FESTIVAL

PROGRAMME 2024

Join us to explore ideas at the front line – and to explore Orkney itself. We look at practical solutions for environmental challenges – with marine habitats in Japan, coral reefs in Malaysia, and solar power in Africa, and with marine energy developments in Orkney. We look back to the anniversaries of the coming of mains electricity and the planning for North Sea oil, and we look ahead at ways to expand the production of fresh local food, from land and sea.

We walk at the Ness of Brodgar and by a loch in the hills, we swim with music and light inspired by gravitational waves, and we follow astronomy in music and folktales. We enjoy two concerts in St Magnus Cathedral and we learn about the healing effect of music for a range of conditions. We try mathematical puzzles and hear about lifeboat design, the making of the Pentland Firth, green chemistry, and living on the Moon. We search for the source of a Highland river, and find old and new insights into the nature of Time.

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FESTIVAL

PROGRAMME 2024

Join us to explore ideas at the front line – and to explore Orkney itself. We look at practical solutions for environmental challenges – with marine habitats in Japan, coral reefs in Malaysia, and solar power in Africa, and with marine energy developments in Orkney. We look back to the anniversaries of the coming of mains electricity and the planning for North Sea oil, and we look ahead at ways to expand the production of fresh local food, from land and sea.

We walk at the Ness of Brodgar and by a loch in the hills, we swim with music and light inspired by gravitational waves, and we follow astronomy in music and folktales. We enjoy two concerts in St Magnus Cathedral and we learn about the healing effect of music for a range of conditions. We try mathematical puzzles and hear about lifeboat design, the making of the Pentland Firth, green chemistry, and living on the Moon. We search for the source of a Highland river, and find old and new insights into the nature of Time.

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Living on the Moon, and finding how gold is formed amongst the stars. The story of the Pentland Firth and its currents, and the fulmars on Eynhallow. The science of superheroes, and the superpowers of sea creatures. The power of music to help with health. How lifeboats are designed, and the story of the transatlantic telegraph cable. How people around the world are finding environmental solutions – from expanding fish habitats in Japan to protecting coral reefs in Malaysia, from solar power in Africa to new marine energy horizons in Orkney. How Kirkwall Town Council brought in mains electricity 100 years ago, and how Orkney County Council helped North Sea oil flow 50 years later.
Hear about gravitational waves – and swim with music inspired by them. Take a boat trip to Hoy for an island evening. Enjoy physics and gin. Sift through rubbish – suitably clean! – to find clues to its users in the way that archaeologists. Find out about science and health at the Balfour Hospital and hear the story of the nearby Arcadia Park.
There are two Cathedral concerts – one features organ and choral music, and the other highlights Faroese, Scottish and Irish composers of today. We have music inspired by astronomy, and songs of the great days of Lanarkshire fruit-growing. We also hear how music can help health, including dementia.
Come with us on film to Stroma and the Caithness coats and the Old Man of Hoy, to discover the forces that made the Pentland Firth, with its richly varied cliffs and its powerful tides. A film on seaweed shows it in many forms, with the voices of harvesters and the sound of the sea, and Skaill House makes an ideal setting.
This year’s exhibition themes range from earth to sky. There is the story of two Orkney geologists, and paintings of an Antarctic journey through ice floes and mountainous seas. There are star plates to show the night sky discoveries of comets, and a patchwork quilt to mark a famous bicentenary. There are images of shore life and seaweed, and links for language and landscape, and of building in Orkney earth and stone – and there is a look at the years of discovery at the Ness of Brodgar.
The Peedie Kirk lunches are back, with a buffet of Orkney fare and the chance to meet old friends and new in a welcoming setting. The One O’Clock Toast each day features a well-known Orkney figure. Later evening events in the Orkney Club are sometimes in conversational format, and sometimes with music as well.
Tour the Ness of Brodgar site right after this year’s closing excavations. See where Orkney’s wave and tidal research is carried out. Seek a breakthrough use of AI of special value to island communities. Walk on an Orkney writer’s favourite route, and find out how to develop a kitchen garden.
The Family Day has a wonderful range of activities. And in this centenary year of mains electricity in Orkney, the Arcs and Sparks show is back – with dramatic displays of indoor lightning! And Mr Boom’s spaceship is already warming up its engines for the journey!
Calling all schools! We have a very full programme of activities for you – two programmes indeed, one primary and one secondary. The activities all come direct to the school, so they can be scheduled into the class timetable.
Living on the Moon, and finding how gold is formed amongst the stars. The story of the Pentland Firth and its currents, and the fulmars on Eynhallow. The science of superheroes, and the superpowers of sea creatures. The power of music to help with health. How lifeboats are designed, and the story of the transatlantic telegraph cable. How people around the world are finding environmental solutions – from expanding fish habitats in Japan to protecting coral reefs in Malaysia, from solar power in Africa to new marine energy horizons in Orkney. How Kirkwall Town Council brought in mains electricity 100 years ago, and how Orkney County Council helped North Sea oil flow 50 years later.
Hear about gravitational waves – and swim with music inspired by them. Take a boat trip to Hoy for an island evening. Enjoy physics and gin. Sift through rubbish – suitably clean! – to find clues to its users in the way that archaeologists. Find out about science and health at the Balfour Hospital and hear the story of the nearby Arcadia Park.
There are two Cathedral concerts – one features organ and choral music, and the other highlights Faroese, Scottish and Irish composers of today. We have music inspired by astronomy, and songs of the great days of Lanarkshire fruit-growing. We also hear how music can help health, including dementia.
Come with us on film to Stroma and the Caithness coats and the Old Man of Hoy, to discover the forces that made the Pentland Firth, with its richly varied cliffs and its powerful tides. A film on seaweed shows it in many forms, with the voices of harvesters and the sound of the sea, and Skaill House makes an ideal setting.
This year’s exhibition themes range from earth to sky. There is the story of two Orkney geologists, and paintings of an Antarctic journey through ice floes and mountainous seas. There are star plates to show the night sky discoveries of comets, and a patchwork quilt to mark a famous bicentenary. There are images of shore life and seaweed, and links for language and landscape, and of building in Orkney earth and stone – and there is a look at the years of discovery at the Ness of Brodgar.
The Peedie Kirk lunches are back, with a buffet of Orkney fare and the chance to meet old friends and new in a welcoming setting. The One O’Clock Toast each day features a well-known Orkney figure. Later evening events in the Orkney Club are sometimes in conversational format, and sometimes with music as well.
Tour the Ness of Brodgar site right after this year’s closing excavations. See where Orkney’s wave and tidal research is carried out. Seek a breakthrough use of AI of special value to island communities. Walk on an Orkney writer’s favourite route, and find out how to develop a kitchen garden.
The Family Day has a wonderful range of activities. And in this centenary year of mains electricity in Orkney, the Arcs and Sparks show is back – with dramatic displays of indoor lightning! And Mr Boom’s spaceship is already warming up its engines for the journey!
Calling all schools! We have a very full programme of activities for you – two programmes indeed, one primary and one secondary. The activities all come direct to the school, so they can be scheduled into the class timetable.

