EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY | Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, EDINBURGH, EH8 9LH

Karine will give the Rebellious Truth Lecture which explores the importance of traditional arts and the role of traditional artists of all backgrounds and practices in addressing societal concerns: environment, sustainability, identity, social cohesion, health, understandings of economy, employment, education, and diversity.

To see beyond this moment: Singing the space between those gone before and those yet to come.

"Traditional songs and stories are traces of other lives, other times, other values. To me, they bring the flesh of our forebears close and inspire gratitude for the individual and collective acts of resistance and resilience that ultimately gift us our rights and privileges, here and now. But they also offer evidence of profound environmental and societal shifts, which render once familiar landscapes and ecologies fragile and strange.

All of my writing and performing now, across song, story, theatre and books, is about bridging what’s gone before and what might yet come. I draw on tradition to say something about the moment we’re in now, about the possible futures we’re making for subsequent generations, and about the power we have to make a difference”