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just festival is organised by just acting as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace

Welcome to just festival! Edinburgh has long been regarded as a city at peace and a

So this year just Festival is partnering with over seventy faith A company limited by guarantee and registered

create sustainable peace for all that is based on compassion and justice. Our partners

positive change. Creating the soul of the Festival is the amazing array of activities going on in St John’s and throughout the city. Hear

midst of the bustling city can help. The Persian Tent CafĂŠ is

place to water your camel and imagine yourself a million miles away‌ Katherine Newbigging Festival Director



Faith Today Human history has been one of almost constant change. Sometimes the change has been slow and evolutionary; sometimes it has been fast and revolutionary. In the modern era it has been almost unbearably rapid. In my own lifetime I have witnessed at least three revolutions, all of which have had a profound impact on religion. The communications revolution has brought the world into our living rooms. This is sometimes described as ‘the death of distance’: everything is much closer, including much we’d rather not know about. The transportation revolution has shrunk the world and brought very different cultural and political traditions together, often uncomfortably. And the feminist revolution has challenged male dominance of the institutions of society, including religion. Taken together, these revolutions have had a profoundly destabilising effect on faith communities, most of which trace their self-understanding back to pre-modern male dominated cultures. And I haven’t even mentioned science and the way it has revolutionised our understanding of the origins of the physical universe! No wonder faith communities are in turmoil as they try to calibrate their responses to this revolutionary situation. One thing seems clear to me as we contemplate this tumult: there can be no going back. The question is: how can we go forward? Professor Richard Holloway Former Bishop of Edinburgh of the Scottish Episcopal Church

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Tales of Power and Wonder p.15



Scottish Independence Referendum

Changing World

There are only two ways to vote in the Scottish independence referendum: yes and no. There is no ‘maybe’, no ‘yes provided…’, no ‘not unless…’, no equivalent of ‘not proven’. Both ‘no’ and ‘yes’ are moving targets. In the face of such uncertainty, what to do?

Our globalised media provides us with instantaneous reports of catastrophes and gloomy political developments around the world. As a journalist I know that generally ‘good news’ doesn’t make news. The combination of the bias towards negative events and developments and the reporting of events at breakneck speed means that what we see in the media is often decontextualised and lacks real depth and perspective. As a result of the dominance of the media we often fail to notice much of the heartening and inspirational work that quietly continues all over the world. Children and young people bring their enthusiasm and idealism to a great deal of voluntary work which creates genuine change – helping old people, working with refugees and helping to preserve the environment. Much theatre, music and literature provides commentary on current situations that are far from ideal and show us a glimpse of a better world. The arts have the capacity to reach large numbers of people and to encourage them to think differently about things. There is a great deal of work going on to further peace, with a variety of different focuses – disarmament, reconciliation and good neighbourliness, all are part of the yearning to live in a ‘good’ society. While the headlines remain grim let’s not forget about all the inspiring work going on, on the ground at so many different levels to make our societies better, fairer and more peaceful places to live in.

These events are designed to help people to think about what values are relevant to the referendum and how they apply. We all have an identity that is a composite of local, regional, national, race, class, occupation and so on. How important to that identity is being Scottish? The Church of Scotland gives social justice top billing: is it the same for you? Is the principle of self-determination paramount for you, or do you think that remaining part of the UK will keep Scotland closer to where the critical decisions are taken? Take the subject of immigration. Will patterns of immigration change, if Scotland is independent? Perhaps even more interesting, will the way in which Scots think about immigration change if Scotland and England become two countries? Perry Walker Head of Democracy and Participation at the New Economics Foundation

Diane Taylor Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum Manager

Citizenship and Identity p.22

Sacred Earth p.13



Behind Closed Doors Great historical trajectories are played out in our daily lives. Writing in the 1950s, C Wright Mills argued that we must always understand ‘private troubles’ in the wider context of ‘public issues’. In the 1970s, the feminist slogan ‘the personal is political’ radically re-interpreted this quest by pointing out that political injustices, and therefore struggles for justice, occur in the everyday here and now. In the 21st century we are perhaps more individualised and privatised than ever before whilst the scope of political and economic change is increasingly global. It is therefore even more urgent today to contest publicly what goes on behind closed doors. Some of these historical trajectories interact in problematic ways. Take just a few: the neoliberal orthodoxy driving a shift from public welfare to private economic interests; the division of economic and political power between men and women; the legitimacy of the state in defining and policing deviance; the rise, in tandem, of secularism and fundamentalism; new economic dependencies in a largely post-colonial world. All of these seemingly abstract forces are lived every day in the ways that we understand ourselves as gendered human beings, as consumers, as citizens, as people who seek meaning in life. Dr Eurig Scandrett Queen Margaret University

Our current financial crisis has been in part due to a focus on profit and shareholders rather than customers and suppliers. However, in the new world of online sharing and transparency, the voices of the consumer and producer are now being listened to and the marketplace is changing its ethics. But there are still hurdles. Ethics aren’t cheap. Although Fairtrade is good in principle, if the ensuing retail price is unaffordable then the retailer can’t sell it. If free-range pork from ethical farming results in meat being so expensive that customers prefer to buy from cheaper and unknown sources, then that farm won’t survive. Through microfinancing social enterprise we can help to seed and build their future sustainability and customer base, but a workforce costs. To navigate this changing marketplace, experience and knowledge is a currency and workplace learning is a personal investment.  If achieving this can only be done by working for free then it is an organisation’s responsibility to create a culture that is so enriched, focused and supportive that the benefits outweigh the initial lack of funds to future sustainability. Profit is not unethical. It is crucial.  It is where those profits go that will shape our future direction. Kirsty Burnham SoLoCo Co-Founder

See Conversations p.18

Refugee to Tailor, Assisting Burmese Refugees in Delhi p.22




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Waverley Care

Tejas Verdes ‘Eloquently translated … impossible to forget’ Michael Billington, The Guardian ‘Warm, rich, even poetic.’ James Naughtie, The Times Marking the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat, Fermin Cabal’s critically acclaimed play remembers, with poetic beauty and compassion, a woman tortured and disappeared in Tejas Verdes.

that everyone can work towards reaching their full potential in life.

Mary’s Meals projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

price £14 – £7 see website

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 2, 4 – 9, 11 – 13, 15, 16, 18 – 20, 22, 23, 25 & 26

14:00 – 15:10

aug 3, 10, 17 & 24 12:30 – 13:40

classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty. The average cost to feed a child for a whole school

Just Starting

j price by donation

Join us in launching just 2013. With guest speakers and special performances, we aim to start as we mean to go on. Get into the Festival spirit. Followed by a reception in the Hall until 9pm. Come and make new friends and celebrate. venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 3 18:00 – 19:00

European LUX Prize Films The Japanese Tea Ceremony ‘Cha-no-Yu’, the Way of Tea, is a living art which originated in 16th century Japan. It synthesises the elegant arts of kimono, flower arrangement, calligraphy and pottery into a philosophy and way of life. Mio Shapley, the master of Tea Ceremony with Rumi McIntyre and shamisen player Hiromi Moffat, warmly invite you to share a cup of peace and simplicity.

building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach light on the process of European integration. Each screening will be followed price by donation The screenings are organised in partnership with the European Parliament

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 5 18:00 – 19:00

aug 10 12:00 – 13:00



price £12 full £10 conc.

Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim

Sacred Earth

Derby day, one Rangers fan, one Celtic fan, a single jail cell. Being locked up during the most important football match is no laughing matter. Harry, a troubled turnkey, barely keeps the peace as the boys spar verbally. Des Dillon’s funny, challenging yet uplifting take on the age old issue of sectarianism and bigotry.

