We’re throwing a Beltane celebration at the end of this month, but it’s going to be a little bit different to our usual fire festival. Instead of gathering in our thousands for a massive public ritual atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, you’ll find us here online instead. We’re still sharing stories and marking Summer’s return, but this year it will be through art, photos, music, and videos, all delivered to you through your screen.
No public event means no tickets, so it’s free to attend Beltane Online Fire Festival. All you need is an internet connection and access to social media or this website. What we are asking though, if you are able, is for a small donation in lieu of a ticket.
How will my donation help Beltane Fire Society?
We, like so many, have been hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic. We are a not-for-profit charity that receives no public money, and almost all the funds that keep our community going come from ticket sales. It is thanks to you, our audience, that we have been able to survive these 32 years.
While we are fortunate to have some reserves that will help keep us afloat, all donations big and small will go a long way to helping us bring our festivals back after this crisis. We’ll need to pay for things like a Public Entertainment license, stages, security, fences, fire rope, posters, and a lot of body paint – as much as a small shop buys in a year, apparently!
What’s good for Beltane is good for the planet
That’s not the only thing. Last year we donated £1,000 to environmental charities from the proceeds raised by Samhuinn Fire Festival, and we had intended to do the same again following this year’s Beltane Fire Festival. The stories that we tell at our festivals all highlight humanity’s enduring connection to nature, and we wanted to put our money where our mouth is in the middle of our ongoing climate crisis.
Right now, with our flights grounded and our industry slowed, it feels like nature is finally getting to take a bit of a breather. But that doesn’t mean that we can take our foot off the pedal. The planet will still want looking after when this is all over, and we need to make sure that we don’t slip back into bad habits once our global lockdown has eased.
That’s why we’ve pledged to donate 10% of the money raised by BOnFire, up to a total of £1,000, to environmental charities chosen by our community. The more we manage to raise, the more we can put back into the wildlife and ecosystems that inspire our stories.
How do I donate?
We’ve set up a “pay what you want” ticket with our usual vendor Citizen Ticket. All you need to do is visit their website, name your price, and purchase a ticket to BOnFire.
We’ve set a suggested price of £5 (with a booking fee that goes to Citizen Ticket), but you can amend that price to anything you feel you can afford. As we said before, all donations of any size will be a big help.
Thank you, and we’ll see you all soon at the BOnFire.
Featured image by Scott A. Winchester for Beltane Fire Society. All rights reserved.