in 2016, and explores women?s storytelling and survival.

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Drake Music Scot land is the nation?s leading arts organisation providing music-making opportunities for people with disabilities. Their expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently. Developing out of the Drake Research Project founded in England by Adele Drake in 1988, Drake Music Scot land became a separate charit able organisat ion in 1997 and since then has worked with over 13,000 children and adults across Scotland. Their biggest achievements to date include setting up Inclusive Classroom, their flagship education programme for special and mainstream schools; implementation of their acclaimed t raining and CPD programme, their innovative developments in technology, and the introduction of Figurenotes. www.dr ak emus i c s c ot l and.or g


'Equi l i brPERFORMANCES i um' Dr ak e Mus i c Sc ot l and | Mus i c 19 Aug | 20:00-22:00 | St John's Church | ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ8) 'Equilibrium' is a unique musical experience merging t radit ional Scot t ish t unes w it h digit al technologies. Talented musicians w it h disabilit ies break barriers of access and percept ions as t hey perform on t he Fringe Fest ival st ages. 'Equilibrium' combines traditional acoustic instruments with digital technology to create new music inspired by the history, culture and landscape of Scotland. This approach enables musicians with disabilities to take an equal part in the composition and performance of new music. The ensemble performs much of its own original material and arrangements on instruments including Digital Harp (laptop), Harp, Fiddle, Voice and iPad. They have performed at Celtic Connections, the Royal Highland Show and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 5-star review of the performance of 'Equilibrium' at 2016 Just Festival at St John's Church: 'Little did I realise, when I stepped into St John?s Church, that I would see the most innovative music show so far, but that?s what happened tonight.' (Louise Rodgers | ThreeWeeks)

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'Spec t -Ac t ' Ac t i v e I nqui r y & Co | Dr ama A series of interact ive plays presented by Act ive Inquiry, t he Bet hany, t he Alma and t he Shakt i Theat re Companies as part of t he 'Spect-Act ' project . Experience t he value and power of devised t heat re deeply rooted in local social just ice mat ters. The Shakt i Theat re Company presents Dancing in Freedom

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22 Aug | 17:30-18:30 | St John's Church | £8 (£6) 'Dancing in Freedom' explores, questions, and challenges the reasons for domestic abuse. It is a powerful, moving and uplifting exploration of why gender-based violence and abuse exists, and how we can become free of it, individually and collectively. Devised by women with lived experience of this issue. Act ive Inquiry presents The Fair-Ground 22, 23 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | St John's Church | £10 (£8) Roll up roll up! Pay your money and play the game! Everyone has an equal chance in the Fair-Ground, haven't they? Or are some games rigged for a privileged few? Helen has always believed she lives in a Just and Fair society but her experience of gender discrimination opens her eyes to the injustice around her. W ill she keep playing the game or do the rules need to change?


'Spec tPERFORMANCES -Ac t ' Ac t i v e I nqui r y & Co | Dr ama The Bet hany Theat re Company presents The Interview 23 Aug | 17:30-18:30 | St John's Church | £8 (£6) Sally has an interview for her dream job. Should her past history of addiction and imprisonment affect her chances? 'The Interview' explores the struggle faced by those in recovery to rebuild their lives in a society that has often written them off or doesn't have the resources to help. The Alma Theat re Company presents Happy Birt hday? 25 Aug | 17:30-18:30 | St John's Church | £8 (£6) Ursula is an artist and an activist who has experienced mental health difficulties throughout her adult life. She has seen mental health services and public perceptions change over the years and has actively campaigned to overcome inequality and discrimination. As she approaches a major milestone in her life, we take a creative and unusual look back at the challenges she has faced, the progress she has seen and the unexpected fights she still has to overcome. Project supported by

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Har mony Choi r | Mus i c 25 Aug | 20:00-22:00 | St John's Church | ÂŁ7 (ÂŁ5)

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Follow ing last year?s debut sell-out performance, HarmonyChoir once again bring you an evening of inspirat ional and uplift ing music. HarmonyChoir w as formed over a year ago as part of a project to demonst rate t he posit ive effect of singing on ment al healt h and well-being. HarmonyChoir is a group of singers, some of whom have experience of mental health. They came together to enjoy singing, enjoy each other?s company, and reduce stigma that is so often associated with mental illness in our society. Join HarmonyChoir and special guests for an evening of songs and singalongs from their varied and unique repertoire and experience the positive power of singing! Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to mental health charities.


