In the fifth of our ‘Tales from Beltane’ guest post series, Hannah talks about watching the festival as part of the audience, then joining BFS…
I first heard of BFS through friends of mine that had joined and I went along to Beltane 2006 to support them and watch them perform. I was lucky enough to be standing quite near the front so I could clearly see the Acropolis. I enjoyed every one of festivals as they each had something different.
As the years passed, more and more of my friends were becoming involved in BFS and I would lose them for five or six months of the year! Then two years ago I bit the bullet and decided if I cant beat them, join them, so I joined BFS as a Steward. Since then I have been in a performance group, built a giant puppet and learned more about the spiritual aspects of the festival.
Joining BFS was the best decision I have made in a long a time. As an audience member, my favourite part of the Beltane festival was the moment the drums kick in on the Acropolis. As a member, my favourite part is all the new people I get to meet with every festival I participate in. I would recommend joining the Beltane experience to anyone, whether it be coming to watch a festival or taking part.
Photo of Hannah at Beltane 2013 by Simon Crofts.