Scotlandâ€™s Environmental Festival Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2012 - Falkland, Fife
THE PROGRAMME A celebration of folk and land
Contents Saturday music highlights...............4 - 5 Sunday music highlights..................6 - 7 Songwriters session.................................. 8 Huts and hutting....................................... 9 Family programme........................10 - 13 Nuthill.................................................14 - 15 Saturday timetable.......................16 - 17 Map of site.......................................18 - 19 Sunday timetable..........................20 - 21 Saturday Talks Programme........22 - 24 Sunday Talks Programme...........25 - 26 Films.............................................................27 Authors, artists and activists..............28 Local Food Village...................................29
Network for Social Change, Enterprise Music Scotland, Rotary Club of Glenrothes, Falkland House School, Lomond United AFC, Viking Direct, The Double A Trading Company, Stratstone Land Rover Cupar, Smith Anderson, Fife AC, Falkland Estate Trust, Falkland Rural Enterprises Ltd., Falkland Stewardship Trust (SC022481)
Market Place....................................30 - 31 Take a Stand.............................................32 Soil, Soul and Story................................33 Recycling....................................................34 Centre for Stewardship.........................35 Transport....................................................36
Ian Harrower, Helen Lawrenson, Neil Anderson, Ninian Stuart, Tess Darwin, Emily Edwards, Niall Hutchison, Amelia Stevenson, Kelly Hodgson, Jan Hendry, Ali Petrie, Farah Najeeb, Patrick Laughlin. With help from: Linda Akeroyd, Debbie Cranmer, Sam Docherty, Kirsty Martin, Rod Crawford, Shawn Gilmour, Darren Pybus, Nick Page, Gavin Miller, Grant Knox, George Watson, Julie Barclay. PR and media: Angela Michael with Citrusmix Finally, to our many volunteers, we say thank you very much.
Welcome to Big Tent 2012 Welcome to Big Tent 2012! A great celebration of the folk, land and creativity that can help us through these times of cuts and austerity. Amidst the phenomenal global changes around the world, this yearâ€™s festival focuses on the power and potential of folk and land; growing local food, building huts, climbing hills and restoring forests.
Whether youâ€™re 6 or 66, there is lots to do at Big Tent 2012 - from building dens to visiting a clachan of huts or enjoying a taste of forest gardening. We have brought together fantastic music with world class acts throughout the weekend and are particularly delighted to welcome the local grown talent of the Proclaimers to the main stage on Saturday night. Also, there are childrenâ€™s activities galore with puppetry, craft, workshops, singing, dancing as well as local food in abundance. In a living landscape that is being transformed by the community around these hills, our Big Question sessions explore and celebrate the relationship between the land and the potential of people to effectively use what we have. Also, there are opportunities to meet the author or songwriter, or see some films as well as lots of sights and stalls to stop and browse. Remember to bring your banjo, fiddle or tin-whistle as Big Tent is all about building a movement for change and all movements need good music. Have a great time! The Big Tent 2012 Team Big Tent is organised by the Centre for Stewardship www.centreforstewardship.org.uk
Programme details correct at time of going to press
Our vibrant programme of talks, musicians and activities is designed to engage heads, hearts and hands - within reach of ordinary folk, in an extraordinary setting and including a programme that is all about transformation.
Saturday music programme highlights Big Tent is delighted to welcome the Proclaimers as Saturday’s headline act. The Proclaimers have roots in Auchtermuchty, just a few miles up the road from the festival. Craig and Charlie have enjoyed years of huge success across the globe with songs including “Sunshine on Leith” and “500 miles” and they have just released their 9th studio album, Circus. On the back of a hugely successful debut album released this year called Origins, Treacherous Orchestra will be bringing their ‘party band’ show to the main stage. Recent live appearances at Celtic Connections have proven this band will be one of the must see acts at Big Tent. Breabach are powered by double bagpipes, flute and fiddle and fuelled by the tight groove of double bass, guitar and step-dance. In 2011 the band were nominated for ‘Best Group’ at both the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the Scots Trad Music Awards. Since winning the PRS New Music Award, Das Contras have played hundreds of concerts from Auld Reekie to New York. “Blend folk, rock, Latin, punk, reggae, shake them around a bit and take yourself off to a distant place and you’ve found their sound” says Music News. A firm favourite of Big Tent, the Homecoming String Band will be mixing Appalachian and Bluegrass tunes with Celtic Roots music.
Man’s Ruin show a musical maturity that pulls them ahead of the average Glasgow band and similarly, they outpace the parochial limitations of so many of the folk musicians of dear old Scotland. John Goldie’s name will be familiar to guitar fans as he is regarded as one of the finest finger stylists in the world. Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller are two talented young singers and musicians who are recognised as shining new stars on the Scottish music scene. Flutatious music has been described as folk-rock, Celtic, psychedelic and trance which has been translated as a mixture of fusion, folk and dance. Folk connoisseurs the Paul McKenna Band have been described by the New York Times as “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years”. They combine their love for folk and traditional music as well as original songs and tunes.
Saturday music programme highlights The Coaltown Daisies fuse together the musical stylings of two established singer-songwriters. Both have an abundance of experience in a variety of areas of music from organising one of Fife’s most successful music nights to recording in Hollywood with high calibre musicians. Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher In August 2011 the band sculpted a new album featuring solely original compositions penned by Anderson, McGinty and Webster. The quintet exchange both vocal and instrument duties incessantly throughout. Rich Davies and the Devil’s Union (solo acoustic) is the solo project of the award winning, Scottish born, singersongwriter Rich Davies. After gaining a certain notoriety in Edinburgh and surrounds, Rich discovered his niche in Melbourne’s music scene. Rich Davies and The Devil’s Union released their debut album to critical acclaim in November 2011. Finn Anderson is a young Scottish composer and singer-songwriter. Finn has composed for film, dance, animation and also performs as a solo artist. He also writes music, books and lyrics for musical theatre.
House of Falkland Main Stage sponsored by
The Edinburgh Samba Band are a colourful and lively Samba percussion and dance group, specialising in original rhythms from the flamboyant carnival culture of Brazil. SoulRoots Sound System are rooted yet futuristic. They combine disco, house and electronic sounds and are known for their friendly welcome and busy dance floor. SoulRoots Sound System will be playing both days in the Wee Shindig.
Big Tent Comperes Bruce Morton will compere the House of Falkland Main Stage. He was one of the founders of the Funny Farm Comedy Collective in 1989, which helped start the standup scene in Scotland. As well as a Perrier nominated comedian, he is a playwright and broadcaster. Susan Morrison will compere the main stage on Sunday evening. Susan is a regular to BBC Radio Scotland as well as a frequent host of the world famous Stand Comedy Club. The Wee Shindig will be hosted by Sian Bevan, an extremely talented performer/writer/storyteller/stand-up and entertainer of small people. She’ll be compering along with her juggling/acrobat partner Johnathan Elders.
