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HYDROGEN – DRIVING FORWARD

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Hydrogen can store energy from wind and tide to power cars, and ferries, and other things as well. Adele Lidderdale (OIC) and Jon Clipsham (EMEC) join Nigel Holmes of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association to describe plans and progress.

£3 – £5

FAMILY DAY

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

[one_fourth last="no"][/one_fourth]Operate a robot arm to remove marine litter, Find out about seashells and the creatures that live in them. Draw with a laser. Make a molecule or a geometric lantern. Try out papermaking with natural materials. Learn how to turn old fabrics into new styles in the upcycling workshop.

£3 – £5

OROGRAPHIC BY OCEANALLOVER

From Old Academy, Back Road, Stromness

A performance work/walk up Brinkie’s Brae about landscape and our response to it, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landscape paintings, our awe of mountains, our desire to ascend. With music both earthy and ethereal. No charge. Wear waterproofs and good shoes! Supported by Creative Scotland and OIC Cultural Fund

KITE POWER FOR THE FUTURE

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Prof. Clive Greated Memorial Lecture A kite above for the wind, a turbine below to generate electricity. Strathclyde University researcher Oliver Tulloch introduces Western Isles engineer Rod Read and the Daisy Kite developed by his company Windswept and Interesting. Sponsored by Clark Thomson Insurance

£3 – £5

VINTAGE RALLY

Broad Street, Kirkwall

Orkney Vintage Club with cars, motorbikes, tractors and stationary engines; plus electric vehicles, street food from 12 noon, and the Willowburn Valley Stompers at 2 pm.

SINGALONG WITH MR BOOM

MacGillivray Room, Library, Kirkwall

Make sure you come, for now’s your chance - to do the Solar System Dance! Sponsored by Pentland Ferries

£3 – £5

BACH: THE MATHEMATICS AND THE BEAUTY

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Under the surface of Bach's harmonies are mathematical patterns. How do they influence the music? Maarten de Vries explains, and Paisley Abbey organist George McPhee demonstrates.

£3 – £5

ANCIENT STORIES, MODERN SEAS

Town Hall, Stromness

Oceanographer Dr Neil Banas of Strathclyde University looks at how a story by a master Haida mythteller, Skaay, reflects the marine ecology on the North Pacific Ocean’s edge. “A similar picture of marine ecosystems arises from contemporary mathematical models,” he says, “but Skaay managed to capture the dynamics of ecosystems

£3 – £5

A BOAT FOR TIDES AND BROKEN WATER

Town Hall, Stromness

Len Wilson introduces naval architect Dennis Davidson and retired boatbuilder Ivan Hourston to tell the story of the North Ronaldsay praam, its pros and cons for fishing in island waters, its original Scandinavian design, and the challenges of building it, with archive photos and film from the island.

£3 – £5

HE LIT THE LAMP FOR CHEMISTRY

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Sir Humphry Davy discovered chlorine and calcium, produced laughing gas for anaesthetics and a safety lamp for miners. Hayley Russell tells the story of his life, and Dr Edvard Kobal of the Slovenian Science Foundation describes his European travels.

£3 – £5

INSPIRATION OF THE MOUNTAINS

Stromness Academy

Oceanallover director Alex Rigg describes the development of the ideas between the group’s new performance, Orographic, from the landscape paintings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, into music and costumes and choreography. Admission free. Supported by Creative Scotland and OIC Cultural Fund

SIR PAUL NURSE IN CONVERSATION

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

"I was never very good at exams ... but there were also good extra-curricular activities at school, particularly hill and mountain walking and more surprisingly, learning to fly. I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot." The 2001 physiology/medicine Nobel laureate in conversation with Dave Gray

£3 – £5

GOOD LIFE, GOOD DEATH, GOOD GRIEF

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Short films on the subjects of illness, death and bereavement followed by round table discussion.

£3 – £5

WEST SIDE CINEMA: MOONWALK ONE – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (E)

Town Hall, Stromness

The film commissioned by NASA to cover the historic Apollo 11 journey to the Moon in July 1969. Its director, Theo Kamecke, had a vision for the film - to create something that would mark the historic, philosophical and epic nature of this greatest of endeavours upon which mankind was

£3 – £5

THE BIRDS

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Join the St Andrews New Music Ensemble for a rare performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Birds (soloist: Judy Brown), commissioned in 2007 as a tribute to the birds of Northern Scotland. This poetic and picturesque work will be accompanied by complementary pieces from the 18th to the 21st centuries,

£5 – £8