Date announced for Solas Festival 2016

Set amongst the picturesque Perthshire countryside, Scotland’s weekend-long arts festival returns for its seventh year with a diverse and colourful mix of live music, cinema, poetry, visual art, performance and family-friendly fun. The festival will celebrate Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

SAVE THE DATE: 17 19 June 2016 @ The Bield, Perthshire, Scotland

This intimate midsummer festival, with a similar cross-arts approach to Lattitude, sees the latest Scottish bands and the best trad and folk musicians perform alongside quirky performance art, award-winning spoken word and discussions as part of the talks programme – in a welcoming all-age environment.

 Attracting performers from across the UK, the festival features a theme each year and this year the focus is ‘Beyond Borders’, challenging the concept of boundaries, from freedom of movement and the physical borders experienced by refugees to some of the ‘borders’ that are a part of daily life for all of us, be they social, political, economic, spiritual or cultural.

Solas festival chair Graham Bryce said: “We’re gearing up for our most ambitious programme of music, arts and family-friendly activities yet.  Our 2016 festival theme is ‘Beyond Borders’; whether borders are musical, cultural, geographical or political, we’ll be challenging them with the help of musicians, artists, thinkers and festivalgoers from Scotland and beyond”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the always popular Solas Festival through our National Events Programme in 2016. Set in the scenic surrounds of Perthshire and presenting a diverse weekend-long programme of family-friendly activity, it is sure to be a huge hit with lovers of visual art, performance and music.”

Solas will host a number of exciting one-off events and will this year feature some unusual new additions. There will also be a special BBC broadcast direct from the site. More details to be announced soon.  

Social media/links: @SolasFestival | #Solas2016 | |

 Solas Festival is supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Perth & Kinross Council


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