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Overview About just festival How just festival fits into the Edinburgh Festival What makes just festival unique

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just Conversations

What are just Conversations? Format just Conversation 2014 themes Ideas just Conversation 2014

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Past just Conversations Audience evaluations of just Conversations 2013 Conversation and partner archive

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Benefits to just Conversation partners How to get involved

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Overview About just festival just festival is a curated programme of around 300 events, across 25 venues taking place each year in August. We aim to celebrate diversity of cultures, faiths, gender-identities, sexualities, philosophies and ideas, challenge inequality and injustice and create a space for communities to engage with each other in productive dialogue. Now in our fourteen year, just festival features top-quality speakers, conversations, performances, film, food, exhibitions, family activities, workshops, art and much more. Past contributors include Arun Gandhi, Margaret Atwood, Mustafa Cerić – the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Harriet Lamb – Executive Director of Fairtrade Foundation, and Simon Callow. just festival is based at St John’s Church, a prime location at the west end of Princes Street, Edinburgh’s principal street. It has an established reputation a fringe venue that delivers high quality events from all genres. Due to its professional and dedicated staff just festival has a community atmosphere and great relations with speakers both in Edinburgh and across the world.


How just festival fits into the Edinburgh Festival There is no one Edinburgh Festival; it is a collective name for a number of individual festivals going on throughout August in Edinburgh. By all taking place at the same time they draw huge numbers of people into Edinburgh, all going to a variety of shows in different festivals. Princes Street, where just festival is based, was the busiest spot in Edinburgh city centre with 1,343,456 people counted during August 2013 according to Essential Edinburgh.

What makes just festival unique just festival is unique because it creates a real festival atmosphere between contributors, audience, staff, and volunteers.

As a not-for-profit charity our

priority is to encourage dialogue, community and personal growth. We want everyone who comes into contact with just festival, not only enjoy an hour’s entertainment but also, take something with them to share throughout the year. What makes just festival stand out is the sense of community built by having over 40 volunteers, many international, helping at the festival. Each one has a personal commitment to diversity, equality, and justice. Over the festival we aim to give them skills that they can use in their professional and personal life. Together we build a united multi-national, multi-belief community using the festival as a catalyst

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just Conversations What are just Conversations? 15 just Conversations will make up the backbone of just Festival 2014. We bring together a panel of three to five experts, community leaders, business leaders, academics, professionals, activist, and Members of Parliament to engage with the general public in dialogue, offering an unflinching look at important topical issues and methods of positive change. just Conversations develop an inclusive, safe platform for the exchange of experiences, knowledge opinions and beliefs. Founded on discussion, the audiences are actively encouraged to be part of just Conversations.

Format just Conversations will take place on weekdays at 6pm – 7.30pm from 4th – 22nd August.

The venue is Hall at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2

4BJ. The format of just Conversations is relaxed and informal. We provide a rough timetable as a guide for event timings.

Welcome by just Festival representative – 5 minutes Introduction to the theme and speakers by Conversation Chair – 5 minutes Conversation speakers present their stance on the topic – 15 minutes Conversation between speakers based on Chair’s questions – 30 minutes Open debate – responses and questions from the audience – 30 minutes Brief summary of discussion by the Chair – 5 minutes


just Conversation 2014 themes just conversations in 2014 are dedicated to the three umbrella themes; Home, Freedom, and Forgiveness. They will be further subdivided into categories of belief, gender, history, politics, and social justice. 2014 marks a remarkable number key anniversaries both well-known and overlooked: 100 years since – the outbreak of First World War 90 years since – the US Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 80 years since – Persia became Iran 70 years since – the Death Marches during the Holocaust 60 years since – the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the signing of the U.S Civil Rights Act abolishing racial segregation and the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr 50 years since – race riots in the USA and Singapore, and the Catholic Church’s condemnation of the contraceptive pill 40 years since – the Dublin, Monaghan, and Birmingham pub bombings and the introduction of the term ‘trans-gender’ in research papers 30 years since – American researchers announcing their discovery of the AIDS virus as well as introduction of crack cocaine to the US 20 years since – the Rwandan genocide and first multiracial democratic elections in South Africa 10 years since – the largest expansion to date of the European Union These key events have shaped the lives of individuals, families, communities, nations and the world we all live in today.