‘Rapturous, profound’ The New York Times

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 2, 4 – 7 & 24 20:30 – 21:50

Sacred Earth celebrates the interconnectedness between humans emotions and the landscapes that shape them. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of Kolam and Warli, Ragamala’s dynamic Bharatanatyam choreography brings to life the fragile relationship between nature and humans. Performed with live music.

Contains strong langauage and adult themes.

Africa Entsha Discovered busking in parts of Johannesburg rarely visited, Africa Entsha now travel the world sharing their irrepressible energy and spectacular musical talents. Fantastic a cappella performances combine traditional African melodies with the contemporary, coupled with breathtaking dancing. Skilfully mixing humour and heart-breaking emotion, you will be dancing in the aisles.

price £15 full £13 conc.

price £12 full £10 conc.

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 2, 4 – 7, 9 , 10, 12 – 14, 16 – 21, 23, 24 & 26 20:00 – 21:00

aug 8, 15 & 22 16:00 – 17:00

price £12 full £10 conc.

aug 19 – 24 & 26 18:00 – 19:15

aug 25 16:00 – 17:15

A Solo Performance of Bharatanatyam by Ashwini Ramaswamy Ashwini Ramaswamy, a soloist with the renowned Ragamala Dance, presents a solo performance of the vibrant and complex south Indian dance form of Bharat -anatyam. She traverses the boundary between tradition and vision, inheritance and invention. Balancing physicality, linear geometry, complexity of rhythm, and depth of expression, Ashwini will perform with an ensemble of musicians. price free

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 24 16:00 – 16:45

Soweto Melodic Voices

Bob Chilcott: Requiem

Offering a vibrant, life-affirming, joyous celebration of African music from the traditional to contemporary song and dance. Having grown-up in the poverty of Soweto, the performers are uplifting, showcasing the power of community. Supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, they are raising funds for the orphans of HIV/AIDS and its prevention and treatment.

Renowned choral composer, Bob Chilcott, conducts a massed choir of 300 voices as they sing his compelling and beautiful Requiem. Accompanied by Morley Whitehead, the Requiem includes solo performances by tenor, Andrew Nunn, and by soprano, Laurie Ashworth. If you are interested in participating as a singer, please contact Waverley Care – admin@waverleycare.org

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 4 – 7, 9 – 14, 16 – 21 & 23 16:00 – 17:00

aug 8 & 15 18:00 – 19:00

aug 22 14:00 – 15:00

price £10 full £8 conc.

Anthar Kharana: Medicine Songs Evening

venue 127 The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 4 19:00 – 20:00

venue St Cuthbert’s Church 5 Lothian Road

aug 10 17:30 – 18:30

When I Grow Up

An unmissable evening of Colombian sacred ceremonial songs. Arranged by Anthar Kharana who works alongside different elders from his native land, these songs are mostly sung in healing ceremonies around the Americas and some are Anthar’s own compositions. You won’t resist joining in with a free booklet providing lyrics and English translations. price £8 full £6 conc.

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

Does growing up mean letting go? As a child Juliette wanted to be many things: ballerina, princess, Muppet. Was she right as a kid? Did she know her vocation before life got in the way? In this true-life comedy, award-winning Juliette Burton realises childhood ambitions. Followed by guest question and answer session. price £5

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 11 20:00 – 21:30



Pauline Bradley Sings Songs of Justice, Human Struggle, Peace and Freedom

A Scottish Journey with Edinburgh Brass Band A newly formed ensemble based in the heart of the capital. In just one hour, you will be guided through the rich tradition of Scottish brass music through the ages, from historic classics to a world premiere, all performed by an energetic local, community-driven ensemble. Their first Festival show – not to be missed! price £10 full £8 conc.

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 10 18:00 – 19:00

Pauline Bradley is an Irish born singer/songwriter who has lived in England, travelled extensively and now lives in Clydebank, Scotland. She will sing her unique left-of-centre self penned and interpreted songs about life, love, human endeavour, struggle, justice, equality and freedom. price £10 full £8 conc.

Glasgow Gospel Choir

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 17 18:00 – 19:00

Greek born singer Stamatina Kanta’s performance will take you on a musical journey through ballads from all over the world. Different melodies played on the piano will capture your soul and have it travelling and wandering in a magic experience. price £5

Heart Strings

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 17 12:00 – 13.00

price £5

aug 16 – 21, 26 20:30 – 21:30

price £5

aug 25 13:00 – 14:30

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 2 16:00 – 17:00


Re-igniting hope for human-kind passionate, funny, honest, affirming of real people and real living. Creating music, song, dance and stories on the spot, performers elevate both the miracles and struggles of everyday folk in a daring, spontaneous and fresh way. Directed by Interplay founders and featuring Interplayers from around the world. UK debut. venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 18 – 21 & 23 – 24 14:00 – 15:00

‘Once there were two lovers who were reborn in a later age on account of their divine love for each other…’ So begins the story of Queen Chudala and King Sikhidvaja in one of Hinduism’s most esoteric texts. Travel to ancient India for a tale of undying love, yogic miracles and the deepest mystical teachings.

The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human

price by donation

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

Tales of Power and Wonder: The Queen Who Flew Through the Sky to Seek Her Beloved

Edinburgh, 1637: Jenny Geddes flings a stool at a minister and starts a riot in St Giles. While Calvinists and Catholics clash on city streets, Jenny’s employer demands an explanation – leading to unwelcome discoveries. A story of secrets, early Scottish sectarianism and the uncontrollable consequences of a single act of defiance. venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 24 18:00 – 19:00

The Cello Suites by Bach are normally performed as single suites, travelling through the prelude and dances in their conventional order. But what happens when all the Preludes are played in sequence, all the Allemandes in sequence and so on through all the six works? With a musical surprise each day…

Creepie Stool

price £10 full £8 conc.

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

The Cello Suites

Invoking the muse to guide her harp music, Mio Shapley performs in the enchanting atmosphere of St John’s Church. Her versatile repertoire ranges through classical and celtic to jazz and her own compositions. Mio, who grew up in the Alps of central Japan, infuses her music with the elegance and beauty of her native land. price £5

aug 10 14:00 – 15:00

Wanderings in the Ballads of the Soul

The Glasgow Gospel Choir is an energetic mix of talent. The community choir, established 14 years ago by Jerry Boweh, originally from Liberia, brings a taste of soulful gospel to Glasgow. Styles include African, Gospel, Motown and Blues. All profits raised go to the African Youth Development Action Project. price £10 full £8 conc.

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

Sanctuary deals with a young man’s guilt over a relationship breakdown and the difficult circumstances surrounding it. How many losses go into the process of growing up? Sanctuary is a subtle exploration of lives forming around a life unformed. price £8 full £6 conc.

venue 127 The Chapel at St John’s

aug 12, 13, 14 & 16 18:00 – 19:00



price £12 full £10 conc.

Talitha MacKenzie

Canto del Paradiso

Talitha MacKenzie performs songs from her internationally acclaimed album Spiorad (spirit): music from Scotland, Brittany, Serbia and Bulgaria. This tapestry of traditional and contemporary sounds sets Gaelic Song within the context of contemporary World Music in an inviting, uplifting and invigorating way. Musicians include Hyperborea, Thalia Blacking and Tom Oakes.

A classical musical journey from darkness to light depicting our life struggles in search of destiny and conclusion as we seek our own personal paradise. Real time art by Sandy Moffat set to arias sung by Scottish tenor Martin Aelred. An art synthesis.

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 9 16:00 – 17:00

aug 10 18:00 – 19:00

price £8 full £6 conc.

price £10 full £8 conc.

