Vertical farms to take shape across Scotland under plans to stage hundreds of harvest festivals

Hundreds of harvest festivals and “vertical farms” are to be created across Scotland as part of the UK’s biggest ever culture celebration next year.

More than 250 food-growing “cubes of perpetual light,” from which specially-commissioned music will emanate, will be distributed to island communities, redundant industrial sites, empty buildings, parks and schools.

"Dandelion is the cornerstone of Scotland's involvement in the £120 million UNBOXED festival, which will see some of the country’s most iconic landmarks and landscapes transformed using the latest technological innovations."

Billed as “a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity,” it will be staged across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales between March and October.

The initiative, previously known as Festival UK 2022, was instigated by then Prime Minister Theresa May in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote and has been dubbed a “Festival of Brexit” by critics.
However, the devolved administrations have thrown their weight behind the cultural celebration, which has a bigger budget than the £97 million UK-wide Cultural Olympiad staged to coincide with the London Olympics.

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