Wee Shindig sponsored by
Sunday music programme highlights
Headlining on Sunday are Salsa Celtica. Salsa Celtica are one of the UK’s most exciting live acts and mix Scottish and Irish traditional music with red hot salsa to create a unique sound that has topped music charts around the world. Glasgow seven-piece Federation of the Disco Pimp have been proclaimed by Jazz FM’s Christian Bragg as “the hottest Scottish funk since the Average White Band.” They themselves favour the term ‘extreme funk’, as befits their blistering live performances. Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers appeared at Big Tent 2010 and we happily welcome them back. They recently released their new single ‘Everyone Has a Price’, the first track from their sophomore album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Home and the Wildhunt’. Karine Polwart is one of Scotland’s top female singer-songwriters whose debut album ‘Faultlines’ won the best album
award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Since then she has become renowned as an evocative live performer whose roots are firmly set in the lively folk music scene. Karine is performing on the Main Stage and will be talking to Mary Ann Kennedy in the ‘meet the songwriter session’ at 4.00 pm in the Elm Yurt. Mike Kearney Ka-tet are “dynamic, danceable, and dastardly catchy, ****” says the Sunday Mail. “There’s Jazz, there’s funk, and then there’s The Mike Kearney Ka-tet!” says James Corden.
Sunday music programme highlights The Horndog Brass Band - 8 man drum’n brass street funk. An explosive mix of toe-tapping New Orleans grooves, blazing musicianship and all out good vibes. They are set to ignite the dance floor with infectious original tunes and some old favourites. Lion Spirit Music will bring love, sun and live music from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, to the east coast of Scotland. They are a fusion of reggae, celtic and creole...music and creativity. There’s been a tradition in the Stag Inn, Falkland every Wednesday evening for talented musicians to gather for the Stag Sessions. We thought it was time that we shared their incredible sounds with the rest of the world. The Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail gives young people from across the Highlands the opportunity to perform in public, enhancing their performance skills through a sustained period where they are treated as professional musicians. Havana Swing are five guys playing music they love and enjoy communicating that to their audiences. “They rock any venue where they appear!” George Duncan, Jazz In Scotland. Like an unexpected shot of the good stuff, The Whisky River Boat Band will warm you up and you’ll still be feeling the buzz long into the night. Alan Reid (ex-Battlefield Band) is Scottish Folk Royalty and part of the 60s folk revival in the famous Battlefield Band. In 2011 he released ‘Recollection’,
an album of his own choice of songs from his career with Battlefield. With guitarist Rob Van Sante. Mairearad Green and Anna Massie Winner of the PRS Composer of the Year award at the 2009 MG Alba Scots Music Awards and renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style, Mairearad is one of Scotland’s finest musical exports and can often be seen on stage with Anna Massie. Edinburgh pianist and singersongwriter Kim Edgar performs songs from her critically acclaimed albums, The Ornate Lie (2012) and Butterflies and Broken Glass (2008). Scotland’s “very own Tori Amos” (Sunday Herald) combines narratives of courageous honesty with darkly delicious melodies (Spiral Earth), crafting songs which are “a comfort blanket for the disillusioned soul” (Big Issue). Kite and the Crane singer-songwriter Hannah Kitchen sings songs about the beauty in ordinary life. Accompanied by Nicki Dunne on percussion and Emilia Hanna on backing vocals, they produce beautifully crafted indie-folk. Ilhan Barutcu with the Ask-i Trio. Ilhan is a Master of the art of the Ney (the reed flute) and a bearer of the sophisticated tradition of Sufi devotional music developed in Ottoman Turkey. He is joined by guitarist Peter Strandberg renowned for his passionate Flamenco style music and Adam Reid with an array of Middle Eastern percussion. (Playing Saturday and Sunday).
Songwriters sessions Meet the songwriters Join Scottish broadcaster and music aficionado Mary Ann Kennedy to talk to some of Big Tentâ€™s top songwriting talents to hear what inspires their songwriting. Saturday 12 noon, Elm Yurt With the Coaltown Daisies and Rich Davies. Saturday 3.00 pm, Oak Yurt With Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. Sunday 12 noon, Elm Yurt With Kim Edgar. Sunday 4.00 pm, Elm Yurt With Karine Polwart.
Mary Ann Kennedy
Huts and hutting Big Tent and the Centre for Stewardship are ardent supporters of Reforesting Scotland’s ‘A thousand huts’. This campaign highlights: the simple beauty and relevance of the hut in today’s world; the ways that people can build huts with locally sourced timber; and the need and potential for more hutting in Scotland. So in 2012 we have begun building huts on Falkland Estate with an eye to the future. Some of these huts are to be seen and in use on the Big tent site. Some are portable and for sale such as those by Euan Gray http:// wildhutte.com.
specific huts in the landscape - built by volunteers, including Stewart Thomson, under the guidance of Alasdair and with help from Jim McKeen, furniture maker, at Chancefield on the estate.
We are also very excited about local architect Alasdair Baird’s (www. studiobairdarchitects.com) beautifully designed compost loos and site-
For more information on the campaign visit the Thousand Huts website and our lively Facebook campaign - www.thousandhuts.org
During the festival there will be opportunities to visit these huts and learn about the joys of hutting - whether you attend the main “thousand huts” session in the Oak Yurt at 1pm on Saturday or look out for the notice board to see what’s going on up at the hut site under the great pines.
Family programme highlights
Much loved by Big Tent visitors, the Chipolatas perform at high energy with unparalleled physical feats. They are a barrel of laughs, mischievous and full of energy. A concert by Fischy Music with uplifting songs dedicated to children that are fun and easy to learn. Fischy Music have played at Big Tent several times and they are back by popular demand. Scotch Broth is a one man quest to reintroduce Scottish childrenâ€™s songs that many of us grew up with but maybe have forgotten in the many diversions of modern life. Dennis Alexander will be reviving the Red Yo Yo, the Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede and Coulters Candy amongst many more. With lots of audience
participation and laughter this is great for both old kids and young. Providing a variety of authentic Bavarian music including polkas, waltzes, marches is Kolonel Schnapps/ Bierfest Oompah Band. Lots of audience participation including Prosit (German toasts), conducting competitions, can can, hokey kokey etc. On Saturday, catch Kolonel Schnapps on the Main stage or Family Theatre Tent or oompahing around the site.
Family programme highlights Go Bananas for Bananas with the BarrowBand. Songs about fruit, veg, minerals and even one about Wally the Worm. It will get you laughing and singing along! Enjoy puppet making workshops with Flotsam and Jetsam who are bringing Little Red Hen and her Friends to Big Tent. Listen to the story of the clever Little Red Hen escaping from the fox. Then make yourself a cuddly chicken, fierce fox or other favourite animal puppet. A gentle, fun workshop for younger children with lots of soft fabric, buttons, bows and sparkles to use! The children get to make their own puppets and play with the puppeteer’s puppets. Daily at 10.45 am, 11.45 am, 1.45 pm, 2.45 pm and 5.45 pm in the Play Tent. Smelly Wellie Story Tellie’s Chik Duncan doesn’t tell stories, he always tells the truth. Oh OK, sometimes he makes the truth a wee bit more interesting. He doesn’t recite poems he performs poyums, usually his own but sometimes other people’s too. If you’re very unlucky he might sing at you as well - so you’ll need to sing even louder to drown him out! Once on Saturday and then again on Sunday. Spinning Jenny’s Circus Works Learn some circus skills juggling, spinning plates, walking on stilts. Great entertainment - amaze your family with your incredible talents!