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 16 16:00 – 17:00

price £10 full £8 conc.

aug 7, 14 14:30 – 15:30

price by donation

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 19 16:00 – 17:00

So Much to Celebrate: Poetry Reading by Alwyn Marriage Alwyn Marriage is a widely published poet who has given readings all over Britain and abroad. Her poetry, which is thoughtful and insightful, but also full of humour, has been described by RV Bailey as ‘entertaining, lively, and richly imagined’. price £5

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 12 14:00 – 15:00

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 3 – 6 14:00 – 15:00

The development of imaginative expression through beautifully constructed words has been an art form called poetry for an unfathomable length of time. Join Dr Kion Ahadi, researcher, poet and author and Troy Kamal, accountant, poet and musician to share in an evening of poetry and music, to lighten and soothe the soul. price free

venue 127 The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 17 16:00 – 18:00

Kiss, Cuddle, Torture The Goddess Within Through music, dance, meditation and words, come into the domain of the Goddess. Man or woman, her nature nourishes, like a divine mother innocently placed within us. We invite you to witness a glimpse of that hidden glory. An international group collaborate to offer this piece on the theme of the Goddess.

aug 26 16:00 – 17:00

Poetry and Music to Lift the Soul Experience the deepest relaxation as you are bathed in the rich and nurturing sounds of the Tibetan bowls, healing drum and gentle flute song. A chance to rest and journey in a magical soundscape to ease aches and pains and feel stresses melt away. venue 127 The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 2 18:00 – 19:00

Hear energetic and emotional sounds from North East Japan which experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa, Japanese folk singer Akari Mochizuki, award winning cellist Atzi Muramatsu and harpist Tamsin Dearnley present unforgettable experiences of Japanese folk music. All ticket profits go to the Ishinomaki Fund.

Sacred Sound Journeys

price £8

aug 2, 7, 8 & 9 14:00 – 15:00

North East Japan Spirit: Tsugaru Shamisen and Folk Songs Hyperborea in Concert Hyperborea presents a seductively diverse selection of music with voice, oud and Macedonian tambura, varying from the indescribable and hypnotic rhythms of the Balkans, to the sinuous melodies of Medieval Italian, Ottoman and Arabic classical music. Hyperborea are joined by acclaimed Balkan and Gaelic singer Talitha MacKenzie.

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

Three women, battling their own demons at home, face the possibility of being expelled from their only refuge – the school building where they work. Bonding over relationships, children and the importance of wearing marigolds, Lynn, Sue and Lucy are pushed to breaking point, forcing them into a life on the edge of escape. price £10 full £8 conc.

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 9 – 14, 23 20:30 – 21:30

Contains strong langauage and adult themes.

Just Together

j price by donation

Bringing together the many strands of the festival in words, music and dance. Featuring guest performers and a mix of cultures and wisdom. Giving thanks to the people who made the Festival, celebrating the highs and looking to the future. Not forgetting, of course, the hearty singing of Auld Lang Syne. Followed by a reception in the Hall until 10pm. venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 25 20:00 – 21:00



Beyond Rhetoric: Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland faith today


Members of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, established by Rosanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will host a conversation on the need to shift the debate on Sectarianism from entrenched positions of fear and blame to constructive dialogue and shared solutions. price £5

Rape: From Blame to Prevention behind closed doors

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 2 18:00 – 19:30

behind closed doors

Speakers: Senga Gall (Equal Exchange), Rachel Farey (Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative) & Mohammad Zaman (MADE in Europe) Chair: Helen Rothwell (Scottish Fair Trade Forum)

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 3 14:00 – 17:00

changing world

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 7 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Hope for Justice, ELREC

Speakers: Bob Chilcott (Waverley Care), Gavin Crichton (Active Inquiry), Jay McAllister (Impact Arts) & Lilian JS Lee (Fourth World Art) Chair: Dr Geoffrey Stevenson (University of Edinburgh) Through arts, stereotypes and common perspectives are challenged with creativity and innovative thinking. How can arts be incorporated into the changes at societal, political and economic levels? What can be done to integrate artists and community organisations to address social problems? What are the examples of building cross-cultural dialogue through the arts?

in partnership with Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative, MADE in Europe, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Zaytoun

aug 9 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Waverley Care, Active Inquiry, Impact Arts, Fourth World Art

A World Without Religion

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

Speakers: Professor Richard Holloway (former Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church), Tim Maguire (Humanist Society Scotland) & Sanderson Jones (Atheist Church) Chair: Professor Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh)

Refugee to Tailor, Assisting Burmese Refugees in Delhi

Imagine there is no religion... Would the world be as one or remain divided? What alternative do humanism, atheism or agnosticism offer? Can a happy medium between state religions or secular states be found? Would no religion bring chaos and immorality once structures and strictures shared by faith groups are no longer imposed? price £5

Speakers: Jeremy Alford (Hope for Justice) & Detective Chief Supt Gillian Imery (Scottish Police Divisional Crime and Public Protection) Chair: Alexa Marion Anderson (ELREC)

Arts at the Heart of Change

price £5

faith today

in partnership with The Scottish Government

Sex trafficking, exploitation of migrant labour, domestic servitude are only a few examples of human enslavement in Scotland today. How should human exploitation be tackled from a legal, social and political perspective? How can we identify when we come into contact with a trafficked person and what can we do to help? price £5

Fairtrade is now a well-recognised and trusted label, putting pressure on international corporations to be ethical. Yet, are the public well-informed about the current Fairtrade standards? How are the fairtrade businesses addressing their international impact? And, in what way are Scottish and other businesses affected by continuing unfair trading practices? Followed by an open discussion. price £6

aug 6 18:00 – 19:30

Does Slavery Exist in Scotland Today?

in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland

Fairtrade Matters ethics over profit

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

Speakers: Alison Di Rollo (COPFS) & Joan Burnie (Daily Record) Chair: Sandy Brindley (Rape Crisis Scotland) Studies consistently show that a significant minority of the Scottish public hold attitudes towards rape which blame women and their dress and alcohol consumption. This event will explore the role that the media and the legal system can play in changing attitudes towards rape, and their possibilities for contributing to rape prevention.

price £5

Speakers: Members of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 5 18:00 – 19:30

changing world

Speakers: Chris Barr (Burma Assist), Stephanie Voytier (Burma Assist) & Habib Malik (Islamic Relief Worldwide) Chair: David Hope Jones (Scotland Malawi Partnership) Travel with us across the world to meet, live and face-to-face, three Burmese refugee women living and working in Delhi. Answering questions directly, the women and project workers will tell their stories. Followed by an open discussion about the challenges of working sustainably with a group of refugees, creating independence rather than dependence. Followed by an open discussion

in partnership with Humanist Society Scotland price £6

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 10 14:00 – 17:00

in partnership with Burma Assist, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Scotland Malawi Partnership



Faith in the Media faith today

Interns Wanted – Fees Not Included

Speakers: Professor Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh) & Michael Brady Munnik (The Alwaleed Centre) With the modern culture of scepticism and constant searching for controversy and story-making, are the media portraying the real image of religions? What approaches should be adopted in order to present an unbiased image of faith communities? How can the media shape both perceptions and the way in which religions are practised? aug 12 18:00 – 19:30

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

scottish independence referendum

Separating Religion and State?

