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FESTIVALS Friday 14unday 10
I 5th Edinburgh Peace Festival All events at the Assembly Rooms. George Street. unless otherwise stated. For details of music and theatre events see appropriate sections. Enquiries to Ray Newton 556 1083. This annual event aims to promote international peace and justice through talks, exhibitions, workshops and cultural events. See panel.
Environment Day Sat 2. 1 1am—4pm. Free. Stalls, displays and discussions on a green theme. Cafe open allday.
Pedalcade Around EdinburghSat 2. 2pm. All cyclists welcome. assemble at the foot of the Mound.
Latin American Disco Sat 2. 8pm-midnight. £3 (£2.50). With cabaret artiste Omar Babbar and rock‘n‘roll band Visionary. Service Oi Worship Sun 3. St Andrew and St George’s Church, George Street. 11am. To mark the opening ofthe Festival.
The illegality Oi Trident and Alternative strategies ior delence-dependent economies Mon 4. City Chambers. High Street. 7.30pm. Free. With Scottish lawyer Keith Bovey and Jim Greer from the TU Resources Centre.
Sixth Form Conlerence Fri 8, St Thomas of Aquin’s RC School, Chalmers Street. Contact: Gerry Hand 447 2807. Discussions on peace. justice and poverty. with an address by Lord Provost Eleanor McLaughlin. All schools welcome.
The Middle East Crisis Sat 9.
10.30am—l .30pm. Free. Discussions on ‘Planning for Peace' with representatives from the United Nations Association, the Kuwaiti press, Scottish CND and others. Children’s World Sat 9. 10.30am—4.45pm. Day ticket £1 (accompanying adults free). With shows by the Welsh Dandelion Puppets.
Gle’s Peace Sat 9. 2pm. £1. Scottish and lntemational poems and songs. presented by Arts Outreach.
Alrlce - Whose Problem? Sat 9. 2—3.3()pm. Free. Discussion with Abdul Babu. former Tanzanian Minister of Economic Planning and Kevin Dunion, Oxfam‘s Scottish Campaigns Organiser.
Trident: Strategic Deience or Costly Folly? Sat 9. info: Alan Wilkie 449 3695. 3.45—5pm. Free.
Meditation Sat 9. 10.30am—4.30pm. With the Brahma Kumaris. All welcome.
Fun Run Sat 9. Sri Chimnoy Peace Mile, North Meadows. Contact: Alan Spence 661 8403. Noon. Entry free.
The Path To Peace Sun 10. Leith Town Hall. Contact: Alan Wilkie 449 3695. 2—5pm. Free. A colourful multifaith celebration of active belief. with music. drama. poetry and dance.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS Saturday 23
I Learn To Ceilidh Pearce institute. Govan Cross. Glasgow. Contact: 5520104. 8pm-lam. £3 (£2). With music from the Tattie ilowkers. Late bar and buffet.
The Filth Edinburgh Peace Festival startst March.
’Calling it the Peace Festival is really a bit inadequate now- it anyone can come up with a better name, please let us know!’ The appeal comes irom Ray Newton, one oi the organisers oi the annual Edinburgh gathering, who is describing the growth in the Festival’s scope during its live years oi existence. it now routinely covers environmental and development issues as well as more obvious subjects like disarmament. It also continues to build cultural links with other countries —this year’s programme includes a Latin-American disco, a rock band irom Kiev and a ‘Muiticulturai Magic Circus’ with acts irom around the world, in addition to the usual mixture at talks, discussions, exhibitions, stalls and local entertainment.
But with the Cold War oilicially over
on the one hand, and, on the other, a very hot war currently being fought, can
' the Peace Festival really achieve
anything oi importance? ‘Obviously the central thing this year is the discussion on the Middle-East crisis, which will give ordinary people a chance to express their views,’ says Ray Newton. ‘But more generally, i think one very valuable thing we can do is to generate something positive at a time when many people are feeling very cynical and disillusioned about the lact that war is still used as a solution to disputes. What we aim to do long-term is help to develop a culture based on the idea oi co-operatlon ratherthan conilict and, using the resources that would release to combat the real threats lacing us, create a peace culture instead oi this war psychosis which still dominates our society.’