The Ecology Centre will be providing a range of family activities including outdoor mosaic making using recycled materials and bird box making. There will also be free environmental educational children’s activities at the following times: Nature games and activities for 5-8 year olds, 11.15 am - 11.45 am and 12 noon - 12.30 pm. Nature games and how to be a Planet Protector for 9-12 year olds, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm. Spaces need to be booked with the Ecology Centre. Arborantics - join us for traditional games including old flick-counter board games, giant ninepin skittles, bat the rat, toad in the hole and tug of war...all made from native wood! Join Upward Mobility in their Recycle Tent for a wide variety of workshops for the young and young at heart! Recycling-inspired workshops range from Relaxation, Storytelling and using ‘recycled’ jokes, to ‘make your own’ artwork and musical instruments. Also presenting two exhibitions of sensory artwork, photography and film.
Enjoy family den making with Fife Childcare and Early Years Services.
Family programme highlights Face painting Award winning face painters Cool Faces will be here each day from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm. Find their tent on the map and head along! Dance-A-Story This year exuberant dance teacher, Adele Hersey, will be inviting families to dance their way through a ‘Lucky Dip’ story. Bring any object for the story and we will weave as many as we can into a non-stop, in-the-moment hour of creative fun. Salsa dancing (Sunday) A chance to get your hips in the mood for Salsa Celtica! The Latin Quarter from Salsa Dundee will demonstrate the Cuban Rueda de Casino (Cuban salsa wheel dance). After the demonstration have a try as the group will show you some basic steps of salsa. The Latin Quarter raise money for street children who live in Peru so as well as shaking hips, they’ll be shaking some buckets to raise money for this worthy cause. Zumbatomic® classes are high-energy packed with specially choreographed routines and the latest music, like hip-hop, reggaeton and cumbia. All the family is welcome to join in with the workshop which will be held by local Zumba instructor, Pippa Wallace. Nia dancing Nia blends the dance arts, martial arts and healing arts in this innovative fusion fitness programme! There will be two workshops taking place in the Family Tent over the weekend. The Nia workshops are brought by the Nia Scotland team from Burntisland. Katara belly dancing tribal Belly dancing with both a demonstration and a chance to participate will be in the Family Theatre tent on Saturday and Sunday.
Family programme highlights Family Theatre Tent 10.45 am Zumba Dancing 11.45 am Dance-A-Story 12.45 pm Katara Belly Dancing 1.45 pm Romany Puppets 2.45 pm Nia Dancing 3.45 pm Kolonel Schnapps Oompah Band (Sat) 3.45 pm The BarrowBand (Sun)
For the adventurous! Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing, but never had the opportunity? Try Climb-It Glasgow’s Rock Climbing Wall. The wall stands over 7 metres high and is fully equipped with the finest climbing safety equipment. Climb Its mobile wall is suitable for climbers of all ages, from 5 to 95 years old.
For the wee ones The Play on Wheels Play Bus will have lots of activities and a range of materials, toys and equipment for children to explore. There’s an emphasis on using everyday items, scrap materials and loose parts. Also, Hartwood Community will be bringing their yurt for toddlers to create a play/chillout area.
Relax and take a breather Enjoy a massage or other therapies with practitioners at Big Tent including; Massage and Glow, In Safe Hands, Paintings for Healings and Bowen Active offering Bowen Therapy.
4.45 pm Smelly Welly 5.45 pm Fischy Music 6.45 pm Salsa Dancing (Sun)
Play Tent 3.45 pm Storytelling with Jane Mather
Storytelling (find Blether Tay-Gither in the Storytelling Yurt) Blether Tay-Gither are a group of people who love telling and listening to stories, and bringing stories to the wider community. There will be storytelling suitable for all ages each day at 11.00 am, 12 noon, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm with sessions lasting around 50 minutes. At 3.00 pm on Saturday join all the storytellers for a session of woodland stories entitled ‘If you go down to the woods’ and on Sunday at 3.00 pm there will be a session of local stories entitled ‘Fife’s Got A’thing’.
Nuthill Welcome to Nuthill, the wood zone at the heart of Big Tent 2012! Take a seat on a log, rest your festival-weary feet and we’ll brew you a refreshing cup of wild tea while you watch a demonstration of basket making or listen to some tree tales. This area and all our work is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland - find out what’s going on across Scotland in the forestry world and all about The National Tree Collection Scotland. Find out about Living, Working and Learning Woodlands in a guided walk through the Forest of Falkland with one of our expert foresters and learn how tree management is changing here for many different purposes. Visit the Arboricultural Association Tree Doctor in his surgery for advice on managing individual trees. Don’t miss a Tree Climbing demonstration at 12 noon each day. Have a chat with our woodland ranger about conservation volunteering and training courses that happen throughout the year at the Centre for Stewardship and how you can get involved. Pop by and join in all weekend with the Forest School and bushcraft activities, suitable for all ages. See what we’re doing with the windfall timber from across the Forest of Falkland, how it’s made into uniquely designed huts and composting toilets. Visit the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) for a display and talks. Visit the Association of Scottish Hardwood Suppliers (ASHS) to learn about the appearance, qualities and uses of homegrown hardwood. Watch
a demonstration from the Scottish Basket Makers Circle on working with willow. Meet some of Scotland’s finest woodworkers Angus Clyne, Angus Ross, Dave McKeen and Jim McKeen for items made from wood harvested in the Forest of Falkland, maybe you’ll be inspired to commission something for your home. The Centre for Stewardship, organisers of The Big Tent, support Reforesting Scotland’s campaign for A Thousand Huts so find out more about this growing movement and other work to restore Scotland’s forests. Also visit Brotus Crafts and watch some bodging in a unique shelter designed for Big Tent. Wondering about woodfuel? Visit Scottish Woodfuel for expert advice on choosing a stove, finding a supplier and storing your wood. Discover all about foraging, fruit and forest gardening with the Scottish Wild Harvests Association. Enjoy free tastings at the wild food cookery demonstrations each day. Have some fruity conversations as you wander round our forest garden and pocket orchard. Also, don’t miss the launch of the fascinating new Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests at 12 noon in the Oak Yurt on Sunday. Join the fun activities focused on wildlife in Fife and the rest of Scotland with Fife Amphibian and Reptile Group, who are monitoring and conserving these fascinating creatures and their disappearing habitat. Hear how the Fife Red Squirrel Project is protecting red squirrels across Scotland. Find out
- the place for heads, hands and hearts about the Fife Biodiversity Partnership and how you can help. Check out Johnnyâ€™s Garden for a honeybee conservation project with a working beehive display. Chat to the Scottish Wild Beaver Group who are supporting the reintroduction of beavers in Scotland. If you were standing right here a couple of hundred years ago, youâ€™d witness the last days of Nuthill House before it was replaced by the House of Falkland in the 1800s. Take a stroll through the imagined rooms of Nuthill. In the Dining Room you can see a unique display showing how chair designs, often using local wood, have evolved over the centuries. Join the Woolly Tree group in the Sewing Room and experience traditional textile skills fo the 21st Century.
Visit the Living Lomonds Tent Living Lomonds is an exciting project that will reconnect people with the Lomond and Benarty Hills, conserve their natural and cultural heritage and involve communities in training and volunteering activities. Come and find out what is so special about this area from local enthusiasts and have your own say. At around 3.00 pm on Saturday in the Living Lomonds Tent join the Whisky Kayakers who have travelled by kayak and bike to get to Big Tent for a chat, a jam and even a dram.
