News - 6 June 2007

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  • 6 June 2007

World party

Justice festival comes to the capital

Words: Allan Radcliffe

The Edinburgh World Justice Festival runs from Tuesday 19 June-Sun 1 July in venues across the capital. The festival, which features a wide selection of events linked by the themes of global justice, has been expanded due to the massive success of last year’s inaugural one-day event. The finale of this year’s festival coincides with the anniversary of the Make Poverty History demonstration of summer 2005.

The focus of the event will be firmly on solutions - namely, what ‘ordinary’ Scottish citizens can do to help create a fairer world. Programme highlights include a screening of Heidi Bachram’s The Carbon Connection, which depicts two communities affected by corporate pollution, the first in Scotland, another in Brazil. There will be an appearance by ‘no engine carpenter’ Mukti Mitchell, currently sailing around the UK coast in a zero-emission yacht. Justice in the Gardens is a Sunday afternoon concert in the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens, featuring ten-man ska machine Bombskare and jazz funk purveyors Junction Pool. There will also be numerous debates and workshops with internationally renowned campaigners on subjects ranging from climate change to slavery and international funding for health, as well as a regular fair trade market. Participating organisations include Oxfam, Amnesty International, Jubilee Scotland, Friends of the Earth and Stop the War. All events are free with the exception of the World Music Party, which takes place at the Bongo Club on Thursday 21 June (tickets £10-£12) at 8pm and features Cuban sensations Septeto Tipico de Tivoli.

‘The Edinburgh World Justice Festival is an opportunity for lots of different types of people to get together and inspire each other to take action and help make the world a fairer place for all,’ says coordinator Harriet Grant. ‘From finding out about the human cost behind a bunch of bananas in your shopping basket to getting involved in climate change campaigns we can all make a genuine difference to other peoples’ lives.’

For further information and the full programme of events please see

Water pistols at dawn

Aspiring assassins are sought for Killer, an 18-day, 24/7 water pistol tournament taking place across the UK and Ireland throughout the summer. The Glasgow leg of the tournament runs from Sunday 15 July-Wednesday 1 August and costs £25 to enter. At the start of the tournament, players will be met by the ‘Boss’ and handed an envelope containing their target details. The estimated 400 participants must then hunt down their opponents using water pistols/balloons or any alternative water projecting delivery system, wearing any disguise they see fit. The aim of the game is to be the last dry person standing to collect the cash prize. This year’s event is based on a similar, smaller scale event, which took place in London last year. For further details please see


Reality bites

Call for submissions from documentary filmmakers

Document, the only UK festival dedicated to raising awareness of international human rights issues, is currently requesting entries from both established and emerging documentary filmmakers for its fifth annual event. The festival, which takes place in October in Glasgow, will screen a large and diverse selection of documentary films as well as hosting debates and workshops covering a broad spectrum of international human rights issues from immigration and asylum to miscarriages of justice, poverty, social exclusion and war and conflict.

Previous highlights of the festivals have included A Certain Liberation by Yasmine Kabir, which focused on the living martyrdom of Gurodasi Mondol whose entire family was massacred during the Bangladeshi liberation, and Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s stunning, austere black-and-white film Pripyat, which explores the tragic aftermath of a nuclear disaster for the eponymous Russian town.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 1 July. To download the application form please see Preview DVDs, supporting documentation and stills should be sent to Document 5, International Human Rights, Documentary Film Festival, c/o Mona Raj, 268 Albert Drive 2/1, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 2RJ.


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