price £5

in partnership with The Alwaleed Centre

More information online. Scotland’s faith communities have helped shape the Scotland we know today. Our education system, our prison communities, our sense of the egalitarian and the ideal of “we’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns” are part of that story. Whatever the outcome of the referendum, how will faith communities have a space to make a similar contribution in our multi-cultural 21st century Scotland? venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 13 18:00 – 19:30

ethics over profit

Speakers: Dr Martha Caddell (TSIS/QMU), Joy Lewis (Adopt an Intern) & Juliette Burton (Mace and Burton) Chair: Harriet Eadie (VCE) With an increasing number of higher education institutions refusing to advertise unpaid placements and internships, are employers changing their attitudes towards offering internships? As graduates are putting long term ambition over wages, how are organisations ensuring that graduates are not being exploited and that their free labour will become paid employment? aug 16 18:00 – 19:30

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

scottish independence referendum

YES/NO to Immigrants Speakers: Hanzala Malik MSP, Pat Elsmie (Migrants’ Rights Scotland), Fiaz Khan (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations Scotland) How will the increasing rate of immigrations to Scotland affect the Scottish Independence Referendum discussion? Do the roles and living conditions of immigrants in Scotland need be taken into account? How will the outcome of the Referendum affect the numbers and life choices of immigrants and emigrations in Scotland? Followed by an open discussion.

in partnership with Church of Scotland price £6

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 17 14:00 – 17:00

The Role of Photojournalism in Peacebuilding changing world

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 14 14:00 – 15:00

Muslim - Christian Encounters

faith today

Speakers: Rev Canon Dr Isaac M Poobalan (the Scottish Episcopal Church) & Sheikh Ahmed Megharbi (Aberdeen Syed Shah Mustafa Jame Masjid Mosque) Chair: Rev Dr Harriet Harris (University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy)

in partnership with The School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

By welcoming Muslims to share their Christian place of worship, the Aberdeen Church of St John the Evangelist set a precedent in the UK. In the critical times for both Muslims and Christians, what can be done to improve ChristianMuslim encounters in Scotland? What doors must be opened to address sectarianism and prejudice?

Domestic Abuse – Scotland’s Secret Shame behind closed doors

Speakers: Mridul Wadhwa (Shakti Women’s Aid), Nick Smithers (Abused Men in Scotland) & Fiona Buchanan (Scottish Women’s Aid) Chair: Dr Eurig Scandrett (QMU) Domestic abuse remains a prevalent socially-tabooed problem in Scotland. What can be done to decrease abusive behaviours? How can faith-related organisations provide assistance to the victims? What legal procedures should be put in place so that the abused are provided with secure living conditions? And should the abusers be given counselling?

price £5

in partnership with Migrants’ Rights Scotland, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations Scotland

Speakers: Professor Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh), Prof Scott Appleby (Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies) & Ian Berry (Magnum Photos) The exhibition ‘In Sight of Peace’ on show in the Hall bears moving witness to South Africa’s extraordinary journey from segregation and inequality towards justice, peace and reconciliation. This panel discussion will dig deeper into the part photojournalism can play in processes of conflict transformation.

price £5

in partnership with Third Sector Internships Scotland, Adopt an Intern, Voluntary Centre Ed.

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 14 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Shakti Women’s Aid, Abused Men in Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 19 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with The Alwaleed Centre



changing world

The Good Society – An Enquiry

Young World - Changers

Speakers: The Rev Padraig Gallagher (the Church in Wales) & June Fearns (Hamilton) Chair: Rt Rev Dr John Armes (Bishop of Edinburgh)

Speakers: Representatives of Mary’s Meals, Fast Forward, Eczema Outreach Scotland, & TRUE Colours and Stonelaw High Fair Traders Chair: Sean Lewis (ELREC)

In the summer of 2011 a Churches Together in Britain researcher and a photojournalist working in Britain and Ireland set out with the questions of “What do we mean by good society? What can and do churches or faith groups contribute to the development of such a society?” We discuss their findings. aug 20 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Scottish Episcopal Church

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

ethics over profit

Speakers: Frank McKillop (ABCUL), Kirsty Burnham (SoLoCo), Habib Malik (Islamic Relief Worldwide), Josh Littlejohn (Social Bite)

changing world

We meet inspiring young people who balance homework with changing the world. They have had a positive effect on those they set out to help and their friends and families. What inspired them to be the change they wanted to see in the world and what can we learn from them? Followed by an open discussion. price £6

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 24 14:00 – 17:00

in partnership with Mary’s Meals, Fast Forward, Eczema Outreach Scotland, TRUE Colours, Stonelaw High Fair Traders

More Tea, Imam?

Seen as an instrument to tackle poverty and promote micro-entrepreneurship, social enterprises have generated great interest, and not only in socialist minds. This new form of business with a ‘conscience’ is increasingly being adopted in Scotland and beyond. Yet, are they sustainable as businesses and for the communities they support? price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 21 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Social Bite

faith today

Speakers: Sister Isabel Smyth (Interfaith Scotland), Bashir Malik (EIFA), Iain Stewart (EIFA) Chair: Rev Markus Dünzkofer (Church of St John the Evangelist) Once mainly Christian, Scotland has greater religious diversity than ever before. What are the obstacles in interfaith work today? How does school and home education affect the dialogue between believers? In the light of greater secularisation of the state and society, to what extent do interfaith activities support religious life and spirituality?

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 26 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Interfaith Scotland, EIFA

Citizenship and Identity scottish independence referendum

Speakers: Iain Mitchell QC (European Movement in Scotland), Perry Walker (the new economics foundation) Chair: Moira Tasker (Citizens Advice Edinburgh) The Scottish Independence Referendum opens discussions about Scotland’s identity and citizenship. How can Scotland’s identity be defined after centuries of union and immigration? How will this affect the voting? What should be taken into account while revisiting legal aspects of granting citizenship? How will the Referendum shape intra-British and European relations?

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 23 16:00 – 17:30

Le silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)

in partnership with The European Movement in Scotland

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. Belgium, France, Italy 2008 French language/subtitled. Rated 15

european films

A young Albanian woman is stuck in a strategic marriage set up by a Russian gangster, so that her husband can be murdered and Lorna re-marry the gangster so he can gain the Belgian citizenship he desperately needs. Meanwhile, Lorna entertains modest dreams of her own.

Farm Animals: Just Food or Fellow Creatures? ethics over profit

Speaker: Peter Stevenson (Compassion in World Farming) Chair: Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder (SRUC) Treating animals well: a luxury we can’t afford or a companion on our spiritual journey? Many of the animals who provide our meat, milk and eggs are factory farmed, all in the name of efficiency and cheap food. But is it really cheap or efficient? Can we eat well and treat animals with humanity?

price £5

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 23 18:00 – 19:30

in partnership with Compassion in World Farming

price £8.20 full £6 conc.

venue Filmhouse Cinema 2 88 Lothian Rd.

aug 4 17:45

in partnership with The European Parliament LUX Prize



R: Hit First, Hit Hardest! european films

Michael Noer, Tobias Lindholm. Denmark 2010 Danish language/subtitled. Rated 18 A stark anthropological drama exploring life in a Danish prison. R has been sent to prison for violent assault. Determined to stay out of harm’s way, he faces the challenge of navigating prison culture with its notions of honour, hidden agendas and contracts. What will he have to do to survive?

price £8.20 full £6 conc.

venue Filmhouse Cinema 2 88 Lothian Rd.

aug 15 18:00

Real Scenes: Bristol, Detroit, Johannesburg sunday screenings

Patrick Nation. UK, USA 2011 S. Africa 2013 English language. Rated 15 Real Scenes is a series of films, which explore the musical, cultural and creative climate within electronic music’s key destinations: Bristol, Detroit and Johannesburg. In cities with high unemployment and poverty, can music offer a way out? Discover how music is giving marginalised young people a voice of their own. Followed by an open discussion.

in partnership with The European Parliament LUX Prize

Illégal (Illegal) european films

Olivier Masset-Depasse. Belgium, France, Luxemburg 2010 French language/subtitled. Rated 15 Tania has been living illegally in Belgium with her 14 year old son. Refused asylum in Belgium she lives in constant fear of being caught. Following a police check, she is arrested and placed in a detention centre where she fights for her dignity and for her son.

price £8.20 full £6 conc.

venue Filmhouse Cinema 2 88 Lothian Rd.

aug 8 18:00

in partnership with The European Parliament LUX Prize

price £6

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 11 16:00

One For Ten sunday screenings

Will Francome, Mark Pizzey. USA 2013. English language. Rated 15 One For Ten is an revolutionary series of campaign films produced and broad -cast online over five weeks in April and May of 2013. During those five weeks, the producers travelled the width of the US and interviewed ten individuals who have been freed from death row after their false convictions were overturned. Followed by an open discussion.