Timetabled activities Scottish Wild Harvest Association cookery demonstrations 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm. Photography workshops with Jenni Gudgeon Take photos of the festival then print them to create an attractive photo wall. Daily at 11.00 am, 12 noon, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Arrow making with Gavin Mitchell of Bushcraft Scotland Daily at 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Numbers limited. Lasts an hour. Check board for details. Forest of Falkland guided walks 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm each day. Tree Doctor Surgery expert advice with Adam Reidi Tree Surgeon 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm daily. Find out how easy it is to build a woodshed from old pallets. Sessions last about 20 minutes. 12 noon, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm each day.
House of Falkland Main Stage
The Edinburgh Samba Band
10.30 am Scotch Broth (children’s show)
Kolonel Schnapps Oompah Band
11.00 am Are politicians 11.30 am The Chipolatas doing enough to protect Scotland’s environment? (talk)
11.00 am 11.30 am 11.45 am
12 noon Scotland’s forest: going local (talk)
12.15 pm 12.30 pm
12.30 pm Finn Anderson
1.30 pm Homecoming String Band
Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller
2.30 pm The BarrowBand
12.45 pm 1.00 pm 1.30 pm
11.00 am Living with less – When is enough enough? And might it now be time for some of us to learn to live more lightly with austerity? (talk)
12 noon Mary Ann Kennedy with the Coaltow Daisies and Rich Davies (song writing session)
1.00pm A thousand huts 1.00pm The Dancing (talk) Forest (film)
1.45 pm 2.00 pm 2.30 pm 2.45 pm 3.00 pm 3.30 pm
3.30 pm Illan Barutcu with the Ask-i Trio
4.00 pm 4.15 pm
4.45 pm 5.00 pm
3.00 pm Mary Ann Kennedy with Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher (song writing session)
3.00 pm Should car sharing be the future of motoring (talk)
4.00 pm Meet the author: Ray Perman
4.00 pm How well off are we? (talk)
5.00 pm Dissent Entrepreneurs (talk)
5.00 pm Remade Edinburgh (workshop)
4.15 pm Rich Davies and the Devil’s Union Paul McKenna Band
4.45 pm Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher
5.45 pm 6.00 pm
6.30 pm 7.15 pm
6.30 pm The Coaltown Daisies Breabach
7.15 pm Flutatious
6.00 pm Surprise Screening (film)
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Living Lomon 8.30 pm
8.30 pm SoulRoots Sound System
Transition Sc am. Introductio
Fife Diet Seed close
Nuthill - wood gramme or we
House of Falkland
Family Theatre Tent
Soil, soul and story (Memorial Chapel)
10.45 am Zumba Dancing
10.45 am Protest in Harmony, singing for the earth workshop.
– 11.45 am Dance-A-Story workshop
wn 12.15 pm Craft, culture and community (talk)
11.00 am With Blether Tay-Gither
12 noon Soil and Story: the role of place in our journey.
12 noon With Blether Tay-Gither
11.45 am Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop
1.00 pm With Blether Tay-Gither
1.30 pm National Tree Collection Scotland (talk)
2.30 pm Food, farming and the future (talk)
2.00 pm Well Wishing and Remembrance Poetry Tree
2.00 pm With Blether Tay-Gither
2.45 pm Nia Dancing
4.00 pm Land, life and livelihoods
3.45 pm Kolonel Schnapps Oompah Band
10.45 am Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop
11.00 am Soil and Soul: Being rooted - readings and reflections
12.45 pm Katara Belly Dancing
1.45 pm Romany Puppets
3.30 pm Open Mic session on Soil, Soul and Story
3.00 pm If you go down to the woods... with Blether Tay-Gither
1.45 pm Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 2.45 pm Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 3.45 pm Jane Mather storytelling workshop
4.45 pm Smelly Welly Story Tellie 5.45 pm Fischy Music
5.30 pm Bodywriting inspired by taichi and haiku
5.45 pm Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop
other programmed activity across the site including:
nds Tent - around 3.00 pm join the Whisky Kayakers for a chat, a jam and possibly a dram.
cotland Tent - Permaculture Practicals - family fun making “New Things Fae Old Things”... With Luci Ransome,11.30 on to Permaculture - The What, Why and How... with Lusi Alderslowe, 2.00 pm.
tre Tent - Workshops for 5-8 year olds at 11.15 am and 12 noon, and 9-12 year olds at 1.00pm.
d Truck - various activities - see board for details.
d and craft activities, workshops, talks and demonstrations for all ages throughout the weekend: see boards, proebsite for details.
to House of Falkland
To the huts Local Food Village
Main Stage Family Theatre
Play Tent Upward Mobility
Festival Caf Storytelling and Den Building
Wee Shindig To Soil, Soul and Story
Estate Road - no vehicle access during festival
Family Campsite 1 Key: FIRST AID
Woodland path to camping and car park
fe to Falkland and buses
P Disabled Car Parking only
Woodland path to camping and car park
INFORMATION POINT (and lost children)
Family Campsite 2 , Campsite 3 and Campervans
P Car Park (access from main road only not estate road)
House of Falkland Main Stage
10.45 am Scotch Broth (children’s show)
10.00 am 10.45 am
11.00 am Lion Spirit Music
11.45 am Homecoming String Band
12.45 pm Mike Kearney Ka-tet
12 noon 12.45 pm
1.00 pm 1.15 pm 1.45 pm
Mairearad Green and Anna Massie
1.45 pm Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail
The Horndog Brass Band
2.45 pm Illan Barutcu with the Ask-i Trio
2.00 pm 2.45 pm 3.00 pm 3.45 pm 4.00 pm
10.00 am “Sammy’s Adventures” with activities for children (film) 11.00 am Bees, beavers and biodiversity (talk)
11.15 am 11.45 am
The Whisky River Boat Band
12 noon Book launch: A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests
12 noon Mary Ann Kennedy with Kim Edgar (song writing session)
1.00 pm What makes Fife, Fife? (talk)
1.00 pm Meet the author, Laurie Penny
2.00 pm Fife Diet Food Manifesto
2.00 pm Meet the author, Catriona Child
3.00 pm Scotland’s Democracy (talk)
3.00 pm Slow Food Talk
3.45 pm Kim Edgar
4.30 pm Kite and the Crane
4.00 pm One Small Step 4.00 pm Mary Ann (talk) Kennedy with Karine Polwart (song writing session)
4.45 pm 5.00 pm
Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
5.00 pm The Chipolatas
Look out for other programmed activity across th 5.45 pm The Stag Sessions
Meet with Author - join Aileen Paterson in the Festiv for a chance to hear about Maisie’s Travels to Fife an
6.15 pm Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante
Federation of the Disco Pimp
7.15 pm SoulRoots Sound System
Transition Scotland Tent - Permaculture Practicals “New Things Fae Old Things”... With Luci Ransome,1 tion to Permaculture - The What, Why and How... wit 2.00 pm.
6.15 pm 6.45 pm
Ecology Centre Tent - Workshops for 5-8 year olds noon, and 9-12 year olds at 1.00pm.
