Why are dark skies important to human health, happiness and creativity?
Natalie Marr is a PHD researcher exploring Dark Sky spaces, designated areas in which light pollution is reduced for the protection and preservation of the night sky – with a focus on Galloway Forest Park in particular. She is interested in sensory experiences of darkness and how encounters with Dark Sky spaces may cultivate a greater sense of global interrelatedness, responsibility, and care.
Emma Pollock is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters. She grew up near Castle Douglas, frequently gazing up at the dark skies above Galloway Forest Park. The experience inspired her song Dark Skies, originally written for Whatever Gets You Through The Night and now soundtracking the trailer for the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.
This event will combine conversation, music, film, and sensory cues, as Natalie, pictured below, and Emma share their experiences of dark skies, with lots of opportunities for you to contribute your own.
This event is also included in our Saturday 16 February day ticket – five events for £25 (£20 concs).