Edinburgh's spectacular Winter festival returns once more to Calton Hill this October with a fiery twist on Halloween night. Hundreds of performers mark the Celtic New Year with a mix of fire, drumming, acrobatics, and immersive theatre.
Edinburgh's spectacular Winter festival returns once more to Calton Hill this October with a fiery twist on Halloween night.
SAMHUINN FIRE FESTIVAL brings the Celtic New Year to a modern audience with a dazzling mix of fire, drumming, acrobatics, and immersive theatre.
The nights are getting longer and the veil draws thin between our world and the next. As we turn to face the dark wintry months together, hundreds of otherworldly creatures will awaken all over Calton Hill and gather for an epic struggle between Winter and Summer.
Witness the dramatic battle between the Winter King and the Summer King up close, before the mysterious Cailleach emerges to decide each of their fates.
For more info on what to expect on the night, please visit Beltane.org
Conditions of Entry:
Entrance is via Regent Road near Waterloo Place from 7pm. Children aged 5 and under go free. Families with children are welcome at the parents’ discretion.
No glass, dogs or hazardous objects. BBQs, bonfires and flying lanterns are not permitted. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
There will be loud noises, mostly in the form of drumming, and some flashing lights in the form of pyrotechnics and flash photography. Some costumed performers will be mingling, in character, with our witnesses throughout the evening. Please bear in mind that there will be some partial nudity. Attendance at own risk.
Calton Hill involves a sloping ascent and the festival takes place in darkness with some areas becoming very crowded, so you may want to consider attending with a friend and arriving early to ensure your comfort. Care should be taken moving around the Hill, as the ground away from the paths is uneven and can get a bit slippery if it rains. Witnesses with mobility considerations often prefer to head straight to the stage area at the beginning to find a great place to watch from. Our friendly stewards will be on hand to help you get situated and give you any information you might need. Look out for the painted people in orange hi-vis jackets.
The festival is stewarded and complies with all relevant health and safety requirements but please be aware that it takes place in the dark with a mobile audience of thousands.
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