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10:00 am

FAMILY DAY

September 8 → 10:00 am4:00 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

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. Pilot […]

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HYDROGEN – DRIVING FORWARD

September 8 → 10:00 am11:00 am
Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall
£3 – £5
Nigel Holmes-oisf 2017

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.

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11:00 am

OROGRAPHIC BY OCEANALLOVER

September 8 → 11:00 am11:45 am
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

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11:30 am

KITE POWER FOR THE FUTURE

September 8 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

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

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1:00 pm

VINTAGE RALLY

September 8 → 1:00 pm4:00 pm
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.

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1:30 pm

SINGALONG WITH MR BOOM

September 8 → 1:30 pm2:30 pm
MacGillivray Room, Library, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

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

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2:00 pm

ANCIENT STORIES, MODERN SEAS

September 8 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Town Hall, Stromness
£3 – £5

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 […]

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BACH: THE MATHEMATICS AND THE BEAUTY

September 8 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall
£3 – £5
Maarten de Vries-George McPhee

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.

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3:30 pm

HE LIT THE LAMP FOR CHEMISTRY

September 8 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

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.

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A BOAT FOR TIDES AND BROKEN WATER

September 8 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Town Hall, Stromness
£3 – £5

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.

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5:00 pm

INSPIRATION OF THE MOUNTAINS

September 8 → 5:00 pm6:00 pm
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

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5:30 pm

SIR PAUL NURSE IN CONVERSATION

September 8 → 5:30 pm6:30 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

"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 […]

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7:00 pm

KIRKWALL CITY PIPE BAND

September 8 → 7:00 pm7:30 pm

with their final parade of the season

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7:45 pm

GOOD LIFE, GOOD DEATH, GOOD GRIEF

September 8 → 7:45 pm9:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall
£3 – £5

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

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

September 8 → 7:45 pm10:00 pm
Town Hall, Stromness
£3 – £5

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 […]

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8:00 pm

THE BIRDS

September 8 → 8:00 pm9:45 pm
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
£5 – £8

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, […]

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8 – 12 midnight Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 8 → 8:00 pm11:59 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall
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