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THE BTSISI’ AND THE SEA

Robert Rendall Building, ICIT, Stromness

Among the population of Selangor, in the west of peninsular Malaysia, are an indigenous coastal group, the Btsisi’. There are just 3,000 of them, sharing their coastal homeland with the largest port in the country, on an international waterway – and yet, says Dr Jarina Mohd Jani of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu who has been collaborating with them in research, they show considerable resilience in conserving their marine environment and their own culture and have lessons for us.

THE NEW KITCHEN GARDEN

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

The walled garden at Gordon Castle in Fochabers produces fresh seasonal food for a thriving restaurant and cut flowers for florists, as well as healthy, home-grown fruit and vegetables for the local community. Head gardener Ed Bollom describes the challenges the team faced in creating one of the largest kitchen gardens in Britain and in growing produce in the North of Scotland.

£4 – £6

FAMILY DAY

Arena, Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall

Arena, Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall Details to come

WALK AROUND THE NESS

From Ness of Brodgar public park

Join the director of the Ness of Brodgar excavations, Nick Card, for an off-season walk around the site where 20 years of excavation have just been completed. Hear about the wider landscape around the Ness and the news from this year’s dig, along with some of the particularly interesting finds.

£12

IT REALLY MATTERS WHAT WE EAT

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Recent decades have seen dramatically increased rates of conditions affecting the brain, from neurodivergence among younger people to earlier deterioration amongst older people. We've also seen a radical change in diet. Is there a connection? Yes, says Ann Roberts, of the charity Think Through Nutrition. Research from many sources includes work on improving diet in prisons.

£4 – £6

CORAL REEFS: THE SILENT STRUGGLE

Robert Rendall Building, ICIT, Stromness

Coral reefs, “the rainforests of the sea”, are in decline, says Dr Siti NurTahirah Jaafar of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Rising sea temperatures cause corals to expel the algae living in their tissues. They turn white and become more disease-susceptible. But few people see the silent struggle.

ARCHAEOLOGY IS RUBBISH

Maeshowe Visitor Centre, Stenness

Ancient middens provide vital clues to archaeologists about the people who left the material behind. You can see the process of deduction by looking through – (clean!) – modern rubbish, and noting clues it provides to the people who dumped it. Call in and try your own powers of deduction, and learn about the importance of middens, and how to think like an archaeologist.

BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Meet friends old or new and enjoy the best of Orkney cheese, meat, fish and baking. The One O’Clock Toast today is in memory of engineer James Andrew Liddle from St Ola who installed electric light in Stromness and Bo’ness. It is given by Patricia Long.

£10

VINTAGE RALLY

Broad Street, Kirkwall

It’s a great sight on Broad Street in front of the Cathedral, with an opportunity to see cars that can range in time from early days to a new electric vehicle of today – and with over a hundred years of vintage vehicles, classic cars and tractors in between, along with the sound of engines in action, and all beautifully restored.

HEALTH FROM DATA?

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

The NHS's wealth of information about our health enables national patterns to be drawn about our chances of illnesses. But there are big challenges in bringing together NHS data from different sources. Prof. Cathie Sudlow (Chief Scientist at Health Data Research UK), epidemiologist and electronic health record specialist Mome Mukherjee (University of Edinburgh) discuss.

£4 – £6

SIT ME DOON WITH MR BOOM

St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Greetings Earthlings big and small, especially in the isles,
My spaceship’s heading Earthwards in September, full of smiles,
I've stocked it up with lots of songs, and lots of lunar glee
And so on Saturday the 7th I hope you’ll come and see
And listen for my spaceship’s sound, the well-known whee-whee-zoom -
And gather round about to sing and dance with Mr Boom!

£4 – £6

THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Could super-humans such as Captain Marvel or Superman, and qualities such as super-strength, actually exist in reality? Could super-suits of armour be made, like Batman’s body shield or Iron Man’s AI human-interface body? And what are the chances of there being, on some far planet, alien life – and if so, how could we ever make contact, or navigate our way there?

£4 – £6

GENETIC HEROES

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Some people live and thrive despite harbouring what for others are lethal mutations. Their protection comes from further genetic mutations. Dr Stephen Friend, who led the team that cloned the first human cancer susceptibility gene, describes the search for ‘genetic heroes’ whose special genetic abilities may give clues towards new ways to tackle diseases.

£4 – £6

KIRKWALL CITY PIPE BAND

Broad Street, Kirkwall

Kirkwall City Pipe Band with their final parade of the season.

ASTONISHING ILLUSIONS AND THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

See a head mysteriously grow and shrink and a coin pass through a solid rubber sheet. Watch water vanish and defy gravity, and observe metals bend using the power of the mind. Dr Adrian Allan from Dornoch Academy with a family magic show with science behind every trick. For age 10 and upwards.

£4 – £6

DID YOU REALLY WANT TO WORK ON THE LAND, DAD?

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

Not so long ago the Clyde Valley was the fruit basket of Scotland. The Lanarkshire Songwriters have gathered memories from growers and pickers of those great days, and turned them into songs with schools and members of the community. Three of them, Billy Stewart, John Young and Wilf Yule, tell the story in words and music, with help from Andy Munro and local musicians.

£10
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