Fife Diet Seed Truck - various activities - see board
Nuthill - wood and craft activities, workshops, talks a for all ages throughout the weekend: see boards, pro for details. close
House of Falkland
Family Theatre Tent
Soil, soul and story (Memorial Chapel)
10.45 am Zumba Dancing
10.45 am Protest in Harmony, singing for the earth workshop.
11.15 am Mind/Remind/ 11.45 am Dance-A-Story Remember family workshop workshop
2.00 pm Heritage, hardship and hope (talk)
10.45 am Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 11.00 am With Blether Tay-Gither 11.45 am Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 12 noon With Blether Tay-Gither
12.45 pm Katara Belly Dancing
1.45 pm Romany Puppets
1.15 pm Celebrating the connection between trees and writing with Mandy Haggith.
1.00 pm With Blether Tay-Gither
2.00 pm With Blether Tay-Gither
2.45 pm Nia Dancing
3.45 pm The BarrowBand
3.00 pm Eco-survival stories/family story making session with Allison Galbraith.
4.45 pm Smelly Welly Story Tellie
4.30 pm Open Mic led by Margot Henderson and Blether Tay-Gither storytellers.
3.00 pm Fifeâ€™s Got A-thing... with Blether Tay-Gither
1.45 pm Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 2.45 pm Little Red Hen and friends puppet workshop 3.45 pm Jane Mather storytelling workshop
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The talks programme Saturday 11.00 am Are politicians doing enough to protect Scotland’s environment? (Oak Yurt) 11.00 am Living with less – When is enough enough? (Elm Yurt) 12 noon Scotland’s forests: going local (Oak Yurt) 12.15 pm Craft, culture and community (House of Falkland) 1.00 pm A thousand huts (Oak Yurt) 1.30 pm The National Tree Collection Scotland (House of Falkland) 2.30 pm Food, farming and the future (House of Falkland) 3.00 pm Should car sharing be the future of motoring? (Elm Yurt) 4.00 pm How well off are we – Kenny McBride, Oxfam Scotland (Elm Yurt) 4.00 pm Land, life and livelihoods (House of Falkland) 5.00 pm Dissent Entrepreneurs (Oak Yurt)
Are politicians doing enough to protect Scotland’s environment? 11.00, am Oak Yurt Our environment is a complex system, providing a range of resources and services on which all life ultimately depends. A clean and healthy environment is essential to our health and well-being, as well as to sustainable economic growth. Protecting our environment means looking after the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the resources that provide us with energy. Of all the legislation we have in place to protect our environment, almost 90% is European in origin. To discuss how this works, whether it works, what the future holds, two of Scotland’s six MEPs will give us their thoughts and answer questions from the audience. Speakers: Catherine Stihler MEP and George Lyon MEP. Session hosted by the European Parliament.
Living with less 11.00 am, Elm Yurt When is enough, enough? And might it now be time for some of us to learn to live more lightly with austerity? With Carol Craig, Director of Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing.
Scotland’s forests: going local 12 noon, Oak Yurt Woodland ownership in Scotland is highly concentrated, with a pattern very different to that elsewhere in Europe. As a result it may not be delivering all the benefits it can. What models of ownership and management do we have which could diversify this pattern and result in a more ‘local’ forestry? And why does it matter? Speakers: Jamie McIntyre, Forest Policy Group and woodland crofts proponent, Andy Brown, co-founder, Scottish Woodlot Association, Andy Wightman, writer and researcher on land rights. Session hosted by the Forest Policy Group.
The talks programme Saturday Craft, culture and community 12.15 pm, House of Falkland Craft is by its nature a transformative process…turning raw materials into something else. This session will explore the role of craft in creating a more sustainable and healthier society - changing the way we see and act in the world, not just for ourselves but with and for others. The session will involve Big Tent craft makers, from willow weavers to furniture makers, and some key thinkers and supporters of sustainable craft in Scotland. Facilitated by social anthropologist Emilia Ferraro and contemporary jeweller Sandra Wilson, co-authors of ‘Craft and Sustainable Development: reflections of Scottish craft and pathways to sustainability’.
A thousand huts 1.00 pm, Oak Yurt Reforesting Scotland’s “A thousand huts” campaign was launched by a hundred folk in Edinburgh in June 2011. With over 800 Facebook followers, the campaign is showing strong growth including many urban dwellers seeking a frugal rural retreat at weekends. The session will provide an opportunity to hear what the hutting campaign is all about and what we can learn from Wales and Nordic countries. Speakers: Andy Wightman, land rights campaigner (Chair), Gerry Loose, Secretary of Carbeth Hutters, Lesley Riddoch, journalist and researcher on hutting traditions in Norway and Scotland, Carol Craig, Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing,
Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE at Trinity Saint David University (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) and Welsh Minister of Sustainability and Environment, 2007-2011. Session hosted by Reforesting Scotland.
The National Tree Collection Scotland 1.30 pm, House of Falkland Scotland has some of the world’s finest tree collections. Their diversity reflects the pioneering work that Scots plant hunters, landowners and foresters have played over the centuries, collecting, planting and caring for specimen trees from around the globe. Talk will be hosted by Tom Christian, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Session hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland.
Food, farming and the future 2.30 pm, House of Falkland Is it time to change the way we farm and grow our food in Scotland if we are to meet the needs of the future? Is ‘local’ really better and is it possible? How can farmers and growers contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant food culture? What qualities will the next generation of farmers need to succeed? Chaired by Professor David Atkinson - Chair of Falkland Rural Enterprises Ltd and retired vice principal of SAC. Speakers: Colin Tudge, writer, on a vision of enlightened agriculture, Professor Maggie Gill, author, on sound, science and sustainable farming, Andrew Arbuckle, farming journalist, on what we can learn from the past,
The talks programme Saturday Michael Blanche, Nuffield scholar, on how and why to bring new blood into farming. Pete Ritchie, organic farmer, Chair of Nourish, on how would we know things were changing.
Should car sharing be the future of motoring? 3.00 pm, Elm Yurt We are in the midst of global trends that point to more congestion, air pollution, and traffic injuries and deaths in our cities, not to mention the transport sectorâ€™s increasing contribution to climate change. These problems present an opportunity to create a fundamental paradigm shift in the way we scale up sustainable transport solutions worldwide. Join SEStran and guests for a lively discussion. Session hosted by Sestrans.
How well off are we - Kenny McBride, Oxfam Scotland 4.00 pm, Elm Yurt Where GDP has failed, the Oxfam Humankind Index for Scotland has helped set a new measurement for prosperity and economic growth. How effective is this? Kenny McBride provides support to the UK Poverty Programme in Scotland, most recently working with the Scottish Living Wage Campaign and on the launch of the Oxfam Humankind Index. Session hosted by Oxfam Scotland.
Unless otherwise indicated, the talk sessions are hosted by the Centre for Stewardship. With thanks to the Co-operative Membership for their sponsorship of the whole talks programme.
Land, life and livelihoods 4.00 pm, House of Falkland How can Scotlandâ€™s rural landscapes best support vibrant communities and successful land use enterprises whilst also encouraging biodiversity and public access? And what are the qualities required of the owners and stewards of the land if they are to deliver these essential services to the people and nature of Scotland? Speakers: Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE at Trinity Saint David University (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) and previously Welsh Minister of the Environment (Chair), John Hutchison, Chair of John Muir Trust and Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, and Director of Community Land Scotland, Daye Tucker, farmer and non-exec director of Land and Estates, Andy Wightman, advocate of land reform, Sarah Skerratt, Head of Rural Society Research, Scottish Agricultural College, Andrew Bruce Wootton, General Manager of Atholl Estates.
