EKKLESIA IS DELIGHTED to be sponsoring the Solas Festival, Scotland’s summer arts, performance and discussion event, for a fourth time this year – with particular thanks for the donation that makes this possible.

The annual festival has usually been held in June, but had to go online because of the pandemic in 2020, and this year is relaunching in-person events with a mini-Solas at Scone Palace in Perthshire.

Laid back and scaled down, but forward looking and dreaming big, Wee Solas is an all-age mini festival which has been taking place on 21 and 22 August in the extensive green grounds of the Palace. The full Sunday programme is displayed here on our graphic, and includes (from 2:15pm to 3:15pm) a forum on Post-Pandemic living, and signs of the green shoots of recovery, facilitated by our director, Simon Barrow.

Taking part in the conversation are Mike Small from Bella Caledonia (with whom we co-published the book Scotland 2021) and Vérène Nicolas, from Paisley, who equips people with skills in collaborative leaders, nonviolence and human ecology.

Solas is a festival where audience and artists will have space to feel safe and comfortable, while stretching themselves and expanding creatively. With a varied programme of music, talks, performance and workshops running from 12noon -10pm each day, and a variety of ticket price options to suit all budgets, Wee Solas is the perfect (re)introduction to festivals for all the family. Audience capacity is limited to 200 per day this year, but the hope is to expand again in 2022.