Kalinovski square european films

Yury Khashchavatski. Belarus, Estonia 2007 Belarussian language/subtitled. Rated 15 A documentary exploring the demonstrations on Kalinovski Square in Minsk, Belarus, after the Belarusian presidential elections on 19 March 2006 where Lukashenka ‘created’ his victory with almost 83% of the votes. With his astonishing footage and ironic discourses, Khashchavatski speaks out about resistance and persecution, displaying an overwhelming will for freedom.

price £8.20 full £6 conc.

venue Filmhouse Cinema 2 88 Lothian Rd.

aug 22 18:00

in partnership with The European Parliament LUX Prize venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

sunday screenings

Two-Sided Story

Discover Iran and Persia persian tent

Further details and listings avaliable online. A mix of feature films and documentaries looking at the history, culture and customs of Persia and Iran. Travel through Persia’s seven thousand years of civilisation; explore its artefacts, traditions, poetry, crafts and Sufi Whirling Dervishes. Relax in the Persian Tent and learn about its rich history and fascinating people.

price free

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21 16:00

aug 18 16:00

price £6

Tor Ben-Mayor. Israel, Palestine 2010. Hebrew, Arabic language/subtitles. Rated 18 The story of 27 Palestinians and Israelis meeting for a unique project called ‘History Through The Human Eye’. Bereaved families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex-soldiers, ex-security prisoners and citizens of the Gaza strip; each holds their own historical truth and shares their own emotional baggage with each other. Followed by an open discussion.

price £6

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 25 16:00



On Being a Good Society


In the summer of 2011 Churches Together set up a research project to explore ‘what do we mean by good society? And what can Churches and Faith groups contribute to creating such a society?’ Jim Benton Evans, one of the leaders involved, explores his experiences of seeking to create ‘good societies’ in Cornwall and Scotland. price by donation

Sufism is often mistaken as a sect of Islam. In fact, it is more accurate to say that it is an aspect of Islam. The historian Ibn Khaldun described Sufism as ‘… dedication to worship and abstinence from pleasure, wealth and prestige’. Come along to find out more. price free

venue Annandale St. Mosque

Celebrating the 1300th anniversary of the Lindisfarne Gospels -’the book that made Britain’ (Sunday Times) and Scotland’s undiscovered Saint, Aidan. Ray Simpson, author and founding guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda looks at the amazing blend of influences and possibly the first ‘manifesto’ of a truly British Church. price £5 full £3 conc.

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” a Haitian proverb, translates to ‘many hands, make the load lighter,’ epitomises Fourth World Art’s vision. Come and listen to the founding story of Fourth World Art as they creatively advocate self-sufficiency and enterprise through artisan craft, as a means to rebuild communities in crisis. price £5

venue The Chapel at St John’s

aug 22 16:00 – 17:00

Graham Turner explores the power that can be found in silence through interviewing people from many backgrounds, faiths and cultures. An insightful talk which journeys through Christian contemplation in the Egyptian desert to Vipassana meditation in India, to the shared silence of Quaker meetings and the profound stillness of the Alps.

aug 11 14:00 – 15:00

A Beginner’s Guide to Religion Ever wondered what makes food halal? How karma works? Or why Sikh people wear turbans? Each evening we will explore a different religion with a speaker from that faith. Learn the history and teachings of each faith, and hear personal accounts belonging to a faith tradition in 21st century Scotland. venue Cornerstone Bookshop at St John’s

venue The Hall at St John’s

The Power of Silence

price £5

price by donation

aug 11 18:00 – 19:30

Lindisfarne – its Gospels, Saint Aidan and its Spirituality

aug 2 19:00 – 20:30

Creating a World of Possibilities

venue St Anne’s Episcopal Church,

venue The Hall at St John’s

aug 15 16:00 – 17:00

A Glimpse of Life Behind the Wall In 2012 a group from Edinburgh went to the West Bank to learn about conditions for ordinary Palestinians, to perform songs of peace and solidarity and take part in non-violent protest against the Occupation. Come and hear the inspirational stories of the people they met, and their songs of hope.

aug 7 , 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 17:30 – 18:30 price £5

venue The Hall at St John’s

aug 17 18:00 – 19:00

Women in a Democratic South Africa With the indefatigable Joyce Seroke, born in 1933 in Johannesburg, she was awarded the Golden Baobab in 1996 for ‘her excellent contribution to the struggle against gender oppression and exploitation, her commitment to peace and reconciliation and the struggle for a non-racial, just and democratic society’. price £5

venue The Church at St John’s.

Ancient Indian Civilisation and Swami Vivekananda 2013 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a dynamic Hindu monk whose message of divinity of the individual soul and universal brotherhood is as relevant today as it was during his time. This talk will explore ancient Indian civilisation and Swamiji’s teachings.

aug 15 14:00 – 15:00 price by donation

venue The Church at St John’s.

aug 11 12:30 – 13:30



Global Hospital and Research Centre – An Alternative Approach to Health Care

In Conversation with Ian Berry Magnum photographer Ian Berry talks about his remarkable work in South Africa where he first went as a boy of 17, and which resulted in powerful documentary essays covering the apartheid era and after, to the present day. This talk will take place in the Hall alongside some of his most challenging and moving pictures.

price £5

venue The Hall at St John’s.

A documentary film and talk about an alternative model of Health care provision. Created from a spiritual vision of the Brahma Kumaris, this holistic hospital offers complementary and conventional medical services to the Rajasthan region of Mt Abu, India, home to some of India’s poorest people and to the many visitors to this hill station. price by donation

aug 14 12:30 – 13:30

African Issues in Palliative Care Dr Liz Grant, Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development at the University of Edinburgh, shares her pioneering experiences of supporting palliative care in developing countries, the role of faith communities in supporting health care, understanding spirituality and health, and working with AIDS/HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. venue The Hall at St John’s

aug 16, 17 14:00 – 15:00

Hafez, born in the fourteenth century, is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and his influence can be felt to this day. Expressing love, spirituality, and protest, he and his work continue to be important to Iranians, and many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.. price free

price £5

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 20 16:00 – 18:00

What’s Your Money Doing While You Sleep? A myopic financial system leaving crises and scandal in its wake. We’re fed up, but what can we do about it? This interactive talk comes from the founders of the UK movement www.moveyourmoney.org.uk which looks at the problems we face, the alternatives out there and the citizen response to shaping financial systems.

aug 21 14:00 – 15:00 price by donation

venue The Church at St John’s.

aug 3 16:00 – 17:00

Eye Witness Stories from the West Bank and Israel Tricia recently spent three months in Bethlehem monitoring human rights and experiencing life under occupation as an international volunteer with Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Tricia met many Israelis working for peace: Rabbis for Human Rights, Women in Black and others who join Palestinians in non-violent direct action to end the occupation. price free

