The Festival of Spirituality and Peace has experienced an increase in ticket sales this year, despite reports that the Fringe and other events have been experiencing lower than usual take-up.
Edinburgh's festival season has been hit this year by the alternative pull of the London Olympic Games, as well as the impact of recession - though the streets of Scotland's capital are now buzzing with life.
Now in its twelfth year, the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, an initiative of faith and civic groups, has sold in excess of £32,000 worth of tickets and expects to beat its total take of £40,000 in 2011.
The Festival runs throughout August and features 400 performances and conversations across 21 venues, attracting around 20,000 people and making it the largest of the city's so-called 'small festivals'.
It is sponsored and supported by the Church of Scotland, Christian Aid, Edinburgh City Centre Churches, Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association, Ekklesia think-tank, the Iona Community, the Scottish Government, St John’s Episcopal Church Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh.
Attractions this year have included everything from headline grabbing musical performers like Soweto Entsha (who came to world attention at the World Cup in South Africa) right through to contributions from globally known alternative management guru and best-selling author Charles Handy and the Scots Makar (national poet), Liz Lochhead.
On 21 August there is a discussion of 'Women and Religion'. And at the weekend the Festival of Spirituality and Peace features the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, discussing the 20th anniversary of the armed conflict in Bosnia.
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