It’s the Year of Stories – and our opportunity to feature some of the great ones, of sea journeys and wartime survival, of past legends and new narratives for the future, of the ships of the Neolithic and the music of the stars. You’ll see some of the highlights in these listings and there are further stories woven in elsewhere in the programme.
The official hashtags for the year will appear in various places – #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland.
For details of the many events, look at the Programme 2022 button on the right, and the various days beneath it.
The seven full days of events are prefaced by an online evening event on Wednesday 31 August. We’ll look ahead to the programme and also welcome some special guests, with topics ranging from Orkney’s fossil fish to the remarkable ancient Greek machine that looks to be a 2,000-year-old mechanical computer.
There will be competitions as well, including the annual Molecule Hunt, this year both online and in person.
We’re glad to say that tickets are on sale. With the outdoor events in particular, where we have a whole new range this year, groups are of small sizes and ticket numbers are limited, so it’s good to book early.
The online events are free, and for each one a YouTube link will be posted into the event description nearer the time.
In the meantime, there’s much to find out on this site, including events from 2020 and 2021 which you can access on our YouTube channel. You can also find more about our background and see highlights of past festivals, and see more of Orkney itself. You can get a real flavour of the Festival and of Orkney itself, and we’re looking forward to posting updates.