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 6 14:00 – 15:00

Spirituality in Children Dr Rebecca Nye is one of the country’s leading authorities on research into children’s spirituality. She will share what her research has taught us about the way children experience God and how that can affect the way we work with them and its implications for adult faith communities. Followed by questions and answers. price £5

The Nomadic and Green Life

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 11, 18 16:00 – 18:00

aug 14 16:00 – 17:30

PhD in an Hour

Nomadic rugs owe their existence to natural wools and dyes as well as to the amazing skill of the people who manage to weave these objects of art from such simple environmental resources. More than this, this talk also draws out other lessons we can learn from nomadic traditions, culture and family life. price free

venue The Hall at St John’s

One PhD student, one fascinating topic, one café, one hour. Enjoy a cup tea while a PhD student shares his/her interesting findings and ground breaking ideas. With students from a wide range of subjects, there will be something to tempt everyone’s intellectual appetite. Make a PhD a piece of cake. price by donation

venue The Cafe on the Corner

aug 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 15:30 – 16:30



Music and Energy Medicine – the Intuitive Way to Heal with Punit Yaatri and Dr David Mason Brown

Scots in the Caribbean – Scotland’s Hidden History It is not widely known that most Jamaicans have family connections with Scotland. Edinburgh and Glasgow have strong historical links with Jamaica. This association extended from ordinary houses in Edinburgh to grand landmarks such as the Necropolis and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. This lecture by Professor Geoff Palmer will surprise and enlighten. price free

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 4, 13 16:00 – 18:00

There is good energy and less good energy. In the latter case individuals may develop blockages often leading to disharmony, and ‘stuck states’. Music composer Punit Yaatri and retired GP Dr David Mason Brown help people to remove these blocks. Come and enjoy a fascinating, insightful and uplifting talk into the world of healing with music and energy. price £12–£6 see website

aug 4 18:00 – 19:30 The Hall at St John’s.

aug 11 14:00 – 17:00 St. Cuthbert’s Church

The Story Of My Mother Yousef Ahadi shares the real-life story of his mother who battled for almost a century against the authoritarian regimes of Stalin, the Shah of Iran and the malignant international forces of occupation and exploitation in the east, eventually finding herself a serene and peaceful resting place beside her children in Turkey. price free

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s


aug 6 16:00 – 18:00

Are You Paying for the Arms Trade? Explore the impact of the arms trade across the world and how you are helping to pay for it. Mark Bitel from the Campaign Against Arms Trade will present the key facts and will advocate for the transfer of arms production jobs to alternative technology. Come find out how you can make a difference. price £5

venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House

Henna Workshop for Beginners Henna is an elegant form of body art that embodies purity and centuries of symbolism and traditions. We aim to introduce beginners to the material techniques needed to create beautiful henna art which are made enchanting by their temporary nature. Led by a local professional and Beyond the Veil, an Edinburgh based Muslim Women’s group.

aug 19 19:00 – 20:15

Food: Speculation, Accumulation and Starvation Speculation on food stuffs by investors now exists in a scale never before encountered. The effect has been the artificial inflation of basic food prices, keeping many people in poverty whilst letting sustenance spoil. Are futures and derivatives markets recreating the repealed Corn Laws? price free

price £10

venue Conference Rm. Central Library

aug 17 14:00 – 16:00

price £5

venue 127 The Hall St John’s

aug 20 16:00 – 17:00

Snapshot of Sikhs in Scotland with a Punjabi Supper

Tea, Cake or Death? Death Café

An introduction to Sikhism and Sikh lifestyle and culture in Scotland by Trishna Singh, director of Sikh Sanjog. Enjoy an authentic, delicious Punjabi Vegetarian dinner. There will be fascinating talks and opportunities to ask questions, with interesting videos offering a snapshot into being a Sikh living in Scotland today.

At Death Cafés people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. A light hearted natter taking the darkness out of death, whether you believe in an afterlife or not. Punjab’n De Rasoi will provide traditional refreshments served at a Sikh funeral.

venue Punjab’n De Rasoi

aug 14 17:30 – 21:00

price free

venue Punjab’n De Rasoi

aug 10, 17 15:00 – 16:00



price £5

Women on the Platform

Mindfulness at Lunchtime

Join the ‘Damned Rebel Bitches’, Scottish Women’s History Group for an afternoon of genteel activism inspired by the actions of four remarkable, unsung Quaker women whose actions reverberated around the 19th century. History-based fun, guest speakers (including the eminent historian, James Walvin), art and debate. Heroic women are sparsely commemorated - let’s create our response.

Come and find peace and mindfulness at lunchtime – guided sitting and walking meditation, enjoying our food together, mindfully in silence, and ending with a short silent meditation, returning to the world refreshed! Please bring your own lunch. A regular Community of Interbeing meeting in collaboration with the Unitarians in Edinburgh.

venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House

aug 10 19:00 – 21:00 doors open 18:40

price free

An afternoon of readings of a devotional nature from Bahá’í scriptures and other faith traditions, with music and workshops exploring individual and collective transformations. Themes include the unity of the human race, the spiritual nature of humans and the importance of education of children. Open to those of all faiths and none.

The perfect tasting for beginners to finding out about the different types of Chinese teas. After a brief history of Chinese teas, we will taste a range of teas including White, Green, Oolong and Black teas. We discuss about how they are produced and how the different production methods change the flavours. venue PekoeTea,

aug 15 19:00 – 21:00

price free


price £25

price £20 –£15

venue Greyfriar’s Kirk

aug 5, 6 & 7 20:00 – 23:00

venue Edinburgh Bahá’í Centre

aug 17 14:00 – 18:00

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

A place just to ‘be’ in a fast moving world. A still, candlelit space for wondering and wandering; welcoming people of any background, age or belief and using reflective ‘stations’ to explore your own experience of the sacred. Pause wherever your attention is drawn; interact with poetry, images, sand, water, music, silence, art materials, refreshments and chat. price free

aug 6, 13 & 20 12:15 – 14:00

Individual and Collective Transformation Introduction to Chinese Tea - Tea Tasting

price £10

venue St Mark’s

Come and enjoy beautiful music and meditation. Sahaja (meaning born with you) and yoga (meaning union) is the name given to an incredible living process which is built in every human being. This process can occur spontaneously and brings about the peace and mental silence of meditation without any effort. price by donation

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 5 & 8 16:00 – 17:00

The Beauty and the Word: Islamic Calligraphy Workshop with Jawdat Kadhim

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

In this day-long workshop, students will be introduced to three different calligraphic styles and will have the chance to try their hand at this traditional and celebrated art of the Islamic World. All necessary materials will be provided and lunch at the Original Mosque Kitchen will be included. No previous experience necessary.

A workshop connecting blockbuster films, global myth cycles, elite sport performance, and ‘flow’ psychology. Taken together with unifying concepts between the world’s cultural, artistic, religious and spiritual movements, it asks profound questions about our true capabilities, and how to realise our full potential.

venue Dept. of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Ed. Uni

aug 24 10:30 – 17:00

price by donation

aug 13 16:00 – 17:00 The Hall at St John’s

aug 14 14:00 – 15:00 The Church at St John’s

Punjabi Cookery Classes

Music, Prayer and Silence: Chanting in the Style of Taizé

Learn how to make authentic Punjabi curry with Rice and Chapatti in under 2 hours. £15 vegetable curry, £17 chicken curry, £20 fish curry. You do not need to bring anything; we provide all the raw ingredients. Come and cook with us and take home some for your loved ones.

