Dandelion Festival Glasgow: Friday 17 June - Dandelion
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Dandelion Festival Glasgow: Friday 17 June

  • Calendar 17 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022


Join us on Friday 17th June for a day of live music, talks and adventure. Friday includes a day of programming aimed exclusively at young people, one not to miss!

Kelvingrove Park,
Kelvin Way,
G12 8LU
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Live Music

Join us on Friday 17th June for a day of live music from a range of fantastic artists including Darlingside and Rachel Sermanni.

A photo of the Darlingside band.
Pavilion Stage
Head and shoulders shot of 4 band members standing, two wearing sunglasses

16:00 - Darlingside
17:00 - Rachel Sermanni
18:30 - Jason Singh (solo)

Dandelion Stage
Shooglenifty band holding various instruments sitting and standing in a rustic building

18:00 - Awkward Family Portraits
19:05 - Shooglenifty

Orchard Stage
All six members of the band Trip stand lined up in fron of a brock wall, smiling at each other and the camera

12:45 - Mama's Broke
14:30 - Trip

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Schools & Family Day

The Festival kicks off with a day of programming dedicated to young people.

Three kids are sitting in a wheelbarrow. They are smiling at the camera. a fourth little child is trying to push the wheelbarrow forwards.
Pavilion Stage
10:15 - Welcome from your host Katrina Bryan

Our host for the day is the fabulous Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons, Molly & Mack and BBC Panto star), leading us through an incredible assortment of inspiring people from the worlds of art, food and science. Get ready to be blown away!

10:30 - Oi Musica - Music Participation Workshop

Join musicians from Oi Musica in an energetic, interactive rendition of their climate song ‘Let it Grow’. This fun session invites children and young people to master simple rhythms and play them as body percussion, learn a few lyrics and sing along with the band! All abilities welcome – no music experience needed.

11:30 - Young Activists - with Ally Zlatar, Mhairi McCann & Dee Fairbairn

Hear from three inspiring young activists.


Ally Zlatar is a young artist and activist focussing on eating disorders. She founded The Starving Artist which is an artist initiative that helps broaden perspectives on Eating Disorders and Mental Illness through the artistic voice. She also founded The Starving Artist Scholarship Fund which helps people access inpatient treatment for eating disorders and has developed the "This Body of Mine" campaign that explores the female migrant experiences from displaced backgrounds.


Mhairi McCann is a young environmental activist. Mhairi is the founder and CEO of YouthSTEM 2030, an organisation to empower young changemakers to make a difference through STEM. She recently won a Young Scot Award for her environmental action and is on the Youth Advisory Council for World Oceans Day.


Dee Fairbairn is a young climate activist. She is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Conservation Management and has always had a love for the environment. This year she has been working on Scotland’s Young People’s Forest panel, the first forest in Scotland co-designed by Young People. She joined Scotland’s Young Peoples Forest Panel as she had a lot of eco anxiety and felt hopeless in the face of the current climate emergency. The forest has enabled her to meet other likeminded people of all ages and has showed her that there are many organisations out there that are encouraging and supporting young people who also want to stop climate change and protect the environment. Dee says ‘Scotland’s Young People’s Forest has taught me that I am not alone in this and that together we can make change happen even if it is small’.

12:15 - Farm to Fork -with Col Gordon & Ruth Vichos 

Do you ever stop to think where your food actually comes from? And what's involved in producing it? And, as our world population continues to grow, how we might produce it in the future? Two inspiring people from the food world share their stories - crofter Col Gordon and leader of the Dandelion Tattie Team Ruth Vichos reveal all.

13:15 - Food in Space - with Kim McAllister, Catriona Knapman and Carol Blackwood 

Join science journalist and NASA liaison Kim McAllister, Space Intelligence Lead Carol Blackwood and Catriona Knapman to explore all things related to... growing food in space! Covering topics like growing and monitoring food in space; how coffee yields can be monitored by satellites, 'nature based solutions' and measuring trees from space, and how we might adapt Mars for growing if we ever needed to....