Dissent Entrepreneurs 5.00 pm, Oak Yurt How have the various protests of today, from student marches to the Occupy movement, been driven and altered by the use of social media? What role does this play in changing the nature of the modern protest? Chaired by Nick Wilding with contributors Peter McColl (Rector of Edinburgh University), Laurie Penny (journalist and feminist activist), Adam Ramsay (direct action specialist).
The talks programme Sunday 11.00 am 12 noon 1.00 pm 2.00 pm 2.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.00 pm 4.00 pm
Bees, beavers and biodiversity (Oak Yurt) Book launch: A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests (Oak Yurt) What Makes Fife, Fife? (Oak Yurt) Heritage, hardship and hope (House of Falkland) Fife Diet Food Manifesto (Oak Yurt) Slow Food - making connections across the planet (Elm Yurt) Scotland’s Democracy hosted by the Electoral Reform Society (Oak Yurt) One Small Step (Oak Yurt)
Bees, beavers and biodiversity 11.00 am, Oak Yurt Come and join the debate about some of the hottest topics in the biodiversity world! Chaired by Colin Tudge, writer on a vision of ‘enlightened agriculture’. Speakers: Johanna Willi; Fife’s Biodiversity Officer, on the value of integrated habitat networks for biodiversity; Paul Ramsay on the reintroduction of beavers; and Michael Smith (Director) and Norton Millar (Head Beekeeper) of Johnny’s Garden on the plight of the bumblebee.
Book launch: A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests 12 noon, Oak Yurt Editor Fi Martynoga and contributor Emma Chapman will give an illustrated talk at the launch of this exciting new book full of foraging know-how and expert advice from members of Scottish Wild Harvests Association and Reforesting Scotland. Session hosted by Scottish Wild Harvests Association and Reforesting Scotland.
What makes Fife, Fife? 1.00 pm, Oak Yurt What are the essential qualities that make Fife the place it is and distinguish it from other regions? And what, if anything, marks out a Fifer? Chaired by broadcaster Lesley Riddoch. Speakers: Authors Ian Rankin and Aileen Paterson with audience participation.
One Small Step 4.00 pm, Oak Yurt A final Big Question session on what we need to do next. Setting aside the moon, cyberspace and politicians what action can ordinary folk take to make Scotland a better place? Session will be chaired by Lesley Riddoch with input from panelists and festival goers. Expect a lively debate!
The talks programme Sunday Heritage, hardship and hope 2.00 pm, House of Falkland Why should we and how should we preserve heritage in a recession? How does one balance the needs, merits and heritage value of an A-listed country house (such as House of Falkland), Glenrothes town art, a lost rural township or city tenements? Is it time to redefine heritage and consider for whom are we keeping it and why does it matter? Chaired by Prof. Christopher Smout, Historiographer Royal. With panellists: Debbie Mays, Director of Projects at RIAS and previously Deputy Chief Inspector at Historic Scotland on weighing up heritage merit in c21 Scotland; Neal Ascherson, journalist, author and editor of “Public archaeology” on Scottish heritage and identity; Paul Jardine, Director of Jura Consultants on the contribution that heritage makes to economic development and on who pays the price of sustaining our heritage; Alex Woolf, University of St Andrews, medieval historian on the socio-economic and cultural context for understanding history; Tom Morton, principal of Arc Architects on why sustaining built culture is important to individuals and the importance of knowing when it is not.
Fife Diet Food Manifesto 2.00 pm, Oak Yurt Why and how should we change the way we eat? The food manifesto is the culmination of five years action research in Fife and beyond, trying
to gain an understanding of how food can be part of restorative practice across health and well-being ecology and community. By looking at examples from across Europe, join this discussion to find out which ideas are best and how they can become reality. With Fife Diet founder and director, Mike Small.
Slow Food – making connections across the planet 3.00 pm, Elm Yurt Slow Food was founded in Italy in the late 80s by Carlo Petrini, partly as a reaction to the invasion by the ‘fast food culture’. It’s global, grassroots organisation with members in over 150 countries. Daniel Gotts, chair of Slow Food Edinburgh, talks about what Slow Food does in Scotland – and some of the challenges to be addressed if we are all to share in A Better Way To Eat.
Scotland’s Democracy, hosted by the Electoral Reform Society 3.00 pm, Oak Yurt How and why have the people of Scotland changed to better appreciate the use and misuse of power. This transformation to a loss of trust in politics is a matter not to be taken lightly, especially in such times where coming together to tackle global problems is vital. So what might make our democracy better? Come and provide your ideas and opinions in the vital and vigorous debate.
Films Celebrate the people and movies that are changing the world with Take One Action’s global cinema and talks programme this weekend. Grab your food and join us for lunch in Africa, dinner in Aberdeen and breakfast under the sea. Venue: Elm Yurt
The Dancing Forest with discussion Saturday, 1.00 - 3.00 pm This West-African documentary about sustainable food production is a story of hope which celebrates community empowerment, self-reliance and above all taking local action against seemingly unconquerable forces. Followed by conversation with Mike Small (The Fife Diet), Sara Cowan (Oxfam Scotland) and Hannah Newcomb (The Cooperative). Bring your lunch!
Surpris screening Saturday, 6.00 - 8.30 pm
Sammy’s adventures with activities for children Sunday, 10.00 am - 12 noon In his journey around the world’s oceans, Sammy the sea turtle makes friends and encounters the devastating effects of global warming on his habitat. A beautifully animated introduction to the vital role oceans play in our environment. Ideal for younger festival goers. Bring your breakfast or morning snack with you! (The festival site will be open early for this screening).
Authors, artists and activists Meet the authors
Saturday 4.00 pm, Oak Yurt Ray Perman is the author of ‘The Man Who Gave Away His Island: A Life of John Lorne Campbell of Canna’. Ray was a journalist for 30 years and in 1977 he first visited Canna and met John Lorne Campbell, with whom he corresponded until John’s until his death in 1996.
Open studios with oil paintings from Frances Crichton Stuart and watercolours from Jean Drew, with works for sale. Visit the Stables building (will be signposted).
Sunday 1.00 pm, Elm Yurt Laurie Penny; a journalist, feminist and columnist for the Independent. Also author of Meat Market (April 2011) and Penny Red (October 2011).
Emily May Milne presented by ON at Fife. Emily’s work analyses gender relations and identity in modern advertising. Creating works through digital collage and photo manipulation, set design, costume photography and pencil work, she produces surreal creations and idealised realities.
Sunday 2.00 pm, Elm Yurt Catriona Child will be discussing her first novel Trackman (published by Luath Press). ‘In her debut novel, Catriona Child has all the makings of a cult hit’ Alastair Mabbott, The Herald.
Join artists Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittens in workshops to make a rag rug from recycled plastic bags. Presented by Fife Contemporary Art and Craft.
Sunday 3.45 pm, Festival Café Join Aileen Paterson for a chance to hear about Maisie’s Travels to Fife and beyond... Aileen Paterson is the author of the Maisie books. Maisie is of course the best–kent kitty in Scotland.
