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Beltane 2010 by Neil Hodgins

Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival and Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL 2016 TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets on sale exclusively from Tickets Scotland. Go HERE to order yours.
Go HERE for full information about Beltane 2016 in Edinburgh on 30th April.

To take part in Beltane 2016, come along to our Open Meeting on 21st February.

For more information about the Society, our world-famous festivals and how you can get involved, navigate using the menu on the left. Scroll down for our latest news.

Beltane Fire Society is a not-for-profit registered charity in Scotland.
Charity Number SC040137. Company Number SC341753.

Photograph by Neil Hodgins, taken at Beltane Fire Festival 2010.

Beltane 2016 tickets now on sale!

The Beltane Fire Society 2014

Tickets for Beltane Fire Festival at Calton Hill, Edinburgh, on 30th April 2016 are now on sale exclusively from Tickets Scotland! You can order your tickets here, find out more about the festival here and share the official Facebook event page here.

Photo of Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

Pre-sale tickets sold out, advance sales start on Friday

Our pre-sale event for Beltane 2016 tickets has sold out in only 4 days! If you didn’t manage to order your tickets in time, don’t worry – general advance sales begin at 9am on Friday 12th February (that’s this Friday). Tickets are available exclusively from Tickets Scotland and prices are as follows…

  • £8 +booking fee until 15th April
  • £8.50 +booking fee until 29th April
  • £10 +booking fee on 30th April
  • £10 on the gate (no booking fee, cash payments only)

Pre-sale tickets almost sold out!

If you’re were hoping to get your hands on Beltane 2016 tickets at the special price of £7 as part of our pre-sale event, you’ll need to be super speedy! Pre-sale tickets are almost sold out and there are only a few left to grab. If you’re very quick, the link for ticket orders is here and the offer code you’ll need is FIRE.

General ticket sales begin at 9am on Friday 12th February though, so if you’re not in time for the pre-sale event you’ll be able to get your tickets at the regular price…

  • £8 +booking fee until 15th April
  • £8.50 +booking fee until 29th April
  • £10 +booking fee on 30th April
  • £10 on the gate (no booking fee, cash payments only)

…any time from Friday morning onwards. Full information about the festival and tickets can be found here.

Welcoming our new Blues

New Blues

Our Blues are keepers of the ritual, performers extraordinaire and prominent members of our community with experience in many different roles throughout many festivals. This Beltane, we’re happy to introduce two wonderful people who, although new to the role of Blue, definitely aren’t new to BFS. It just so happens that pictures of them painted blue exist already as they’ve both been Cailleach at Samhuinn in the last two years. So without further ado, please give Becky Salter (above left) and Liza Stolton (above right) a warm welcome as they join Rob May and Jo Harrison as our Beltane 2016 Blues!

Photo of Becky at Samhuinn 2014 by Mark Taylor and Liza at Samhuinn 2015 by Dan Mosley

Beltane 2016 tickets pre-sale event from Friday 5th February!

Beltane 2016 tickets

We’re running a special pre-sale event for our lovely friends in internet-land. From 9am on Friday 5th February for ONE WEEK ONLY, you can get your ticket at the early bird price of just £7. Pre-sale tickets are limited so be quick! The offer code you’ll need to enter on the site is FIRE.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO TICKETS SCOTLAND’S WEBSITE AND ORDER TICKETS

To book disabled patrons and carers tickets please call on 0131 220 3234.

For more information about tickets, terms of entry and the festival in general, visit this page. You’re also welcome to joing our official Facebook event page, share it and invite your friends.

Introducing our Beltane 2016 Group Organisers

We’re very excited to introduce our intrepid volunteer Group Organisers for Beltane Fire Festival 2016! These amazing people will be working incredibly hard over the coming months, recruiting and training volunteers for performance and production groups, planning, creating, rehearsing and being generally awesome and dedicated to building an epic festival. More information about the groups themselves will be appearing on this page in time for the Open Meeting.

The Aerie
Cat Somerville, Jerome Wiwezar and Mario Staykov

Beasties
Tom Caine, Raymond Considine and Anna Meulepas

Bower
John Wilson and David Simpson

Call Horn
Tamara Piddock

Community Fire
Becky Salter

Contact Point
Steven Turner, Karl Robertson and Danielle Christie

Earth Point
Jackie Burrell and Robert Lee

Faerie Porters
Neil Rhind and Electra Tzini

Family Beltane
Cat Somerville

Fire Arch
Caroline Evans and Martin Miller

Fire Point
Bruno Marchand and Samantha Hulls

Nomadic Flame
Andrew McSweeney, Esje Stapleton and Nathan Goodfriend

Photopoint
Laura Wallace and Mark Taylor

Processional Drummers
Andy Walker and Robyn Galliers

Reds
Jane Mann, Lila Anne and Jaye Renold

Tech
Helen Bradburn, Greig Douglas and Jonny Crombie

Torchbearers
Marie Murphy and Peter Jackson

Water Point
Katie Craig and Seth Ewin

Whites
Raini Scott and Sara Ferreira

Feeling Green? You have 24 hours to get in touch!

If you’re thinking of applying to be Green Man at Beltane Fire Festival 2016 and haven’t been in touch to note your interest yet, you have one day left before the deadline of 7pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Information about the role and how to apply can be found here. Remember, our Green Man doesn’t have to be played by a man. Anyone of any gender is welcome to apply.

One week deadline reminder for Beltane 2016 Green Man applications

If you’re considering applying to be Green Man at Beltane Fire Festival 2016, you have one week left to note your interest before the deadline of 7pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. All the info you’ll need to do this can be found here. Remember, our Green Man doesn’t have to be played by a man. Anyone of any gender is welcome to apply.

Epic Samhuinn 2015 video

Before we move into full-on preparation for Beltane 2016, we’d like to share the official video from our last festival, Samhuinn 2015. It was shot and edited by Richard Winpenny, one of the members of BFS’ volunteer photography and videography group, Photopoint. Enjoy an hour of awesome drums and gorgeous performance!

Meet our Beltane 2016 poster designer

PosterDesigner2016

The contest is over, the votes have been counted and we’re very happy to introduce you to our Beltane 2016 poster and flyer design winner Marcela Badolatto. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and currently living in Italy, she explains that her design focuses on “the Green Man…one of the oldest mythological images in pagan Britain, and a definitely strong archetype”. She says, “I thought about doing something different, throwing light on this most ancient character of the Beltane rituals”.

Talking about her creative background, Marcela explains, “I’ve always been the artistc type, drawing all the time and everywhere, so it was a natural decision to enter the College of Fine Arts. I started with Visual Arts, but then I thought Design would be more suited for what I wanted to do, which was illustration”. She graduated in Graphic Design and soon started working in publishing houses making book covers, which is her specialty. She also studied book publishing at post-graduate level and after two years decided to open her own design studio. Working as a freelancer brought the opportunity to move to Italy, where now she is now working towards a Masters degree in Editorial Illustration.

After missing the deadline for last Beltane’s poster contest, Marcela was determined to submit her work this year. She was inspired by the Scottish culture, especially the pre-Christian traditions, which has always been one of her greatest passions as she has followed Druidism as a religion for many years.

Marcela says, “I knew the work of the Beltane Fire Society and have wanted to go to Scotland to attend one of the festivals”. This year, her wish comes true as she’s be coming to Edinburgh to experience the Beltane Fire Festival and we’re super excited about meeting her!

If you’d like to see more of Marcela’s beautiful work, you can find her online in these places…
Her design studio’s website
Her studio’s Facebook page
Her studio’s Instagram
Her illustration Facebook page
Her illustration Instagram