Beliefs and values festival to announce new name and programme

By agency reporter
June 11, 2013

Britain's biggest beliefs and values festival re-launches on 18 June, when it will unveil its new 'mystery' name, along with a engaging programme of culture and conversation for 2013.

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace has been running for 13 years and attracts tens of thousands to 450 events across 21 venues each August.

It is backed by the Scottish government, charities, faith groups, secular organisations, arts and culture bodies, educational institutions and others.

The free public launch event in the Scottish capital takes place at St John's Church, on the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road, from 7-9pm.

There will be live 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 a capella fivesome Africa Entsha, who were discovered busking in Johannesburg.

Representatives of 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, running from 2-26 August this year, includes 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 is free but ticketed: book for 'just the beginning' via Eventbrite.

* There will be facilities and assistance for journalists and media representatives at the event.

* More on the Festival from Ekklesia here:

Ekklesia is one of the supporting organisations for the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. It began its association in 2011.

* For further media information and images concerning performances, workshops, exhibitions, family activities and the Persian tent, please contact Leila Frank (e: leila AT,
t: 07552 717 827).

* For talks, films and conversations, contact Simon Barrow (e: simon.barrow AT, t: 07850 120 413).


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