Laying the foundations of a festival
Last weekend, the Group Organisers, Court, Blues, Event Co-ordinator and Trustees gathered together to lay the foundations for Samhuinn 2014. As well as games, bonding, performance and ritual workshops (and lots of tea and coffee!), a big part of the weekend revolved around starting to create the story for this year’s festival. This is an on-going collaborative process where organisers work together to build a timeline of what happens, when, where and how.
Being part of this process from the very beginning is really exciting, especially knowing that in just over two months that thing we did with giant sheets of paper and lots of post-it notes will have evolved into an epic public performance. Festival organisers meet with each other every week, as well as with our own groups once or twice a week, from now until the end of October. As well as this, there’s the time each pair of Group Organisers spend with each other, planning and working to facilitate the festival experience for all the other volunteers. That fact that so many of us choose to take part in this way again and again shows just how rewarding it is.
The next step for the Group Organisers is inviting you to join us! To find out what performance and production groups are available for you to take part in, come along to the Open Meeting on 31st August. See you there!
Photo: A festival timeline is created, by James Illing

Laying the foundations of a festival

Last weekend, the Group Organisers, Court, Blues, Event Co-ordinator and Trustees gathered together to lay the foundations for Samhuinn 2014. As well as games, bonding, performance and ritual workshops (and lots of tea and coffee!), a big part of the weekend revolved around starting to create the story for this year’s festival. This is an on-going collaborative process where organisers work together to build a timeline of what happens, when, where and how.

Being part of this process from the very beginning is really exciting, especially knowing that in just over two months that thing we did with giant sheets of paper and lots of post-it notes will have evolved into an epic public performance. Festival organisers meet with each other every week, as well as with our own groups once or twice a week, from now until the end of October. As well as this, there’s the time each pair of Group Organisers spend with each other, planning and working to facilitate the festival experience for all the other volunteers. That fact that so many of us choose to take part in this way again and again shows just how rewarding it is.

The next step for the Group Organisers is inviting you to join us! To find out what performance and production groups are available for you to take part in, come along to the Open Meeting on 31st August. See you there!

Photo: A festival timeline is created, by James Illing

Samhuinn 2014 Open Meeting, 3-5pm on Sunday 31st August. Main Hall, Abbeymount Centre, 2-4 Abbey Mount, Edinburgh (see a map) Please arrive as close as 3pm as possible as the Centre will only be opened shortly beforehand.You are welcome to register your attendance on our Facebook Event. The Cailleach has come forward, the Kings selected and the Court is now complete. Groups have been selected for this year’s Samhuinn so now it’s time for the Open Meeting! This is a great opportunity for you to come along and hear the stories and visions from this year’s Group Organisers, the Court, meet our Event Co-ordinator for Samhuinn 2014 and see which Group inspires you to take part in this very special event. Please note that whilst the Abbeymount Centre building is wheelchair accessible, the Main Hall is not (it is up two flights of stairs). We will be in the Regent pub just next door immediately after the Open Meeting which IS wheelchair accessible, and Group Organisers will be available to have a chat about plans and ideas for Samhuinn 2014 there too. via Judy, BFS Festival Secretary (Judy@beltane.org)Photo of Samhuinn 2013 by Richard Winpenny

Samhuinn 2014 Open Meeting, 3-5pm on Sunday 31st August.
Main Hall, Abbeymount Centre, 2-4 Abbey Mount, Edinburgh (see a map)
Please arrive as close as 3pm as possible as the Centre will only be opened shortly beforehand.


You are welcome to register your attendance on our Facebook Event.

The Cailleach has come forward, the Kings selected and the Court is now complete. Groups have been selected for this year’s Samhuinn so now it’s time for the Open Meeting!

This is a great opportunity for you to come along and hear the stories and visions from this year’s Group Organisers, the Court, meet our Event Co-ordinator for Samhuinn 2014 and see which Group inspires you to take part in this very special event.

Please note that whilst the Abbeymount Centre building is wheelchair accessible, the Main Hall is not (it is up two flights of stairs). We will be in the Regent pub just next door immediately after the Open Meeting which IS wheelchair accessible, and Group Organisers will be available to have a chat about plans and ideas for Samhuinn 2014 there too.

via Judy, BFS Festival Secretary (Judy@beltane.org)

Photo of Samhuinn 2013 by Richard Winpenny

The two Kings for Samhuinn 2014 are Ian Stuart (above left) and James “Spike” Nisbet (above right).They started their individual journeys towards the end of 2013, combined in early 2014, and we are particularly drawn to the level of detail they have included in their plans. We look forward to sharing what is shaping up to be a full and intense journey for both of them."We are over the moon", said Ian. "We are really looking forward to this festival: and with over 100 performers in a relatively small number of groups, we hope we can combine to fashion a celebration that will enthrall the audience whilst also capturing the heart of the rituals within."Photo of Spike by Richard Winpenny.
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The two Kings for Samhuinn 2014 are Ian Stuart (above left) and James “Spike” Nisbet (above right).They started their individual journeys towards the end of 2013, combined in early 2014, and we are particularly drawn to the level of detail they have included in their plans. We look forward to sharing what is shaping up to be a full and intense journey for both of them."We are over the moon", said Ian. "We are really looking forward to this festival: and with over 100 performers in a relatively small number of groups, we hope we can combine to fashion a celebration that will enthrall the audience whilst also capturing the heart of the rituals within."Photo of Spike by Richard Winpenny.
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The two Kings for Samhuinn 2014 are Ian Stuart (above left) and James “Spike” Nisbet (above right).

