In pictures – The story we tell at Beltane Fire Festival

There’s a beautiful anarchic spirit about Beltane Fire Festival with performance groups scampering seemingly everywhere drumming up a noise and playing with fire. But there is method to all the madness, with each section of the festival united by a common narrative.

A lot of the story we embody is down to individual interpretation, but to help you make sense of it all we’ve put together a bare bones description of the procession’s journey – and the groups it meets – around Calton Hill.

To get to know the characters appearing at Beltane this year, have a read through our first “In pictures” post.

the awakening

Copyright Gordon Veitch (top left), Martin McCarthy (top middle), Vince Graham (top right), and Dan Mosley (bottom) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

Making choices

Copyright Vince Graham (top left), Duncan Reddish (top middle), Kasia Sowinska (top right), and Gordon Veitch (bottom) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

embracing the elements

Copyright Vince Graham (left and right) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

the reds interfere

Copyright Vince Graham (top left), Gordon Veitch (top middle, bottom left, and bottom right), and Scott Miller (top right) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

The green Man’s death and rebirth

Copyright Gordon Veitch (top left, top middle, and top right) and Martin McCarthy (bottom left and bottom right) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

The first spark of summer sealed with a kiss

Copyright Vince Graham (left), Prem Shah (middle), and Martin McCarthy (right) for Beltane Fire Society. All Rights Reserved.

Featured image by Scott A. Winchester for Beltane Fire Society. All rights reserved.

Tickets for Beltane Fire Festival are available to buy online from Citizen Ticket. Join the Facebook event here.

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