Edinburgh has long been regarded as a city at peace and a peace-making city. just Festival celebrates that peace is not just an absence in Edinburgh, but a presence. Peace is not a fixed goal to be achieved and forgotten about but a complex process which has to be constantly worked on and reviewed by individuals, communities and nations.
However, Edinburgh is still home to, not only physical violence, but the violence of injustice, inequality, fear and mistrust. It is increasingly clear that peace cannot exist in isolation, just because one individual or community is at peace does not mean that they will not be affected by another in conflict. As modern technology and logistics make the world more connected it is becoming clearer that actions in one community can affect other, both positively and negatively. With increasing mobility of peoples and cultures it can be seen that we live on a shared planet where we all share a responsibility for peace. Making friends with your neighbour is a great way to start this process.