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26 Aug | 17:30-21:00 | St John's Church | by donation Join Just Fest ival and part ner organisat ions in celebrat ing our joint effort s in promot ing diversit y, challenging percept ions and promot ing respect ful dialogue in Scot land! Act ive Inquiry, Drake Music Scot land and t he Refugee Survival Trust w ill share t he st age to present t heir drama, music, and poet ry project s t hat impact local communit ies in and around Edinburgh. Over the past two years, as part of the 'Spect-Act' project, Active Inquiry has built a strong network of community organisations aimed at exploring issues of addiction, mental health, domestic violence and gender inequality as well as the themes of oppression, misuse of power and solidarity. Extracts of drama pieces by Active Inquiry, Shakti, Alma, and Bethany Theatre Companies will be followed by a talk on the importance of community drama initiatives. After a short break for light refreshments a concert of traditional Scottish and digital music arranged and performed by Drake Music Scotland musicians will follow. Stories of refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland will be shared in performances of drama, music and poetry curated by the Refugee Survival Trust.

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'Dads i n Adv er s i t y ' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Fat her s Net wor k Sc ot l and 7 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Sam Pringle (Fathers Network Scotland CEO) / Chair, Dave Devenney (Fathers Network Scotland), Steve Small (Strange Town Theatre Company)

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In 2016 a conversat ion in a Wester Hailes dads' group highlighted some of t he significant challenges around social just ice, parent al access, and employment faced by young dads. This became t he st art of a story about 'Being a Dad' in modern Scot land. In August 2016, as part of the Festival Fringe, Fathers Network Scotland in partnership with Strange Town Theatre Company and Just Festival decided to tell the story of these dads who, despite culture which often judges them to be ?Bad Dads?, are motivated to be the best dad they can. The play was a sell out and garnered impressive reviews and plaudits from the public, prison authorities and families groups across Scotland. This conversation will tell the story of how the play came into being, its continuing impact and the changing role of fathers in Scotland today.


PERFORMANCES 'Changi ng Pat hs ' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h I nt er f ai t h Sc ot l and 8 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Dr Maureen Sier (Interfaith Scotland) / Chair, Josef Linnhoff (Islamic Society of the University of Edinburgh), Stephen Holmes (St John?s Church), Sister Ajahn Candasiri (Amaravati Buddhist Monastery) Adopt ing a new religion is a life-changing decision, and a deeply personal one. So w hat does it mean to change your religious beliefs? Join our conversat ion to hear engaging stories from people represent ing Christ ian, Muslim and Buddhist communit ies w ho decided to convert to anot her religion. Conversion could be a subtle change or a radical overhaul in beliefs, but will always be a huge decision to make and a profound impact on one?s life. Choosing a new path to follow is a deeply personal decision, and each and every convert will have their own reasons and their own story to tell.

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'Let Me ON St age' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Dr ak e Mus i c Sc ot l and 9 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5

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Panel: Sally W itcher (Inclusion Scotland) / Chair, Lyndsey Mclean (Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society), George Low (University of Edinburgh), Sasha Callaghan (Disability History Scotland), Pete Sparkes (Drake Music Scotland) The Edinburgh Fringe Fest ival w it h it s open-access approach to programming emphasises t he import ance of giving everyone a chance to perform, to make people laugh, to tell t heir story and to express t hemselves. But w hat if you can?t get on t he st age? There are still many multiple barriers preventing people with disabilities from actively participating in the arts and entertainment industry. We will hear from Drake Music Scotland on their latest campaign # LetMeONStage and others about how we can reshape the definition of performers and make the performing arts more inclusive on and off stage.


