Pressure and No Pressure
Stand Up For Freedom, our annual Edinburgh flagship show was a load of fun last night. Comic after comic took to the stage to entertain the festival goers and show their support for human rights.
At one point comics Nick Revell, Tiffany Stevenson and Phil Nichol led the audience in a stirring rendition of ‘I predict a riot’, with the words cleverly changed to a plea for Pussy Riot to be set free. Then the audience took part in a mass text action, to add their signatures to the thousands handed in on a petition to the Russian authorities in London this morning calling for the singers’ release.
Back stage the comics all took action for jailed Burmese prisoner of conscience U Myint Aye, who has been imprisoned on charges Amnesty believes to have been fabricated because of his human rights work. Find out more in this Observer Amnesty Urgent Action profile piece.
Tomorrow we will be heading down to the Russian embassy here in Edinburgh to show solidarity with the Pussy Riot Three and await the verdict. Watch out for our response to that on twitter tomorrow.
In classic ed fest style it’s go, go, go we have got the second of our Book Festival annual lectures on Saturday at midday, where the audience can hear acclaimed Egyptian writer, Ahadf Soueif, on The Writer and the Egyptian Revolution at the ScottishPower Studio Theatre. Then at 3pm, it’s back over to the EICC for No Pressure to be Funny a hilarious topical panel show featuring Ian Rankin and Mark Thomas. To find out how to get tickets and for info on our entire programme, go to www.amnesty.org.uk/edfest
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