Join us for a meditation in music in St John’s beautiful Chapel. These chants, sung in many languages, are from the Christian tradition, but are open to those of any faith or of none. This charming blend of singing and silence allows people to connect with each other and themselves.

venue Punjab’n De Rasoi

aug 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 18:00 – 20:00

price by donation

venue 127 The Chapel at St John’s

aug 10, 17 & 24 10:00 – 11:00



A Complete Introduction to the Fascinating World of Persian Rugs

Sounds and Rhythms of Soweto Learn African song and dance from the inspirational youth choir, Soweto Melodic Voices. This choir of 15-25 year-olds, ‘sing when we’re happy and we sing when we’re sad’, and their music and ethos inspire all who meet them. Come and experience what gives these young people such joy and resilience. price £5

venue 127 The Hall St John’s

A series of talks, films and workshops explaining the history and culture of Persian Rugs which explore the amazing skills of those involved in both making modern rugs and carpets and conserving antique pieces. Discover the customs, traditions and weaving techniques of different regions including the small villages of Persia and little known-tribes.

aug 17 10:30 – 11:30 price free

venue The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 2, 8, 9, 10 15, 16 & 22 16:00 – 18:00

See website for listings.

Paint for Peace Discouraged by the constant news of wars and conflict? Fed up hearing that there is no way of avoiding conflict? Say something different – paint a message of peace, or tolerance of acceptance of diversity. Supported by an experienced artist, paint your message of peace, for all to see. For all ages. price free

venue 127 The Hall St John’s

Bethlehem, Through Painting and Conversation Rafat Al-Rashayda will be painting a mural that expresses his views and vision about his hometown, and the “childhood dream town”, Bethlehem. This is from his upbringing of living as a Bedouin. Rafat will paint, and discuss how this expresses his experience of living in the Occupied Territories.

aug 12 16:00 – 17:00

Peace and Reconciliation Workshop With the indefatigable Joyce Seroke, born in 1933 in Johannesburg, she was awarded the Golden Baobab in 1996 for ‘her excellent contribution to the struggle against gender oppression and exploitation, her commitment to peace and reconciliation and the struggle for a non-racial, just and democratic society’. price £5

venue 127 The Church St John’s

price free

aug 13 14:00 – 15:00

Come and learn traditional willow weaving skills with Anna Liebmann Coldham. Take home your very own handmade basket. Suitable for beginners or as a refresher if you’ve done some before. Materials provided. Please book before August 10th. venue Room 5.18 Art’s Complex St. Margaret’s House


Talk at 16:00 both days.

Exploring your creative soul. Take care of yourself, and when you find peace, when your mental environment is balanced, then be the expert who can go out and balance the planet. We have to learn this ourselves, and then begin from within. Violence only teaches violence. Stress teaches stress. And Peace teaches peace. venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House

aug 9 13:00 – 16:00

Kolam Workshop

Presentation and workshop based on the newly launched, empowering and inspiring book: Living Our Values: an inside-out approach to changing your world for the for the better. This book is based on the wisdom of some of the world’s leading spiritual coaches and provides a comprehensive range of workshops and activities. venue 127 The Church at St John’s

price £5

aug 24 10:00 – 16:00

Living Our Values

price by donation

aug 24 & 25 12:00 – 18:00

Finding Peace an Art Workshop with Jane Angel, Michele Gunn, Simon Jackson

Willow Basketry Workshop

price £45

venue The mural at St John’s

aug 26 14:00 – 15:30

j price by donation

Before sunrise, women in south-eastern India perform the silent ritual of kolam, using their fingers to create intricate ‘painted prayers’, designs out of rice flour on the ground in front of their homes. Scattering as people walk over them; a constant reminder that things of beauty do not last forever. venue 127 Outside St John’s

aug 21 & 24 14:00 – 15:00



j price £5

Consensus Decision Making Workshop

Intercake Pudding Party

Many societies make group decisions by voting. Those who can garner the most votes win the argument. This sort of decision making divides people rather than bringing them together. In this workshop we will experience how some organisations use consensus to make decisions that do the opposite.

Are you ‘Into Cake’? Do delicious deserts delight you? Come and enjoy some tastes of the world in our interfaith pudding party! A whole range of delectable deserts will be served to set your taste buds tingling and a fun family quiz will provide a bit of food for the brain as well. This is a strictly savoury-free zone!

venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House

j price £5

price £5

price by donation

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 4 16:00 – 17:30

aug 5 10:00 – 12:00

aug 6 16:00 – 17:00

Listening Workshop

I Dreamed a Dream – Interfaith Imaginative Prayer with Children

Listening is not simply an intuitive, passive response to noise. It is a conscious, willed action, requiring alertness and vigilance by which our whole attention is focused and controlled. It is difficult and therefore it needs working on and practice. This workshop provides a practical introduction that can be shared.

These sessions, drawing on the Christian Ignatian tradition of imaginative contemplation, but adapted to all faiths and none, will help us to use our imaginations as a way of experiencing an encounter with God. Suitable for those of any age who enjoy dreaming, but in particular children of primary age and above.

venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House


aug 20 18:30 – 21:30

aug 21 18:30 – 21:30

price free

venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 7, 21 16:00 – 17:00

Mediation Workshop

Family Walk Around the Botanic Gardens

The Edinburgh Peace Initiative and its partners are offering this practical workshop. Mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamic that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. It is private and confidential, and may be enforced by law. Participation is voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates the process.

Join us for a family walk around the stunning Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as we stroll along and chat to other families. Weather permitting; we will end with a bring-your-own picnic. Led by Beyond the Veil, an Edinburgh based Muslim Women’s group. Meeting at the East Gate on Inverleith Row.

venue 40 The Quaker Meeting House

aug 19 18:30 – 21:30

price free

venue East Gate, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

aug 17 12:00 – 14.00

Andy & Mio’s Seaside Show Storytelling and puppetry stimulates the imagination and touches the soul. This is a special programme of stories of the sea with harp music and games. Includes Mr. Punch’s Grumpy Holiday and Angels on Vacation. It is great fun for all the family. Previous shows sold out in Edinburgh.

family price by donation

Just Faith Explorers

aug 3, 10, 24 10:00 – 12.00 The Hall at St John’s

aug 17 10:00 – 12.00 Annandale St. Mosque

aug 8, 22 15:00 – 15.45

What’s The Story – With Marie-Louise Cochrane

Packed with fun for all ages. We believe that we grow best when we share the journey with as many different people and learn about as many different faiths as possible. Each session includes storytelling, fun craft activities, time to reflect and share food. Held in a variety of faith venues in Edinburgh. price by donation

venue 127 The Persian Tent at St John’s

Storytelling is one of our oldest art forms. It brings words and the world to life, stimulates the imagination, and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners. Join us in our magical Persian Tent as professional storyteller Marie-Louie Cochrane delights us with her traditional tales. Suitable for all ages. price by donation

venue 127 The Persian Tent at St John’s

aug 15 15:00 – 15.45




NeverSeconds – The Story of One Girl’s Blog

In Sight of Peace

venue 127 The Church at St John’s

Martha Payne’s amazing journey from blogging about school dinners in Lochgilphead to raising over £130,000 for Mary’s Meals and opening the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen in Malawi. Mary’s Meals provide a daily meal in a place of education for over 700,000 children in some of the world’s poorest counties.

