Beltane 2014 Stewards by Stephen Yu

Could you run Bower or Stewards this Beltane?

Stewards at Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

Do you feel a call to welcome our community to the Bower as their journey about Calton Hill ends? Or do you have the skills to coordinate our team of volunteer stewards for the festival? We’re looking for folk who do!

Though the deadline for applications to run groups for Beltane has passed (and we’re VERY excited about the ideas that have been put forward), we’d like to add a couple of key components: Bower and Stewards.

So, we are reopening the application process briefly to specifically call for applications from those who may want to be volunteer group organisers for either of those two groups.

Apply by this Sunday

If you are interested in running either group (no others please – we have plenty already!), complete an application form and send it by 12 noon on Sunday 12 February, to festival [at] beltane [dot] org. You can find the forms and all the guidance about applications from the original shoutout; and if you want to chat with us before submitting a form, go ahead and email with your questions, we’re happy to help.

Here’s a little more information about the two groups we’re looking to find organisers for…

BOWER:

The home of our Hill, our community and the May Queen, the Bower is the space where the final ritual between Red and White is played out, a place of nourishment, safety, rest and joy. We’re calling for your vision to create this Sacred Hearth on the Hill, through creation of a magical space, and facilitation of this final aspect of our ritual, ending with a warm welcome extended to all – performers and witnesses alike.

As well as any creative and ritual joy you’d like to bring, we are very keen to make sure we have fire and warmth for all our performers in the space (as we did last year with lovely fire pits).

Bower is a key component of our festival, and we’d love you to step forward and make a home on the Hill for everyone!

STEWARDS:

Our unique festival couldn’t happen without the wonderful production groups like stewards – they are an essential presence for the event to take place.

The stewards facilitate the movement of performers around the Hill and dedicate their energy to the safety and happiness of all. We are looking for organisers to bring their dynamic personalities, as well as practical knowledge and experience – to help the event run smoothly and to make sure stewards and witnesses all have a great experience of our event.

Organising stewards is a great opportunity to be part of our festival and to develop and hone your own skills, personally and professionally. If you’re thinking of applying we encourage you to include amongst your GO team someone with relevant experience and/or skills, gained either inside or outwith BFS. We need you to help create the well-oiled machine that’s at the heart of our festival.

If you fancy running either group, we’d really love you to apply! The power to make these things happen lies with you…

Photo by Martin McCarthy

Samhuinn Stewards in the sun

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Alasdair Birchwood

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Dan Mosley

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by David Purvis

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Maria Astefanoaei

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Mark Taylor

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Martin McCarthy

Stewards rehearsing for Samhuinn 2016 by Neil Barton

Last weekend our intrepid Photopoint volunteers spent an afternoon on the Meadows in Edinburgh with this energetic bunch – the Samhuinn 2016 Stewards! Stewarding offers a unique view of the festival and a great way to take part in the event, learn crowd safety skills, boost your confidence, hang out with lovely people and be welcomed into the BFS community. If this sounds perfect for you (and your friends and flatmates!) there’s still plenty of room in the group for new members. Their next get-together is this Sunday at 2pm outside the Pavilion cafe on the Meadows in Edinburgh and you can get in touch with their glorious leader, Group Organiser James, at stewards@beltane.org

You can see lots more photos of Samhuinn 2016 rehearsals and preparation in this album and group portraits in this album on Facebook. All our content is publically viewable so you can see if even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Photos (from top) by Alasdair Birchwood, Dan Mosley, David Purvis, Maria Astefanoaei, Mark Taylor, Martin McCarthy and Neil Barton

The Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016 is at 9pm on Monday 31st October on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Find out all about it here.

Guardians, grins and grass stains with our Stewards

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Our Samhuinn 2016 Stewards are the friendly face of Samhuinn and the Guardians of our performers and of our witnesses. They have a unique view of the festival and offer a great way to take part in the event, learn crowd safety skills, boost your confidence, hang out with lovely people and be welcomed into the BFS community. If this sounds perfect for you (and your friends and flatmates!) you’re in luck – there’s still plenty of room in the group for new members.

