Just Festival

Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival

Just Festival 2022

Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival

8th Aug to 29th Aug

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Just War: Can it ever be right to wage war?

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Conflict and Consciousness in Ukraine and Russia

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Quartet for the End of Time

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Live Music Now Scotland presents: Siannie Moodie

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Building Peace: What difference do women make?

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Covid and the Cost of Living Crisis

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Art in Lockdown

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Covid Positive – Can there be any upside to the pandemic?

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Nevis Ensemble: Lochan Sketches

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Matt Carmichael and Fergus McCreadie

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Welcome to Just Festival 2022 I am delighted that we are able to bring you the first fully live and in person Just Festival since the pandemic. Just Festival is Edinburgh’s human rights and social justice festival, and in 2022 is focused on two main themes; the mental and social effects of lockdown, particularly on artists and the arts, and conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

From 8th to 29th August, the sanctuary of St John’s Church, west end, will host an exhibition of “Art in Lockdown”, featuring a selection of works created during lockdown by a range of Scottish-based visual artists including Catherine King, Shona Young, Lesley Ann Derks and Clare Yarrington. Each Friday lunchtime there will be an informal “Meet the Artists” session where visitors can chat to the artists and find out more about their work and creative practices, and the effect of Covid and lockdown to their practice.

The festival will also host a varied music programme. We are excited to have partnered with Live Music Now Scotland, an organisation founded by legendary violinist Yehuidi Menuin which gives outstanding young artists the opportunity of performing at the start of their careers and enables high-quality live music to reach a broad range of people, especially those who wouldn’t normally have access to it. Each Thursday will see a free lunchtime concert with musicians from the scheme. These three concerts will be given by saxophone and piano duo Matt Carmichael and Fergus McCreadie; clarsach player Siannie Moodie and baroque duo Cordes en Ciel.  We also look forward to welcoming back Nevis Ensemble, to perform live for the first time, over two evenings, Lochan Sketches, a series of short pieces inspired by Scottish bodies of water which was originally commissioned for online performance during lockdown.

St John’s Church’s own Director of Music, David Goodenough, will perform a free lunchtime recital of music for solo organ on the church’s 1901 Willis organ, and the festival’s music programme will culminate with a very special performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, given by a newly formed quartet of early career instrumentalists who met on Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s talent development programme NEXT: Beth Nichol (clarinet); Joe Howson (piano); Olivia Jago (violin) and Rosie Spinks (cello).

A key part of Just Festival’s August programme is always the conversation series, and this year will see these being held once again in person, in St John’s Church. These public facing debates feature prominent speakers including Derek Mitchell, CEO of Citizens’ Advice Scotland, Dr Lesley Orr, Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh, and Tommy Sheppard MP. They cover topics as wide ranging as the role of gender in war, the current cost of living crisis and the effects of lockdown on the arts. All conversations will be free to attend, and will be live-streamed in order to allow as many people to engage with these topics.

Of course, none of this could happen without our funders, partners and sponsors, and I’d very much like to thank St John’s Church; The Diocese of Edinburgh; the Scottish Episcopal Church; the Centre for Theological and Philosophical Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh; Arts and Business Scotland; Nimar Trust; Live Music Now Scotland and the Just Festival Board of Trustees for their financial and practical support given to this year’s festival.

I very much hope you can join us for Just Festival 2022.
Miranda Heggie, Festival Manager


2022 Events

Mon 08 Aug
Art in Lockdown
10:30am
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Fri 12 Aug
Nevis Ensemble: Lochan Sketches part 1
5:30pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Sat 13 Aug
Nevis Ensemble: Lochan Sketches part 2
5:30pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Tue 16 Aug
Art in and out of Lockdown
6:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Wed 17 Aug
Just War: Can it ever be right to wage war?
6:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Thu 18 Aug
Live Music Now Scotland presents: Siannie Moodie
1:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Thu 18 Aug
Conflict and Consciousness in Ukraine and Russia
7:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Fri 19 Aug
Covid and the Cost of Living Crisis
6:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Mon 22 Aug
Covid Positive – Can there be any upside to the pandemic?
6:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Tue 23 Aug
Music for Solo Organ
1:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Tue 23 Aug
Building Peace: What difference do women make?
6:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Thu 25 Aug
Live Music Now Scotland presents: Cordes en Ciel
1:00pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Fri 26 Aug
Quartet for the End of Time
5:30pm
St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church - 1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Appearing at Just Festival 2022

Ewan John

Ewan John SSA is an artist and educator living and working under the shadow of Cairnpapple Hill, Torphichen. He graduated from Edinburgh College Art in 1996 and has been been a lecturer in Art & Design for over 10 years. learn more

Catherine King

Catherine King King is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone Dundee in drawing and painting. She has exhibited widely and has had work exhibited in RSA SSA, VAS, PAI, RGI. Her most recent solo exhibitions in Glasgow art club 2022, and 2019 in Stirling Smith Art Gallery. learn more

Live Music Now Scotland

Live Music Now was founded by legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, along with his close friend and philanthropist, Sir Ian Stoutzker. During the Second World War, Yehudi Menuhin played for the Allied Forces, often in the most challenging of circumstances, and directly experienced how music could benefit those who were sick, lonely, traumatised and reconcile differences between people and nations. learn more

Clare Yarrington

Although as a visual artist I am used to working independently, like everyone else I still found the enforced isolation of lockdown challenging. As exhibitions were cancelled or postponed, I retreated into the studio. learn more

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