A new one for Roseparks but we were absolutely delighted to be involved in the festival and to be asked to provide floral arrangements for one aspect of The John Muir Festival – to decorate four hospitality barges.
The Festival kicked off in spectacular fashion on Thursday 17 April with ‘Home – the international launch of The Kelpies’, Andy Scott’s colossal 30 metre high horses heads’ sculptures, Scotland’s newest cultural landmark. The four hospitality barges, were moored on the canal alongside the Kelpies.
Produced by UZ Arts, The John Muir Festival is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Homecoming Scotland and Creative Scotland. Home is also supported by Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council, Scottish Canals and Falkirk Community Trust.
Revered in America, pioneering environmentalist John Muir is less well known in his homeland of Scotland. But as a new national pathway, the John Muir Way, opens in his honour, the John Muir Festival is bringing John Muir home.
Over the next nine days it’s estimated that almost 40,000 people will take part in the Festival’s programmed and associated events along the John Muir Way. ‘The John Muir Festival is an important part of this year’s Homecoming Scotland celebrations, which is an opportunity for all of Scotland’s communities, as well as visitors to our country, to celebrate our greatest assets and icons, from our spectacular scenery, excellent food and drink and unique culture, to the contribution that Scots like John Muir have made to the world.’
First Minister Alex Salmond officially opened the John Muir Way in Muir’s hometown of Dunbar on Monday 21 April where ramblers, runners and cyclists will be invited to carry Muir-themed flags along the first section of the coast to coast pathway. The event, supported by East Lothian Council, includes celebratory art, music, performance and the best of Scottish food stalls, is open and free to all.
The new John Muir Way, the concept of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, is designed to give people in the central belt the opportunity to engage with nature and gain a better understanding of Muir the man and his legacy.
Full programme details and tickets: www.johnmuirfestival.com
Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative managed by EventScotland, which is a part of VisitScotland. Homecoming Scotland 2014 will enable the tourism and events industries to further demonstrate the important role they play in delivering sustainable and sustained growth to Scotland’s economy. Further information: www.homecomingscotland.com
Scottish Natural Heritage is the government’s adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. Our role is to help everyone understand, value and enjoy Scotland’s nature now and in the future. For more information, visit our website at www.snh.gov.uk.
Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. In 2013/14 we will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
UZ Arts is a registered Scottish Charity supporting artists and producers in creating large scale, innovative work outside conventional venues, across art forms and across borders.