Ray Newton also stresses the Festival’s importance as a community-based event. ‘There are 43 dilierent local groups involved this year, who’ve all come up with their own ideas about what they want to contribute,’ he says. ‘The cornerstone ol the whole thing is the old slogan: think globally, act locally. And oi course, the other really important thing is tor people to have a good time.’ (Sue Wilson)
See Listings lor details ol Peace
1 Festival Events.
I Energy Work Meditation Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 667 5438. 7—8pm. Entry by donation. A new weekly session.
IArt Therapy Conference Room. Central Library, Edinburgh. 225 5584. 7—8pm. Free tickets available from 6.45pm. Maralyn Hagood of Edinburgh Universitv continues the library's series of talks on ' careers in the arts.
I Glasgow: New Architecture, New Development McLellan Galleries. Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Contact: Andrew Patrizio/Margaret Stewart 331 1854. 7.30pm. Free. What kind ofcity will Glasgow be at the millennium and who is planning it?
I Art and Dreamwork Salisbury Centre. 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 667 5438. 10am—5pm. £18 (£12) plus£1 .50for materials. Fran Marquis Faulkes. a psychologist trained in art and meditation. will help participants explore their dreams through painting and collage. No previous experience required.
I The Glasgow West End Conservation Trust Kelvinside-Hillhead Church. Observatory Road (off Byres Road). Glasgow. Contact: Emma Crawford 225 9724. A talk by John Russell about the work ofthe Trust. its challenges. difficulties and successes. organised by the Architectural Heritage Society.
I Architectural Conservation Conference Room. Central Library. Edinburgh. 225 5584. 7—8pm. Free tickets available from 6.45pm. Desmond Hodges ofthe New Town Conservation Committee concludes the library‘s series of talks on careers in the arts.
I Awakening To Lile Through Near-Fatal Disease Holy Corner Church Centre New Hall. Chamberlain Road. Edinburgh. £3.50(£2). 7.30pm.
GAY/BISEXUAL Monday 25
I The Lantern Cale Scottish Centre For Lesbians. Gays And Bisexuals. 58a Broughton Street. Edinburgh. 7.30—9pm.
Faslane Peace Camps are organising pickets ol US naval bases whenever ships are in port. For more details orto add your nameto
the phone tree tor the pickets, phone 0436 820 901.
I Prayers For Peace St J ohn's Church. Princes Street/Lothian Road. Edinburgh. 229 7565. 12.30—1pm.
I Silent Vigil George Square, Glasgow. 5.30—6pm.
I Scottish Writers Against War in the Gull Pearce lnstsitute. Govan. Glasgow. Contact: H. Humphries 649 1945. 7.30pm. An evening with Liz Lochhead. Alisdair Gray. James Kelman. Tom Leonard, Gerrie Fellows and others. on the theme that the need for a just settlement ofthe Palestinian question lies at the heart ofthe Gulfcrisis. Bar. raffle and Palestinian food.
I Edinburgh Women’s Action For Peace Women's Centre, 61a Broughton Street. Edinburgh. 7.30pm. Weekly meeting.
I Edinburgh Campaign Against War In The Gulf Trades Council. 12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh. 7.30pm. Weekly meeting, all welcome.
I Lealleting outside the RAF Careers information Centre. 21 Hanover Street. Edinburgh. l—2pm.
I Silent Procession With Body Bag And Cruise Missile From the US Consulate to the Mound, Edinburgh. Bring a candle and wear black.
OPEN EXTRA Saturday 23
I A Great Day Out In Edinburgh James Watt Centre. Edinburgh Conference Centre, Riccarton. Edinburgh. Contact: Gordon McCulloch 556 681 l/Abigail Carney 557 2727. 1pm—4pm. Free. An exhibition of the city‘s visitor attractions, events and back-up services. organised by Edinburgh Marketing.
Saturday 23/Sunday 24
I Greenpeace Dolphin Dive-Ins Contact Sue Holland 031 229 5076. Sponsored swims to raise money for Greenpeace and increase awareness of the plight of Scotland's dolphin population in the Moray Firth. threatened by pollution and overfishing. Swims take place in Dumfries and Tranent on Sat 23'. Edinburgh. Bathgate. Stirling and Greenock on Sun 24.
I Opportunities '91 Assembly Rooms. George Street. Edinburgh. Contact: Peter Douglas 479 2329. 9.30am—8.30pm. An employment and training convention for school-leavers,
40 The List‘22 February — 7 march 1991