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What is Dandelion?

Dandelion is an ambitious new creative project commissioned by EventScotland which aims to demonstrate the power of collective action in the largest ‘grow your own’ project of modern times. 

It is an exciting new creative initiative taking place across Scotland in 2022 that takes a unique approach to community growing; aiming to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to get involved in a national programme of sowing, growing, live music and cooking together, culminating in hundreds of harvest festival events across the country.

An exciting collaboration with the next generation of creatives and activists, Dandelion will harness the creativity, passion and enthusiasm of schools and communities across Scotland, providing an engaging and practical route for each of us to do something positive for our own lives, our communities and the environment.

Who's in the team?

The Dandelion team is a collaboration between festival organisers, freelancers, cultural directors, inventive technical and production experts, renowned earth scientists and dedicated specialists in sustainability, youth and community engagement. 

Drawn from a wide range of organisations and specialisms from all parts of the country, the team has found a common vision to initiate and support the genuine societal change people crave after more than a year of social isolation.

Team members include:

  • Aproxima Arts: Angus Farquhar, Caroline Thompson
  • Sustrans: Cosmo Blake
  • Celtic Connections: Donald Shaw
  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC): Fiona Burnett
  • Fèis Rois: Fiona Dalgetty
  • getMade Design: James Johnson
  • Wraptheworld Creative Producer: Neil Butler
  • James Hutton Institute: Nicola Strachan
  • Musician and crofter: Pàdruig Morrison
  • BEMIS Scotland: Tanveer Parnez

What is the background to the Dandelion project?

Dandelion is commissioned by EventScotland and funded via the Scottish Government. It is Scotland's contribution to Festival UK* 2022 - the new festival of creativity and innovation that aims to reach across the country, Europe and the wider world.

EventScotland is the strategic delivery body for Scotland for Festival UK* 2022, as appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture. 

Scotland has a long and proud history of innovation and invention - it’s a place where great minds connect and collaborate. We are delighted to be able to support a hugely passionate and committed team, drawn from a range of STEAM sectors to continue showcasing Scotland’s wealth of originality through the development of a wonderful project which has community spirit, creativity and sustainability at its very heart.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events

This is an important opportunity to support freelancers and organisations in these sectors as we begin our recovery from the pandemic.

Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary

Together, we aim to create a joyful collective action through growing and music, providing real opportunities for people wherever they live in Scotland. With a deep-rooted desire to do something positive in the face of the continuing climate crisis, the team are passionate about helping as many people as we can to take part.

Angus Farquhar, Dandelion Team

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact communications@eventscotland.org

What opportunities are there to join Dandelion?

Dandelion are currently looking for individuals to join its IDEA Assembly Panel.

The panel will work with Dandelion on Inclusion, Diversity, Equalities and Accessibility (IDEA), advising and supporting the organisation to embed IDEA principles within all areas of work. The panel will inform and develop policies, actions and toolkits as well as support the delivery of IDEA outcomes.

Applicants are asked to submit a short outline of their experience which should state reasons for applying to join the Assembly. Applications should be submitted in a format most suitable to the applicant, for example via written, audio or video formats. Applicants should also return a completed Inclusion Form which can be found on the Dandelion website.

All submissions should be submitted via email to caroline.thompson@dandelion.scot no later than midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021.

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found in the IDEA Assembly Panel job description. You can view or download the inclusion form on the Dandelion website.

IDEA Assembly Panel Members

Published August 2021

Job description for IDEA Assembly Panel Member roles with Dandelion