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Just Festival Begins in Edinburgh

Wednesday August 3

The 2016 Just Festival begins in Edinburgh on Friday, kicking off three weeks of performances, discussion and exhibitions on issues of social justice, equality and identity from religious and non-religious perspectives.

This year’s events are under the theme of From the Edge, and topics include race and gender discrimination, female genital mutilation, sex education, the end of life, land, prison and climate change.

Among the performances are Ava Hunt’s ‘Acting Alone’, inspired by the stories of people Ava met in refugee camps; ‘Being a Dad’ (pictured), a drama about the hopes, fears and challenges faced by fathers, especially disadvantaged young fathers; the Manchester International Roots Orchestra and Taiko Drumming.

The exhibitions include ‘Images from Limbo’, which features pictures taken by HIV-positive asylum seekers in Scotland, and was funded by the Church of Scotland HIV Programme.

Formerly the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, the event is headquartered in St John’s Church on Princes Street, with events also in the Quaker Meeting House. It is part-funded by the Church of Scotland, along with the Scottish Episcopal Church, Scottish Government and others.

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