The Big Tent Festival

The Big Tent Festival

‘There is a real sense of belonging and connection to something at the Big Tent Festival,’ explains the event’s programme director Mike Small. ‘The message is more “come join us” than “gimme your money”.’

Set up in July 2005, the environmentally-friendly two-day festival started out as ‘a good idea conceived by a group of activists’ to become Scotland’s largest eco event of its kind. Taking place in the grounds of Falkland Estate next to the palace, Mike explains that its family-friendly ethos makes it a great antidote to the bigger, more hedonistic festivals in Scotland’s calendar.

The Family Zone includes engaging kids’ activities, from treasure hunts and puppet making to hand drumming and tribal belly dancing. Also making music will be the melodic guitar pop of Glasgow’s Attic Lights, the 18-strong Creole Choir of Cuba, and The Moonzie Allstars from nearby Cupar. There will be quieter attractions such as reiki in the Body & Soul Zone, eco-camping, poetry and ecological issues in the Head Zone, a Wild About Wood Zone and craft stalls.

The back to grassroots philosophy extends to the food where organisers are promoting local, seasonal, sustainable produce. The One Planet Food Village has an organic beer tent, local meat on the barbecue, and veggies will have a whole café to themselves. There will even be Scotland’s first people-powered flour mill onsite, and it’s fair to say that you don’t get much more carbon neutral than that!

Falkland, Fife, Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jul

The Big Tent 2009

This year's festival includes the Climate Challenge Ceilidh, Climate Champion's Zone, Earth Action Talks with WWF Scotland, a family zone, brand new wood zone, and return of the food village.

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