Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the Day for Scotland festival in Stirling. I went with some family when I was 14 but to be honest I don’t remember too much other than it was a sunny day and I had a good time. Was probably the first festival I went to (other than the Glasgow Garden Festival of course, I still have my Coca Cola rollercoaster ticket).
Last night, I “went” to an interesting online talk reminiscing about about the festival, with speakers of those who produced it, performed at it and went to it. I did know at the time it had a political bent (a protest towards getting our own Scottish Parliament) but as none of my family ever really talked about politics, it mostly washed over me. I do wonder though, whether some of it subconsciously seeped in. My impressionable mind must have heard some words when munching on candy floss.🤔
Having now worked in outdoor arts and festivals for the last decade, the current situation does make me wonder what is ahead of us all. Maybe outdoor events will thrive with audiences in socially distanced bubbles. Will that work? How can a performer harass and delight an unsuspecting member of the public if they can’t get within 2m of them? Or maybe audiences will grow as they will feel safer in their distanced bubble. Or maybe it will be the new dangerous sport for adrenaline junkies to tempt fate. Who knows! But I guess we’ll find out...
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