[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. Pilot a drone in simulator software. Learn about kelvins and candelas. Test your abilities with the BodyWorks. Make a cloud chamber and see particles from outer space. Learn to use an astronomical telescope and steer a Mars rover. Study a meteorite. Freshly prepared rolls, Orkney ice cream
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
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
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 at the ‘edge of chaos’ in his mythic frame with an accuracy that mathematical modellers still struggle to duplicate.”
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.
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
"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 of BBC Radio Orkney.
Short films on the subjects of illness, death and bereavement followed by round table discussion.
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 about to embark. Its producer, Christopher Riley, will introduce this special showing in Stromness. Doors open 7.15 pm. Tickets at door £5 & £3 (students and Young Scot).
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, including Maurice Ravel’s beautiful Introduction and Allegro for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp and Errollyn Wallen’s witty and poignant song cycle with string quartet, Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals? Tickets £8 & £5.