Welcome to Beltane.org

Beltane 2010 by Neil Hodgins

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.

2 weeks left to register a proxy for the AGM

Beltane 2015 by Milan Chudjak

Proxy registration deadline
1pm on Friday 12th June 2015

If you are a member of BFS and would like to vote in the election of Trustees but will not be able to attend the AGM, you can choose a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf). In order for this to happen, please email chair[at]beltane[dot]org with your name and your proxy’s name before 1pm on Friday 12th June. Your voting slip will then be handed to them on their arrival. Your proxy can only vote on behalf of one person so please do not ask someone who has already agreed to proxy for someone else. Your proxy cannot be running for election to the Board.

AGM details
2pm on Sunday 14th June 2015
Calton Centre, 121 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP
AGM info blog post is here

Photo of Beltane 2015 by Milan Chudjak.

Could you be a BFS Trustee? 2 weeks left to apply!

Crowds gathering at sunset on Beltane night 2015, by Neil Barton

Trustee application deadline
Sunday 7th June 2015
Applications should be submitted by email to festival[at]beltane[dot]org

Documentation
Board Application Form 2015
Responsibilities for BFS Board of Directors
BFS Articles of Association

AGM details
2pm on Sunday 14th June 2015
Calton Centre, 121 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP
AGM info blog post is here

If you’re thinking of putting yourself forward to be on the Board of Trustees for BFS and you have no reservations, no worries, no concerns…do it! Download the form, fill it in and email it. You’re awesome for being so enthusiastic. GO YOU!

If you’re thinking of putting yourself forward but are having doubts, keep reading and hopefully those doubts will be dispelled…

You don’t have to have been a member of BFS for a long time.
It really doesn’t matter how long you’ve been involved with BFS for. We’ve had Trustees who have been members for years and Trustees who have only taken part in one or two festivals before joining the Board.

You don’t have to have a specific type of experience within BFS.
You don’t have to have been a Group Organiser, a Blue, a member of court or taken part in a particular type of group to be a Trustee. No-one is better positioned to be a Trustee just because they’ve held a certain role during a festival. It makes no difference at all because you’re bringing the skills and experience you’ve gained from your unique path through life, and that’s what matters.

You don’t have to have experience of charity governance.
It would be wonderful if you have that kind of experience, but it is in no way necessary. Many (most, even) BFS Trustees gain this experience WHILE being on the BFS Board. There are plenty of opportunities to learn, so if you’d like to be a Trustee but doesn’t have experience in that area yet, don’t let it put you off. Skills can be learned and experience can be gained when you’re passionate about, and dedicated to, something. Passion and dedication is what you already have and exactly what you need. More importantly, it’s what the Board and the Society needs from you.

You don’t have to know what you want to do while you’re on the Board.
Many people join the Board because they have really specific ideas about what they can bring to the Society and how they’d like to achieve those goals. Many people join the Board because they know they’d like to do something but aren’t sure exactly what – and that’s totally fine! Although there are named roles, you don’t have to do one of these. Some Trustees go into it knowing exactly what they want to do, some find their niche once the Board starts figuring out who is doing what and some spend their time working on whatever projects are currently on the go and being productive in a variety of different ways. All those approaches are completely OK and equally as important.

You can still take part in festivals.
Obviously it’s important to consider how you will balance your position as an elected Trustee with whatever role you choose during a festival, but it is entirely possible to be on the Board AND take part in festivals. Many Board members do this. As long as you can prioritise effectively, it’s all good!

You don’t have to be awesome at public speaking.
Thinking about the bit where prospective Trustees stand up and talk at the AGM might make you nervous. That’s OK. It’s understandable that you’re nervous and the people you’ll be talking in front of will understand too. You’re not giving a Big Serious Presentation. You’re not selling anything. You’re talking about YOU, about what you can do, what you’d like to do and why you would like to dedicate your time and energy to being a Trustee for a year. Be honest, be open, be yourself and don’t be afraid to blush – no-one will judge you for it.

Instead of thinking “Someone should do that”, you think “I could do that”.
You already care about BFS. You’re already invested in what we do. You are already making a difference just by being involved. Putting yourself forward as a Trustee is the next step. It’s a way for you to support other volunteers and to shape the future of the Society. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t just see opportunities, but seeks to create them; who notices when something needs to be done and gets on with doing it; who is happy to humbly accept responsibility and affect positive change, consider this the sign you’ve been waiting for. BFS needs you!

Photo of Beltane 2015 by Neil Barton.

BFS 2015 Annual General Meeting

Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

What
Beltane Fire Society AGM

When
2pm on Sunday 14th June 2015

Where
Calton Centre, 121 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP

Even though the Beltane Fire Festival is over, the work of the Society’s Board of Trustees continues throughout the year. If you have any items you would like to be raised for discussion or voting at the AGM, please let us know.

