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FESTIVAL 2008 MAIN EVENING EVENTS

 

 

Saturday 1 March:

Evening Event: Love, Lover and Beloved:

An Evening of Sufi Devotions and Ecstatic Music.

Facilitators: Khidmatul Khadim, the International Sufi School, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz), David Bellak and Jila Peacock.

Venue: Meeting Room, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh.

Time: 7pm onwards. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: The Sufi Way has been called the "Path of Love" and one of the most famous Sufi chants reminds the listener that "God is Love, Lover and Beloved." In many different ways, Sufi music and chant worldwide celebrates the sacred as an evolving relationship rather than a static set of concepts or theologies. The Sufi musicians and teachers assembled here will share music and chant that awakens the heart and revivifies the soul, from theMiddle East, Turkey, Africa and Europe (including Scotland).

Presenters will include: Khidmatul Khadim, the International Sufi School, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz), David Bellak and Jila Peacock. This is a participatory evening, during which the audience will have the opportunity to learn about and join in various Sufi chants and musical meditations for peace. All are welcome to participate in the Sufi devotional and ecstatic spiritual practice!

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

 

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Monday 3 March:

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Event: Forum of Middle Eastern Faiths:

Wrecking God’s Creation? Faith, Stewardship and the Future of the Planet.

Speakers: Dr Ephraim Borowski, Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities; Eleanor Todd, from Eco-Congregation; Dr Jabal Buaben, Lecturer in Islam, University of Birmingham; Professor Tim Hayward, Professor of Environmental Political Theory, University of Edinburgh.

Chair: Joyce McMillan.

Venue: The Martin Hall, The School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Time: 7pm-9.30pm. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: A forum on how the three 'Middle Eastern' faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, understand ecological responsibility and whether they can help save the planet. Jointly organised by the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Scotland and the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP.

Cost: Admission Free. Donations Welcome.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Tuesday 4 March:

Evening Event: Talk: Mystical Poetry and the Middle Eastern Mind:

Experiments in Multi-leveled Poetic Translation.

Facilitator: Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.

Venue: Sanctuary, St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: 7pm onwards. Doors open at 6.30pm.

Event Description: In 1990, Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a poetic approach to interpreting and understanding the words attributed to Jesus in the Gospels from his native Aramaic language. Drawing upon the centuries-old Jewish tradition of midrash (interpretive translation), Douglas-Klotz used a traditional Syriac-Aramaic version of the Gospels to show how a non-Western listener might have heard the words of a Semitic prophet in a multi-leveled way. His first book, Prayers of the Cosmos, became an international bestseller and led to subsequent works continuing the exploration, which have raised many questions for Biblical and Quranic scholars about their own methodologies. During this evening he will discuss the use of multi-leveled poetic verse to translate and interpret ancient Semitic languages in a way that fits the worldview and ways of knowing inherent in these cultures. He will also read from a number of his translations from the Aramaic of the words attributed to Jesus, from translations of mythic poetry from the Hebrew bible and from verses of the Quran.

Cost: £5/£3 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Wednesday 5 March:

Evening Event: The Return of the Jerusalem Peacemakers.

             

Facilitators: Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari.

Chair: Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz).

Venue: Sanctuary, St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: Doors Open: 7pm. Event: 7.30pm onwards.

Event Description: We are very pleased to welcome back to Scotland Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Co-Directors of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, which is a not-for-profit organisation. This evening’s event will be an opportunity to meet these two Jerusalem Peacemakers, who are also actively involved in the work of Abrahamic Reunion, to learn about their work in the Middle East and internationally, sharing insights into the tools and dynamics of interspiritual peacemaking, and to share with them and discuss with them their inspiring, hopeful and pioneering grassroots interspiritual peace work.

 

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Thursday 6 March:

Evening Event: Concert: A Jewish Journey through Song, Music and Story

Chana Sophia Yaffe and Tirtza Singer.

Venue: Sanctuary, St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: Doors Open: 7pm. Concert: 7.30pm onwards.

Event Description: Here is your opportunity to enjoy two internationally renowned performers from Jerusalem, who regularly perform throughout the USA and Europe. Tirtza Singer and Chana Sophia Yaffe sing, play the harp and  guitar with keyboard and percussion and tell stories that are culturally enriching, and mystically illuminating. This is a unique Jewish Musical and Storytelling experience not to be missed! Their combined talents make for a powerful performance full of humour, inspiration and unabashed joy.

Cost: £9/£7 (Concessions). £5 (Students). On the door, on the night.             

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Friday 7 March:

Evening Event: The World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Facilitator: The World Peace Prayer Society.

Venue: Sanctuary, St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: Doors Open: 7.30pm. The World Peace Flag Ceremony: 8pm onwards.

Event Description: The World Peace Flag Ceremony is a celebration of the oneness of humanity, inviting all people to send their heartfelt wishes for peace by naming each country of the world as its flag is raised. During the Ceremony, a prayer is recited for peace and happiness to prevail in every nation of the world.

The World Peace Flag Ceremony is a moving ritual of prayer for world peace. The Ceremony has been presented all over the world in settings ranging from small gatherings of friends to the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. It is a moving experience of our shared commitment to peace on Earth.

The World Peace Prayer Society is a non-profit, non-sectarian, member-supported organisation. The society works to support the UN in realising its mission of world peace. The Society respects the freedom of individuals to choose among the world’s beautiful teachings, religions, spiritualities and philosophies.

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Saturday 8 March:

Evening Event: Davod Azad in Concert: Songs for the Beloved.

Venue: Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh.

Time: 7pm: Doors Open. 7.30pm-9.30pm: Concert.

Event Description: Davod is going to sing different poems from different Sufi poets. He is going to play Taar, Setar, Tanbour and Daf.

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions), on the door on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Tuesday 11 March:

Evening Event: The 2008 Middle East Festival Lecture.

Title: Spiritual Approaches to Peace and Ecology in the Islamic World.

Speaker: Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Chair: Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz).

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, 87-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh.

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm: Talk, followed by Questions and Discussion. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: Edinburgh will host world-renowned Islamic scholar Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr to address the opportunities and challenges of Middle East Peace from a spiritual, educational and cultural perspective as part of Edinburgh’s Fifth Annual International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. One of the world's foremost thinkers looks at the global environmental crisis, religion, modernism, fundamentalism and the spiritual foundations of individual and social peace.

Cost: £9/£7 (Concessions). £5 (Students).

Contact: Booking Hotline on 0131 668 2019, or in person at the Queen’s Hall.

Queen’s Hall Website: http://www.thequeenshall.net/index.php

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Festival Directors and Contacts

Festival Directors:
Neill Walker and Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.

Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP,

Scottish charity SC038996,
4, William Black Place, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9PZ.
T: +44 (0) 131 331 4469, E: mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, W: www.eicsp.org