This exhibition of work from renowned Magnum photographer Ian Berry eloquently bears witness to South Africa’s extraordinary journey from segregation and inequality towards justice, peace and reconciliation. Still moving and challenging today, these iconic images span the years from the 1960 Sharpeville massacre to the free election of President Nelson Mandela. A Magnum Photos touring exhibition. venue 127 The Hall at St John’s

aug 2–26 10:00–14:00 weekdays

8, 15 & 22 18:00–22:00

4, 11, 18 & 25 10:00–14:00

Painting Haiti – Fourth World Art Creating something from nothing; imagine round metal oil drums transformed into intricate decorative art or an old piece of jeans fabric finding a new lease of life as the canvas of a colourful painting. Come and see the amazing vibrancy and resilience of the Haitian culture captured in their artwork. venue 127 The Chapel at St John’s

aug 2–26

aug 2–26

St John’s Mural Since 1982, St John’s Church has commented on local and global justice issues through murals agreed with and painted by ‘Artists for Justice and Peace’. The murals have always sought to say something deeply true and challenging and, therefore, have often been controversial, using conflict as a force for positive change. venue 127 The Mural at St John’s

aug 2–26

The Garden of Contemplation Come and enjoy the sanctuary and holiness of the garden of contemplation. The prayer stations are set in the grounds of the church described as ‘the village church in the city’. Pray your way around the garden or just sit and enjoy the beauty of creation. An oasis of peace in a busy world. venue The Church of the Good Shepherd

aug 1–31

In Search for Home This powerful exhibition of photographs, organised by Burma Assist, will give you an insight in the day-to-day life of a Burmese refugee family in India. The photographer, Bharat Choudhary was awarded for this work with a first place in the 64th College Photographer of the Year, International Picture Story, 2009. venue 127 The Church at St John’s

aug 2–26

Ancient Indian Civilisation and Swami Vivekananda 2013 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a dynamic Hindu monk whose message of divinity of the individual soul and universal brotherhood is as relevant today as it was during his time. The exhibition explores ancient Indian civilisation and Swamiji’s teachings. venue 127 The Church at St John’s Painting Haiti – Fourth World Art

aug 9–11



Flags for Edinburgh The artist Peter Liversidge has invited every institution in Edinburgh with a flag pole to fly a simple white flag which bears the text ‘HELLO’ for the duration of the festival. One of ten new public art commissions for Edinburgh Art Festival 2013. venue flag poles around the Edinburgh

aug 1 –sept 1

Meet Your Muslim Neighbour Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims. It is the month of fasting and prayer. Muslims come together at the end of each day to break their fast together for there are ‘blessings in eating together’. Come along to observe members of Annandale Mosque perform their ‘Maghrib’ prayers and then join them for ‘breakfast’.

Art of Giving Providing an opportunity for local artists from the central belt in Scotland to show their art work, and for any work sold, a percentage of proceeds will help support charities across Scotland and world-wide. All halos, a rhythm and rock music band, will join the event on the Friday evening. venue 127 Lower garden at St John’s

aug 9 14:30 –21:00

aug 10–11 09:00–21:00

Warli Art – Works by Anil Chaitya Vangad Anil Chaitya Vangad is a master folk artist from the adivasi (indigenous) Warli community of western India. His dynamic original works depict a life lived in purposeful coexistence with nature, and explore the tension inherent in the struggle to strike a sustainable balance as forest-dwellers in a rapidly industrializing society. venue The Gallery on the Corner

other events

aug 6 –24 11:00 –17:00 Open Tue to Sat

Presented in conjunction with performances of Sacred Earth by Ragamala Dance

venue Annandale St. Mosque

aug 2 21:00–22:30

Women’s entrance second floor, men’s entrance ground floor.

Mindful Peace Walk in Princes Street Gardens This silent walking meditation will be led by members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults. venue meet beside Henderson’s Café

aug 4 09:00–10:15

Spiritual Healing Need a quiet time out of the busy rush of the Festival and Fringe? Why not drop in for healing? One-to-one healing, available for those of all faiths or none, is given by members of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, Scotland. Relaxing, gentle and safe. Try it for yourself. venue The Chapel at St John’s

aug 8, 15 & 22 10:00–12:00

By donation

Meet Your Sikh Neighbour The Sikh Community at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Leith invites you to come and experience Sikh worship, hear a short introduction to the Sikh faith and the Gurdwara with the opportunity for questions then we are further invited to join them for Langar (blessed vegetarian community meal). venue Guru Nanak Gurdwara

Warli Art – Works by Anil Chaitya Vangad

See website for further deatils



Sukkat Shalom Services Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, invites you to Yoerev Shabbat (Friday evening) services, comprising Psalms and traditional prayers. Their morning service (on Saturday) includes a Torah service, when they read from their scroll. All services use Hebrew and English, and involve singing. Services conclude with Kiddush, when they make traditional blessings over bread and wine. venue arious locations

aug 2 & 16 18:15–19:00

aug 9 19:30–21:00

aug 24 11:00–13:00

Breaking the Fast Blackhall Mosque welcomes you to observe the late afternoon prayer and enjoy a tour of the Mosque; this will also include a question and answer session to learn more about Ramadan. We will finish off with a meal to mark the end of the fast for that day. Open to those of all faiths or none. venue Blackhall Mosque

aug 6 20:00–22:00

Have you visited these other festival activities at St John’s?

music & worship at St John’s In Quires and Places Where They Sing – festival worship in the heart of the city

The Choir at St John’s show off some of their large repertoire of choral music, including full choral mass settings with orchestra and exhilarating music for the morning and evening services. Some highlights to look out for include:

Canticles and organ music by Henry Smart and Benjamin Britten, both celebrating their anniversaries this year, including Britten’s Festival Te Deum and rarely heard Jubilate in E flat.Also Purcell’s Te Deum, the first English setting to feature orchestra and performed with instruments this Festival!

Craft and Design Fair www.westendfair.co.uk An absolute must if you like buying contemporary work from the makers, artists and designers. Over 80 exhibitors, changing at weekends.

One World Shop www.oneworldshop.co.uk

communities across the globe. Delicious fair trade foods and drinks for

Henderson’s @ St John’s www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk

Orchestral masses are always a highlight of the Festival, this year featuring Mozart’s ‘Organ Solo’ Mass in C and Church Sonatas. The Britten celebrations continue with his Missa Brevis for upper voices and close with Poulenc’s hauntingly beautiful Mass in G major, coupled with choral and organ music by Vierne.

This year’s repertoire for Choral Evensong, one of the hallmarks of the Anglican church, covers some 300 years by way of Purcell’s familiar Canticles in G minor, Victorian grandeur in music by Blair and Elgar, sublime Russian sacred music in this, the 100th anniversary of the riotous premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and cathedral-inspired works by Moore, Howells and Leighton.

and offers the very best in contemporary vegetarian cookery at prices drink or coffee and a cake.

Peace and Justice Centre www.pjrc-edinburgh.org.uk

Cornerstone bookshop www.cornerstonebooks.org.uk An ecumenical bookshop with an inclusive ethos. Stocks a wide range

For detailed listings please visit our website www.justjust.org or The Choir of St John’s website www.thechoir.co.uk


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have given unceasing support and guidance. Emlyn Firth and Sophie Dyer have been fantastically creative taking control of

amazing staff for providing us with a home. The Scottish EpiscoAssosiation and all the local faith communities have supported

Persian Tent Experience

for their support and help this year and previous Festivals. This


Design by A visual agency and Sophie Dyer

Aug 2nd–26th | 12 noon–10pm East Terrace at St John’s Enjoy mouth-watering home-cooked Persian mezze and saffron

All information in the programme is subject to change. Just festival has made every effort to trace the copy right holders. contact just festival. www.justjust.org

and forget the outside world. Persian Rug Village


Africa Entsha Sparkling South African voices. A sound sensation that uplifts and inspires. Exhilarating spirit The Scotsman

Ticket prices The Church at St John’s Princes Street

More info at www.justjust.org

Performances throughout August

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