Dandelion On Tour Across Scotland

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Dandelion, a huge creative program highlighting the power of collective action through an ambitious ‘grow your own’ effort that intends to reach hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond, begins today [28 April 2022]. Dandelion blends science, technology, art, and music together to motivate people to ‘Sow, Grow, and Share’ – not only food, but music, ideas, and information – from now until September 2022, following the arc of the growing season. Dandelion is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, commissioned by EventScotland and supported by the Scottish Government.

Dandelion seeks to make growing your own food as simple and accessible as possible for individuals of all ages and circumstances, with free events and activities taking place across Scotland, from the most remote islands to the busiest cities. More details about Dandelion’s Unexpected Gardens – specially-created edible gardens in 13 places from North Uist to Leven and Stranraer – and two three-day Dandelion Festivals in Glasgow and Inverness are released today, in addition to the previously announced Unexpected Gardens.
In September, the initiative will culminate in a cultural rethinking of Harvest for the twenty-first century, with hundreds of festivities taking place across Scotland.

To commemorate the commencement of its program, Unexpected has begun planting and growing. Dandelion has published a specially commissioned short film that tells the story of the Dandelion in gardens across the country. One of its founding members’ family story and rethinking future ways of development across Scotland. Pàdruig Morrison’s grandparents launched an off-grid rural living experiment on Heisgeir in the Outer Hebrides 75 years ago, cultivating their own food and living sustainably off the land.

Dandelion investigates high-tech growth in specially built grow cubes alongside traditional growing methods in the short film, which follows Pàdruig’s return to the island in 2022. The cubes will go to different villages around the country. Dandelion also has a new score produced especially for the film by Pàdruig. Cubes of Perpetual Light – where art and technology collide The development of hundreds of unique miniature vertical farms termed the ‘Cubes of Perpetual Light’ is at the heart of Dandelion, bringing art and science together.

The 1m x 1m cubes, manufactured by Liberty Produce, are designed to encourage accelerated growth and have been developed to grow hundreds of seedlings under LED light, combining design craft, traditional horticultural expertise, and technological innovation. The Cubes will move around Scotland, displaying rapid growth in unexpected locations. They will bring the idea to ‘Sow, Grow, and Share’ to the community, encouraging conversations about how we can grow food sustainably now and in the future, from schools to market squares to Unexpected Gardens.

source unboxed2022 uk

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