Any items to be raised for a membership vote should be submitted to festival[at]beltane[dot]org no later than 21 days before the AGM, in order to be circulated to the membership for consideration and discussion.

The main item on the agenda is the election/re-election of the Board of Trustees. All year round, the BFS Board keep the Society running with various jobs and projects. This is your chance to be a part of that.

If you would like to register your interest in putting yourself forward for election at the AGM, please complete and return the Board Application Form 2015 (for email distribution to the membership) no later than one week before the AGM.

If you are a member of our Society and would like to vote but will not be able to attend the AGM, you can choose a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf). In order for this to happen, please email chair[at]beltane[dot]org with your name and your proxy’s name before 1pm on Friday 12th June. Your voting slip will then be handed to them on their arrival. Your proxy can only vote on behalf of one person so please do not ask someone who has already agreed to proxy for someone else. Your proxy cannot be running for election to the Board.

Please also see our BFS Articles of Association and Responsibilities for BFS Board of Directors.

You are welcome to register your attendance on our Facebook event page.

Photo of Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy.

Hundreds of photos!

Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

We’re very excited to announce that all the wonderful photographs from Beltane 2015’s Photo Point volunteers are now online for you to enjoy! Most of them are in this album on our Facebook page and those which aren’t appropriate for Facebook (ie pictures of our less-clothed performers) can be found on Tumblr. You don’t need to be a registered user of either Facebook or Tumblr to view the pictures.

Thank you to Photo Point for working hard to capture so many exciting moments and to our performers for being stunning subjects to photograph. Nothing beats experiencing the festival first-hand, but it’s amazing to be able to share the event online with people all over the world through the hard work of our volunteer photographers.

Photo of Beltane 2015 Fire Point by Martin McCarthy.

Beltane 2015 highlights video

We love this video from TodFilm on YouTube! The perfect way to check out the highlights of the festival if you weren’t able to be there, or smile at some beautiful memories if you were.

Beltane 2015 words and moving pictures

Some news articles about Beltane 2015 from the land of the internet…

And a beautiful video by Nick Daniels on YouTube. Enjoy!

First pictures from Photo Point

We hope you enjoy the first set of photos from Photo Point, our BFS volunteer photographers. Keep an eye out on Facebook for more over the coming days!

Beltane 2015 by Bleu Hope

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May Queen, Whites, Acropolis, Calton Hill

Beltane 2015 by Gyorgy Papp

Beltane 2015 by Gyorgy Papp

Beltane 2015 by James Illing

Beltane 2015 by James Illing

Beltane 2015 by Jon Kendrew

Beltane 2015 by Jon Kendrew

Beltane 2015 by Mark Taylor

Beltane 2015 by Mark Taylor

Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

Beltane 2015 by Martin McCarthy

Beltane 2015 by Neil Barton

Beltane 2015 by Neil Barton

Photos (from top) by Bleu Hope x2, Gyorgy Papp x2, James Illing x2, Jon Kendrew x2, Mark Taylor x2, Martin McCarthy x2 and Neil Barton x2.

Photos from Beltane 2015 live coverage

If you missed our live coverage of Beltane 2015 on Twitter (go look at Twitter – there’s video!) and Facebook, here are a few photos of the night from Team Social Media. Photos from Photo Point, taken with real cameras instead of phones, will be arriving over the next few days, so keep an eye out here and on Facebook for those. And…HAPPY BELTANE!

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Live coverage of Beltane 2015 on Twitter

Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

Your friendly local Technowitch and Technowizard will be dashing around Calton Hill tonight capturing exciting moments to share with those of you who can’t make it along to the event. Most of this live coverage will be on Twitter, with some photos making their way onto Facebook too. You don’t have to be a registered user of either of those services to view content, so if you aren’t able to be at Beltane 2015, you can still join us online for a virtual festival!

If you are planning to come to the festival but haven’t got your tickets yet, the box office on Calton Hill opens at 5.30pm. There should still be some tickets available when gates open at 8pm, but we advise arriving promptly to avoid disappointment.

Finally, here’s a lovely article about us on from the BBC today. Beltane Fire Festival ready to light up Edinburgh.

Photo of Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz.

Walkthrough #2 photos and lots of top tens!

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Bleu Hope

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Gyorgy Papp

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by James Illing

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Mark Taylor

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Martin McCarthy

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Milan Chudjak

Beltane 2015 Walkthrough #2 by Neil Barton

Loads of gorgeous photos have just been added to our Beltane 2015 Walkthroughs album on Facebook. If you want to see some video clips from the second walkthrough, head over to our Twitter, where we’ll also be posting photos and video clips live from the festival.

Also, check out these fabulous articles featuring Beltane 2015!

Photos (from top) by Bleu Hope, Gyorgy Papp, James Illing, Mark Taylor, Martin McCarthy, Milan Chudjak and Neil Barton.