Mindful Peace Walk:

In Princes Street Gardens FREE



Shareable Futures

By donation




Sun 5 August 9am - 10.15am

Meeting at the mural on Princes Street side of St John’s (Venue 127)


Sun 5 August 6pm - 7pm

Reception 7pm - 9pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)




This silent walking meditation will be led by members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.


‘We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. Let us enjoy every step we make.’ Thich Nhat Hanh.


Join us in our celebratory launch event with several of our Festival performers and special guests. It is always a moving event which embraces and inspires collaboration towards a sharable future for all. 


Followed by refreshments (until 9pm) with various Festival artists and contributors ‘in the mix’.


Come mingle and celebrate!





Not Ticketed


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Meet Your Muslim Neighbour



Intercake! The Great

Cake Bake Sale

Free Entry




5th August 8.15pm – late

Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2AJ



Weds 8 August 11am - 12pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)




Blackhall Mosque welcomes you to observe the late afternoon prayer which will be around 7.30pm. Enjoy a tour of the Mosque, an opportunity to meet the children and staff; this will also include a question and answer session to learn more about Ramadan. To finish off you are invited to a meal which will mark the end of the fast for that day around 9.00pm.


Open to those of all faiths or none.


Are you ‘Into cake’? Are you a pudding prodigy? Celebrate the diversity of sweet tastes with us in this cake bake sale featuring cakes and desserts from different cultures.


The proceeds from all sales will go to FoSP charity ‘Mary’s Meals’





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Intercake! The Great

Pudding Masterclass



The Labyrinth And

The Journey

£30 (£25)




Weds 8 August 6pm - 7pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)


14 - 16, 21 - 23 August 10am - 3.30pm

Emmaus House, 14 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NQ




Are you ‘Into Cake’? Are your buns simply the best? Come and discover some new skills and new favourite recipes in this masterclass - suitable for kitchen novices and master bakers alike. A booklet featuring popular sweet & pudding recipes from different cultures is included with each paid entry.


Di Williams MBE, labyrinth facilitator and author, introduces the labyrinth as an integrating way of participating in a journey of trust. The labyrinth awakens the imagination to step metaphorically into the unknown in the company of the Sacred. The day includes:

• an introduction to the practice of

walking labyrinths • opportunity to

walk the Emmaus Labyrinth • creative

reflective process • Lunch provided




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Peace at All Cost? FREE


Weds 15 August 8pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)


Coming to Edinburgh as part of a three month European tour of 14 countries, The International Voluntary Service Peace Caravan Team presents a dramatisation & discussion led by an eight strong international team. Diverse perspectives & diverse realities represented.


Thought provoking. Challenging.  Come along and be inspired!


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Jewsh Community  

Open Day



Visit The Glasshouses –

Doors Open Day





Sunday 19 August 12pm - 3.30pm Synagogue 4 Salisbury Rd, EH16 5AB


Thurs 23 August Tours at 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Glasshouses, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace, EH10 5HF




Come along to meet the Jewish community and see some of the Jewish acts on show at this year’s Festival.

Performances and chat interlaced with food and tours of the Synagogue.


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Artlink invites the public to visit the Glasshouses project at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Come and see round the facilities at the Glasshouses, Growing Plots, Community Gardens and the Orchard. Artwork will be on display, refreshments available. Artlink works hard to increase opportunities for individuals who experience disadvantage or disability to take part in the arts in Edinburgh and the Lothian area.




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The Long And Winding Road



End Of Festival Ceilidh

£6 (under 12s Free)




Fri 24 August 7pm - 8pm

Persian Tent at St. John’s (Venue 127)


Sat 25 August 7pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)




Have you ever been on pilgrimage? Walked the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela? Completed the Hajj? Received the Birkat Kohanim at the Wailng Wall? Come and ask your own questions or share your own experience at this informal session for late teens and twentysomethings. Refreshments will be available to purchase.


Celebrate the end of this year’s Festival with The Caleerie Buskers in a traditional ceilidh for all the family, and don’t worry - full instructions will be given! When you’re not dancing enjoy some tasty refreshments in our Persian Tent. Light snacks and drinks are provided with more available to purchase.


Family Price: 2 adults + up to 3 children £10




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Closing Event: Living In Hope

By donation


Garden Of Contemplation





Sunday 26 August 8pm - 9pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)


Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout August

Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield Avenue, EH12 6AU




At the end of the Festival we bring together the many strands in words, music, dance and story representing our hopes for the world and our commitment to working for peace. With various Festival performers and guests– and, of course, the traditional hearty rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Followed by a reception in the Hall until 10.30pm



Come and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the ‘country church in the heart of the city’. Just sit and be in the sacred space or follow the prayer path of meditation around the garden of the church. The Good Shepherd Church designed by Robert Lorimer is one of the city’s hidden gems.






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Poverty Over: 

A Minute For Peace







Daily throughout August 1pm - 1.01pm

St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place,

Edinburgh EH12 5AW






Whilst we in Edinburgh celebrate Festivals, too many people in our world know no festivals and yearn for peace. At 1 o’clock every day during August in St Mary’s Cathedral, we pause in silence for one minute, starting with the lighting of a candle for peace and ending with a simple prayer.









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Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


The Festival of Spirituality and Peace

St John's Church
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ



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New Director

The Festival of Spirituality & Peace has a new Director: Andrew Newman.  Andrew brings with him an African/ Scottish view on the path to peace, diversity and inclusiveness.


For information on how to contact him visit the 'Meet the team' page

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