Lennox discusses battle against HIV and AIDS on third day of festival


Annie Lennox's work in South Africa, Scotland's relationship with Malawi, and the future of devolutionary politics in Britain provide an eclectic line-up on day three of the Festival of Politics.

From Scotland to Malawi: working for the common good - looks at the parliamentary activities between the two countries and the effect this is likely to have on long-term relations.

Annie Lennox and the SING Campaign: one year on - Internationally renowned musician and campaigner Annie Lennox returns to the Festival for a second year to speak about her SING campaign, which aims to fight HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

The Politics of Devolution
- looks at how devolution evolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and what big issues could affect it in the future. The event brings together a panel of leading politicians and commentators including Michael Russell MSP, Scotland’s first health minister Susan Deacon, and Dr Robin Wilson: chair of the Belfast based think-tank, Platform for Change,

Other events on day three of the Festival include:

Hopes and Dreams: being a young carer in Scotland - hosted by Cathy Peattie MSP and Louise Morgan from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The event provides a platform for carers from across Scotland to discuss and share their experiences, hopes, and dreams for the future.

Climate Change: spritual causes, moral consequences and ethical dilemmas - This event examines whether we should look to politicians, or to ourselves, to respond to the greatest challenge facing humankind. Christian Aid's Kathy Galloway discusses these issues with writer and activist Alastair McIntosh, and Michael Northcott of the University of Edinburgh.  

Zero-Carbon Scotland of the Future - The Sunday Herald’s Rob Edwards chairs a session where some of Scotland’s leading experts describe what Scotland could be like after carbon.

Full details of all eight events today at the Festival of Politics can be found at www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk  


The Festival, which runs from 17-21 August, presents a diverse programme of events bringing together politics, media and the arts through performance, discussion and debate. On their way to and from events, visitors will be able to view one of the largest and most prestigious photographic exhibitions - the 53rd World Press Photo exhibition. Striking images taken by the world’s leading photojournalists that depict dramatic, life-changing events from around the world, line the public entrance to the Scottish Parliament. Photographic events for the public will take place alongside this year’s Festival sessions.  

Programme availability and tickets:

  • Online from www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk
  • By telephone: 0131 473 2000 (calls via RNID Typetalk: 18001 0131 473 2000)
  • By post: to the Festival of Politics, Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.
  • In person: The Scottish Parliament or The Hub.

Full details of the festival programme are available from www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk

Festival Partners

This year’s Festival of Politics is delivered in formal partnership with:

  • Carnegie UK Trust and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust
  • The Law Society of Scotland
  • The Scotsman

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