Festival of Spirituality & Peace

PREVIEW: Just Festival, 2-26 August

In a rebranding which aims to encapsulate the moral core of what was previously known as the Festival of Spirituality & Peace, the programme for Edinburgh’s Just Festival was launched last night in St John’s Church. With 129 performances, talks, films, events and exhibitions, the festival aims to celebrate cross-faith and cross-cultural diversity in Edinburgh […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Tenchi Shinmei: The Ocean


The haunting sounds of traditional Japanese instruments fill the beautiful interior of St John’s during The Ocean, a performance from Ensemble Rivelta, making their first UK appearance with taiko drum group Tenchi Shinmei as part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Featuring Kazuko Takeda on the horizontal Japanese harp, the koto; and Tenzan Yamada […]

FRINGE PREVIEW – Tenchi Shinmei

Last year, St John’s Church echoed to the unmistakable sounds and rythms of Japanese taiko drumming, when Wadaiko Ensemble Tokara brought their memorable performance Tenchi Shinmei to Edinburgh as part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. This year they return with an expanded show. We caught up with Tokara founder and taiko expert, US-born […]

EVENT – One World Peace Concert

The 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert celebrates the cultural diversity of Scotland and the Middle East. The concert takes place at the Roxy Art House from 7-11pm on the 6th Feb. Doors open at 6pm. £12/£10 (concessions). The running order on the evening is: 6pm-7pm: Food and drink provided by Susie’s Diner […]

REVIEW – Yathra (Journey)


Appearing as part of the Festival of Spirituality & Peace, Yathra (Journey) is an original piece by Ragamala Dance. The company specialise in a modernisation of Bharatanatyam, a classical form of Indian dance, without compromising its rich and spiritual heritage. Artistic director Ranee Ramaswamy and her talented co-dancers infuses this blend of old and new […]