Morning Manifesto - Edinburgh International Festival

The Departure Lounge

Across the three weeks of the International Festival, a series of performances and discussions bring together thinkers, artists and you, to consider and challenge the themes and ideas presented in the You Are Here programme.

Morning Manifesto
11am | 1hr 15mins approx. (no interval)
The Lyceum Rehearsal Studio
David Greig Dramaturg

Over three weeks, 18 writers from around the world each write a manifesto for the future. You are invited to debate their ideas and vote for your beliefs. After three weeks, a collectively authored manifesto will be launched into the world: a love song to our shared humanity. This project is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, collectively authored by representatives from all regions of the world, and part of Fly The Flag, a celebration of its 70th anniversary. 15 writers propose their vision of a better World 11am–12.15pm Hosted by David Greig & Sara Sharaawi.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (Palestine) | 5 Aug
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh has published over 140 scientific papers on topics ranging from cultural heritage to biodiversity to cancer. His manifesto will explore the notion that diversity is strength in human and natural societies.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Greenland) | 6 Aug
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is an established multi-disciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, NU whose practice centres on uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dance) and also includes acting, curating and drum-dancing.

Michael Morpurgo (England) | 7 Aug
Sir Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children’s novels such as War Horse (1982). His manifesto will be performed by Lyceum Youth Theatre and will lay out a dozen rights for every child on the planet.

Robert Softley Gale (Scotland) | 8 Aug
Robert Softley Gale is Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and has over twelve years of experience in diverse and varied roles – including actor and performer and advocate of equality of access to the arts.

Jumoke Verissimo (Nigeria) | 9 Aug
Jumoke Verissimo is a Nigerian poet and writer based in Canada. Her manifesto will imagine a future where the borders on our maps become artistic representations of what it means to be apart.

Raja Shehadeh (Palestine) | 12 Aug
Raja Shehadeh is a writer and a lawyer who founded the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. Raja’s manifesto will seek to declare the Mediterranean Sea a Protected Zone.

Javaad Alipoor (England) | 13 Aug
Javaad Alipoor is an artist, director, writer and activist who regularly makes theatre with and for communities that don’t usually engage in the arts. His manifesto will propose we nationalize social media networks.

Timberlake Wertenbaker (US/UK) | 14 Aug
Timberlake Wertenbaker is a British-based playwright, who has written plays for the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company and others.Timberlake’s manifesto will propose a tax on visibility.

Emma Dabiri (Ireland) | 15 Aug
Emma Dabiri is an Irish model, teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS, and author of the book Don’t Touch My Hair. She is outspoken on issues of race and racism through her work.

Amy Jephta (South Africa) | 16 Aug
Amy Jephta is a filmmaker, playwright, and academic from Cape Town. Her work has been produced in South Africa and London, and she was named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Top Young South Africans.

Maya Zbib (Lebanon) | 19 Aug
Maya Zbib is a theatre director, performer, writer and founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company. Maya leads psychosocial interventions with Zoukak in marginalized contexts in different Lebanese regions.

20 Aug - Artist (TBC)

Si’an Chen (China) | 21 Aug
Si’an Chen (陈思安) is a playwright, theatre director, poet, short story
writer and literary translator who lives and works in Beijing.

Luanda Casella (Brazil) | 22 Aug
Luanda Casella is a Brazilian writer, storyteller and performer living and working in Belgium since 2006.

Swati Simha (India) | 23 Aug
Swati is a playwright and research scholar based in New Delhi. Her manifesto will ask what it means to have human rights – what next?

Dates, Times & Prices

5 - 24 August (excl. Sundays), 11am