Rebellious Truth 2021: Karine Polwart

  • Watson, L. (Curator)
  • Watson, L. (Chair)
  • Karine Polwart (Invited speaker)
  • Mike Vass (Artist)
  • Mairearad Green (Artist)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


The first annual public lecture-recital focusing on the traditional arts in relation to societal concerns. Rebellious Truth 2021: Karine Polwart addressed our relation to the natural world and the ecological damage we are experiencing (and causing) in Scotland. The lecture-recital featured Scots songs and composed songs from that idiom.

New work 'A Dance to the Order of Time' was presented by composer and School of Scottish Studies Archives Artist in Residence Mike Vass, with Mairearad Green.

The event was curated and chaired by Dr Lori Watson
Presented by Edinburgh TradFest in partnership with Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.
Period10 May 2021
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • traditional music
  • environment
  • climate
  • nature
  • annual lecture
  • traditional arts
  • societal concerns
  • Scots song
  • composition