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Last year, we covered Scotland's Big Tent Festival, a weekend-long celebration dedicated to green and sustainable lifestyles. 2009's edition included an impressive lineup of musicians, speakers and workshops. For the festival's fifth birthday, its organizer, the Falkland Centre for Stewardship, is breaking out some new tricks.
Foremost among these is Big Tent's first annual Summer School- a three day workshop focused on teaching skills vital to a truly sustainable lifestyle, divided into three sections: practical skills for living without oil, leadership development for a one planet food system, and a children's program. Participants can learn about beekeeping, willow weaving, and ways to reduce their carbon footprint.Summer School coordinator Tara O'Leary said:
At the summer school you'll find inspirational workshops, guest speakers, field visits and relaxed social time for meeting friends old and new. One of the highlights of the Summer School is the food, which will be a locally sourced, organic taste explosion!
The Summer School will run for the three days leading into the festival, which takes place the weekend of July 23-25. Adult places cost £100; children get in for free. And while the Big Tent is adding a major component in the school, the content of the festival shouldn't be forgotten:
2010's music lineup consists of more than 30 artists, including Rosanne Cash and Scottish big names King Creosote and Session A9. Festival goers can also watch films, participate in debates on sustainability issues, learn about climate change solutions and attend poetry readings. Not to mention that day tickets cost only £12, and give attendees access to a craft and wood zone, children's activities and a food village.
So if you're in the area of Falkland, Scotland the Big Tent festival is certainly worth the trip. If you're interested in the whole weekend, for £70 (£56 if you buy online) you get a three-day pass, including a space in the festival campsite.