Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park is hosting a free music and food festival as part of a celebration of British culture

Celtic Connections organizers will be helping to stage the three day event in June which will have a 10 meter high vertical farm installation as its centrepiece.

In addition to live music, the program features talks and workshops with scientists, activists, technologists, chefs, writers and artists.

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Street theater and entertainers also perform during the festival, which has three stages.

A 10m vertical farm will provide the backdrop for the free Dandelion festivals in Glasgow and Inverness this year.

Niteworks, Rura, Newton Faulkner, This is the Kit, Admiral Fallow and Hannah Rarity have all been confirmed for the first of two major free festivals being hosted as part of the Dandelion project, which has a budget of more than £7million and is supported by the Scottish and UK Governments.

A second free Dandelion Festival will be held at Northern Meeting Park in Inverness in September, the culmination of a program of food farming initiatives and cultural projects to be rolled out across Scotland over the next five months.

Both festivals feature “pavilions of eternal light” featuring dozens of miniature vertical farms. Along with specially created “edible farms,” ​​the cubes aim to help transform unused and derelict sites across the country into new gardens for growing food.

Glasgow’s Dandelion Festival will also feature the live debut of Hen Hoose, a new collective of female and non-binary singers and songwriters including Tamara Schlesinger, Emma Pollock, Elisabeth Elektra, Suse Bear, Pippa Murphy, Karine Polwart, Carla J. Easton, Jayda and Amanda Wilkinson.

Celtic Connections Creative Producer Donald Shaw is Music Director of Dandelion Festival. Image: Andrew Cawley

Other acts include Les Amazones d’Afrique, The Orchestral Qawwali Project, Abi Sampa, Darlingside, Lyre Lyre and the National Youth Pipe Band.

Celtic Connections Creative Producer Donald Shaw, who is also Music Director of the free festivals, said: “Glasgow’s Dandelion Festival will be a very special environment, with performances on unique stages within the iconic splendor of Kelvingrove Park.

“All the musicians in our line-up are passionate about Dandelion values ​​and share our belief in environmental protection, individual action on climate change and the need to address issues related to food poverty.

“The festivals will tell the story of dandelion in creative, accessible and powerful ways, making connections between cultivation and cultural experiences.”

Signy Jakobsdottir, Emma Pollock and Jayda are members of the Hen Hoose collective who will be playing the Dandelion festival at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park in June. Image: Andrew Cawley

Hen Hoose founder Tamara Schlesinger said: “Hen Hoose was formed to highlight the talent of female and non-binary songwriters and producers in Scotland.

“I can’t imagine a better environment for our first show. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring us all together on one stage to play at an event with such important values.”

dr Bridget McConnell, Managing Director of Glasgow Life, which helps run the festival in the park, said: “The setting is spectacular

Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow’s exciting Dandelion Festival will bring a rich mix of world-class music and inspiring and immersive cultural experiences to the city this summer.

“The Dandelion program is an innovative and ambitious approach to community growth and engagement, based on bringing people together to celebrate food, music, sustainability and diversity and to demonstrate the power of collaboration and collective action.

“Projects like Dandelion are hugely important to Scotland’s social and economic recovery and the recovery of our creative industries.”

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