Beltane Fire Festival 2010
Another spring comes around; another chance to let your pagan side slide out, as Edinburgh’s strangest, wildest and most wonderful festival mounts Calton Hill for a night of drumming, fire juggling, body paint, ancient Celtic fertility rites and very strong cider (the cider bit is just an informed guess). If you’ve lived in the city for more than a year and haven’t ‘done a Beltane’ yet, we suggest you remedy that immediately (or we might revoke your citizenship). Over 12,000 people will be in attendance for the crowning of the May Queen this year, and tickets are available in advance from the Forest Café, the Hub or Ripping Records. See www.beltane.org for more information on the rituals and traditions, as well as on the event itself.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Apr.