14:00 - KMT: Fear of a Green Planet Performance

Multimedia and participatory music project by Co-Founder of May Project Gardens and Artist KMT Freedom Teacher; permeating the whole-systems thinking that permaculture inspires. Launching the development of a new genre that advocates for solutions oriented social and climate justice.

If your school is interested in attending on Friday please contact [email protected] to book your place.

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Talks & Events

A day of inspiration and discussion of everything growing.

A woman talking in a microphone. She's gesturing enthusiastically and smiles. A sign behind her reads 'Dandelion'.
The Hothouse
10:15 - Angus Farquhar, Dandelion

Get inspired to explore your own adventures in enormous art which changes the way people think about buildings, landscape and design. Creative Director of Dandelion Angus Farquhar leads students on an incredible imaginative journey.

11:15 - Naziyah Mahmood, Rocket Scientist

What do we get when we combine space, science, swords, and a very active imagination!? A universe of possibilities! As a Rocket Scientist, Martial Arts Master, Equalities Expert, Artist, Activist and more, Naziyah has found ways to combine her many passions and hobbies to help push for more positive and much needed changes in this world.


Join in the conversation and discover how STEM, STEAM and a little bit of craziness can give us all a platform to join in the global fight!


Be it the topics of climate change, equality and diversity, human rights, or wellbeing, it will take each one of us to keep progressing toward a healthier and happier world. We are all heroes.


12:00 - Lewis Hou: Fiddling in the Brain

Come find out about how music works - and whether it's good for you! Join Lewis from the Science Ceilidh to explore how music is made, why it supports our wellbeing and see how it can literally change your brain....and prepare to get hands-on! The Science Ceilidh is an award-winning educational organisation supporting creativity, culture, STEM, research and health and wellbeing across Scotland along with a professional ceilidh band.

13:00 - KMT: May Project Gardens Talk

KMT has over 20 years of experience in leading positive social change and raising awareness for a multitude of social issues, through the powerful words and rhythms of Hip Hop music and a non-exhaustive passion for the environment and conservation.

KMT combines his love for music and love for nature; grounded in a deep respect for the beauty and abundance of Pachamama (Mother Earth). He highlights issues of global food security and local food growing systems, to entertain and educate. This is furthered in the community-led food growing space May Project Gardens which he designed using permaculture principles. Here he mentors young people, nurturing ideas through music and a connection to the environment, through the award-winning programme, Hip Hop Gardens https://www.mayproject.org/hip-hop-garden.


13:45 - Gary West: Dig Where You Stand

Dig Where You Stand: Traditions and ritual around growing and harvest are as old as time, and every inch of Scotland has a rich and living local history connected to food to be explored. What stories are right under foot at your school, or community? Join creative ethnologist Gary West as we dig up the food traditions – old and new - of contemporary Scotland.

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The Nursery

Fun and adventure for children of all ages.

Children wearing paper crowns are playing with Lego.
10:00– 17:00 - The Kidding Around Collective

The Kidding Around Collective bring you The Nursery, a dedicated space for 0 – 5-year-olds and their families. Come and rest your weary legs in our sensory Mud Café. Explore your creative side and help us design the perfect garden using mixed media and the Festival for inspiration, come let your imagination run wild, with sensory exploration for even our littlest visitors. Bring your designs to life in our magical fairy garden - create your own peg fairy and use our range of materials to create an interactive playscape and explore the magic beneath our feet in our specially designed tent and garden.

11:00 & 15:00 - Emily Dodd Storytelling Adventures

Join Emily Dodd for a Storytelling Adventure! Each session will combine music, dance, science with storytelling in a unique way. Emily is passionate about wildlife, science and books. She is the author of 11 non-fiction science schoolbooks and four picture books about Scottish wildlife, and a screenwriter for CBeebies (Tiny Wonders, Nina and the Neurons).

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Theatre & Performance

Meet Circo Rum Ba Ba and many more.

