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Just Festival

Just Festival events aim to challenge perceptionscelebrate differences and promote respectful dialogue. The conversations, talks, exhibitions and performances which constitute Just’s annual programme are designed to engage with topical local, national and international questions of social justice, equality and identity, including prejudice against race, ethnicity, class and economic status. Just explores these issues by creating safe spaces for dialogue and exchange between affected groups and individuals, invited experts, practitioners, community based organisations, socially conscious performing arts groups and the general public. This multi-dimensional, multi-stakeholder approach encourages creative engagement with important societal questions from a variety of angles and perspectives with the aim of reducing religious, political and social intolerance.

Mission

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.

Values

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.

Aims

  • To welcome everyone, regardless of how they identify themselves or how they are identified by others.
  • To curate a socially-conscious programme of activities and events, including a centre-piece festival in August.
  • To facilitate open and respectful conversations which challenge perceptions and prejudices and celebrate differences.
  • To provide a stage for performances which explore questions of social justice, equality and identity.
  • To promote and support partnership working with local and national organisations to foster community engagement and build their capacity to engage with each other in productive dialogue.
  • To engage religious and non-religious groups in promoting and working for the benefit of all. 
  • To create opportunities for individuals and groups to achieve personal and professional development through involvement with the work of Just Festival.