'Empi r e St at e of Mi nd' 10 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Dr Rowena Arshad OBE (University of Edinburgh) / Chair, Annie George (Playwright), Professor Roger Jeffery (University of Edinburgh), Nikhat Yusaf (The City of Edinburgh Council ? Additional Support for Learning Service) Our curriculum and history shape t he w ay we t hink about our collect ive past , and give us a lens t hrough w hich we look at t he rest of t he world. Does more need to be t aught about t he days of t he Brit ish Empire w hen Brit ain ruled over one quarter of t he world?s populat ion? W ith calls for the curriculum to be more open about the arrogance of Britain?s imperial past and the insensitivity of the present, we take a look at methods and attitudes surrounding addressing the legacy of the British Empire in schools. We will discuss different perceptions of colonialism, post-colonial nations and politics.

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'Pr i s on Br eak ?' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Pos i t i v e Pr i s ons 14 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Professor Fergus McNeill (Glasgow University), Pete W hite (Positive Prisons), Geoffrey Weaver (Polmont Prison)

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"An overcrowded prison system cannot cope w it h t he number of people it is expected to hold. People are being maimed and dying in unprecedented numbers as a direct consequence? - Peter Daw son, Director of t he Prison Reform Trust , 27/ 04/ 2017 As the prison population across the UK continues to increase, we look at whether prisons are the best place to be sending offenders to. Do we imprison too many people? Do custodial sentences strike the right balance between punishment and rehabilitation? If not, what are the other options? There have been serious calls for the reform of the penal system for some time now. How radical a reform is needed?


'Hot TopiPERFORMANCES c al ' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Luat h Pr es s 15 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) / Chair, Kokumo Rocks (Poet), David Torrance (Journalist) W it h snap elect ions being called, conflict s raging across t he globe and polit icians becoming increasingly difficult to predict , our polit ical and social landscape is changing rapidly beneat h our feet . W ho is to say w hat t he world w ill be discussing t his August ? Come and add your voice to the debate as we will discuss the most pertinent and immediate issues facing us all this August! Keep your eyes peeled as we will announce the topics of this special conversation at the beginning of August to be discussed by our expert panel.

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'Fai t h i n Agei ng' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Fai t h i n Ol der Peopl e 16 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5

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Panel: Rt Rev Bruce Cameron (Scottish Episcopal Church) / Chair, representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities. Discussions surrounding ageing often tend to focus on t he negat ive aspect s of old age rat her t han t he cont ribut ion made by older people to societ y. Religion and spirit ual needs are often overlooked due to a st ronger emphasis put on physical care needs. This conversat ion w ill provide an opport unit y to consider ageing from different cult ural and fait h perspect ives. We will discuss the importance of faith to many older people to better understand the supportive responses from different faith communities. We will explore what different theologies say about ageing and older people.


PERFORMANCES 'Br eak i ng t hr ough t he St ai ned Gl as s : Women Fai t h Leader s ' 21 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Sally Foster-Fulton (Christian Aid) / Chair, Morag Liebert (Roman Catholic Womenpriests), Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (Postdoctoral Fellow, the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre), Rabbi Barbara Borts (Durham University) As is t he case across many indust ries and organisat ions, t he key roles in religious groups are often t aken by men. For women, w ho w ant to become fait h leaders, discriminat ion comes not only in t he form of everyday sexism and prejudice. It can also be bolstered by t heological interpret at ions. How does gender affect the way one can serve their faith and community? W ith attitudes to women leaders varying greatly across traditions and cultures, what are the experiences of women who want to lead and break through those barriers? Is equal representation important for all faiths and practices? .

