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Beltane 2010 by Neil Hodgins

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Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival and Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more information about the Society, our world-famous festivals and how you can get involved, navigate using the menu on the left. Scroll down for our latest news and updates.

Beltane Fire Society is a not-for-profit registered charity in Scotland. Charity Number SC040137. Company Number SC341753.

Photograph by Neil Hodgins, taken at Beltane Fire Festival 2010.

The Aerie, loitering within tent

The Aerie

The Aerie is a new group for Beltane 2015. They represent the place birds have long held in society as messengers and portents, and their presence on the Hill will be a powerful (and colourful) omen for the audience. In the midst of rehearsing, making costumes and creating their unique characters, they went on a weekend away camping with some of the other groups – even messengers of the gods need time off!

Thanks to Group Organisers Jay and Andrew for the photo.

No good will come of it

A photo of mysterious things No Point are making for Beltane 2015

A transmission from the creative and confusing world of No Point, who appear to have been building mysterious objects…

The forbidden gNomes have been busy on their wooden anvils forging magical weapons to arm a bunch of faerys.

and here’s proof!

A photo of mysterious things No Point are making for Beltane 2015

We train every day, except most days, thoroughly focused on making dogs laugh and not kissing each other, tough tasks, but steadily we are making No progress.

We are hatching rainbows within, dreaming reality across vast epic landscapes, curled up like warm furry kittens in a basket of outrageous good fortune, tugging hearts back into place and whispering secrets into the earth.

A photo of mysterious things No Point are making for Beltane 2015

The swell of spring is inside us, just below the surface,aching to rise up, yearning to breathe,to push out, burst through,open up and be glorious.
We respond to the call, like a lover to a bed, we are diving in, jumping headfirst off the cliff, out of the past and into the sun…

A photo of mysterious things No Point are making for Beltane 2015

We have risk assessed over 400 monkeys and are sure that anything we explode will stay up all night celebrating and dancing, naked in the moon or sun, kissing the buds of bramble and rose.

keep twinkling, keep shining, and never give up xxx

A photo of mysterious things No Point are making for Beltane 2015

Look! Recent media round-up

Photo of Whites and a Blue lit by torches at Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

It’s wonderful to see other people getting as excited as we are about Beltane Fire Festival 2015! Here’s a selection of stories and listings from around the web…

Don’t forget to get your tickets early! Festival and ticket info can be found here.

Photo of Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

There’s still time to join the Stewards!

Photograph of the Stewards walking the Beltane processional route around Calton Hill at one of their meetings

Good news! If you want to take part in Beltane 2015, it’s not too late to join in. Our lovely Stewards still have room for up to 11 more volunteers, so get in touch with Nick and Anthony via stewards[at]beltane[dot]org or rock up to their next meeting on Calton Hill at 2pm this Sunday.

Even better news! If you join the group at, or before, this Sunday’s meeting you’ll be a member in time to come along to the camping trip next weekend. The weekend away is a members-only event shared with some of the other groups and is always loads of fun with food, friends and a huge fire.

Thanks to David for the photo of some of the Stewards walking the Beltane processional route at last week’s meeting.

Tickets on sale for DRUM CLUB, 12th April

Flyer for Drum Club, 12th April

What? Drum Club!
When? 12th April 2015, 9pm – 1am
Where? The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JX

Its happening. Our legendary full live percussion format comes home to be king of the Bongo Club for a night like no other. Prepare to shake, prepare to sweat as we decimate you with hand made decibels DRUM CLUB is upon us again!

Edinburgh’s best drum crews play for your dancing pleasure featuring:

Anansi
West African drumming and furious dancing.

TESS
The Edinburgh Samba School played at the very first Drum Club in 2009 and now they are BACK to bring the BOOM BOOM :D

The Processionals
The Dark unrelenting engine of the Beltane Procession marches forward mechanically marking time and territory.

The Beasties
They play drums, its quite good.

That’s 50+ drummers for £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Yas.

Tickets available from the Bongo Club website.
See the Facebook event page here.

What do the Beastie Drummers sound like?

Beastie Drummers playing at Beltane 2014. Photo by Jasper Schwartz.

BOOM! I’ll let the beats speak for themselves…

If you want more (because of course you do!) check out the Beasties on SoundCloud. You can also follow them on Twitter @BeastieDrummers and see them live at Beltane Fire Festival!

Photo of the Beasties at Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

Passing the staff

Photo of Robert and Dulcea from Bonfire Point with the storytellers' staff

Robert and Dulcea, Group Organisers of Bonfire Point at Beltane 2015, share their story of the passing of a tradition between volunteers…

In 2013, a Beltane group named Tellers of Bel’s Fire was founded. Figures in cloaks carried staffs around the hill to Tell stories, both at a tent and walking around Calton Hill.

For various reasons, Tellers of Bel’s Fire were unable to run at Beltane 2014, but this year, we have a brand new storytelling group based on the oldest tradition of all: telling stories around the bonfire.

Bonfire Point has been rehearsing busily since the end of February, and on Saturday the Bonfire Point 2015 Group Organisers were meeting up to plan the next rehearsal, when an unexpected gift arrived.

This was the staff made and carried by Zoe, of Tellers of Bel’s Fire. With this staff, the duty of storytelling has been symbolically passed on, and we look forward to carrying it at Bonfire Point, and to use it to tell stories before the procession arrives.

Beltane tickets now available from Fool, Edinburgh

Photograph of Fool's shop front

If you live in Edinburgh and have ever shopped for incense, candles, crystals or fabulous hippy clothes, chances are you’ve met the lovely people at Fool in Morningside (308 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QH), who have always been enthusiastic supporters of BFS and our events. Fool sell Fair Trade and handmade goods from around the world and now there’s another awesome thing you can buy there…BELTANE 2015 TICKETS!

You can find Fool’s website at FoolOnline.co.uk and on Twitter at @FoolEdinburgh.

Beltane listed on Fest300 World’s Best Festivals

Fest300_2015_Best_Festival_Badge

Fest300.com have listed Beltane Fire Festival as one of their World’s Best Festivals for 2015! Check out the listing on their website, here.

No News

No Point

We interrupt the regularly scheduled broadcast to bring you cryptic chaos and mud from No Point…

Sensitivity to initial conditions means that each point in a chaotic system is arbitrarily closely approximated by other points with significantly different future paths, or trajectories. Thus, an arbitrarily small change, or perturbation, of the current trajectory may lead to significantly different future behaviour.