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As part of a series of events at Just Festival looking at how to break down barriers and confront bigotry locally and globally, a discussion is taking place tonight (Tuesday 6th August), on tackling sectarianism.
Members of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, established by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will host a conversation on the need to shift the debate from entrenched positions of fear and blame to constructive dialogue and shared solutions.
'Beyond rhetoric: tackling sectarianism in Scotland' runs from 6-70pm this evening in the Hall at St John's Church, corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh. Tickets are £5 from the Hub, the Fringe (see link here) or from the cash box office outside the church.
Stay on afterwards to watch the acclaimed play on a strongly related theme: Singing 'I'm no a Billy, He's a Tim', which is on tonight and tomorrow night (http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/singing-im-no-billy-hes-t...).
Youth Scotland, the network of youth organisations across the country, is also running the 'Stand Up' campaign against sectarianism.
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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