This information is from Beltane Fire Festival 2015. It will be updated in time for next Beltane but is being left in place until then for anyone who wants to read about the festival.
I’m Sara Thomas, and first came to the Society as Event Coordinator for Samhuinn 2014. It’s my job to take care of all the fiddly bits of the festival: licences, permits and permissions; liaising with the police, council, parks and contractors; ticketing and advertising. I work with Tech and Stewards to make sure that we don’t set anything on fire that shouldn’t be, and the only injuries are those which, as we say, are ritually significant.
I work with Blues and Group Organisers to ensure that the event comes together, and that everyone knows where they’re supposed to be. There’s a fair bit of paperwork involved, including the event plan and our various risk assessments, and a fair number of meetings, including the EPOG and the weekly GO meetings.
My role is to balance the creative awesomeness that is Beltane with the logistical intricacy of putting on a big hippy-fest in the centre of Edinburgh. I love my job!
Photo of Sara at Samhuinn 2014 by Michelle Linnane.