Ideas for just Conversations 2014 Home Politics: - immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers targeted in political campaigns Social justice: what can be done to affectively aid the homeless living among us Gender: women 2.0 at home, the post-empowerment definition of women Belief: respecting the elders in different faith communities History: Homecoming Year, Scots making their home abroad Freedom Politics: Word politics, what defines PC and censorship in 21st century? Social justice: Gypsy and Irish Travellers in past and present societies Gender: and Sexuality, LGBT rights, removing the conflict binary identities Belief: 3 forces: Mind, Body and Spirit: which to follow History: 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa Forgiveness Politics: Will race riots ever cease? Social justice: Children removed from parents by state and non-secular organisations Gender: Who is to take the blame for gender inequalities? Belief: The concept of forgiveness in different religions


History: Reconciliation process in the last 20 years since the Rwandan genocide

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Past just Conversations Audience evaluation of just Conversations 2013 344 individuals attended Conversations in 2013. 39% returned evaluation forms. -



42% rated the Conversation Events as “very good” and 32% rated the Conversation Events as “good.” 71% indicated they were from the Edinburgh/Lothians area; 21% from other areas in Scotland; 8% from other areas in the UK; and 2% from areas outside of the UK 6% 17-24 years of age; 17% to be 25-34 years of age; 14% to be 35-44 years of age; 14% to be 45-54 years of age; 27% to be 55-64 years of age; and 28% to be 65 and over years of age 56% indicated they identified with a faith community 85% indicated they would recommend just Festival

Common written audience feedback revealed that just Conversations: are eye-opening - I had not thought about art in this way before promote understanding - It helped me to be more focused and clearer on the range and interconnectedness of issues cover vital issues - Felt it is essential to raise awareness of this subject showcase local organisations – Great to see people on stage who don't normally do that! provide insights - Really interesting to hear the reasons behind the DA

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are innovative - I'd never before heard the topic discussed

Conversation and partner archive Since 2001, we have hosted outstanding Conversations featuring speakers from Scotland and around the world including: Does Slavery Exist in Scotland Today? – Hope for Justice and ELREC A World Without Religion – Humanist Society Scotland Rape: From Blame to Prevention – Rape Crisis Scotland Separating Religion and State – Church of Scotland Business for the Other 99% – Social Enterprise Scotland, Social Bite More Tea, Imam? – Interfaith Scotland, EIFA Boys Don't Automatically Grow Up to be Men – Working Rite Bosnia Twenty Years On – The Alwaleed Centre, Edinburgh University The Worst Place in the World to be Gay? – Amnesty International Other past just Conversation partners include:

The Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland I SEC Church in Society Committee I The University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues I The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy I The Edinburgh Jewish Liberal Community I Sikh Sanjog I Migrants' Rights Scotland I European Movement in Scotland I Scottish Fair Trade Forum I Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative I Equal Exchange I MADE in Europe I Zaytoun I Islamic Relief Worldwide I Third Sector Internships Scotland I Adopt an Intern I Interfaith Scotland I Shakti Women in Aid I Abused Men in Scotland I Scottish Women’s Aid I Mary's Meals I Eczema Outreach Scotland I Fast Forward I Stonelaw High Fair Traders I TRUE Colours I Burma Assist I Active Inquiry I Fourth World Art I Compassion in World Farming I Waverly Care



Programming Process Benefits to just Conversation partners Organisation name in just Festival printed programme, with a print run 20,000 distributed across Edinburgh Exposure for your organization through our social media, newsletters, and PR resources Weblinks to your organization on just Festival webpage 10 complimentary tickets for your organization to your conversation Invitations to special events, receptions, and networking opportunities with other just Festival Partners Access to evaluation data and photographs/ media of your Conversation

How to get involved We welcome you to suggest just Conversation speakers and/or topics that relate your organization while fitting with the themes above. We like to meet each organisation we work with to develop a close working relationship and methods for collaboration. Please email just Festival Conversation Coordinator Beata Skobodzinska at to arrange a meeting.


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All information subject to change Photo credit page 3 Ed Bock A company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No: 399201 Scottish Registered Charity SC042638

Conversation pack 2014