A Changing face of Scotland I Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism

Between 2013 and 2015 forty-four community based projects were funded to tackle sectarianism in a variety of different communities and settings. Working with those communities new ways of approaching the issue were tested and established approaches were further developed and refined. The Scottish Story Telling Centre will map this journey and conversation using the evidence gathered and the stories told from the project work before opening the discussion up with the audience and Chair of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, Dr Duncan Morrow.

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Intore I Eric Kabera I EIFA I Film

The Scottish Film Premiere of Intore, followed by a Q&A session with the director Eric Kabera. Intore offers a powerful and rare look at how Rwanda survived its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance and the resilience of a new generation. What role can the creative arts play in rebuilding a country after genocide? 

Aug 24 at 20:30 I £5.00

Hall at St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

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EDINBURGH THROUGH DOCU LENS I EUSA Gather Festival I Film

Jimmy - Martin Smith I Scotland

En Tierra Estraña - Icíar Bollaín I Spain/Scotland

Documentary films depicting Edinburgh as home to people of different backgrounds. Jimmy provides insight into a wheelchair user’s life who fights for the rights of others. En Tierra Estraña is a thought-provoking piece on immigration and struggles of contemporary Spain. 

Aug 15, 29 at 18:00 I £5.00

Hall at St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

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Capitaine Thomas Sankara I AIM JUST AFRICAN LEADERS SCREENING I Christophe Cuppelin I FILM

Christophe Cuppelin | Switzerland/ Burkina Faso 2014 | 1h24m | Documentary | 15

Through interviews and archival footage Swiss director Christophe Cupelin has woven together the story of Thomas Sankara, a courageous African leader who fought to liberate his country following the end of colonization. Through this rich tapestry of historical documents, recordings and amateur footage we see how Sankara valiantly transformed the lives of his fellow citizens. As the world’s poorest president, he was a true revolutionary, and a leader like no other, and this is certainly a story that should be known.

Aug 30 at 19:30 I £5.00

Henderson's Cafe at St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

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Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me I AIM JUST AFRICAN LEADERS SCREENING I Khalo Matabane I FILM

Khalo Matabane | South Africa 2014 | 1h25m | Documentary | 15

Filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fantastical ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when Nelson Mandela, the great icon of liberation, was released from prison. In a personal odyssey involving an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, world leaders, intellectuals and artists, Matabane interrogates the meaning of freedom, reconciliation and forgiveness in a world of conflict and inequality, alternating his discussions between erudite scholars and survivors of apartheid.

Aug 23 at 19:30 I £5.00

Henderson's Cafe at St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

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NEFARIOUS: MERCHANT OF SOULS I Benjamin Nolot, Matt Dickey I Film

Benjamin Nolot, Matt Dickey I USA

Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers.

Aug 9 at 19:30 I £5.00

Henderson's Cafe at St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

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Philosophy in the classroom I Humanist Society Scotland I TalKS

Philosophy in the classroom: Promoting thinking in Scotland's schools'. Dr Claire Cassidy will advance the arguments for having philosophy taught in school, as an alternative to Religious Observance. Claire is a senior lecturer and Depute Head of The School of Education at The University of Strathclyde. Claire will be joined by a local Edinburgh teacher and the event will be chaired by Humanist Society Scotland chief executive Gordon MacRae.

Aug 30 at 14:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's

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Cooking with Social Bite I Social Bite I Workshop

Social Bite current head chef Michael Thomas will conduct an hour long cooking demonstration showing how you can make delicious meals with a restricted budget. Originally from Sierra Leone Michael cooks with passion and flare. He works alongside the formerly homeless employees, so can pepper his cooking demonstration with anecdotes and heart-warming stories.

Aug 28 at 14:00 I £5.00 

 St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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TACKLING REOFFENDING I Sacro’s Anti-Sectarian Service (SASS) I Workshop

Sacro has been presented with funding by the Scottish Government to pilot a programme that aims to positively affect the attitudes and behaviours of people who are charged with Intra- Christian Sectarian offending. The workshop showcases Sacro’s unique service which has delivered very promising results.

Aug 25 at 14:00 I Free I By invitation

St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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THE WORLD IS WAKING UP! I SHARE INTERNATIONAL I WORKSHOP

Humanity is at a turning point and we have a choice: Continue on the same destructive path of greed, corruption and competition or build a saner and fairer way of life for everyone. The event offers a profound message of hope covering the following topics: Humanity at the Crossroads, The Rise of People Power, Our Spiritual Heritage and The Coming of A World Teacher.

Aug 25 at 19:00 I Free I No booking required 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, EH12 5AP

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AGELESS WISDOM TEACHINGS I Share International I Workshop I Spiritual

The Ageless Wisdom teachings throw greater light on the mysteries of the universe, the spiritual nature of our Being, and the underlying synthesis between science, religion and philosophy. The event provides an overview of humanity’s spiritual legacy and an easy-to-understand introduction to the Ageless Wisdom Teachings. 

Aug 11 at 19:00 I Free I No booking required 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, EH12 5AP

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Moving Minds – Community-led Dialogue I Workshop

Gypsy/Travellers and MECOPP will lead an interactive workshop – a chance to dispel myths and promote dialogue. We anticipate that the seminar will be of relevance to all who are interested in looking at their own policies and practices with regard to minority groups and especially those who work with carers. 

Aug 27 at 12:30 I Free I Booking essential via email at donna@mecopp.org.uk

St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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Japanese Tea Ceremony I Mio Shapley I Workshop

The four principles of the Tea Ceremony are Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquillity. It synthesizes the elegant arts of kimono, flower arrangement, calligraphy and pottery into a philosophy and way of life. Following the popularity of previous years’ Tea Ceremonies, Mio Shapley, master of the Tea Ceremony, invites you to share a cup of peace and simplicity. 

Aug 17 at 14:00 I By donation

St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Church at St John's)

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Come and Sing Along I Helen Rongong & Hannah Haynes I Singing Workshop

Enthusiastic singers are invited to join an impromptu choir to learn from scratch 'A Moment of Eternity,' a suite of songs for choir, harp and soloists by Helen Rongong and Hannah Haynes. The work explores themes of light, peace, hope and new beginnings. Workshop participants will perform together in the evening concert at 8pm. Printed scores will be provided.

Aug 29 at 14:00 I £8.00 / £6.00

St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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Feel the Drum Beat I BE United I Drumming Workshop

Let Guimba take you on a sound journey as you learn some traditional Senegalese style drumming. A fantastic fun workshop for old and young. Whether you’re a drumming pro who wants to show some skills or an amateur looking for a new experience, there is something for everyone among the drums. Come along and enjoy drumming with us. 

Aug 12,19,26 at 16:00 I £5.00 

St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

 

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Dance to Soweto Rhythms I After Freedom Cast I Dance Workshop

So you think you can move? Join the cast of After Freedom: New Rhythms of Soweto for a dance workshop all the way from streets of South Africa. Learn how to dance sbujwa, kwasa-kwasa, pantsula, afro contemporary and traditional dances accompanied by South African music. 

Aug 14,21,28 at 10:0 

St John's, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Church at St John's

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NITEKIRK I NITEKIRK I EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER EVENTS

Nitekirk provides a creative, drop-in experience of church. This ministry, rooted in Greyfriars Kirk and supported by its local ecumenical partners, seeks to create a sacred space for all through contemplative centres, expressive arts, music and silence. Welcoming people of any background, age or belief. A place of welcome, a space for stillness, a pause on your journey. 

Aug 2 at 17:00; Aug 12 at 20:00  I  Free

Greyfriars Kirk, 1 Greyfriars, Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ

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