Just Festival

Just Festival
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Just Festival, formerly known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, is one of the arts and cultural festivals collectively known as the Edinburgh Festival. It is held each August in the Church of St John the Evangelist, a Scottish Episcopal Church in downtown Edinburgh.

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace was founded in the early 2000s. At some point it has been renamed Just Festival. The festival strives to promote respectful dialogue, celebrate differences and challenge perceptions. It offers a programming of 300+ performances and other events and welcomes local, national and international artists who want to share their talent, ideas, opinions and vision with the audience.

Just Festival encompasses different kinds and forms of art, including music, dance, theater, visual art, and more. Its program comprises performances, exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops, and other events and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Just Festival is an inclusive event that focuses on questions of identity, equality and social justice.

According to the organizers, Just Festival is a truly unique event because it welcomes everyone, regardless of how they identify themselves or how they are identified by others, and encourages dialogue between representatives of different cultures and religions as well as facilitates personal growth of its participants and attendees.

All events held within Just Festival serve to promote its core values such as respect to other people’s faith and belief, culture, philosophy and ideas, as well as everyone’s right to freedom and self-expression. The main goal of the festival is to create a safe, inclusive and creative environment where people will be able to use art to foster mutual understanding, respect and peace.

Every year the organizers of Just Festival choose a new theme. For example, in 2016 the festival’s program was curated under the theme “From the Edge”. With this theme, the team of Just Festival wanted the audience to engage with the ideas and experiences of those people who are commonly perceived to sit at the edge of our communities and societies, whether they are in some way marginalized or try to push the boundaries.

Just Festival

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