Healing a divided city

An important conversation takes place today (Saturday 25 August) on 'The Power of Youth and Football to Heal a Divided City', during Festival season in Edinburgh.

The third in a series of discussions on Scottish identity and Sectarianism supported by the Scottish government and other civic and educational groups, the event from 12-1pm on Saturday 25 August 2012 at St John's Church (Venue 127) tries to take a different angle on issues of sectarianism, violence and racism in Scotland.

Divided City, a 2011 book by Theresa Breslin, was successfully adapted into a musical play last year. The production was a joint Youth Musical Initiative created and funded by organisations including The Citizens Theatre and Glasgow City Council Education Services and performed by secondary school students from all over Glasgow.

The book and musical tells the story of young football fans who follow opposing teams who get caught up in violence involving Catholics, Protestants and Muslim asylum seekers alike.

In this conversation, part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace and promoted by FansFirst Scotland and others, author Theresa Breslin, playwright Martin Travers and Jenny Marra MSP reflect on the success of Divided City and its impact on local communities.

The event has been organised in partnership with Glasgow Citizens Theatre. The conversation will be followed by an open 'Civic Cafe' discussion. Entrance is free.

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, now in its twelfth year in Edinburgh, features 400 cultural and discussion events across 21 venues. Its theme this year is ‘Cooperation for Change’.

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