A giant tortoise and its keeper.
10:00 - Throughout the day
Surreal McCoy - The Seagulls

This surreal pair of Giant birds are out and about and on the lookout for tasty snacks. Cheeky and mischievous, they will be sticking their beaks in wherever they can. Hold onto your chips!


Circo Rum Ba Ba - The Whale

A show-stopping centrepiece just washed ashore!   This 18-metre-long sperm whale is guaranteed to enchant as well as having a story to tell. Step inside its seaweed-strewn belly and be told seafaring tales of the Pirate's Misadventure featuring mermaids, treasure and secrets, or watch as a turtle swims inside telling sad tales of our plastic ocean problem. This installation is both educational and both adults and children will be fascinated and enlightened.

Megabeast Productions - Treemendous

Meet our loveable lumbering Treemendous Treants. Towering over guests these full detailed costumes are guaranteed to grab attention as well as create perfect photo opportunities. Fully mobile and armed with an arsenal of tree-mendous tree related humour.

Mischief La-Bas

on the Pavilion Stage

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Street Food

Locally sourced, sustainable food - there's something for everyone.

A person with an apron and checked shirt holding a takeaway container with a burger and chips
A pizza with tomato, mozzarella and rocket in a box.

Enjoy a delicious range of locally-sourced street food from our Festival traders, all chosen for their commitment to sustainability, including venison burgers from Screaming Peacock, Mangiamo Pizza, poutine from Down the Hatch, Woodburns Stand Bahn Mi, Mrs Falafel, coffee and crepes from Hector and Harriet and Fotheringham’s ice-cream van. A fully-licensed bar will be available with a wide selection of Scottish craft ales and beers, wine and soft drinks.

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Potting Sheds

Visit our Potting Sheds, dotted around the site hosting artists, performers and community organisations.

Lots of potting sheds and small gardens with a person waving in the far distance
What's On
Amble Skuse and Olga Uzikaeva

Musican and composer Amble Skuse and dancer Olga Uzikaeva present their participatory music and movement performance, “Chop Chop”. Participants will be invited to prepare fresh fruits for a community salad. Microphones are connected from the kitchen equipment to Amble’s laptop and software, allowing them to mix the sounds in real time. Olga will then create dance improvisation inspired by the sounds of fruits whilst wearing Mimu gloves which track her movements. The fruit salad will then be eaten together with participants, with leftover food being donated to a food bank.

Free Wheel North

Free Wheel North is working with Boomerang Woodwork, a non-profit wood workshop in Maryhill that supports marginalised and excluded groups through therapeutic woodwork programmes. For their potting shed, they will be holding planter-making activities using pre-cut scrap wood as a “DIY Kit” for growing your own herbs or small plants at home. Workshoppers will also be learning transferable DIY skills and learning about reusing waste to create value. For passers-by, there will be a “contribution planter” where visitors can decorate and attach a plank of wood to a planter that will then be displayed in Maryhill for the community to enjoy.


ESTD will be hosting multiple workshops across the festival. Morven Mulgrew will be teaching participants to “Make Your Own Avocado Seed Starter” kit using slab-building techniques and stoneware clay. ESTD will fire your work and it will be available for collection two weeks later in Glasgow, along with a seed of your own to grow. Jemima Damsey-Wright will be hosting a print workshop using potatoes, allowing you to bring home a poster that can teach you how to grow at home. Finally, Saskia Pomeroy will be holding a seed bomb and plant seed tray workshop, consisting of easy fruit and vegetable plants for smaller spaces.


Sacro will be hosting a Poetry Potting Shed, inviting participants to have a go at writing nature-related haikus on two large blackboards. Sacro’s own Garden Projects in Tollcross Allotments and Park and in Bellahouston Demonstration Garden have their own Potting Shed Poetry Society and the poems that their members have written will be exhibited and given away throughout the festival. Sacro will also have a microphone set up in front of their shed for poetry readings.

