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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.

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.

Want to take part in Samhuinn 2016? Join us at the Open Meeting on Sunday 28th August in Edinburgh!

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.

Group Organisers are go!

Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser weekend by Martin McCarthy 01

Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser weekend by Martin McCarthy 02

Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser weekend by Martin McCarthy 03

Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser weekend by Martin McCarthy 04

The Samhuinn 2016 Group Organisers, Court and Blues spent last weekend together plotting, planning and playing games that involved throwing socks at each other (because no-one can be serious all the time). With the Open Meeting coming up in less than a week, they’re all looking forward to meeting you and building a festival together. How could you resist the opportunity to work with these people?!

Photos of the Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser weekend by Martin McCarthy

The Samhuinn 2016 Open Meeting is in ONE WEEK!

Our Open Meeting for Samhuinn 2016 is in ONE WEEK! Join us from 2-5pm on Sunday 28th August at the Calton Centre in Edinburgh to meet our community and find out how to get involved in the festival. Full information, including the venue address and accessibility details, can be found HERE.

If you’d like to take part in Samhuinn but can’t make it to the Open Meeting, don’t worry. Information about all the performance and production groups that you can join, and contact details for the organisers, will be available HERE.

Introducing our Samhuinn 2016 Group Organisers

Group Organisers are creative, talented volunteers with endless enthusiasm, planning skills like you wouldn’t believe and an impressive ability to work together and inspire others. So, without further ado, here are our Samhuinn 2016 GOs!

Beasties
Tom Caine, Raymond Considine and James Armandary

Bucketeers
Jackie Burrell and Louise Murray

Dark Bower
Julie Port, Alex Nuttgens and John Wilson

Faerie Porters
Neil Rhind, Katie Craig and Electra Tzini

Family Samhuinn
Cat Somerville and Clara Koenig

Fire Ravens
Lila Anne, Stuart Wedge and Alex De’Athe

Photopoint
Mark Taylor and Martin McCarthy

Reds
Veronica Doyle (AKA Panda), William Ferguson and Simon Brain

Summer’s Fayte
Nathan Kelso and Hannah McIlhinney

Stewards
James Lyddall

Tech
Helen Bradburn, Greig Douglas and Jonny Crombie

Torchbearers
Dulcea Wind and Brad McArthur

Wild Hunt
Tamara Piddock and Marie Murphy

Winter Drummers
Anna Meulepas and Lewis Hartley

Information about each of the groups and their rehearsal schedules will be posted HERE in time for the Open Meeting.

Introducing our Samhuinn 2016 Court

We’re very happy to introduce you to our Samhuinn 2016 Court! Our Cailleach this year is Diana Calthrop and our Kings are Alun Evans and Dave Rowell. We’re looking forward to sharing their story as it unfolds over the coming weeks.

The Samhuinn 2016 Open Meeting is in TWO WEEKS!

If you’d like to take part in the Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016, come along to our Open Meeting on Sunday 28th August! You can find all the information about the Open Meeting, including location, times and accessibility details, HERE.

If you can’t make it to the Open Meeting but still want to join a performance or production group for the festival, we’ll be sharing information about all the groups here at beltane.org, along with the contact details for the organisers, so you can get in touch and sign up.

Introducing our new Blues!

Beltane Fire Society is very excited to introduce our newest Blues for Samhuinn 2016 to our family and friends. Please extend a warm welcome and lots of love to Kat Kane and Sara Ferreira! Our Blues are long-standing and active members of our community with lots of experience participating and performing in festivals, and a deep connection to our rituals and traditions. We’re really happy to welcome Kat and Sara as they join Liza and Becky in this important and respected role in our Society, and we look forward to sharing a bit more about their BFS background and Blue story in their own words very soon.

1 week left to enter the Samhuinn poster competition and 1 day left to apply for Court roles

It’s all go here at BFS with Samhuinn 2016 beginning to take shape and we have two very important deadline reminders today!

Poster Competition

If you’re working on a design for the Samhuinn 2016 poster competition, you have ONE WEEK left to finish your creation and send it to us before the deadline of Saturday 13th August. All the information about how to submit your work, including technical specifications and the downloadable design pack, are available HERE.

Court Applications

Our other big deadline is for Court applications. If you’re considering applying for the role of Cailleach, Summer King or Winter King for Samhuinn 2016, you have ONE DAY left to send your application before the deadline of 10pm on Sunday 7th August. All the information you’ll need to apply can be found HERE.

2 Day deadline reminder for Samhuinn Group Organiser volunteer role and Event Coordinator job

Group Organiser applications

If you’re planning to apply to run a performance or production group, or submit a project proposal, for Samhuinn 2016 you have two days to put the finishing touches on your application and get it submitted for review before the deadline of 10pm on Friday 29th July. You can find all details you could possibly need, along with the application form and related documentation, here.

Event Coordinator applications

If you’re considering applying for the job of Event Coordinator for Samhuinn 2016 and Beltane 2017, the deadline for applications is also 10pm on Friday 29th July. You can find the full advert, job descripton and personal specification here.

2 weeks left to apply for Court roles, 1 day left to nominate someone else

If you’re considering apply for the role of Cailleach, Summer King or Winter King at Samhuinn 2016 you have TWO WEEKS to submit your application before the deadline of 10pm on Sunday 7th August.

If you’re thinking of nominating another BFS member for one of those roles, you have until 10pm tomorrow (Monday 25th July) to send your nominations.

All the info about applying and nominating can be found in this blog post. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

ONE WEEK left to submit your Samhuinn 2016 Group Organiser applications!

Samhuinn 2015 by Martin McCarthy

If you’re thinking of applying to run a performance or production group, or submit a project proposal, for Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016, now is the time! The deadline for applications and proposals is 10pm on Friday 29th July – that’s only one week away. You can find all the info you could possibly need, including guidance and application forms, here.

Part of the beauty of Samhuinn is the freedom to interpret the story without as much traditional structure as we have at Beltane. Some wonderfully original and exciting groups have made their first appearance at Samhuinn over the last few years. This is an opportunity to explore your creative potential and make your weirdest, wildest ideas a reality.

Performance group applications so far are leaning ever so slightly towards the summery side and more of a balance would be ideal, so if you’re feeling the winter vibe, it’s time to get writing. We’re also a bit light on big beats at the moment, so we’d like to encourage drum crews to get your gloriously noisy skates on and submit your applications!

Production groups – that’s Stewards, Tech, Bucketeers and Photopoint/Videopoint – we 100% absolutely need you, so if you think you might have the skills and experience necessary to coordinate those particular teams of epic volunteers, please do get in touch. If you, or you and a couple of friends, have an amazing idea for something to make, build or do that doesn’t require the recruitment additional hands (puppets perhaps!), then a project proposal could be the perfect option for you.

If any prospective GOs have questions about the application process, please contact our lovely Festival Secretaries, Danielle and Erin, via festival@beltane.org

Photo of Samhuinn 2015 by Martin McCarthy