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Solas Festival headliners announced

This year’s theme of ‘Home’, sees Solas back in the beautiful steadings and fields of The Bield at Blackruthven near Perth with a great line up and major international collaborations. Tickets are available here for just £95 for the weekend. Kids go free!

Music

The music programme is bigger, noisier and packed with exciting home-grown and international talent.  Big-name acts such as Radio 1 and 6Music darlings White; Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan, and Lau, called ‘the best live band in the country’ by The Guardian. We’ve also got The Ha Orchestra, the UK’s only pan-African symphonic orchestra, while Scottish bands-of-the-moment The Van T’s and Pronto Mama bring the noise. The programme also takes in folk, pop, rock, and world music from Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells, Spook School, Roseanne Reid, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, Riley, Ewan Macintyre, LaKyoto, The Little Kicks, and Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies. Even more names coming soon! Tickets here.

Talks

Debate, discussion and the sharing of ideas are important parts of the Solas ethos, and the 2017 programme of talks, taking place against a particularly fraught global landscape, seems more urgent and necessary than ever. UNESCO Chair Professor Alison Phipps will curate a strand of talks and performance events engaging with the current refugee crisis, while land activist and Green MSP Andy Wightman hosts a series of discussions on democracy, ecology, the local and the global. David Greig, Scotland’s leading playwright and the artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, explores whether true democracy is possible in a world without art. The festival is also delighted to announce that The Sunday Herald Big Debate, a panel discussion taking on the issues of the day, featuring contributing voices from The Sunday Herald and throughout Scottish public life, will be a key part of the festival for the first time. We’ve also got Padraig O Tuama in conversation with Claire Cunningham and of course, there will be some talk about THAT referendum.

Literature

Booker Prize-winner James Kelman heads up the literary programme, with readings from his new novel The Dirt Road, exploring Americana and roots through the eyes of a Scottish exile and accompanied by live music from the Dirt Roadsters.  Helen Sedgwick, novelist and physicist, discusses her hugely-acclaimed, metaphysical puzzle box debut, The Comet Seekers, described as “an exquisitely layered, thrilling novel” by The New York Times. Tawona Sithole will lead a late-night poetry event with Seeds of Thought. More names coming soon.

Film and family

This year Africa in Motion curate the film programme, a pop-up festival-within-a-festival celebrating a diverse range of shorts, feature and documentary films coming from Africa. As ever, family-friendly activities are at the heart of the programme, with a huge number of activities for children of all ages – look out for workshops in crafts, dance, drumming and circus skills, and a petting zoo. Remake Scotland will be running workshops in upcycling and textile creation.

 

Programming theme for 2017 announced

We are happy to announce our programming theme for 2017: “Home”.   For more information on what the theme of “Home” means to us, check out the theme section of the website. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what might mean too and look forward to building our own very special temporary home at… Read more »

Volunteer applications are open!

We are now accepting applications for volunteers at Solas Festival 2017: download the volunteer application form. Volunteering puts you right at the heart of the festival; it’s a great way to get involved, meet new people and become part of the community. There’s lots of different volunteer roles to everyone, whatever your age, skills or passions. If… Read more »

Looking forward to Solas 2017…

So, the dust has settled on another brilliant Solas Festival. Solas 2016 was magical in so many ways, and not least because of all the people who came and created a very special festival community. Some particular highlights for us: sitting in the sunny courtyard with Essie Stewart telling Gaelic stories to us and Sam… Read more »

Debbie Budenberg installation at Solas

We’re very excited to announce that Solas is hosting ‘I don’t know where you are’, an installation by the Wigan-based sculptor, Debbie Budenberg. Debbie’s striking work examines the nature of family, the influences and preconceptions that shape us as individuals, and the tension between the needs of others and the needs of the self, within a… Read more »

Call for visual arts submissions

This year Solas Festival is part of the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design. We are inviting artists to showcase existing works or create new site-specific installations in response to the curatorial theme ‘Beyond Borders’. Our 2016 theme seeks to challenges the concept of boundaries, from freedom of movement and the physical borders experienced by… Read more »

Line-up latest

Discounted tickets on sale – only until the end of April!  Our Solas Festival 2016 line-up so far hosts luminaries of the alt-folk, world and roots scenes such as Skerryvore, Karine Polwart, Sam Lee & Friends, Blue Rose Code, Sultans of String, Zoë Bestel, Miss Irenie Rose, Roseanne Reid, MacGillivray, Hannah Fisher and Sorren MacLean. Add to the mix cinematic European folklore… Read more »

2016 line-up announcement

It’s here! Our 2016 line up is shaping up to be our most eclectic yet with the return of Solas favourites Stanley Odd and Blue Rose Code alongside the riotous energy of Skerryvore on the main stage. The field will host leading artists from the roots, folk and world scene including the multi award winning… Read more »

Volunteer at Solas 2016

Recruitment for volunteer positions at Solas 2016 is now open for applications!   Solas Festival takes place in The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire from the 17th-19th of June 2016. The festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. The programme also makes space… Read more »

Day-by-day line-up available now

We’ve just published our daily line-up for Solas 2015 – three days of diverse and inspiring sessions, featuring some of the best Scottish and international artists, thinkers and doers. Don’t miss out: book your weekend and day tickets now!