Buddha Heids in the Memorial Chapel, with screenprints by Jannette MacDonald. All proceeds go to charity.
The Transition Scotland Tent: folk down the road are changing the world want to join them?
Community groups across Scotland are working together to make their villages, towns and cities greener places to live. Meet local community groups Falkland and the Lomonds Transition Community, Sustainable Cupar, St Andrews Environmental Network, Greener Kirkcaldy and Transition Linlithgow who will inspire you with their projects on food and gardening, energy saving, renewables, waste, recycling and transport. Also in this tent are Permaculture Scotland - the national network that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.
The local food village At the centre of the site is our Local Food Village situated near the music on the main stage. Our emphasis is on really good food, all sourced locally and much is organic. At Big Tent you’ll find some of Scotland’s most innovative growers, farmers and producers. Falkland’s home farm will once again be providing a range of delicious and organic produce from the land around us – baked potatoes, beef rolls and eggs from free-range hens in nearby fields – to ready-to-go meal bags for children. Visit them in the main food village or pop in to their Festival Cafe by the Wee Shindig where there will also be a book stall by Word Power books, one of Scotland’s leading quality independent bookshops. The award winning Pillars of Hercules will again host their own tent packed with organic vegetarian and vegan delights. For the carnivores, come and taste some Seriously Good Venison or there’s a full range of burgers from Puddledub who will be selling Falkland beef for the first time. No need to spell out what Haggis, Haggis will be offering. Mutley Crepes will be offering a full range of organic crepes while there will be delicious smoked fish from Arbroath Smokies and mussels from local trader, Greig Davies Seafood. As well as serving speciality breads, the Steamie Bakehouse will be on hand with information on local breadclubs. Tasty loaves and oven fired pizzas will be on offer from the Doorstep Bakery. There will also be bread workshops with local bread specialist Colin Lindsay of Bread in Fife (check boards for details).
For a great selection of game, seasonal food and Scotland’s wild ingredients visit the Wild Rover Food Company. Hot chocolates and snacks are served by the Chocolate Tree and for yet more indulgence, try chocolate delights from Laura’s Chocolates and ice creams from Nelsons. The Artisan Roast will have a range of delicious coffees and espressos. There’s a beer tent with the Black Isle Brewery, a small, intensely independent organic brewer in the heart of the Highlands. They use barley and hops grown in organic farms to produce organic beer and also sell organic wine, cider and spirits. Cairn O’Mohr produce award winning Scottish fruit wines made from berries, flowers and leaves, fermented in the traditional way. Cairn O’Mohr is situated by the Wee Shindig. For a top up on essentials the Cooperative will have a small shop by the main entrance, open from Friday to Sunday. The Seed Truck is a new project between Fife Diet and the World Wildlife Fund Scotland to help you acquire skills and knowledge to grow your own food. The Fife Diet will be offering a range of exciting food related workshops by the truck which is fuelled entirely by chip-fat oil. Come and give their laid back smoothie bike a shot turning your pedal power in to a well deserved delicious smoothie. Funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Woodland Treasures sells a range of high quality wooden jewellery and combs. Lovingly hand carved by Geoff and Fiona King.
Finlay Crafts sell wonderful handmade arts and crafts items, including jewellery, wooden crafts, textiles and more.
Enigma Clothing will be selling honchos made from recycled plastic. Also a range of posters, masks, hats, dresses, fancy dress and fairtrade Mexican tops.
Mudflail Ceramics are a producer of wonderfully unique ceramics.
Joe Cool sell fairly traded bracelets, bags, rings, earrings, scarves and necklaces. If itâ€™s pretty, theyâ€™ll have it. Bisque Green will be selling a range of beautiful handmade pots. Elf Jewels make hand-made jewellery from sterling silver, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and other natural materials. Andromeda Clothing specialise in Nepalese and Thai clothing and accessories sourcing from small independent artists and factories. Kiss the Fish Studios sell beautiful ecofriendly jewellery, bags and corsages made from recycled items. They will also be doing demonstrations with their decopatch kits.
Doodlestuff and Kerfuffle are makers of beautiful and divine handmade contemporary jewellery. Cruze Airbrush Tattoos offers over 200 temporary tattoos to choose from. Unique hand crafted jewellery in fine silver, Small Print offers a wide range of pendants, charms and more. Sunrise Screen Print Workshop sells a range of fairtrade, ethical and eco clothing with something for all ages. Natural bath and shower products from Betty Bubbles, perfect for treats and gifts. A beautiful range of textile art, cards and jewellery by Aileen Clarke Crafts.
Beautiful, quality craft Pappu Mama sell a range of fine Indian silk scarves and wraps, jewellery, designer clothing and traditional artefacts imported directly from Rajasthan. With jewellery and accessories from all over, Crafty Mermaids source limited items of each wonderful design. Joolz sells a wonderful mix of clothing, all of which is fairtrade and has been ethically sourced from as far afield as India and Nepal. Nicola of Nic’s Eco Knits makes all her items from textiles that have been diverted from landfill, showing us all that recycling and upcycling can be fun and colourful. Fox and Bhut Upcycled clothes from Mia Nisbet and Lalesso of Ethical Fashion Forum. Cute kit from charitable organisations Johari and Environmental Justice Foundation. Also workshops in their yurt with Ethics Girls and Remade from Edinburgh. Cabinetmaker Michaela Huber designs individual pieces of wooden furniture. Linzi Knox is a local felting artist who makes a variety of wonderful felted objects including brooches, bracelets, scarves and framed wall hangings. Wee t-cosies make hand knitted tea cosies with wool from charity shops. Collections are seasonal mainly based around flowers.
Cheery Pikes offer handcrafted clay and felt trinkets, all sourced from local Fife. Greetings from Leith sell hand crafted and eco-friendly cards. Artisan Threads offer a variety of British grown and processed wool. Beesy’s Beeswax Candles use ‘green’ wax, good for the environment and for alleviating the symptoms of sinus problems, double the reason to stop by. Pick up some stylish tableware from Rebott Recycling Glassware and check out their workshops too from their delightful Robox. Kingdom Spray Art offers original spray paint art which is beautifully framed. Sparkle by Scarlett has handmade jewellery including Shamballa bracelets. Helen Morton Photography - inspired by the world around her Helen produces moments from time in photographic art form. Joanna Powell Portraits display portraits from life or photographs. Fox in Clogs are selling eco friendly pieces of work and handmade craft including children’s costumes, hand screen printed tote bags and artists prints.
Gorgeous Potions provide a range of handmade natural beauty products - their aim is to make everyone look and feel gorgeous.
Take a stand Talk to organisations who are active in the environmental, campaigning world ActionAid CND Scotland Cycling Scotland Fife Councilâ€™s Fake Free Fife Fife Zero Waste Volunteers Greenpeace Greener Kirkcaldy John Muir Trust Marine Conservation Society Muirhead Outreach Project New Caledonian Woodlands One Kind Oxfam Scotland Permaculture Scotland Plantlife RSPB Scotland St Andrews Environmental Network SEStran Sustainable Cupar The Co-operative The Ecology Centre The European Parliament The Fife Diet The Macduff Trust Trees for Life Transition Linlithgow VisitScotland WWF Scotland
Soil, soul and story In the calming environment of the Memorial Chapel, the church without a roof invites you to a variety of activities from talks to walks on the theme of Soil, Soul and Story. Welcoming seekers of all faiths and none who are looking for a better relationship with life on Earth. Contributions from scientists, spiritual thinkers, artists, activists, poets, musicians and singers.
