We’ve got some active sessions for you, some more thought-provoking stuff, some tech stuff, and space for you to talk with some Festival artists (and each other). We’ve also got a youth-only venue (The Den) and a fire, because who doesn’t love a fire?


The Den is hosted by Dom Corbett of the fabulous Artesfera Collective, and there’ll be drinks, snacks and time to meet other festival-goers to get your Festival off to a great start. Here’s what’s going on…

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Backchat sessions

In-depth, informal chats with some of Solas’ performers and speakers:

The Spook School: Edinburgh’s hottest new band talk about gender and identity (pictured above).

Ross Greer: Scotland’s youngest MSP talks about how and why you should get involved with politics.

Ishbel Macfarlane: Try out flyting (something a bit like an old skool Scots rap battle) with the lovely Ishbel.

Declan Welsh: Young singer songwriter Declan Welsh talks about his recent trip to Palestine.


Street theatre drop-in workshop

Create your own characters, and learn some of the skills behind street performance in this exciting workshop run SURGE. For young people aged over 13. Drop into the Green Room at 11 am on Sunday, or e-mail karen@surge.scot to sign up in advance.

Get creative with Artesfera

A range of creative, practical and interactive activities such as stencilling t-shirts, building furniture and decorating the fire pit space, and doing team building games and exercises. Artesfera is a non-profit arts collective in Edinburgh, which is all about discovering and developing new creative talent.

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Iain Hendo won a BAFTA while he was still at college. He’s a young film maker who’s toured the world with musicians, had his work broadcast to millions, and filmed gigs at the Barras and a host of short films covering everything from politics to cookery. He’ll be delivering a master class in capturing footage on the go, and talking about his life as a young film maker.


Poet and promoter Sam Small leads a workshop on podcasting and recording, with a chance for you to make your own podcast over the weekend.


Personal trainer Chris Mackenzie is here to help you become the healthiest, fittest, strongest version of you. Start your festival day with an energising workout and earn that pizza and bun you’ll be having for lunch (or pint of IPA if you’re old enough).

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Fire and s’mores

Gather at the fire pit for s’mores (biscuits with chocolate and toasted marshmallows) – what’s not to like? (Parents and wee ones not invited, sorry).

Noyam African Dance Institute dancers performing on stage

Dance workshop

Meet some of Ghana’s top young dancers and try out movements and routines with the Noyam African Dance Institute. The institute develops traditional and contemporary dance in Ghana and trains young dancers and choreographers, but just for a day there’s a chance of a taster session in Perthshire.

Mindfulness meditation

Diving deeper into the present moment we’ll explore the sounds, textures and feelings of now. A practice that can bring us closer to the glitter of festival fun and support steadiness during challenges of our day to day lives. Fancy a taste? * Please bring cushion and blanket props to support your comfort on the yurt floor (chairs also provided). * Due to the sessions nature; sorry no late-comers. 20 participants max.

Late night films

Captain Fantastic (15): Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Solas’ resident film buff, Chris Mackenzie, will impart some cinematic wisdom and provide a chance for you to discuss the film the following day.