Just Festival

Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival

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Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival
5th Aug to 26th Aug

Just Festival 2023


Aug 7th - Songs of the Universe


5th Aug - Displaced Waters


11th Aug - The Fountaineers


5th Aug - The Way of Christa


Aug 05- Pathways to Peace from Disparate Points


Aug 11th - The Fourth R

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Many thanks to all who joined us for Just Festival 2023. Our 2023 programme was focused around the theme of ‘Displacement’, exploring stories and experiences from displaced people; the displacement of water in our oceans caused by the melting of polar ice caps; the displacement in our climate; and displaced objects, words and sounds. When looking at the theme “Displacement”, I wanted to try and capture the unease that that word can cause, and to look at the concept of displacement from multiple angles. I hope that this festival, in some small way, can bring together a few of these angles and link with our shared humanity.

The Just Festival creates a space for dialogue and platforms for engagement in local, national and international questions of social justice, equality and identity, both from the religious and non-religious perspectives. In line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it celebrates humanity in all its differences, promoting the exploration of new perspectives with the aim of reducing religious, political and social intolerance.

We believe that through respect for each other’s faith and belief, culture, philosophy and ideas, as well as each individual’s right to self-expression and freedom, we can be part of the wider movement to establish a more united world. With these values in mind, we strive to promote a safe, inclusive and creative environment for everyone who is willing to engage with us to work together to foster understanding and respect.

We look forward to sharing our plans for 2024 and beyond in due course.

Miranda Heggie, Festival Director

Just Festival 2023 - The Forth R

The Fourth R is a powerful piece of contemporary dance and climate activism from Canadian group Dance Fachin.

11th Aug - 19th Aug

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Just Festival 2023 - Pathways to peace

Bringing together artwork created by Ukrainians & Edinburgh locals, this exhibition explores the potential of art objects in peacebuilding.

5th Aug - 26th Aug

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Just Festival 2023 - Displaced Sounds

Just Festival has teamed up with Glasgow-based new music organisation The Night With… for this concert of solo violin and electronics.

19th Aug, 8pm

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