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'Fi ndi ng a New Home' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Ref ugee Sur v i v al

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Panel: Cllr Lewis Ritchie (SNP) / Chair, Iyad Hayetleh (Poet and Refugee), Zoey Holliday (Refugee Survival Trust), Selina Hales (Founder of charity ?Refuweegee?, Glasgow) Scot land has now t aken in a large proport ion of refugees set t led in t he UK follow ing t he recent refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. W hat are t he challenges of welcoming people burdened w it h t he weight of experient ial and emot ional baggage? How can we help make life in Scot land inclusive, product ive and happy for anyone w ho set t les here? Join us to listen to Iyad's recital of his poetry and hear stories that make us better understand reasons and circumstances behind decisions to settle in Scotland. Contribute to a discussion on how to identify best routes and practices in finding a new home for people affected by conflict and war.


'Wi t h Heal t h i n PERFORMANCES Mi nd' I n par t ner s hi p wi t h Har mony Choi r 23 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Panel: Matthias Schwannauer (Edinburgh University), Liesbeth Tip (HarmonyChoir), Karim Mitha (The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre) W it h 1 in 4 people experiencing a ment al healt h problem each year in t he UK, it is clear t hat ment al healt h affect s us all. So let ?s st art t alking about it . Ment al healt h is an issue t hat can affect everyone regardless of t heir background, age or fait h. The panel will discuss the way in which we can combat stigma surrounding mental health issues, and how art and community can help people overcome their illness or manage its symptoms. We invite you to join this conversation and share your thoughts on challenging perceptions surrounding mental health.

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St J ohn's Chur c h | Tal k s 6,13,20,27 Aug | 18:45-19:45 | St John's Church | Free In 1517, a t hen unknow n monk dared to sw im against t he current and st arted a movement t hat changed t he face of t he Western Church. In 1962, Pope John XXIII elect rified t he Roman Cat holic Church, t he largest religious body on eart h, w it h an unexpected current . But w here is t he church heading now, five cent uries after Mart in Lut her kicked-off t he Reformat ion and just over five decades after t he Second Vat ican Council came to a close? Is the church still relevant in our multicultural and increasingly secular society? Come and join us at St John's Festival Pulpit to hear voices from inside and outside the church. Each evening will commence at 6pm with a traditional sung Anglican Evensong. This will be followed by a presentation by the guest speaker and a Q&A session. All are welcome.

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6 Aug | The Rt Rev Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Bavaria and Moderator of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany 13 Aug | Dr Paul Parvis, Lecturer, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh 20 Aug | The Rt Revd Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 27 Aug | Prof Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh


'Deat h on t he Fr i nge' Good Li f e, Good Deat h, Good Gr i ef | Tal k s Rebel Rebel - how Bow ie shone a spot light on palliat ive and end of life care 17 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 Has t he world gone mad since David Bow ie's deat h? The answer of course is 'yes', and '42' but we appear to be quickly adapting. Can a completely relaxed, even humorous chat about your own future dying moments become part of this crazy 'new normal'? In this talk, Dr Mark Taubert will talk about life in his various NHS and hospice work settings after David Bowie's death and how numerous conversations cascaded off into something much larger. Doctors, dying and deat h since t he nineteent h cent ury 24 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | Quaker Meeting House | ÂŁ5 In 1854 Edinburgh medical st udent Hugh Noble w rote a t hesis on t he care of t he dying. He called it ?eut hanasia?, meaning an easeful deat h and w as keen to dist inguish t hat from t he deliberate shortening of life. Doctors took advantage of new pain relieving drugs and created elaborate concoctions to alleviate the distress of the dying. They looked to the importance of nursing care, as well as religious and moral support. In this talk sociologist and writer Professor David Clark can be found in conversation with Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.

