Highlights from Events 2016

Marty Jopson of The One Show got the Festival off to a flying start, followed next day by a highly dynamic show on the science of everyday life.

The opening session had a North Isles theme, with stories and scenes from the shores of North Ronaldsay and Papay, and food from various islands.

One of the most attentive-looking of the audience was a mannequin with upcycled costume and 3D-printed accessories – part of an art/science collaboration that brought colour and vitality and style to various events, with a feeling of enchantment in the display in Orkney Age Concern’s window in Victoria Street.

Each of the seven days was packed with events and activities, with topics from the Northern Lights to the origin of comets, from ancient humans to modern diet, from waves to whisky-making, from the mathematics of the Neolithic to the physics of golf.