declaration 2019

Wednesday 15 May, Edinburgh

**Please note you can sign up to these sessions individually or attend all three on the day

Declaration Festival 2019 is a free event exploring the links between health, equalities and human rights at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. Using accessible film, theatre and conversation, three different sessions will look at negative impacts on our health and human rights, and what we can do about them.


10:15-12:30 – (doors open 9:30)

Adversity, resilience and human rights

The first session of the day is a screening of the must-see documentary ‘Resilience: the biology of stress and the science of hope’, followed by a panel discussion/audience Q&A. This trail-blazing American film looks at the negative impact of childhood adversity, and what people can do to change things for the better. In keeping with the Declaration Festival theme, our focus will be on the human rights aspects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what’s happening in Scotland.

Chaired by Lucy Mulvagh of the ALLIANCE, a lively and stimulating panel discussion will follow. We are delighted to be joined by Juliet Harris (Together – Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), Kirsty Giles (Violence Reduction Unit), and SallyAnn Kelly (Aberlour Child Care Trust).

Book via eventbrite


A performance of ‘Crystal’s Vardo’; a play that examines the impact of being bullied at school on a young Gypsy girl’s life.

Crystal’s Vardo’ is a play by Suzanne King and has been performed in schools, theatres, festivals, colleges, prisons and conferences for health professionals and police and shows how powerful theatre can be in tackling racism and celebrating history and culture. It explores the rich history and culture of Gypsies and Travellers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the Travelling community. For a preview, please access this short video HERE.

The performance be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, guests including Scottish Traveller Activist and Campaigner David T. Donaldson and Professor Alison McFadden from the University of Dundee, who is the lead author and researcher of a recent study exploring discrimination and ways NHS services can improve trust among Gypsies, Roma and Traveller people and communities.

Book via eventbrite

15:30 – 17:00

Universal basic income and the right to health

We will close the day with a screening of ‘Basic Income is Coming to Scotland’, a short film by Margaret Gilmour, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. In recent years the idea of Universal Basic Income has gained greater popularity in Scotland. In 2017 the Scottish Government announced plans to support feasibility work in four local authority areas – Glasgow City, Edinburgh City, North Ayrshire and Fife. These local developments reflect a wider movement across Europe and internationally exploring the possibilities of a UBI – to alleviate poverty, to respond to the transition to automation, and to improve population health. In addition, UBI has also been considered from the perspective of human rights. In 2017 the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston, published a report last year on basic income. As part of Declaration Festival 2019, we will explore the potential impact of UBI for health, and whether UBI can be a route to realising the right to health in Scotland.


Book via eventbrite


Follow us on on Facebook and Twitter for updates on upcoming events.