Beltane comes to Museum Late!

Beltane 2016 by Dan Mosley

If you’re looking for a spectacular way to spend next Friday night, the National Museums Scotland’s Museum Late: Celts event is on 13th May 2016. Among the other acts performing, you’ll be able to see (and hear) our Processional Drummers, Harbingers, Reds, Whites, Earth Point, Aerie and LOTS OF FIRE! And if you want a bit of education and intrigue to accompany all that dancing and drumming, long-time Beltaner and all-round wonderful knowledgeable person Matt Richardson will be giving a talk on the history of Beltane.

We’ve been reliably informed that tickets are likely to sell out in advance, so if you want to go (of course you do!) it’s a good idea to book your tickets ASAP. More info about the event and booking tickets can be found here and also on Facebook. The museum website explains,

Scottish chart-toppers Idlewild will perform an acoustic set on the Grand Gallery main stage, supported by indie folk duo Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean and a themed DJ set by Late favourite Vic Galloway.

An atmospheric Celtic performance by musician John Kenny and sound designer Chris Wheeler will bring the Early People gallery to life with the unique sound of the Deskford carnyx. The Beltane Fire Society will bring a taste of Beltane to the museum, with fiery performances of drumming, dancing, and more.

Entertainment on offer will also include storytelling with the legend of Fionn mac Cumhail and other Celtic tales, hands-on archaeology, temporary tattoos and dancing with a difference at the silent ceilidh. Popular features will return with Fresh Air FM providing the soundtrack for the silent disco alongside themed craft activities from the Red Door Gallery, object handling and engaging talks, including an exploration of the archaeology of Asterix.

There will be bars and food plus the rare opportunity to simply explore the galleries of the National Museum of Scotland by night.

What a perfect post-Beltane date for your diary! See you there 🙂

Photo of Fire Point at Beltane 2016 by Dan Mosley

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