The 2015 Beltane Fire Festival takes place on Thursday 30th April on Calton Hill. The spectacular event is a unique re-imagining of an ancient festival celebrating the turn of the seasons. A procession of fire, drums and spectacle makes its way around Calton Hill where characters from ancient lore enact the end of winter the birth of summer.
This year hundreds specialist volunteer performers will welcome in the summer with more than 40 drums; fire dancing, fire sculptures and flame torches; a huge performance of physical theatre on the national monument; a procession of weird and wonderful characters awakening from their winter sleep around the hill; and the lighting of a huge bonfire by the incarnation of summer, the May Queen, and her counterpart the Green Man.
The 2015 Beltane will incorporate new elements too. Performers will be using fire in their performances in dramatic ways not seen before, and there will be the international debut of interactive sound and light performance ‘Spark’. The festival will also include a faerie garden of giant, glowing toadstools and mushrooms made from candle wax reclaimed from Edinburgh’s underground caves. Also this year, the Incorporation of Candlemakers of Edinburgh will take part in the event. The candlemakers were part of Beltane celebrations in the Capital as far back as medieval times.
This event is ticket only. Gates open at 8pm.
General Advance Sales – £7.50 + booking fee
From 27th April – £10 + booking fee
Door Sales (on the night) – £10.50 + booking fee (£11)
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The event is organised by the Beltane Fire Society, a charity run by volunteers, dedicated to marking the fire festivals of the ancient celtic calendar and keeping traditional Scottish skills of street theatre, music and pageantry alive.