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Just Festival is delighted to announce Miranda Heggie has taken up the role of Festival Manager, starting this year. Miranda will be returning to Edinburgh from Birmingham, where she has managed Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s talent development programme, NEXT. Prior to this, Miranda has worked for Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St. Mary’s Music School, as well as enjoying a freelance career as music and arts writer.
“I’m deeply honoured to be leading Just Festival, following on from Helen Trew’s amazing work guiding it through all the challenges of the pandemic. I feel that Just is a necessary voice in the canon of Edinburgh’s August festivals, providing a platform and a space for audiences and artists to engage with the social challenges and key questions facing today’s world. Since the beginnings of human history, every society and civilisation has engaged in some form of art. I believe that this innate and eternal human need for artistic expression is part of what gives it its power to heal and enhance social empathy and understanding, and I am both excited and humbled to deliver a festival which celebrates this, and developing it over the coming years. My aim is not only to nurture the festival as a space where ideas, thoughts, practices and values from across the world can be shared and explored, but also embed it within the social fabric of Edinburgh by fostering connections between those from different faiths, countries and backgrounds.”
Miranda Heggie, Festival Manager 2022
“The Just Festival Board is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Festival Manager, Miranda Heggie. Miranda is an experienced arts and events manager, with a strong knowledge of the festival sector in Scotland as well as in the whole of the UK and internationally. As the Just Festival moves into its 22nd August Festival, it aims to continue to create a space for dialogue, as well as platforms for engagement in local, national and international questions of justice and identity. Having a platform for exploring these issues through social, political, ecological and faith perspectives is vital and valuable. I am confident that under Miranda’s capable leadership, the Just Festival will continue to thrive and to challenge and inspire new audiences”.
Janet Rennie, Convenor of the Just Festival Board
Special thanks go to St Johns Episcopal Church and the Just Board: Janet Rennie, Mark Hoskyns-Abrahall, Markus Dunzkofer, Finlay Ross Russell. Cate Chen and Sarah Armes.
“It’s been a real privilege to lead Just Festival over the last couple of years. It’s a unique and powerful Festival which provides a much needed moment of reflection during the hectic weeks of the Fringe. Every director of Just Festival brings their whole selves to the programming, and I’m delighted to be handing over the baton to Miranda who will rise admirably to the challenge and inspiration that the festival brings. I’m so looking forward to seeing the festival grow and develop under her stewardship.”
Helen Trew, Festival Director 2020-2021
Every Girl Matters is part of our series of talks and conversations. Gender equality is one of the central themes of the Just Festival. This event focuses on working to bring change to the global disparity between the sexes.
The Island is an award-winning and acclaimed apartheid-era play set on Robben Island telling a moving story celebrating hope, passion and resilience. Two cellmates perform futile physical labour by day while rehearsing a makeshift performance of Sophocles’ play Antigone by night. learn more
Dance and music inspired by African culture is almost always joyous, and We Are is no exception. learn more
Leopold Bloom is stuck. Stuck in a book, stuck in a routine, stuck in the same clothes. He’s even stuck on the toilet.
As the hero of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Bloom’s life is entirely a creation of the author. He is everyman and no man, a genial soul required to repeat the events of 16 June 1904 forever. But when Bloom starts to question things, to abandon Joyce and look for his own identity, he discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems, and that becoming too obsessed with any one point of view can have terrible consequences.
David Greig’s solemn play is set in the hot summer of 1942 in an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto where Dr Janusz Korczak is caring for 200 young people. They are in the heart of an area covering a few streets into which 350,000 Jews have been crammed. learn more
What autonomy should faith-based and family courts have in the UK? And how can it be ensured that an individual’s basic human rights, and the right to a fair trial, are respected within a religious framework? learn more
Acappella from Africa to rock the Edinburgh Fringe. Ghana’s leading a cappella/Afroppella quartet, Alabaster Box returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with a mix bag of gospel Afroppella music presentation dubbed Sounds from Gold Coast. learn more
Something is going very wrong for Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce’s great novel ‘Ulysses’ and a worldwide phenomenon. learn more
From apartheid-era drama to creative responses to terrorism, Just Festival looks injustice square in the eye.
Celebrating humanity in all its diverse forms might not be in vogue for some of our world leaders, but the Edinburgh Festival has always promoted fairness and eclecticism in equal measure. At the heart of that mission is the Just Festival, with its annual array of theatre, talks, music, dance and exhibitions.
At a time when so many people are worrying over the future and anxious about the lack of care they see around them, the annual socially-conscious Just Festival is more welcome than ever. learn more
The Just Festival Board chose the theme ‘Transitions’ for the 2019 festival. It engaged new and returning audiences in reflecting on vital social justice issues. learn more
In addition to the annual summer programme dedicated to the theme of ‘Transitions’, Just delivered a number of community projects aimed at increasing volunteering and skills improvement opportunities as well as improving access to arts and culture to isolated communities. learn more
The 2018 Just Festival Programme ‘OutsideIn’ offered a wonderful mix of music, theatre, poetry and storytelling created and performed by international and local companies. learn more
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. learn more
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. learn more
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. learn more
Audience members at the Just Festival 2016 give their feedback about shows and events.
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. learn more
In 2016 Just Festival’s events and exhibitions were curated under the theme ‘From the Edge’. learn more
With though provoking conversations, talks films and exhibitions. learn more
‘But we have no slaves in Scotland…,’ states a Scottish law report from 1687. And yet, it was not made illegal to own a slave in Scotland until 1788. Newspapers in Edinburgh and Glasgow used to run adverts for slaves, at various prices, or offer rewards for escaped slaves. learn more