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Friday | 4.08

17:30 - 18:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Nocturne | Dance

21:30 - 22:30

Seriously Funny | Comedy

17:30 - 18:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

19:30 - 20:30

Nocturne | Dance

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Sunday | 6.08

18:45 - 19:45

Festival Pulpit | Talk

St John's Church

Monday | 7.08

19:30 - 21:00

Dads in Adversity | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

Tuesday | 8.08

17:30 - 18:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Nocturne | Dance

19:30 - 21:00

Changing Paths | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

St John's Church

17:30 - 18:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Nocturne | Dance

19:30 - 21:00

Let Me ON Stage | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

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Saturday | 5.08

Wednesday | 9.08

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Thursday | 10.08

19:30 - 21:00

Empire State of Mind | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

Friday | 11.08

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

19:30 - 20:30

Seriously Funny | Comedy

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

St John's Church

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Sunday | 13.08

18:45 - 19:45

Festival Pulpit | Talk

St John's Church

Monday | 14.08

19:30 - 21:00

Prison Break? | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

20:30 - 21:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

19:30 - 20:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

19:30 - 21:00

Hot Topical | Conversation

20:30 - 21:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

21:30 - 22:30

Freedom | Drama

Saturday | 12.08

Tuesday | 15.08

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Wednesday | 16.08

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

Lal Batti Express | Multi-Art

19:30 - 21:00

Faith in Ageing | Conversation

20:30 - 21:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

21:30 - 22:30

Freedom | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 21:00

Rebel, Rebel | Talk

Quaker Meeting House

20:30 - 21:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

19:30 - 20:30

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much | Poetry

19:30 - 20:30

Seriously Funny | Comedy

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

St John's Church

17:15 - 18:35

100 Years of Balfour | Drama

St John's Church

20:00 - 22:00

Equilibrium | Music

21:30 - 22:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Thursday | 17.08

Friday | 18.08

Saturday | 19.08

Quaker Meeting House

St John's Church

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Sunday | 20.08

18:45 - 19:45

Festival Pulpit | Talk

St John's Church

Monday | 21.08

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

19:30 - 21:00

Women Faith Leaders | Conversation

17:30 - 18:30

Spect-Act: Dancing in Freedom | Drama

St John's Church

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

19:30 - 20:30

Spect-Act: The Fair-Ground | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 21:00

Finding a New Home | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Freedom | Drama

St John's Church

17:30 - 18:30

Spect-Act: The Interview | Drama

St John's Church

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

19:30 - 20:30

Spect-Act: The Fair-Ground | Drama

St John's Church

19:30 - 20:30

W ith Health in Mind | Conversation

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Freedom | Drama

St John's Church

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

19:30 - 21:00

Doctors, Dying and Death since the Nineteenth Century | Talk

Tuesday | 22.08

Wednesday | 23.08

Thursday | 24.08

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Friday | 25.08

17:30 - 18:30

Spect-Act: Happy Birthday? | Drama

St John's Church

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

19:30 - 20:30

Seriously Funny | Comedy

20:00 - 22:00

Mental Notes from HarmonyChoir | Music

St John's Church

17:30 - 21:00

Just Together | Showcase

St John's Church

18:30 - 19:30

Mimi's Suitcase | Drama

Quaker Meeting House

21:30 - 22:30

Freedom | Drama

St John's Church

18:45 - 19:45

Festival Pulpit | Talk

St John's Church

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Sunday | 27.08

1 St John's Church | Princes Street, EH2 4BJ / 2 Quaker Meet ing House | 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2 JL


ST J OHN'S CHURCH Princes Street, EH2 4BJ 4-27 Aug BOX OFFICE | 5PM-9:30PM (on TUE, W ED, FRI, SAT)

St John's is a thriving Episcopal church at the heart of Scotland?s beautiful capital city. This year's Festival CafĂŠ will be run by St John's. Food and drink will be served both outside and inside the church. Come and try freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot chocolate; a selection of cold drinks, a delicious cake, or select something from an extensive ?lite-bite?menu. Enjoy the atmosphere and mystery of the building and the open and welcoming hospitality for all. St John's is currently undergoing a redevelopment process that aims to provide St John?s and groups that use its building with modern accommodation that is fit-for-purpose and accessible to all. www.s t j ohns -edi nbur gh.or g.uk


