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FROM GRAVITATIONAL WAVES TO HERRING DAYS

The amazing discovery of gravitational waves will be to the fore in this year’s programme – along with dark

matter, the Northern Lights, Antarctic exploration, dolphin communication, early humans, plus

the story of the start of the herring industry.

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EXHIBITIONS

Upcycled clothing design with 3D-printed elements – there’s fashion in the 2016 Festival plus crystal patterns in art/science, photographs of fishermen, Orkney buildings, Samuel Laing …

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PROGRAMME 2016

The programme is now online here. Events include gravitational waves, dark matter, ancient comets, early humans, dolphin communication, the Northern Lights, Arctic ice, Antarctic voyages, tidal power …

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ABOUT ORKNEY

“Those soft green hills, the ledged sea-cliffs, the shallow lochs, those curving sweeps of sand… the story of them all can be traced back, and much of the story goes back around 390 million years…”

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FOOD EVENTS

Orange & cider rollmop herring at Skaill House, with caraway scones and Norwegian pepperkaker, a honey & herb workshop, porridge making with the world champion (a radio astronomer) …

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TICKETS

Tickets are now available here and at the Kirkwall tourist office. Some events are at venues with limited capacities, where it’s best to book soon to make sure of a space.

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FRONTIERS MAGAZINE

You’ll find more in our online magazine. It highlights science and people, with stories of ideas, adventures and exploring new territory, past and present. There’s images
of the countryside, night skies, seascapes

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Festival Updates

The dates for next year’s Festival are 7-13 September 2017. More information will follow here as the programme takes shape.

Festival Topics
With 2016 designated in Scotland as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the programme included a show of 3D-printed upcycled fashion.

Creative art and design work takes discarded clothes as the raw material for new stylish creations. 3D-printing techniques now open the way for additional dimensions of creativity, in the clothes themselves and in the production of accessories.

Some beautiful costumes took shape and were on display throughout the Festival in a window of Age Concern Orkney, Victoria Street, Kirkwall (the former Croy’s draper shop). There were also opportunities to try out upcycling and see 3D printing in action at the Family Day, in the King Street Halls, Kirkwall, on Saturday 3 September.

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OISF SHOP

Music for Maxwell, in classical and style, songs from Mr Boom, postcards of John Rae and other famous Orcadians, badges to wear with a smile …

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This was my very first visit to Orkney and therefore, my first exposure to the vibrant and exhilarating Science Festival. It was an incredible week – the Festival pulsated! It was far larger and far better supported than I would have thought possible.
visitor from Edinburgh