Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wonderful Wednesday at the Festival

THE last Wednesday of FoSP begins with the first of five mornings of Poetry in the Persian Tent, For Old Macdonald had a Farm in Africa at 11am. This first session will feature Liz Lochhead, John Glenday, Stephanie Green and Ryan Van Winkle, with musician John Sampson.

At the same time over in the Church Hall, bring your kids for The Big Fat Pancake (left) at 11:30am, an interactive family puppet show performed by the Garvald Puppeteers, an Edinburgh-based company featuring adults with learning disabilities.

At lunch time, John Grieve is back for his second Sacred Space, followed by Worship at One.

Later in the afternoon, the ever-vibrant Soweto Entsha will be performing at 4pm followed by the peaceful Music, Prayer and Silence: Chanting in the style of Taize in the Chapel at 5:30pm, a free event and a perfect opportunity to wind down before the evening.

Wednesday evening at FoSP begins with yet more of The Scottish Six with Riddoch and Wightman at 6pm.

At 6:30pm you can join in the next of our conversations, The Spirituality of Peace in a World of War (right) with Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear SJ and head of Christian Aid Kathy Galloway. This conversation is in partnership with and moderated by the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

At 7:30pm at the Theosophical Society will be the second of two free sessions of Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age, with simple but powerful group meditation.

The day will close with with two musical and poetic performances. At 8pm in the Church Susanna Orr Holland will be playing her mysterious melodies inspired by traditional Scottish, Irish and Indian music. She will be joined by musicians David Boyd, a Middle Eastern percussionist, and Marion Kenny, a flute player.

At the same time in the Hall, join performance poet Duncan Mackintosh for the first of his two Evenings with Rumi. Experience the sublime poetry of Rumi brought to life by Mackintosh's dynamic and passionate reading and 'let the beauty we love be what we do'.

As ever, the Persian Tent and Terrace Chill-Out Zone will be open all day.

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