Festival to highlight nomadic life in the heart of the city

By agency reporter
August 1, 2011

A spectacular Persian Nomadic Tent will be a centrepiece of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh this month, flagging up the most ambitious programme in the Festival’s 11-year history.

There will be a preview of the Tent during a special media evening of entertainment on Wednesday 3 August, featuring highlights from FoSP’s schedule of over 300 diverse events. Persian food and refreshments will be provided to showcase what it can offer to the public.

The Festival of Spirituality provides a mould-breaking alternative during Edinburgh’s hectic August programme. Seeking to ‘put the heart back into the festival season’, it brings East and West together to discover and celebrate both similarities and differences.

The preview will highlight what the Festival is describing as "a unique ethical ethos, international volunteer spirit, wide-ranging catalogue of events, and top-level performers."

The Persian Nomadic Tent will be open, along with the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, from 6 to 29 August 2011.

The organisers explained: "It will be a place of vibrant cultural exchange and will offer a ‘taste of paradise’ in the centre of a bustling city. At the same time it will expose the real dangers facing Nomadic lifestyles, skills and traditions from rapid globalisation."

In promotional terms, actors from black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds appeared in just 5.3 per cent of UK Ttelevision adverts screened in 2010, according to data from Clearcast published in April 2011. This is despite the fact that Official statistics show that around 13 per cent of the UK population is from an ethnic minority.

By contrast, the Festival of Spirituality and Peace and the Persian Nomadic Tent will offer a platform for people from ethnic groups with whom many living in or visiting Edinburgh do not usually come into contact in daily life. It aims to be a place to foster cross-cultural conversation, peacebuilding, friendships and the search for common ground.

Scottish government minister Kenny MacAskill, in opening the Festival of Spirituality and Peace said that it was ‘a pleasure to attend’ and highlighted vital work for the future of humanity. The 2011 Festival will continue in that tradition, say the organisers.

* More here: http://www.festivalofspirituality.org.uk/

* Media enquiries: spiritualityfestivalmedia@gmail.com

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