Edinburgh World Justice Festival

Submitted by edg on Thu, 12 Jun '08 4.35pm

The Edinburgh World Justice Festival will run for a fortnight from Saturday the 14th June to Sunday 29th June in venues across Edinburgh. This is the third annual festival marking the anniversary of the massive Make Poverty History demonstration held in Edinburgh in July 2005.

The festival, which is organised by local people, has grown dramatically from a one-day event attracting about 150 people in 2006 to a fortnight of exciting events covering a range of themes such as Palestine, human rights and climate change.

The festival is FREE and open to everyone. It continues to raise awareness in the Edinburgh and Lothian area of issues concerning global justice. The stimulating and thought provoking programme promises a great selection of inspiring events including a sports day in the Meadows specifically catering for young families and children of all ages. As well as informative events on global inequality there is also a book festival accompanied by readings and music.

"The Edinburgh World Justice Festival is a chance for us to find out what's really changing in the world after the Scottish G8 Summit. There is so much going on - so many global issues that we need to know about - but so little time to find out about them. Coming to a few events in the festival can give you information you could never get from the newspapers" said Ben Young, National Co-ordinator, Jubilee Scotland.

This year audiences have the rare opportunity to hear speakers from around the world, participate in debates, and watch a range of films, drama, and exhibitions exploring current global justice issues. The events focus on potential solutions to these problems and discuss what actions we as individuals and as a community can take.