Newsletter from the Scottish Episcopal Church

"The Communicant" 

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A Welcoming Community

Each year Solas Festival creates a temporary community,  gathering together a diverse mix of folk for a relaxed weekend where all can thrive and have a ball.  

In recent years we have welcomed performers from Ghana, Palestine and Canada, Syrian refugees from Glasgow, music from Nashville, and we have sung, danced, yoga-ed and explored the woods together

A Progressive Mindset

we make sure that in all we do, whether programme or practice, we are promoting social and environmental justice, disturbing privilege and using art and debate to move our communities and ourselves forwards. 

In recent years we have hosted performances around disability, heard about the refugee crisis from refugees, discussed sugar as the new tobacco, and welcomed artists and thinkers from all progressive political positions. 

At the same time we have ourselves secured accessibility accreditation, run exchanges with Palestinian artists, and forged links with progressive groups across Scotland.


A Creative Space

we curate a programme packed full of creativity in all its forms – with a bias toward participation, collaboration and nurturing new talent.

From Scottish Opera to Mr Boom, Karine Polwart to The Adventure Circus, James Robertson to Clare Cunningham, we want our audience and artists to mix and make things in collaboration.