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Article published 12/04/2022

Two major free outdoor festivals will take place this summer in Glasgow and Inverness as part of Dandelion, an ambitious creative programme taking place across Scotland in 2022. Following the arc of the growing season, Dandelion will inspire people to ‘sow, grow and share’ - food, music, knowledge and ideas.

What's on at the festivals?

Taking place over three days, from Friday 17 June until Sunday 19 June, the first Dandelion Festival will take root at the heart of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, with the second taking place in Inverness at the Northern Meeting Park, from the 2 until 4 September.

Across the weekend the park will be transformed with live music, interactive walkabout theatre, science and creative activities for all the family, talks, participatory workshops and food, as part of a unique festival that dares to reimagine our relationship with food and the planet.

The Friday evening and Saturday of each festival will be devoted to live music from Scottish and international artists across two stages presented in partnership with Celtic Connections and Glasgow Life.

Three members of Hen Hoose posing for Dandelion Festivals launch

Music collective, Hen Hoose will be playing as part of Dandelion Festival, Glasgow. Credit Andrew Cawley. 

Who is playing?

In Glasgow, the music line-up includes performances from Rura, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Newton Faulkner, Niteworks, This is the Kit, The  Orchestral  Qawwali Project  with  Abi Sampa, Admiral Fallow, Darlingside, Hannah Rarity, Jason Singh, National Youth Pipe Band,  LYRE LYRE, Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra, Lisa Rigby, Baque  Luar,  Hen Hoose featuring Tamara Schlesinger, Emma Pollock, Elisabeth Elektra, Suse Bear, Pippa Murphy,  Karine Polwart, Carla J Easton, Jayda, and Amandah Wilkinson. More special guests are to be announced ahead of the Festival.

Sitting at the heart of the festival site will be the spectacular ‘Pavilion of Perpetual Light’, a striking 10-metre-tall art installation. The Pavilion is created from 60 miniature vertical farms - 1m x 1m growing cubes specially created for Dandelion, brought together to form a giant structure, with built-in stage, acting as a backdrop to performances. The installation will host an abundance of plant life, tended to by performer-technicians creating a spectacular focal point. The site will host a further two stages, including the circular "Orchard Stage" presenting artists in the round, allowing people to gather 360 degrees around the stage to see bands in a close-up, intimate setting.

Visualisation of a 10m tall light installation in front of Glasgow University

What else is on?

Alongside the live music, sits a creative programme of activities for all ages. Over the three days, scientists, activists, technologists and writers will come together with chefs, musicians, artists and performers to spark conversations around Dandelion’s core theme of how people can creatively engage with topics such as food poverty, climate action and sustainability.

A series of Dandelion "Potting Sheds" dotted across the park will host artists, performers and community organisations, whilst Dandelion’s team of student horticulturalists will be on hand to answer questions about plants and growing. There is the chance to get up close and learn more about Dandelion’s growing cubes, whilst under fives can discover the world of plants and nature in The Nursery. On Friday daytime the Dandelion Festival will welcome local schools to take part in science activities, talks and creative workshops. The event will culminate on the Sunday with a mass free plant giveaway to inspire the public to grow at home and a special long table community meal share.

Commissioned by EventScotland and funded via the Scottish Government, Dandelion is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a nationwide programme of creative events and engagement. Dandelion brings together artists, scientists, performers, and technologists to present a six-month series of events and programmes throughout Scotland.

Further details about the wider Dandelion programme will be released at the end of April, with information about the Inverness Festival released following the Glasgow dates in late June. Both Festivals are free to attend for audiences and non-ticketed.

We’re delighted to reveal the first artists for Glasgow’s Dandelion Festival. It will be a very special environment with performances on unique stages within the iconic splendour of Kelvingrove Park. We’re also very excited to be able to host the premiere performance of Hen Hoose, a brilliant new collective of Scottish female and non-binary musicians. All of the musicians who feature on our line-up have a passion for the values of Dandelion, sharing our beliefs in environmentalism, individual action against climate change and the need to address issues around food poverty. The Dandelion Festivals tell the Dandelion story in creative, accessible, powerful ways and make the connections between growing and cultural experiences. These are truly family friendly events with interactive demos, talks and discussion about art, science and music for everyone at all levels of interest.

Donald Shaw, Music Director of Dandelion

The Dandelion Festivals promise to be an exciting addition to Scotland’s events landscape this summer, bringing together a creative programme infused with the collaborative spirit and environmentalist ethos of the Dandelion project. It’s wonderful to see artists, scientists and food specialists coming together to create a bespoke festival experience for audiences and visitors across Scotland, and we’re proud to support a project that aims to connect creatively with the widest range of audiences in this way.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow’s exciting Dandelion Festival will bring a rich mix of world-class music, presented in partnership with Glasgow Life’s Celtic Connections team, and inspiring and immersive cultural experiences to the city this summer. The Dandelion programme is an innovative and ambitious approach to community growing and engagement; one that’s rooted in bringing people together to celebrate food, music, sustainability and diversity as well as showcasing the power of collaboration and collective action. Projects like Dandelion, as part of the wider UNBOXED collective, are hugely important to Scotland’s social and economic recovery, and the recovery of our creative industries, and Glasgow Life is delighted to be working with partners to champion and support its delivery.

Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life

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