Sunday, 26 August 2012
Kenny MacAskill greets Festival of Spirituality and Peace
Speaking at the closing celebration, Mr MacAskill described the Festival, which is now in its twelfth year, as a "resounding success", and thanked all who have been involved in running it.
The Scottish government, along with civic, faith and educational partners - and not least St John's Church in Edinburgh - have been major partners and funders in the venture.
The justice secretary said that it was important to realise that humankind cannot live on money and goods alone, but needed to pay attention to the feeding of the human spirit and wellbeing. This is why the Scottish government has put an emphasis on culture.
Mr MacAskill also noted that although there was considerable attention to the major International Festival of Fringe, there were other aspects of festival season which needed supporting -- including the Festival of Spirituality and Peace.
FoSP director Katherine Newbigging thanked him for his words of encouragement and support for the Festival, which has broken records with sales this year and proved popular across a wide section of the population.