A science festival has a radical role in developing a creative climate for a region.
Here is the story of how it began, and how Orkney was involved from an early stage in the concept.Read More
More than 60 events in the programme – talks, outings, exhibitions, films, food and drink, concerts, ceilidhs, at Orkney mainland and island venues.
Sample some music from the Festival – the St Magnus Cathedral concert, the Pipe Band Parade and Mr Boom’s new CD called ‘Come to the Festival’.
“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 …”
New astronomy competition on the way – win a beautiful mounted photograph. Molecule Hunt back at Festival time.
News of astronomy talks and activities in the Festival, plus island efforts to attain international dark skies status.
Each year many hundreds of pupils take part in Festival activities, the total attendances in 2012 being over 1,800.
THE PROGRAMME IS ALMOST COMPLETE for this year’s Festival, which takes place from 5-11 September 2013. We will be posting up the full programme on 4 June.
In the meantime, some of the ingredients in the programme are mentioned in our Programme section.
Our new online magazine Frontiers is now available. It’s aimed to be a magazine in its own right, highlighting stories about science and people, with a wide range of contributors and a high quality of design. It will give a fuller picture of topics in present and past Festivals, and be a window into science and into Orkney.
We will feature talks on the Arctic and on Rae, the film Chasing Ice, and two exhibitions, one on polar scenes and the other on John Rae’s favourite places in Orkney and in Canada.
There is more on Rae in our new online magazine, Frontiers.
The story will be told on the opening day of the Festival, and you can get some advance information on the subject in Frontiers magazine. Other subjects will include astronomy and archaeology, mathematics and marine science, films and food.
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