QUAKER MEETI NG HOUSE 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL 7-26 Aug (except Sundays) BOX OFFICE | 11AM-8:30PM CAFÉ | 12NOON-8PM Values of equality, peace, integrity, simplicity and sustainability are at the heart of the Quaker Meeting House's activities, They influence the venue's theatre programme selection and the way its run. The Quaker Meeting House is a friendly and welcoming venue for audiences, café customers and visiting companies. The in-house Café provides wholesome vegetarian food, sweet and savoury delicacies and drinks. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

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MULTI TUDES | ZEPHYR STAGE QUAKER MEETI NG HOUSE | 7-11 Aug | 16: 30-17: 30 | FREE / TI CKETED Zephyr Stage, hometown Fruita, Colorado USA, presents an original work written by Valerie and Kim Nuzzo. "Multitudes" is a one-man show about the great gay father of American poetry Walt W hitman. The play addresses death, sexuality, slavery, the Civil War and W hitman?s poetic vision of democratic ideals. The Zephyr Stage specializes in original performances pieces.


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J ESUS | J OANNA BROWN & NEBI YU ASSEFA ST JOHN'S CHURCH | 4-27 AUG | 9:00 - 16:00 This Jesus-centred peace and justice project emerged over a number of years following an idea conceived by the artist Joanna Brown (UK) when she met the painter Nebiyu Assefa (Ethiopia) in Addis Ababa. Threaded together by Biblical accounts, Nebiyu?s colourful paintings of Jesus are interwoven with Joanna?s photographs of modern day Israel and Palestine. The photographs are drawn from various trips to the region, including time spent as a guest of Palestine Fair Trade Association?s olive farmers, a peace-making delegation with CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) and visits to projects supported by the Bible Society.


LEGACY OF BALFOUR | NETWORK OF PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR PALESTI NE ST JOHN'S CHURCH | 4-27 AUG | OUTDOORS Arthur Balfour was the British Foreign Secretary, who in 1917 issued the Balfour Declaration promising a homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Palestine. On the face of it the declaration seemed fair and even-handed enough, but its implications and manner of execution have echoed down the subsequent century paving the way for the brutality and oppression that pervades the land of Palestine today. In this exhibition we explore the ways in which the Balfour Declaration and the subsequent actions of the British Government laid the foundations for the Zionist State of Israel as it is today.

Photo Credit: Mohamed Saber

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Cr edi t s Programme written and compiled by Beata Skobodzinska (Festival Director), James Bryson (Events Planner) and the Just Festival's Board. Copyright Š 2017 Just Fest ivals I Design by Beata Skobodzinska and Karen Dßnzkofer (cover) Printed by Allander Print All information in the programme is subject to change. Just Festival has made every effort to trace copyright holders. Any person claiming rights to the material herein is requested to contact Just Festival at info@just-festival.org Ac k nowl edgement s We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff for the support which made this and previous festivals possible. Special thanks go to the Members of Just Festival's Board who have guided the Festival staff in the times of change, challenges and triumphs. We would like to express our gratitude to St John?s Church and the Quaker Meeting House and their amazing staff for providing us with two homes this year. We would like to thank all events staff and volunteers who shape each year?s festival

and make it an unforgettable experience for all audiences, performers and other stakeholders. We would like to thank all familiar Just Festival goers and the new audiences that entrusted Just Festival Team and supported performers and programme contributors with their presence. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the Scottish Government for their support and help this year and in previous festivals. This programme would not be possible without the collaboration, enthusiasm and devotion shown by all of the organisations, groups, and individuals involved ? Thank You! It was a delight to create the programme, now let?s enjoy it together. Our Volunteering Programme w as re-accredited w it h 'Invest ing in Volunteers' aw ard in 2017.


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