Connect Community Trust

Connect’s Potting Sheds programme will bring together allotment staff to highlight how fun growing and sowing can be and how STEAM can work with nature and food production. A wealth of inspiring and unusual activities is on offer. Join Connect to make seed bombs, understand the greenhouse effect, try out VR headsets, build your own wind generator and make scarecrows from crisp packets.


Over three days, Paragon’s groove artists will engage with participants in ‘Grow Your Groove’ - accessible and inclusive musical improvisation sessions, live jams, and soundscape creation using found sounds and food. Their shed will have various vegetables and plants connected to MIDI controllers, turning them into sample pads and allowing people to play them as if they were instruments. No musical experience is necessary to take part in “growing” a new piece of original music.

P Ploy and Iga Sobieraj

P Ploy (Noppawan Bunluesilp) and Iga Sobieraj create interactive experiences in virtual reality and animation. In their project, “The Goodness of Weeds”, participants will be able to scan a QR code and find an animated character guiding them through information and facts about weeds using augmented reality on their mobile phones. Infamous weeds such as sticky willies, ground elders, nettles, and – of course - dandelions are not only vital to our environment, but can be delicious as well. Learn which weeds can be eaten and how to cook them using pop-up recipes and videos inspired by Thai and Polish backgrounds.

Stravaig Theatre

Theatre-makers Scott Thomas and Emma McNeill will be producing a community-made multi-media performance, expressing themes of nature, growth, and sustainability in a theatrical and physical way. Participants take part in a “Lucky Dip Script”, picking out lines taken from a pre-written piece, recording their line into a microphone at the shed, and playing around with audio filters, speed, volume, and tone.  Infrared elements reflect climate change and the earth’s continued overheating; potting shedders can also help create a mood board using photos, recycled materials, and natural items  which will be available on the Dandelion website at the end of the Glasgow festival.

Sean Wai Keung

Writer and food-artist, Sean Wai Keung, will be leading an installation titled Fortunes for Us, giving people the opportunity to write their own ‘fortune’ and place them inside fortune cookies across their potting shed. In return for giving their fortunes, participants will be able to take a cookie with another written fortune away with them. Their installation aims to highlight the accessibility of food sharing and community engagement across cultures.

Glasgow Food Policy Partnership

Working with the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership (GFPP), Thalia Groucott will be facilitating collage zine-making workshops based on the six themes of the GFPP: Food and the Environment, Food Economy, Children and Young People, Food Procurement and Catering, Community Food, and Food Poverty – Fair Food for All. Participants will have access to pre-cut images, news articles, and secondhand magazines and they will be “Collaging the World We Want to See”. The resulting pages will be scanned and compiled into an artistic and collaborative zine that highlights the GFPP and Dandelion’s aim to start a conversation on how we value the food we eat and to raise awareness of food poverty and the environmental consequences of how we currently produce our food.


Wind&Bones will be creating a home-grown and home-cooked shared feast of food and stories. Wind&Bones will also be hosting a virtual potting shed as an online stories garden, where stories from the festival will be uploaded so people can view them on their phone and tablet.

Donna Rutherford

How did your mum or dad make their soup? Artist Donna Rutherford will be posing this question to festival goers.  Their stories will be edited and played through a small speaker over the next three days to create a joyful participatory experience exploring our emotional and cultural connections to food. Share your food stories, leading to the creation of a cookbook combining the stories of Glasgow’s international residents.

Edinburgh Science Festival

Earth is the only home we know but the idea of life off planet is no longer the realm of science fiction and one day we may look off planet for our next ‘home’. With Mars the most habitable destination in our solar system we’re starting there but need your help to build a sustainable colony.


Get thinking, make use of the LEGO tools at your disposal and let your imagination run wild to build farms, homes, labs, vehicles – or anything else you think humans might need to live on another planet – and add them to our Mars landscape.

