Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park will host a free music and food festival as part of a UK-wide cultural celebration

Organizers Celtic Connections will help organize the three-day event in June, which will have a 10-metre-high vertical truss installation as its centerpiece.

In addition to live music, the lineup will include talks and workshops with scientists, activists, technologists, chefs, writers and artists.

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Street theater acts and performers will also appear throughout the festival, which will have three stages.

A 10-metre-tall vertical farm will be the backdrop for free dandelion festivals in Glasgow and Inverness this year.

Niteworks, Rura, Newton Faulkner, This is the Kit, Admiral Fallow and Hannah Rarity have all been confirmed for the first of two major free festivals under the Dandelion Project, which has a budget of over £7million sterling and is supported by the Scottish and UK governments.

A second free Dandelion Festival will take place at Northern Meeting Park in Inverness in September, the culmination of a program of food culture initiatives and cultural projects being rolled out across Scotland over the next five months.

Both festivals will feature “Pavilions of Perpetual Light” featuring dozens of miniature vertical farms. Along with specially created “edible farms,” the cubes are expected to help transform unused and abandoned places across the country into new food-growing gardens.

Glasgow’s Dandelion Festival will also feature the live debut of Hen Hoose, a new collective of female non-binary singers and songwriters, including Tamara Schlesinger, Emma Pollock, Elisabeth Elektra, Suse Bear, Pippa Murphy, Karine Polwart, Carla J Easton, Jayda and Amandah Wilkinson.

Celtic Connections Creative Producer Donald Shaw is Music Director of the Dandelion Festival. Photo: Andrew Cawley

Other artists include Les Amazones d’Afrique, The Orchestral Qawwali Project, Abi Sampa, Darlingside, Lyre Lyre and the National Youth Pipe Band.

Celtic Connections Creative Producer Donald Shaw, who is also Music Director of Free Festivals, said: “Glasgow’s Dandelion Festival will be a very special environment with performances on unique stages in the iconic splendor of Kelvingrove Park.

“All of the musicians on our line-up have a passion for Dandelion values, sharing our beliefs in environmentalism, individual action against climate change and the need to address issues related to food poverty.

“Festivals will tell the Dandelion story in a creative, accessible and powerful way and will connect culture and cultural experiences.”

Signy Jakobsdottir, Emma Pollock and Jayda are members of the Hen Hoose collective who will perform at the Dandelion festival at Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow in June. Photo: Andrew Cawley

Hen Hoose founder Tamara Schlesinger said: “Hen Hoose was formed to showcase the talent of female, non-binary songwriters and producers in Scotland.

“I can’t think of a better environment for us to have our first show. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to get all of us together on one stage, to perform at an event with such important values.

Dr Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life, which helps organize the festival in the park, said: ‘Against the spectacular backdrop

From Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow’s exciting Dandelion Festival will bring a rich mix of world-class music and inspiring, immersive cultural experiences to the city this summer.

“The Dandelion program is an innovative and ambitious approach to community growth and engagement, rooted in bringing people together to celebrate food, music, sustainability and diversity, and to showcase the power of collaboration and collective action.

“Projects like Dandelion are hugely important to Scotland’s social and economic recovery and the recovery of our creative industries.”

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