Charities FoSP supports

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace is a Scottish registered charity dedicated to supporting those with a practical vision for peace. Each year we raise money for selected humanitarian causes through a 50p ticket surcharge.


This year we will split all money raised in this way between L’Arche Edinburgh and Mama Amelia’s Creche Upgrade in Cape Town.



L’Arche is an international federation of communities where people with and without learning disabilities share life together, in a small homely setting, in the style of an extended family. L’Arche Edinburgh was established 21 years ago.  There are three L’Arche houses in the city. L’Arche is asking friends and well-wishers for help in raising enough money to build a fourth, which will be for people whose support needs are becoming more complex and more substantial with age. L’Arche wants to be able to offer people a home for life, so that they never need to move on, as they age. About half of the funds needed have been raised. Donations to help meet the balance will be most gratefully received.  


L’Arche was founded in France by a Canadian, Jean Vanier, who has previously participated in the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Jean has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Charity Commission: 264166OSCR: SC038493


To find out more please visit



Shack to Chic is an intermediate intervention created by SASDI to significantly improve children’s learning environment. The pilot project is Mama Amelia’s Sakhumzi Creche in the township of Mfuleni, Cape Town. The main aims of Shack to Chic are to provide the children with safe, fire-proof classrooms conducive to learning, as well as to ensure the centre is capable of registration as an ECD centre with the local department of social development because this grants access to daily subsidies for the children. The money raised by the Festival will enable SASDI to erect much-needed ablution facilities for the children and teachers.


To find out more please visit

Your Contribution

Tickets purchased for events the Festival team have organised will contribute 50p to L’Arche Edinburgh and Mama Amelia’s Creche Upgrade and our own Volunteer Programme.


So come to as many events as you can and if you can only come to one or two events then buy a ticket for a family member, a friend or even a stranger. Every ticket helps a person in great need.


Our Call!


We call on all Edinburgh Festival Directors to consider doing what we have done. Why not do the same? If all the Edinburgh Festivals built in 50p, yes only 50p, to each ticket sold every year we could together support hundreds of people. Together we can change their lives and their future here in our country, their new home. We beg the question: WHY NOT!?


Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


The Festival of Spirituality and Peace

St John's Church
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ



Or use our online contact form.


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

Calling all Performers


FoSP is searching for innovative and thought-provoking events to be part of 2013's Festival


For more information please see the Performing page 

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