Welcome to Beltane.org

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.

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.


We’re running an internet pre-sale event for Beltane 2016 tickets from 9am on Friday 5th February. The pre-sale event will be for ONE WEEK ONLY and tickets at the special price of £7 are limited, so be quick! Get your tickets from Tickets Scotland HERE with the offer code FIRE.

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

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.

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.


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

Tom Caine, Raymond Considine and Anna Meulepas

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

Laura Wallace and Mark Taylor

Processional Drummers
Andy Walker and Robyn Galliers

Jane Mann, Lila Anne and Jaye Renold

Helen Bradburn, Greig Douglas and Jonny Crombie

Marie Murphy and Peter Jackson

Water Point
Katie Craig and Seth Ewin

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


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

Beltane 2016 Open Meeting

Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

The Open Meeting for Beltane Fire Festival 2016

2.30pm – 5.30pm on Sunday 21st February 2016

The Calton Centre, 121 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP


The Calton Centre has an entrance ramp and the inside of the building is also completely accessible to people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Nearby on-street parking is available (free on Sundays) on Montgomery Street and the surrounding area.

Calling all drummers, dancers, clowns, musicians, acrobats, fire spinners, puppet makers, techies, artists, crafters, costumers, photographers, film-makers, event stewards and all-round epic people with a desire to be part of a world-famous festival, bringing an exciting and fiery modern twist to Celtic traditions!

Yes, it’s Beltane time again and we’d like to invite YOU to come along and get involved in creating our amazing public ritual celebration of the beginning of summer with hundreds of volunteers and an audience of thousands, overlooking the stunning city of Edinburgh. Whether you’re a long-time BFS member, a seasoned performer or you want to come along for the first time and take part, Beltane Fire Festival offers an awesome opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and be part of a truly unique collaborative experience with a warm and welcoming community.

The Open Meeting provides an opportunity for you to hear about the performance and production groups you can join, talk to the organisers, find out more about the festival and sign up to take part. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to be involved, details of all performance and production groups, including contact information for the organisers, will be posted here at beltane.org shortly before the Open Meeting.

You are welcome to register your attendance on our Facebook event page.

Photo of Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

ONE WEEK left to apply to run a group at Beltane 2016

Beltane 2015 by Gyorgy Papp

If you’re planning to apply to run a group at Beltane Fire Festival 2016, you have ONE WEEK left to submit your application before the deadline of 10pm on Thursday 21st January.

Now is the perfect time to get stuck into writing your application, finding your second GO or figuring out how to turn that amazing idea of yours into a solid concept. Don’t forget to get in touch with a Trustee (email addresses here) and/or a Blue (via blues[at]beltane[dot]org) to have a chat about your idea BEFORE you submit your application to festival[at]beltane[dot]org.

You can find all the relevant information and documentation for your application in this post.

Photo of Beltane 2015 by Gyorgy Papp

Voting now open for the Beltane 2016 poster design

Please note voting has now ENDED and the poll has been removed from this post. The winner will be announced once the information that needs to go on the poster and flyer has been finalised and we’re ready to reveal the finished design.

Beltane 2016 Poster Entries Preview

It’s time for you to help choose the Beltane Fire Festival 2016 poster and flyer artwork! The shortlisted design sets below show the poster, flyer front and flyer back from each entrant and when you vote, you are voting for the full set.

Remember, you are not just voting for a pretty picture. You are voting for an over-all design to advertise a festival. Please consider how noticeable designs will be on a wall surrounded by other posters, how clearly information is presented and how readable text will be from a distance. Some information displayed in the designs may be subject to change before printing.

To vote, please scroll to the bottom of the page, viewing each design set as you go (clicking on an image will open it in a new page/tab for a closer look) then vote in the poll. You can only vote ONCE, so take your time and choose carefully.


Happy voting and thanks for your help!

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For the purpose of voting, this design set is called CIRCLE




CIRCLE Flyer Front


CIRCLE Flyer Back

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For the purpose of voting, this design set is called GREEN


GREEN Poster


GREEN Flyer Front


GREEN Flyer Back

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For the purpose of voting, this design set is called HANDS


HANDS Poster


HANDS Flyer Front


HANDS Flyer Back

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For the purpose of voting, this design set is called COUPLE




COUPLE Flyer Front


COUPLE Flyer Back