Dandelion culminates with harvest events across Scotland

Harvest celebrations are set to take place in 13 Unexpected Gardens, 44 community spaces and almost 500 schools across the country this weekend.

Dandelion, the major creative programme that has presented events across Scotland encouraging people to Sow, Grow and Share, culminates with hundreds of Harvest events this weekend from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September. 

Launched in spring 2022, Dandelion has followed the arc of the growing season, making growing food  as easy and accessible as possible to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Its creative programme of festivals, events and installations celebrates sustainability through community growing, bringing together music and art with science and technology to inspire people to ‘Sow, Grow and Share’ music, food, ideas and stories. The Harvest weekend sees the culmination of Dandelion in a shared mass participation moment, with celebrations taking place across Scotland in partnership with arts organisations, community groups and schools.

In addition to the public programme, we have been supporting 468 schools and 89,000 pupils across Scotland to participate in Dandelion’s Schools Growing Initiative. The programme saw them learn about both traditional and cutting-edge methods of growing, alongside activities exploring community and cultural connections to the land and food we grow. As part of this, pupils planted their own crop, which included sowing thousands of potatoes in 1500 tons of specially made growing mix. As the school’s programme comes to its conclusion, many of the schools involved will host their own Harvest celebrations on Friday 9 September, the first day of Dandelion’s Harvest weekend, with events and activities open to pupils, teachers and the wider school communities.

Eve Keepax, our Education and Learning Officer, said, “It’s been so inspiring to work with almost 500 schools across Scotland through Dandelion. The creativity and dedication of schools and educators, especially during these challenging times, is inspiring and a bit humbling. I am very excited to see the photos and stories of the school harvest events, reconnecting us with our food, with our communities and with each other. It’s been a while since we could celebrate together, and this is a great opportunity to re-imagine the harvest event for today.”

For those unable to attend a Harvest event, Dandelion is inviting everyone to be part of the celebratory weekend by “’growing their own” Harvest celebration with friends, family, colleagues or their local community, by cooking a favourite dish to share, with something grown in Scotland. Anyone who wants to be part of the nationwide Harvest celebrations, can register their own Harvest  on the Dandelion website where they will be featured on a digital map showing the breadth of events across the country.

Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of Dandelion said: “Harvest became a joyful festival over thousands of years, since we first picked fruit and nuts in season and marked the moment. Anywhere in the world, it’s the same story. In Scotland we still get together for Christmas, Burns Night, Bonfire Night and Eid but Harvest has fallen away; yet there’s never been a better time to celebrate all that is homegrown and homemade again and do it together.  This September, we want to see people - wherever they are, whatever their growing experience, take part in Scotland’s oldest new festival, bringing food and music together for Harvest. No matter the scale, let’s see if we can get Harvest back out there.”

Commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government, Dandelion is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

UNBOXED’s Chief Creative Officer, Martin Green said: “UNBOXED celebrates creativity in its widest sense, placing it at the heart of people’s everyday lives, as Dandelion is doing across Scotland this summer. As a project, Dandelion is literally about sowing seeds for the future, which we hope will inspire local communities and the next generation. It’s part of a programme of five brilliant projects taking place in Scotland as part of UNBOXED this year, which combine art, science and technology, offering amazing events and experiences for everyone.”

For more information and harvest celebration resources please see: www.dandelion.scot

Dandelion is commissioned by EventScotland, funded by the Scottish Government and is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

08 September 2022


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