Their next get-together is this Sunday at 2pm outside the Pavilion cafe on the Meadows in Edinburgh. You can get in touch with their glorious leader, Group Organiser James, at stewards@beltane.org or you’re welcome to just show up and join in. Look for the people doing this stuff!

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Thanks to Steward David for the photos

The Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016 is at 9pm on Monday 31st October on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Find out all about it here.

Guardians, games and gateways – join us as a Steward!

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Our Samhuinn 2016 Stewards would like to invite you to join them…

Stewards are the friendly face of Samhuinn and the Guardians of our performers and of our witnesses. Stewarding is a great way to see the festival and to gain some confidence and experience. We are the gateway to BFS! If you would like to get involved in the festival but don’t have a lot of time or performance experience, come and join us for fun and games on the Meadows (then more fun and games in the pub afterwards).

We are very flexible when it comes to attendance and welcome everyone for teambuilding and merriment in the run up to the night itself. We are open to folk who are brand new to the Society and also experienced participants who maybe don’t have much time for this festival but would still like to be involved. We meet every Sunday outside the Pavilion Café on the Meadows at 2pm.

If you’d like to join our wonderful squad of Stewards, please get in touch with their glorious leader James at stewards@beltane.org or rock up to the Meadows this Sunday!

Photo of Stewards at Samhuinn 2015 by Richard Winpenny

Looking for a unique volunteering experience? Join our Beltane 2016 Stewards!

Beltane 2014 Stewards by Stephen Yu

Stewards are the friendly face of the Beltane Fire Festival, keeping the performance safe and the audience informed. They are still open for volunteers and they’re inviting you to join them! If you’d like to take part in the festival but don’t have a huge amount of time or aren’t into performance, Stewarding could be the perfect place for you. Group Organiser Lizzie says…

Our next meeting is Sunday 10th April at St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road. We’ll be gathering in the car park for some fire safety training (putting out tiny fires!), meeting some more of the volunteer crew and learning about what will be happening on the night of the festival. The meeting will be from 2pm – 4.30pm and it’s likely that a trip to the pub will be happening afterwards.

We ask volunteer Stewards to come along to one practice a week (Sundays), attend at least one of our walk throughs (17th and 24th April), and then perform duties at the festival on 30th April. We also have SIA licensed stewards in attendance so our volunteer crew are there to accompany the procession around the Hill and provide information to the crowd. We’re a lovely community and a very friendly bunch!

If you’re keen to get involved, you’re welcome to turn up to the meeting or get in touch with me by email at stewards[at]beltane[dot]org. We’ve got plenty or room so feel free to pass this information on to interested partners, friends, flatmates and family. No experience is required as full training will be given.

Want to come to Beltane Fire Festival 2016 on 30th April? Book your ticket HERE.

Photo of Stewards at Beltane 2014 by Stephen Yu

An invitation to join our Stewards, meeting this Sunday

Stewards are the friendly human face of the Beltane Fire Festival and they’d like to invite you to join them! If you want to take part in the festival but don’t have a huge amount of time or aren’t into performance, Stewarding could be the perfect place for you. This Sunday, they’ll be meeting by the cannon on Calton Hill at 2pm for fire safety training (putting out tiny fires with blankets!), health and safety briefing, a walk around the processional route and games with the Torchbearers. The meeting will run until about 4.30pm and it’s likely that a trip to the pub will be happening afterwards.

You’re welcome to just show up or you can get in touch with Group Organisers Lizzie and Dan in advance by email at stewards[at]beltane[dot]org. If you have partners, friends, family members or flatmates who would like to get involved in the festival, feel free to pass this information along to them.

Want to come to Beltane Fire Festival 2016 on 30th April? Book your ticket HERE.

