TheProject presents: Solas

ThePROJECT presents: Solas

A new Scottish festival, launching in Summer 2010, which aims to celebrate, explore and develop connections between art, faith and justice within and beyond Scotland: 25-27th June 2010 at Wiston, Biggar* PUT THE DATES IN YOUR DIARY NOW

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A star is born!

You may already be aware of TheProject. Perhaps you attended the day event we hosted in June 2009 in Edinburgh. Emerging from conversations in 2008 first at Greenbelt Festival, followed up in Perth, TheProject steering group has been working for the past year or so to explore ways of beginning this journey and of taking as many people as possible with us. We have decided to launch Solas Festival and have set up a company in that name. Here’s our Mission Statement:

Solas Festival is an independently funded and managed organisation which works in Scotland to promote the celebration and exploration of relationships between faith, art and justice. Its roots lie in the Christian tradition, ecumenically understood, and it seeks to be actively hospitable to a range of faith traditions.

Solas Festival

Solas will be an independent festival, made in Scotland, and we are proud to be launching with the support of two strategic partners, Greenbelt Festival and Christian Aid Scotland.

We aim to recruit 100 Solas Saints as individual supporters (see our Giving page for details).

Our dream is that this all-age weekend will light up the Scottish festival landscape with a vivid mix of music, debate, theatre, comedy, film and visual art and will quickly establish itself as a unique location to celebrate and question our commitments to art, faith and justice within Scotland’s cultural life. Come with us on the journey.


Already confirmed to appear at Solas 2010 are…
Talks: Gerry Hassan, Prof John Swinton, Kathy Galloway, Chris Harvie MSP, Shaun Burnie.
Film: Screenwriter Bernard MacLaverty, Producer Eddie Dick, Actor Martin Compston.
Theatre: Hopscotch Theatre Co, Flotsam and Jetsam Theatre
Children: Fischy Music
News of an exciting music programme and lots of other details will be published very soon. Please sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be kept right up to date as confirmations come in.


25-27th June 2010 at Wiston, Biggar
Wiston is about an hour south of both Glasgow and Edinburgh (also easily accessible for the north of England and Northern Ireland),10 minutes from the M74 (J13), and the 52 acre site has ample room for camping amidst spectacular and beautiful lowland countryside. Wiston is a small village which most famously has played host to the Tinto Folk Music Festival, situated in the upper Clyde Valley with the nearest towns of Lanark and Biggar.

For more information on the area contact South Lanarkshire Tourist Board on 01864 502346, or their office in Biggar 01899 221066 or Lanark 01555 661661.

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