Tamara Hedderwick

Tamara Hedderwick will be hosting natural “crop protection” mandala-making workshops, inspired by her own experiences growing seedlings and keeping slugs and pests away from her own plants by using sand, eggshells, and salt. The mandalas we’ll be making at the potting shed will be based on patterns that form through Tamara’s experiments in tie-dying cotton using beetroot and onion skins. Tamara will also be giving away posters from Greenspace Scotland of “Our Growing Community”, as well as displaying seeds and information from the Glasgow Seed Library (some of which will be material used in the mandala-making throughout the festival!).


Propagate will be introducing participants to all the elements that make food production possible. Their Soil and Soul exhibit will allow participants to play with soil, try their hand at making seed-bombs, and get up close to their Worms at Work display. They’ll also talk about Regenerative Farming, with an agroecological jigsaw with the voices of farmers telling stories about why they do what they do.  Propagate will also be giving practical advice on growing in small spaces, square meter gardening, and identifying whether insects and animals are friends or foes.

SRUC – Scotland's Rural College - Plant Clinic

SRUC’s Plant Clinic will offer support to visitors who want to discuss their gardening growing issues and present fun facts about what people can do to help Scotland’s plant health and achieve our net zero targets. Come along for some friendly advice and to explore the careers and courses available for young people in the vibrant growing sector.


From Unexpected Gardens to total controlled environment growing to musicians composing from the perspective of plants, come to our very own Dandelion Potting Shed to learn the full Dandelion story in technicolour - a beautiful collision of science, art, community and heart!

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Venue Information


Kelvingrove Park is a public park located on the River Kelvin in the West End of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, containing the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The closest subway station is Kelvinhall which is which is 0.4 miles from the Park. Journey time from Glasgow City Centre is approximately 9 minutes and trains run every 4 - 7 minutes. It is a 10 minute walk from the station to the Park. The nearest train station is Partick, which is a 15-20 minute walk to the Park.

Number 2 and 3 bus services leave Bothwell Street and Number 77 leaves from West Nile Street - journey time is approximately 20 minutes.

Before travelling, remember to double-check all travel arrangements and for the most up to date information check out your journey on the day on www.travelinescotland.com


There are Accessible and Gender Neutral Toilets on site. These are located adjacent to the Orchard Stage, in the Food and Drink Area next to the Fountain, in the Pavilion Stage site and on the pathway leading from Clifton Street/La Belle Place to the Festival.

There is also a permanent toilet block with accessible toilets and baby changing facilities located beside the Kelvingrove Bandstand within Kelvingrove Park, just off Kelvin Way.


There is metered on street car parking available in the Park Area and in the side streets south of Sauchiehall Street/Argyle Street.
The Pick Up and Drop Off point for disabled visitors is at the Main Gate, Royal Terrace.

There is local access only for cars in the streets between Argyle Street/Sauchiehall Street and the Park.

All disabled parking pay & display bays for blue badge holders are free of charge and have no time restriction. Anyone displaying a valid blue badge may park in a ‘limited waiting’ bay without time restriction.


There are five main entrances to the Festival site:
On Kelvin Way opposite the entrance to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum;
On the Bridge leading from Kelvin Way adjacent to the south side of the Bandstand; At the Main Gate on Royal Terrace; At the Gate leading from Clifton Street/La Belle Place; and on the Picnic Hill Path leading from Gibson Street/Eldon Street.

These entrance points will be stewarded. All stewards will be wearing hi vis vests and have been trained to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Access to the Festival site is level and paved. Most of the paths in the park are asphalt and smooth.

Assistance dogs, and well behaved pet dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water will be provided.

There are two Information Points: at the Main Gate at Royal Terrace and on the Picnic Hill Path leading from Gibson Street/Eldon Street.

BSL interpretation will be provided throughout the Festival.

There is also a Chill Out Zone for visitors between the Fountain and Skatepark.

There is a viewing platform in the Dandelion Stage area for visitors - it is possible to pre-book a space before your arrival on site. Please contact Caroline Thompson - [email protected]


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Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park,
Kelvin Way,
G12 8LU