Get Involved: Come to our Open Meeting for Samhuinn 2017!

  • What: Open Meeting for Samhuinn Fire Festival 2017
  • Why: Find out how you can be a part of our festival!
  • When: 12.30pm – 3.30pm on Sunday 27 August 2017
  • Where: Games Hall, The Crags Centre, 10 Bowmont Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9RY*
  • Who: YOU!

[Please note: Our open meeting is an information session for volunteers who want to take part in Samhuinn. It’s not Samhuinn Fire Festival itself – that happens on 31 October.]

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 time for preparations for our 31 October Samhuinn Fire Festival to begin, and we’d like YOU to come along and find out how to get involved. Every year we get the run-up started by holding an open meeting: anyone with an interest in helping to create the festival is invited to come by, hear more and sign up to take part.

Help create our amazing public ritual celebration of the beginning of Winter: if you decide to be a part of it you’ll end up alongside hundreds of other volunteers and in front of an audience of thousands, in the heart of 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, Samhuinn Fire Festival offers a opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and be part of a unique, collaborative experience with a welcoming creative community.

Why come to this Open Meeting?

The Open Meeting is a chance to hear about the performance and production groups you can join that make Samhuinn happen, to talk to the organisers, to find out more about the festival and sign up to take part. It’s a great way to get a flavour of our community of volunteers, and the fun you can expect to have as part of it.

Find out more

If you can’t make it but would still like to be involved, we’ll be posting details of all performance and production groups (including contact information for the organisers) as soon as we have them.

You’re welcome to register your attendance through Facebook if you’d like. And if you have any questions or queries, give us a shout at festival[at]beltane[dot]org.

*On venue accessibility

The Crags Centre is all on one level and fully accessible, including entrance, interior, the hall itself and toilets. There are limited parking spaces for centre visitors (including two spaces specifically for Blue Badge holders) directly outside the venue, and several Lothian buses stop nearby on The Pleasance.

Walking directions from the nearest busstop:


Featured image is of a fire performer of the Fire Ravens group at Samhuinn 2016 by Dan Mosely. 

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