Here we are, 25 days after the beginning of the festival, it all comes to an end. A lot has been done and a lot has been seen: some things went wrong, other moments were perfect, but what we will remember is the general buzz of the festival -- this joyful disruption of our lives -- and what we learnt from it.
Yesterday, Katherine Newbigging, Director of just Festival, along with Raymond Baudon and the Reverend Markus Dünzkofer, thanked all the contributors, artists, volunteers and of course the audience for making this year's festival an unforgettable event. Mercy Corps representative Ali MacLeod was also present and glad that, thank to the conversations and exhibitions hosted by the festival, Mercy Corps was no longer "Edinburgh's best kept secret".
These speeches alternated with showcases by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Waverley Care's Milestone Choir, the a cappella group Simply Soweto Encha and actors from Such A nice Girl and My Name is Saoirse.
The event was closed in music when the audience sang "Auld Lang Syne" along with Milestone Choir, filling the church with over a hundred different voices from different ages and countries -- A beautiful way to celebrate multiculturalism one last time.
On the behalf of Just Festival's team, I would like thank you all for following us, supporting us and coming to our shows. By doing this, you have been contributing to our efforts in making this world a bit better. We bid you all farewell... Until next year!
(Pictures: Sandrine Cazalet, just Festival)