A dramatic introduction to August

By Leila Frank
August 2, 2013

The Just Festival in Edinburgh will get off to a dramatic start with appearances from the cast of Tejas Verdes and Singing I'm no a Billy he's a Tim at its official opening event on 3 August 2013.

Both are part of the festival's performance programme of music, dance, theatre and spoken word. The former deals movingly with the 1973 coup in Chile, and the latter spotlights the challenge of sectarianism closer to home.

Free and open to all, the 'Just starting' event will take place from 6-7pm in the atmospheric St John's Church on Princes Street, followed by a reception in the hall until 9pm.

Guest speakers including Bishop of Edinburgh John Armes, James Temple-Smithson, Head of Office in Scotland of the European Parliament, and members of Sikh Sanjog minority women's project in Leith, who will be running Punjabi cookery workshops during the festival, will also appear.

A special greeting from Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will also be read out.

A ribbon will be cut declaring the festival open, heralding the start of its diverse programme of conversations, talks, films, workshops, family events, exhibitions and performance.

Just Festival aims to evoke the original spirit of festival season, which is to "provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit".

Ahead of its opening, it has already sold 150 metres of tickets to its events.

The Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

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(c) Leila Frank runs Glory Days PR (http://glorydayspr.co.uk), and is a press officer for Just Festival, with particular responsibility for art, culture and performance. For more information on Just Festival, visit http://www.justjust.org and http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.com

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