A new festival emerges from the edge to unite and inspire

By Press Office
May 18, 2015

Just Festivals have joined forces with Swiss Church, St Giles In The Fields, St George’s Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church to host Just Festival On The Edge from 20 to 25 May 2015.

Well-known names and new mingle throughout the five day programme to celebrate diversity, share culture and explore social justice issues.

Taking place on the edge of three boroughs, there is an event to engage everyone: young and old, rich and poor. On offer is a fantastically eclectic music strand, headlined by South Londoner Josh Osho, a singer songwriter who is descri bed as having one of the finest pop/soul voices to come out of the UK in years.

The drama Benefit by Cardboard Citizens provides a powerful and moving portrayal of life under the coalition government, and a damning indictment of the confusing bureaucracy and lack of empathy within the benefits system. A trio of exhibitions at Swiss Church explores what home and the city means through the photographs of Jan A Bielinski, East Meet West Selection, the artwork of homeless people of Cafe Art and the moving art of the LGBTI youth in Young And Gay In Albanian.

Between 12pm – 5.30pm on 23 – 25 May, the festival atmosphere will be in full flow at St Giles In The Field’s garden with The Busk Stop, the best buskers in London found by Busk In London, the 1000 Paper Crane Challenge providing fun for all ages, while you can make friends with death and strangers at the Death Cafe Picnic.

"While difficult issues are often met with trepidation, silence or fear, Just Festival On The Edge places them in the centre of a celebration of life, culture and community", says Katherine Newbigging, Just Festival On The Edge Director. "We believe that arts and culture are a gateway to exploring new and varied viewpoints which are not often presented within the mainstream culture. We want people to come along be entertained and do something great for others, even if that is just exploring their viewpoint for an hour or two."

* The full Just Festival on the Edge programme is here: http://www.justfestivalontheedge.org.uk/

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