August 1, 2011

Nomadic tent offers ‘taste of paradise’ during Edinburgh festival

by Jan Harris

A Persian Nomadic Tent will form the centrepiece of this year’s Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh, which runs from 6 – 29 August.

The Festival of Spirituality offers a spiritual alternative to the main Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 12 August to 4 September 2011.

It aims to ‘put the heart back into the festival season’.

As well as providing opportunities for cultural exchange, the alternative festival will highlight the dangers facing Nomadic lifestyles from rapid globalisation.

It is hoped that the Nomadic Tent will foster cross-cultural conversation, peacebuilding, and friendships between people from different ethnic groups.

The Edinburgh Art Festival is also focusing on spirituality, with a vast religious-themed exhibition by David Mach which took nearly a decade to complete.

The exhibition, which coincides with the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, will fill every floor of the City Art Centre.

It includes Crucifixion scenes made from coat-hangers and the faces of Christ and Satan made from match-heads which will be lit by the artist during the festival.

There are more than 40 collages of Biblical scenes, made from newspaper and magazine cuttings.

The ‘David Mach: Precious Light, King James Bible 1611–2011’ exhibition runs from 30 July – 16 October 2011.

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