Dandelion Festival Inverness  - Dandelion
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Dandelion Festival Inverness 

  • Calendar 2 - 4 Sep 2022

About

Our second and final Dandelion Festival takes place in Inverness’s Northern Meeting Park on 2–4 September – a three-day spectacular of live music, performances, talks, workshops and food that’s open to everyone and completely free.

Download the Schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here.

There’ll be…
• Live music across two stages – including the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light.
• Featuring Del Amitri, King Creosote, Tank and the Bangas, Spell Songs, Dallahan, Sona Jobarteh, Kefaya & Elaha Soroor, Nati Dreddd, Dreamers’ Circus, Hannah Rarity, Siobhan Miller, The Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Trio, Hamish Napier, Cala, Scott Matthews and Acibreira.

• Plus talks by leading scientists, chefs, artists, activists and others on such urgent issues as sustainability, climate action and food poverty
• Inspiring workshops, discussions and other hands-on activities hosted by charities, campaign groups and community organisations in our intimate Dandelion Potting Sheds
• Interactive, inclusive and inspiring activities for children of all ages
• The chance to get up close with our Cubes of Perpetual Light
• Food and drink, locally sourced from ethical and sustainably minded producers and vendors

Find the full details for each day below.

14 Ardross Street
Inverness
IV3 5NS

Dandelion Festival Inverness

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Live Music

Live music across two stages – including the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light.

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Live Music

Artists include Del Amitri, King Creosote, Tank and the Bangas, Spell Songs, Dallahan, Sona Jobarteh, Kefaya & Elaha Soroor, Nati Dreddd, Dreamers’ Circus, Hannah Rarity, Siobhan Miller, The Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Trio, Hamish Napier, Cala, Scott Matthews and Acibreira.

Artist information further down this page.

 

Download the Schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here.

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Talks and Events

We will have a wide programme of talks and events by leading scientists, chefs, artists, activists and others on such urgent issues as sustainability, climate action and food poverty. Sparking conversations and brining varied viewpoints on a whole range of conversations. Find talks programme on event pages.

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The line-up for our talks programme includes the The Lost Words collective, former Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson, writer and GP Gavin Francis, poet Jen Hadfield, artist Simone Kenyon, and author Patrick Laurie. Find the full details on the event pages.

 

Download the Schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here.

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Food and drink

You will be sure to eat well at Dandelion Festival Inverness. With a number of vendors and producers who create delicious locally sourced, ethical and sustainable dishes. These will include Scottish Street Food Trader of the Year 2022 finalists, Lemon Squeezy, the original Oak & Grain pizza, Hector & Harriet for all those with a sweet tooth, Papa’s Loaded Fries and how could we not have Asher’s Ice Cream. In addition to a bar with local craft beers, wines and spirits. Come share in our celebration.

Traders
Lemon Squeezy

Lemon Squeezy will serve up fresh global flavours with local ingredients, with an ever-changing menu focused on citrus, spice, and umami. Come try our rice bowls, gyozas and more.

Oak & Grain

Ullapool’s Oak & Grain offer authentic Neapolitan woodfired pizza, using delicious, local ingredients.

Papa’s Loaded Fries

Papa’s Loaded Fries is a family-run business offering a variety of seasoned fries with tasty toppings and sauces loaded on.

Asher’s Ice Cream

Asher’s Ice Cream offer locally sourced, high-quality products including bespoke dairy ice cream, sorbets, and fruit coolers.

Hector & Harriet

Hector & Harriet will be bringing their finest craft coffee, crepes, churros, and iced drinks to keep you going through the day.

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Potting Sheds

Visit our Potting Sheds dotted around the site to discover some of the amazing community organisations, artists and growers who will all have hands on activities for the whole family and information prompting discussion.

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Nursery

A place for our smallest growers to explore, play and learn.

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Theatre & Performance

A variety of spontaneous street performances and theatres will entertain you throughout the festival! You never know what you may see, so keep a watchful eye and hold on to your hats!

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School's Day

Our Festival in Inverness starts with a programme aimed exclusively at young people. Inspiring them, empowering them and giving them the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to the next generation. If your school or youth group wants to get involved sign up by emailing [email protected]

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Venue Information

Travel

If you are travelling on foot to Dandelion Festival Inverness, we have been informed that the Infirmary Footbridge will be closed for the entirety of the festival. If you were planning to use this bridge on your journey, we advise you to please take alternative routes to join us at Northern Meeting Park.

By train:
The shortest travel time from Glasgow Queen Street is just over 3hours. The shortest travel time from Edinburgh Waverley is 3hrs 20mins.
The nearest train station to the Park is Inverness Station. The station is a 15 minute walk (0.8miles) to Ardross Street.. The entrance adjacent to Eden Court Theatre is a 17 minute walk (0.9 miles). Both routes are paved and mostly flat.

By bus: The nearest bus station is Stagecoach Inverness Bus Station. The station is a 13 minute walk (0.6miles) to Ardross Street. The entrance adjacent to Eden Court Theatre is a 14 minute walk (0.7 miles). Both routes are paved and mostly flat.
The No 919 bus (to Fort William) leaves the Bus station from Bus stance 1 every 4 minutes. Travel 2 stops to Planefield Road and it is then a 3 minute (0.2 mile) walk to the Ardross Street entrances.

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

By taxi: Inverness Taxis: 01463 22 22 22 / Capital Taxis: 01463 80 80 80 / Inverness City Taxis: 01463 22 25 55

Access

There are three entrances to the Festival:
Two entrances on Ardross Street;
One entrance adjacent to Eden Court Car Park.

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.

The Pick Up and Drop Off point for disabled visitors is on Ardross Street.

There is step free access into the Park from all entrances. Access to the Festival site is level and paved. Most of the paths in the Park are asphalt and smooth. Grass areas will have track access for those with restricted mobility, wheelchair or walking aid users.

The programme of Talks will be held in the Hothouse Tent (a stretch tent) immediately adjacent to Eden Court Theatre. Access to the tent is step free, level and paved.

The Festival is suitable for those with additional sensory needs. Music on the Dandelion Stage and Pavilion Stages will be amplified. The stages will be lit but flashing or strobe lighting will not be used.

There is one Information Point: at the Main Gate at Ardross Street.

BSL interpretation will be provided for the Talks programme and there will be ‘roving’ BSL interpreters throughout the Festival.

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

Well behaved dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water will be provided in the Food and Drink Area.

Parking

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.

For all other visitors, there is a pay and display car park at Eden Court Theatre/Cathedral. The car park is 400 yeards from the entrance to the Festival site.

Toilets

There are Accessible and Gender Neutral Toilets on site. These are located inside the Park on the wall closest to the Cathedral.

Northern Meeting Park

14 Ardross Street
Inverness
IV3 5NS

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