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Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality and Peace

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SPIRITUALITY AND PEACE?

 Interior of St John’s Church, Edinburgh

The Caledonian Mercury brings news of the thirteenth Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality and Peace that promises to unveil a “vibrant and engaging programme of culture and conversation”.

At the launch, there will be music from harpist Mio Shapley; a blend of Balkan folk, Classical Arabic and Medieval Italian music from Duo Hyperborea, and high energy township gospel from an acapella five-piece group, Africa Entsha, who were discovered busking in Johannesburg. Representatives from the festival’s two nominated charities for 2013, Mary’s Meals and Waverly Care, will speak at the launch, as well as Edinburgh Muslim women’s organisation, Beyond the Veil.
Twelve faith and non-faith participants will symbolically launch the programme with a blessing. These include representatives from Church of Scotland, Muslim, Sikh, Baha’i, Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, Humanist and Hindu communities. The festival, which runs from 2-26 August, will included a huge variety of performances, conversations, film screenings, talks, workshops, family events and exhibitions. It amounts to annual celebration of culture, faith, philosophy and ideas, seeking to foster understanding and mutual respect for each other as individuals and as communities on a local and global scale.
 The launch event on the 18th of June is free but ticketed: book for ‘just the beginning’ via Eventbrite.  It will take place at St John’s Church, on the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road, from 7-9pm.
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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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