Programme hosted by Lapidus Scotland and friends
Saturday 10.45 am Jane Lewis and Chris Booth: Protest in Harmony, join for a singing for the earth workshop, no experience necessary and all welcome. (Check board for venue). 11.00 am Soil and Soul: Being rooted - readings and reflections on the science and spirituality of being rooted in the earth. Drawing from the ancient texts such as the Book of Job to twentieth century writers such as Rachel Carson. Includes opportunities for audience contributions. 12 noon Soil and Story: the role of place in our journey. An exploration of special places and journeys in our heritage and contemporary culture from the pilgrim routes of Fife to the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail and Feshiebridge. Includes opportunities for audience participation. (Soil and Soul sessions at 11.00 am and 12 noon are hosted by David Atkinson, Emeritus Professor of Land Resources and Bill Harvey of the Scottish Churches Rural Group). 2.00 pm Well Wishing and Remembrance Poetry Tree with Margot Henderson, make a poem or wish for the remembrance tree. 3.30 pm Open Mic on Soil, Soul and Story with David Campbell and Lesley Oâ€™Brien. Hear stories connected to the earth from all around the world and get interactive using instruments, games, rhymes and music. 5.30 pm Bodywriting inspired by taichi and haiku with the experienced Larry Butler. Sunday 10.45 am Jane Lewis and Chris Booth in this singing for the earth workshop 11.15 am Mind/Remind/Remember with Stuart Haszeldine and Larry Butler. A family workshop on making living sculptures and poems. 1.15 pm Celebrating the connection between trees and writing with Mandy Haggith, explore the ancient connection between the natural environment and writing. Just bring something to write with, all welcome. 3.00 pm Eco-survival stories/family story making session with Allison Galbraith, suitable for all the family - bring an object of your choice and your imagination! 4.30 pm Open Mic led by Margot Henderson and Blether Tay-gither storytellers.
Recycling In partnership with Zero Waste Scotland and a team of gallant volunteers we are aiming for a litter free site and as little waste as possible to landfill. For this we need your help! Please look out for the recycling bays situated both on the festival grounds and at the campsites and use them effectively. Ask a member of the recycling team if you aren’t sure which bin to use.
The Fife Zero Waste Volunteer Programme is run from the Centre for Stewardship. We’re working year round in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, aiming to turn Fife into a zero waste society. Find out more at: www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/ zerowaste.htm Check out the workshop by Remade in Edinburgh - learn some repair skills and discover how to prevent household goods from going to landfill. On Saturday at 5.00 pm in the Elm Yurt.
Recycling facilities: • Cans and plastics • Glass • Paper and cardboard • Leftover food Want to know more about the Zero Waste Scotland Programme? Visit the Fife Zero Waste Volunteer Programme stall at Big Tent. Our volunteers will be on hand to have a chat about becoming a volunteer - or you can pick up information on how to make Scotland a zero waste society.
Feedback We welcome your feedback about Big Tent 2012. Over the weekend there will be volunteers coming round with survey forms so please spare some time to take part as your views matter. Alternatively, you can provide feedback afterwards by filling out a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DH5LLCC or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre for Stewardship Falkland Stewardship Trust is the small charity that runs Big Tent. The Trust cares for House of Falkland and its designed landscape – and is working with a range of people and partners to create a place where people learn to live and work more sustainably. In recent years, the Trust has upgraded miles of paths, planted thousands of trees and strengthened connections between communities on all sides of the Lomond Hills. We work with a range of people and partners in developing a vibrant centre of stewardship practice and learning at Falkland. New future for an old estate We have recently begun to make exciting plans that will involve the local community and others in transforming the historic Falkland Estate into a place of our time and a good place of the future – based on principles of responsible stewardship, social justice and community involvement. Restoring the forest The Forest of Falkland was one of the last great forests of central Scotland. In recent years, we have begun to restore local woodlands and revive interest in forest culture through our Living, learning, working woodlands programme. Falkland is also the place where Reforesting Scotland’s A thousand huts campaign was conceived and we are developing plans for huts on the estate.
Farming for people Working with others, such as Fife Diet, Whitmuir Organics and Carnegie UK Trust, we have helped initiate a range of regional and national initiatives from One Planet Food to Nourish Scotland’s local food network. We sell great organic eggs and beef, grown on Falkland Farms. House of Falkland We care for the A listed House of Falkland with its remarkable Arts and Craft interiors currently in use as a school. Living Lomonds We laid the foundations for and are an active partner in the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership – an ambitious Heritage Lottery Fund project to reconnect people to the Lomonds and Benarty Hills. www.lllp. org.uk The Stables Falkland House Stables is the hub of the Centre for Stewardship and the main venue for our year round programme of activities and events, as well as providing office space for our team and some other small charities. The venue can also be hired for small conferences, meetings and seminars for up to fifty people with full catering. The Stables venue has two large rooms, a light and airy workshop and the recently renovated old horse-stalls that provide additional breakout space or a separate dining area.
For more information visit our website at www.centreforstewardship.org.uk
Big Tent transport information SEStran welcomes the return of the Big Tent in 2012 and the opportunity to renew our support for Scotland’s biggest green festival. This year we are working again with the Big Tent to ensure that festival goers can travel to the event sustainably. A shuttle bus service will be available together with facilities for cyclists. People sharing their journey by car through TripshareSEStran.com get free parking all weekend (sign up via the Big Tent website). Alex Macaulay,
SEStran Partnership Director
To find out more about sustainable transport, visit our exhibition stand, or log onto the SEStran website at www. sestran.gov.uk.
Car sharing helps reduce the event’s carbon footprint - and a full car means fewer vehicles on the roads, fewer parking problems at the event and less impact on Fife’s environment. SEStran is hosting an exhibition stall at Big Tent again this year and sponsoring a debate on sustainable transport planning. The event is an excellent platform for promoting our goal of creating a sustainable transportation system for South East Scotland, based upon making public transport the mode of choice for most journeys, while encouraging car sharing and alternative transport choices including walking and cycling, which reduce traffic congestion, cut pollution and help improve public health.
Big Tent shuttle buses Route 1 Freuchie , Markinch Railway
Station, Glenrothes Bus Station. Departing Big Tent (Falkland High Street) at the following times: Saturday - 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm, 10.00pm, 10.40pm then at 11.00pm and every 20 minutes until approx.12.30am. Sunday - 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm, 10.00pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm, 11.30pm and 12 midnight.
As you leave the festival at night, please respect the villagers who may be asleep.
Route 2 Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty, Collessie (by main road), Ladybank Train Station, Cupar Train Station. Departing Big Tent (Falkland High Street) at the following times: Saturday - 8.00pm, 11.30pm, 12.30am. Sunday - 8.00pm, 10.30pm, 11.30pm.
Cost £4 return per day, any destination. Under 16s go free. Single tickets also £4. No concessions or passes on these shuttle buses. For shuttle buses to Big Tent or for more travel information, visit www. bigtentfestival.co.uk
Published on Jul 5, 2012