Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2017 Launches Saturday 30!

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From September 30 to October 16 once again the Edinburgh World Justice Festival will be bringing you over 30 exciting and engaging events looking at some of the key issues facing humanity today. This two week festival brings you free film screenings, exhibitions, talks, workshops and more! 

We start with a morning workshop by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Nourish, on the global movement for food sovereignty, followed by our festival launch on Saturday 30th at the Fig Tree Bistro. Local politicians and campaigners will open Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2017, discussing the theme for this year’s events: Creating Hope Through People Power. Find out more about the festival and ways to get involved during this informal get together with friends, food and talks. 

Organisations from across the country and activists from across the globe are this year addressing and critiquing Scotland’s role in world justice, with heated discussion on UK institutions’ complacency in human rights injustices, the fight for a zero-carbon city and privacy in the age of surveillance expected among other things.

With Brexit, climate change and Trump in mind, the theme of this year’s festival is creating hope through people power. Big names and big ideas will be present this year, with the main conference addressing the death of neo-liberalism and what to replace it with, the rising tide of populism and how to counter it and what we can learn from different popular movements across the globe.

Speakers at the festival events include South African novelist and journalist Margie Orford who was imprisoned by the Apartheid regime in the 1980s, world-renowned anti-corruption campaigner Andrew Feinstein, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda who escaped from torture in an Indonesian prison and fled to the UK, and former sweatshop factory manager Vishwaraj Maghoo who now runs a Fairtrade clothing company in Mauritius.

Incorporating the biggest movements, activists and individuals working on issues as diverse as what to do about housing inequality after Grenfell, living nonviolently to our earth, and Kurdish Syrian forces’ battle against ISIS. The festival is a fantastic opportunity for people and organisations to come together and be part of a movement for progressive change.

Further issues from sustainable food futures, women in conflict – led by Syrian feminist activist Khuloud Saba, to readings and insights from political prisoners in Turkey run with the National Union of Journalists and UNISON will also be covered.

Check out the full programme here and we look forward to seeing you!

With support from Big Scotland, Oxfam Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland, Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group, the University of Edinburgh, Global Justice Now and many more!