Beltane Fire Festival
- Website: www.beltane.org
A modern interpretation of the ancient fertility festival of Beltane in the spectacular setting of Calton Hill. Beltane Fire Society performs the story of the death of winter and the birth of summer via dance, drumming, debauched acrobatics, giant-puppetry and fire.
Hundreds of performers take part, and each year thousands of people come to witness the event. The only festival of its kind in the world, the festival is presented as immersive, investigative theatre, set outdoors and with no physical curtains or barriers. You are likely to come face-to-face with the colourful characters as they make their way around the hill, or you can step back and marvel at the scale of a production wrought in only two months by around three hundred volunteers.
There is no single central point where everything is performed, rather there are multiple points of focus spread around the public parkland on Calton Hill, with views across the night-time cityscape of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. A large part of the story follows the procession of the May Queen, representing summer, around the hill, but there are also counter-performances of fire dancing and Celtic characters dotted all over the hill to ensure everyone has chance to see and be involved. As the procession’s presence awakens one group of characters after another, each plays a part throughout the evening, bringing the hill to life, mirroring the earth’s awakening through spring.
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The ancient tradition behind the Beltane Fire Festival24 Apr 2012
The annual ceremony takes place on Edinburgh's Calton Hill
Fire, processions and rituals – all sounds a bit Wicker Man, right? Beltane Fire Festival, however, is not remotely cult-related and Christopher Lee (nor Nicolas Cage, ahem) will not be anywhere in sight at this annual celebration of changing seasons…
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