They started their individual journeys towards the end of 2013, combined in early 2014, and we are particularly drawn to the level of detail they have included in their plans. We look forward to sharing what is shaping up to be a full and intense journey for both of them.

"We are over the moon", said Ian. "We are really looking forward to this festival: and with over 100 performers in a relatively small number of groups, we hope we can combine to fashion a celebration that will enthrall the audience whilst also capturing the heart of the rituals within."

Photo of Spike by Richard Winpenny.

Introducing our Group Organisers for Samhuinn 2014

Group Organisers (or GOs, as they’re commonly known in BFS) are the talented, enthusiastic souls who recruit and organise the amazing groups of volunteers who create our festivals. They dedicate ridiculous amounts of time and effort to making the festivals happen and help to facilitate a unique experience for all involved.

See the list of GOs for Samhuinn 2014 on our blog at the link above.

As we look to Samhuinn 2014, plans start to form and pieces begin to fall into place. One of the first steps on this road is the selection of the Cailleach. It is a delight to announce that this year She will be brought to life by Becky Salter. We are looking forward to supporting her on her journey.Becky at Samhuinn 2013, photo by Anna Chaney

As we look to Samhuinn 2014, plans start to form and pieces begin to fall into place. One of the first steps on this road is the selection of the Cailleach. It is a delight to announce that this year She will be brought to life by Becky Salter. We are looking forward to supporting her on her journey.

Becky at Samhuinn 2013, photo by Anna Chaney

Deadline reminder for Event Coordinator, Kings, Group Organisers and poster artwork

If you’re considering applying for the Event Coordinator job, Summer or Winter King roles or a Group Organiser position, or submitting artwork for the Samhuinn 2014 promotional poster, now is the time to put the finishing touches on your application or design and get ready to send it! Deadlines and further info as follows…

Event Coordinator
Deadline: 7pm on Friday 1st August 2014
More information here

Summer King and Winter King
Deadline: 7pm on Sunday 3rd August 2014
More information here

Group Organisers
Deadline: Midnight on Sunday 3rd August 2014
More information here

Poster Artwork
Deadline: Saturday 16th August 2014
More information here

Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, Edinburgh enjoyed glorious weather and a giant party in the centre of town at the Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival. BFS is proud to have taken part in the parade with other theatre, music and dance groups and communities from Scotland and beyond. We don’t always perform during daylight hours, but when we do it looks like this!

Thank you to Winpenny Media for the beautiful photographs. To see more, visit this album on Facebook.

7pm on Monday 21st July White Horse Bar (266 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA) Attention BFS volunteers thinking of applying to run a group at Samhuinn 2014! This is a chance to meet with Board members, Blues, experienced and prospective Group Organisers (GOs) in a friendly and open setting. You are welcome to discuss your ideas in advance (if you want to) and ask for support and advice to help progress your concept into a fully-fledged application. It presents a great opportunity to find a collaborative partner if you have a fantastic idea and are looking for a second GO to work with. If you’ve never GO’d before and are considering applying to run a group, come along and have a chat with people who have been there, done that. If you’ve run a group before but aren’t planning to put in an application for this festival, you’re still very welcome to come along as your experience is extremely valuable and you could provide support and advice to others by sharing your knowledge. See you there!Photo of No Point at Samhuinn 2013 by Stephen Yu.

7pm on Monday 21st July
White Horse Bar (266 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA)


Attention BFS volunteers thinking of applying to run a group at Samhuinn 2014! This is a chance to meet with Board members, Blues, experienced and prospective Group Organisers (GOs) in a friendly and open setting. You are welcome to discuss your ideas in advance (if you want to) and ask for support and advice to help progress your concept into a fully-fledged application.

It presents a great opportunity to find a collaborative partner if you have a fantastic idea and are looking for a second GO to work with. If you’ve never GO’d before and are considering applying to run a group, come along and have a chat with people who have been there, done that.

If you’ve run a group before but aren’t planning to put in an application for this festival, you’re still very welcome to come along as your experience is extremely valuable and you could provide support and advice to others by sharing your knowledge.

See you there!

Photo of No Point at Samhuinn 2013 by Stephen Yu.

Samhuinn Fire Festival is requesting that its Summer and Winter Kings make themselves known.
More info on our website.
Winter King (left) and Summer King (right) at Samhuinn 2013, photo by Richard Winpenny.

Samhuinn Fire Festival is requesting that its Summer and Winter Kings make themselves known.

More info on our website.

Winter King (left) and Summer King (right) at Samhuinn 2013, photo by Richard Winpenny.