Solas Festival, the annual multi-arts midsummer festival which features music, performance, workshops, talks, literature, children’s activities and more as part of its programme will return in 2020 for the second year at its new location of Errol Park, Perthshire. Recognising the need for change in the face of climate crisis, this 11th edition will take an environmental theme, and strive to create a make//shift world over the course of the weekend.
Speaking on the theme choice, Festival Co-ordinator Debs Hahn states:
‘We are more aware than ever of a need for change in the face of Climate Emergency. In 2020 we will create a make//shift world, where we explore what this change might look like, and start enacting it together.
We will explore the natural world and think about our own connection to the land and the planet. The Climate Emergency is the number one issue facing all of us at Solas, whether you join us from Dundee or Dhaka, and we will confront it by inviting our temporary community to live and dream together to create a new imagined reality. We want to use our time and space with you to listen to experiences of the climate crisis, explore solutions from waste to wind, commons to communes, and enact a micro-version of the society we want to live in, moving beyond growth and waste to a new commons based on long-term ecological thought. As always, we will strive to be particularly welcoming to children and families, in recognition of the fact that the climate emergency will impact on our future generations, and we will create an intergenerational space of sharing and collectivity in the face of this.
Solas Festival is also hopeful – we believe a new reality must have art and music at its core and will bring you the most inspiring, engaging music and performance we can to take us forward together. We are looking into ways we can make our temporary community more sustainable and environmentally sound from 2020 into the future, and are investigating options including renewable energy, composting toilets and much more.’
Solas Festival will take place from the 19th to the 21st of June next year at Errol Park. Early bird tickets are currently on sale, with significant concessionary discounts as well as group discounts for groups of 10 or more, and free tickets for children under 12. Line up and programme announcements will be announced in the new year, with previous festivals featuring the likes of Karine Polwart, Niteworks, Kobi Onyame, 47Soul, Jackie Kay, Josie Long, Honeyblood, The Vaselines and many more.