Just Festival

Mission, Vision, Values

Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival
16-23 aug 2020
Launching a new 2020 digital programme
16-23 aug 2020
2020 theme announcement:
16-23 aug 2020
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Just Festival

Just Festival is Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival. A part of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival our events aim to challenge perceptions, celebrate differences and encourage dialogue on the key issues of our time.

Our 2020 festival is based on the theme of ‘transformations’, drawing together a programme of digital events accessible online via Zoom. Sign up for more information and news of events, as they’re announced.

a taste of Just Festival 2020 events

No Direction Home

Live, online laughter from the brilliant No Direction Home comedy collective, with special guest headliner to be announced.

No Direction Home, created by Counterpoints Arts, Camden People’s Theatre and Tom Parry was founded in 2018. We run free workshops for emerging comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds and have staged gigs across the country including at the Gulbenkian (Canterbury) and South Bank Centre (London). Since March this year have been rehearsing and performing online.

The Countess of Fife

The Countess of Fife is an insurgent country outfit featuring Fay Fife – best known as singer with The Rezillos. The Countess of Fife defies categories but locates itself within an insurgent country world.

Fay says ‘Countess of Fife songs are about life, there is therefore sadness and badness there as well as hope and spirituality’. The Countess allows me to write and sing in a different way’.

Fake News Kills World

Richard Milne at Just Festival 2020

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science. Richard Milne (The University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths, showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary!  You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people. Together, we will aim to kill fake news, before it kills the planet!

Sign up for news of Just Festival events and how to book

6 months ago
Just Festival 2020!! Call for entries - see https://t.co/hMZyS4qPbg for details.
6 months ago
ust Festival 2020!! Call for entries now open - see https://t.co/hMZyS4qPbg for details.
11 months ago
Our conversation on caring is engaging audiences with different experiences of providing care to relatives and patients. Personal and professional stories are shared by our speakers: Sebastian Fischer (VOCAL) and Viv Dickenson ( @CrossReach) https://t.co/rpx1xiWK74 justFestival photo
11 months ago
Live from the performance of 'Where Are You Really From?' by The World Spirit Theatre featuring stories performed by refugees and asylum seekers. If you missed this insightful piece of forum theatre today, the show is back on at 4pm tomorrow. @RefugeeSurvival @RefugeeWeek https://t.co/3Etf2vbhPE justFestival photo

Just Festival

Just Festival events aim to challenge perceptions, celebrate 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. In addition to the annual August festival, we plan to programme regular monthly events, including 'PhD in an Hour', 'Death Cafes', 'Science, Faith and Society' conversations and 'Conscious Film Screenings' to be hosted in partnership with Scotland-based charities, institutions and community representatives. Just Festivals will strengthen its presence and visibility in Scotland and increase its impact on individuals and communities participating in and contributing to its activities through collaborative projects with arts, charitable, and community organisations.
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Each year we programme around a theme which for 2020 is TRANSFORMATION. And what a transformation we are all experiencing!!! We are hopeful that our August Festival will go ahead if we are on the other side of our health emergency. We are keeping a close watch on developments and will post updates here as and when we can.

In the meantime keep connected, keep kind and keep well.

“Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before”. W.B Yeats
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No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne
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Just Festival6 months ago
CALL OUT FOR ENTRIES!! Just Festival is looking for work in any format that articulates our world's key challenges of Transformation.

JUST Festival is a social justice and human rights festival which happens over three weeks each August during Fringe. We are based in St Johns Church on Princes St, Edinburgh.
This year is our 20th anniversary and our theme is TRANSFORMATION. We are looking for artistic works that articulate the transformations that our society and world is going through e.g. climate transformation, political transformation, conflict to peace, digital transformation etc., OR 20 ideas to change the world!

The Festival operates through a mixed financial model and offers a range of ways to participate e.g. fully funded, box office splits, free space or straightforward hire. Just Festival programmes 4 days a week during the Edinburgh Fringe and is therefore not suitable for long runs.

If you have work that you would like to be part of the Festival programme please send an A4 page note of interest and include detail on the artwork - synopsis, links to examples, technical needs and reviews. Please indicate audience age or demographic target. The Deadline is 1st March.

Please outline how you fit with the Festival theme.

All notes of interest will be considered by the Just Festival Board and a short list selected on the basis of quality, potential for audience engagement, realistic technical and production requirements for a church and chapel venue and thematic relevance.

We will then discuss suitable financial and technical arrangements with the selected projects.
see www.just-festival.org
email director@just-festival.org
Thanks and share! Helen