Current and Upcoming events

8th December to 24th in Edinburgh – Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Decorated Christmas TreeFreedom from Torture has a tree in this annual festival for the first time and we think it’s lovely.  The Festival is at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street, EH2 2P. It is in the centre of Edinburgh so do drop in if you are nearby. You can visit, free, to see all 40 trees from now till December 24th – each day 10:00 till 18:00 and Thursdays till 21:00. 

The decoration was designed, created and implemented by Nada Shawa and a team of elves. Good work elves!

Saturday 9 February 2019 7.30 pm till late – “From Bad to Verse”

Man running against a hopscotch wallA night of spoken word, poetry, standup, live music and more, celebrating the transformative power of words, with renowned performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter JOHN HEGLEY and friends.  Followed by live music and DJ set with Lizi Rascal. This is a fund-raising event but will be such good fun that we will all forget that!

The venue is the Ballroom at the Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street Edinburgh 

Fab raffle prizes. Bar.

Tickets £15.00 (plus booking fee) from Eventbrite.

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July 2019 – Cycle against Torture 2019

Bike and rainbowThis major event has a set of pages all its own on this site and they are being updated all the time. This is a relay ride from East Sussex to Edinburgh and will take place over the month of July 2019.

We aim to raise awareness of FfT’s work, to connect supporters and to raise funds. You can get in touch with the team on 

We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – how modern are we?

1st May 2019 – AGM 2019

Yes, we are that organised. Our AGM 2019 will be held at the Friends Meeting House in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1st May at 7 pm. We look forward to hearing first-hand from our speaker about the work being done at the Freedom from Torture centre in Glasgow.

17/18 August 2019 – Edinburgh International Book Festival

Entrance to EIBFWe are thrilled to be guests of Amnesty Scotland at this prestigious festival again in 2019. Work from the clients and ex-clients of Freedom from Torture will be read on Sat/Sun 17th/18th August 2019. The events will be at 17:30 each day for 45 minutes. They are free but ticketed, with tickets only available on the day. See you then!