Promoting social change through the arts

By Press Office
August 9, 2013

'Arts at the Heart of Change' is the theme of a conversation taking place on Friday 9th August in the hall at St John's Church, from 6-7.30pm, as part of Just Festival.

The arts certainly promote creativity, innovative thinking, new ways of seeing things and participation. But how can and do they play a role in promoting change the at societal, political and economic levels?

What can be done to integrate artists and community organisations into the addressing of the many social problems we face in Scotland, locally and globally? What are the best examples of building cross-cultural dialogue through the arts?

Speakers at the discussion are Bob Chilcott (composer and patron of Waverly Care), Gavin Crichton (Active Inquiry), Jay McAllister (Impact Arts) and Lilian J. S. Lee (Fourth World Art). The chair is Dr Geoffrey Stevenson of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and Peacebuilding Through Media Arts at the University of Edinburgh.

Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (corner of 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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