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We’ll be posting updates here as the plans take shape.

There will also be regular news in our social media – on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And if you haven’t yet see our online magazine of science and exploration, Frontiers, now is a good time to start reading! It’s full of features about Orkney, with a rich range of contributing writers, artists and photographers.

And we have a real treasure chest developing with the new Orkney Landscapes website. It starts the story several hundred million years ago, as sediments gathering on the bed of a great ancient lake, in which great fishes swam, with the bones of them surviving today as fossils, along with mud-cracks and ripple-marks from Lake Orcadie. You can find how to recognise the fish themselves and other clues to their origin, and how the emerging Orkney landscape was shaped by fire and ice, and wind and sea.

And there’s more that you can watch from home, as we have various events from previous festivals online in YouTube channel. There are talks on many subjects, and also films and pieces of music, some of it specially written or recorded. You can also find more about our background and highlights of past festivals, and see more of Orkney itself.

There’s also a new competition to try – to create an Orkney cocktail. The aim is to bring together an appetising mix of ingredients, with as many as possible from Orkney – there are more details just alongside this space.

The need for all communities to produce more of their own food and drink is something that will be highlighted in various events this year. We’ll be announcing the full Festival programme soon.

And if you want to give us a boost to keep up with all the challenges of delivering the Festival, there is a Donate button at the foot of this page, and your help will be warmly appreciated!

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dimensions

We’ll be posting updates here as the plans take shape.

There will also be regular news in our social media – on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And if you haven’t yet see our online magazine of science and exploration, Frontiers, now is a good time to start reading! It’s full of features about Orkney, with a rich range of contributing writers, artists and photographers.

And we have a real treasure chest developing with the new Orkney Landscapes website. It starts the story several hundred million years ago, as sediments gathering on the bed of a great ancient lake, in which great fishes swam, with the bones of them surviving today as fossils, along with mud-cracks and ripple-marks from Lake Orcadie. You can find how to recognise the fish themselves and other clues to their origin, and how the emerging Orkney landscape was shaped by fire and ice, and wind and sea.

And there’s more that you can watch from home, as we have various events from previous festivals online in YouTube channel. There are talks on many subjects, and also films and pieces of music, some of it specially written or recorded. You can also find more about our background and highlights of past festivals, and see more of Orkney itself.

There’s also a new competition to try – to create an Orkney cocktail. The aim is to bring together an appetising mix of ingredients, with as many as possible from Orkney – there are more details just alongside this space.

The need for all communities to produce more of their own food and drink is something that will be highlighted in various events this year. We’ll be announcing the full Festival programme soon.

And if you want to give us a boost to keep up with all the challenges of delivering the Festival, there is a Donate button at the foot of this page, and your help will be warmly appreciated!

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