Want to Steward at Beltane? Come to the first group meeting on Saturday!

Our lovely Beltane 2016 Steward Group Organisers, Lizzie and Dan, would like to invite you to come along to their first meeting on Saturday 27th February at 2-4pm on Calton Hill. The Stewards regular meetings are 2-4.30pm on Sundays on Calton Hill, so if you can’t make it to the first one, send a message to Lizzie and Dan at stewards[at]beltane[dot]org to let them know you’re interested in joining them.

Stewarding is a great way to take part in the festival if you’re not into performance or you don’t have a huge amount of time to spare. It’s also a really fun introduction to our community because, as the biggest group on the Hill, it’s provides a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of people and get a great overview of the whole event.

This Beltane is a Saturday night which means we need lots of Stewards to help look after a bigger than usual audience, so if you have friends, family members or flatmates who you think might be interested in taking part, feel free to give them Lizzie and Dan’s email address so they can get in touch and get involved.

Want to take part in Samhuinn? Join our Stewards!

Stewards at a training session by Dan Mosley

If you still want to take part in Samhuinn 2015, it’s not too late! Our epic squad of volunteer event Stewards are looking for more people to join them for a unique festival experience and the best view of all the action on the night. Perhaps you’ve just arrived in Edinburgh for work or university, or maybe you’re looking for a completely different way to spent Hallowe’en night in the city.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never taken part in a BFS festival before or have no experience as an event steward. You’ll be working with an awesome group of shiny, happy volunteers with the full support of people with many festivals’ stewarding experience under their collective belt. Stewarding is a fantastic way to get involved in Samhuinn, learn new skills and have a night to remember!

The next Stewards training session is at 2pm on Sunday 18th October at the Pavilion Cafe on the Meadows, Edinburgh. You’re welcome to show up on the day or get in touch in advance with Group Organiser Anthony at stewards[at]beltane[dot]org

Photo of Samhuinn 2015 Stewards at a training session by Dan Mosley

Stewards take the Meadows!

Stewards on the Meadows by Bleu Hope

Stewards on the Meadows by Dan Mosley

Stewards on the Meadows by Pascal van der Meiden

Stewards on the Meadows by Neil Barton

Stewards on the Meadows by Raini Scott

Stewards on the Meadows by Richard Winpenny

If you were at the Meadows on Sunday, you might have been lucky enough to run into this lovely lot. Photopoint, BFS’ team of volunteer photographers, caught up with the Stewards at their rehearsal for fun, games and photos! If you’d like to see more pictures, check out our Samhuinn 2015 Group Rehearsals album on Facebook.

Want to join in the fun? Stewards are looking for more volunteers! Find out more here.

Photos (from top) by Bleu Hope, Dan Mosley, Pascal van der Meiden, Neil Barton, Raini Scott and Richard Winpenny

Volunteer Event Stewards needed for Samhuinn 2015

Stewards at Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

Our amazing team of volunteer event stewards are looking for people to join them for Samhuinn 2015! This is a great opportunity to take part in this exciting , world-famous festival, even if you don’t have much time to spare. Group Organiser Anthony says…

Stewards will provide a safe environment for performers and audience members by holding performance spaces and giving immediate assistance in the event of injuries or Too Much Fire™. We will liaise with Police, Security, First Aid, Production, Blues, and other Group Organisers to help plan a safe festival for all. We will learn about this year’s performance groups and tell witnesses about what they are part of to increase their involvement and enjoyment.

Stewards are not performers. We will engage with the public as people of this world and not as supernatural creatures. Stewarding is a great first step into BFS and we will help new members make the most of their experience.

The Stewards next meeting is on Sunday 4th October from 2pm-5pm at the Pavilion Cafe on the Meadows, Edinburgh. You’re welcome to show up and take part or you can get in touch with Anthony in advance at stewards[at]beltane[dot]org

Photo of Stewards at Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy