A socially-conscious festival for humanity

 

Just Festival events aim to challenge perceptionscelebrate differences and promote respectful dialogue. The conversations, talks, exhibitions and performances which constitute Just’s annual programme are designed to engage with topical local, national and international questions of social justice, equality and identity, including prejudice against race, ethnicity, class and economic status. Just explores these issues by creating safe spaces for dialogue and exchange between affected groups and individuals, invited experts, practitioners, community based organisations, socially conscious performing arts groups and the general public. This multi-dimensional, multi-stakeholder approach encourages creative engagement with important societal questions from a variety of angles and perspectives with the aim of increasing collaboration and understanding.

 

 
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The 2019 Just Festival is dedicated to the theme #Transitions. This year we are supporting CrossReach, the Church of Scotland's social care organisation celebrating its 150th anniversary.

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Past Programmes and Reports

 

We proudly present a selection of the Just Festival programmes, reports and promotional clips.

 

 
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2018 Just Festival Report

2018 Just Festival Report

Festival annual report

The Just Festival Board chose the theme OutsideIn for the 2018 festival. It engaged new and returning audiences in reflecting on vital social justice issues.

The Just Director and Board worked closely with local and international artists, charities and community groups to give voice to matters that concerned them.

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2018 Just Festival Programme

2018 Just Festival Programme

‘OUTSIDE IN’

The 2018 Just Festival Programme 'OutsideIn' offered a wonderful mix of music, theatre, poetry and storytelling created and performed by international and local companies. Our conversations and talks engaged with a range of social justice topics relatable and relevant to everyone. To celebrate our 18th edition held at the newly refurbished Cornerstone Centre at St John's. we offered free entry to all, to each of the Just festival Conversations.

 
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2017 Just Festival Report

2017 Just Festival Report

Festival annual report

The 2017 Just Festival was held under the theme 'Against the Current'. We hosted 9 conversations, 6 talks and 40 performing arts events that presented people, movements and ideas that challenged the status quo.

The 2017 Just Festival offer was met with great interest from media and festival reviewers, including BBC, Third Force News, the LIST, the Wee Review, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

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2016 Just Festival Report

2016 Just Festival Report

Festival annual report

In 2016 Just Festival’s events and exhibitions were curated under the theme ‘From the Edge’. With this theme, we wanted to challenge our audiences to engage with the experiences and ideas of those people who are commonly perceived to sit at the edge of our communities and societies; whether it’s those who find themselves socially or politically marginalised, or perhaps the boundary pushers who sit at the very edge of their disciplines, challenging the way we think about science, society, faith and the arts.

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2017 Just Festival Programme

2017 Just Festival Programme

‘Against the current’

2017 edition of Just Festival was held under the theme #AgainstTheCurrent. We hosted conversations, talks and performing arts events that present people, movements and ideas that challenge(d) the status quo. We reflected on the three historic events and their anniversaries: 500 years since the Protestant Reformation, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 70 years since India declared its independence.

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2016 Just Festival Programme

2016 Just Festival Programme

‘from the edge’

With the 2016 programme, Just Festival offered safe spaces for dialogue and creative exchange between invited experts, practitioners, community-based organisations, socially conscious performing arts groups and the general public.

That year, all Just Festival’s events and exhibitions were curated around the theme ‘From the Edge’. We wanted to challenge our audiences to engage with the experiences and ideas of those people who are commonly perceived to sit at the edge of our communities and societies.

Just Festival at St John's Church

 

The annual Just Festival programme has been hosted St John's Church since 2001. This church and community venue offers a unique tranquil space to its local and international visitors. In 2018 the newly refurbished Cornerstone Centre was opened and is now available for hire and bookings. For more information, please visit cornerstonecentrestjohns.org.uk