PROGRAMME 2024

5-11

September

This is the ideal opportunity to explore Orkney – and travel to the frontiers of science at the same time! We’ll tell the story of the making of the Pentland Firth with images of the cliffs of Hoy and Caithness – and we’ll also provide a night out with the Hoy community, with a light supper to start and a return evening boat from Stromness.

We’ll hear the story of how gold is made in the stars, with the clues from gravitational waves – and then we will go for a swim to hear music inspired by these waves; and to make some of our own!

We will walk to a loch in the hills with the family of an Orkney writer, and hear about another Orkney writer with a remarkable image of the nature of time. We will hear music from Faroese, Scottish and Irish composers, and see images of northern landscapes.

We will hear of ways in which we can grow more food and help our own resilience through uncertain times – growing in the garden and gathering from the shore, and we will hear about a chain of stores that put the growers and the community first.

We will hear about seagrass and seafood and seaweed habitats in Japan, health data and hydrogen, genetics and geology, solar power in Africa and coral reefs in Malaysia and Slovenia’s lakes and mountains.

There is a rich mix of exhibitions as well – with artwork telling the story of the Shackleton expedition in this 150th anniversary year of his both, and the cometary discoveries of Caroline Herschel; and with a look at the lives of two men who did so much for the study of rocks and minerals in Orkney and Scotland.

Through this programme you can pack more into seven days in Orkney than might have seemed possible before!

This is the ideal opportunity to explore Orkney – and travel to the frontiers of science at the same time! We’ll tell the story of the making of the Pentland Firth with images of the cliffs of Hoy and Caithness – and we’ll also provide a night out with the Hoy community, with a light supper to start and a return evening boat from Stromness.

We’ll hear the story of how gold is made in the stars, with the clues from gravitational waves – and then we will go for a swim to hear music inspired by these waves; and to make some of our own!

We will walk to a loch in the hills with the family of an Orkney writer, and hear about another Orkney writer with a remarkable image of the nature of time. We will hear music from Faroese, Scottish and Irish composers, and see images of northern landscapes.

We will hear of ways in which we can grow more food and help our own resilience through uncertain times – growing in the garden and gathering from the shore, and we will hear about a chain of stores that put the growers and the community first.

We will hear about seagrass and seafood and seaweed habitats in Japan, health data and hydrogen, genetics and geology, solar power in Africa and coral reefs in Malaysia and Slovenia’s lakes and mountains.

There is a rich mix of exhibitions as well – with artwork telling the story of the Shackleton expedition in this 150th anniversary year of his both, and the cometary discoveries of Caroline Herschel; and with a look at the lives of two men who did so much for the study of rocks and minerals in Orkney and Scotland.

Through this programme you can pack more into seven days in Orkney than might have seemed possible before!

BROWSE BY EVENTS CATEGORIES

  • Living on the Moon, and finding out how gold is formed amongst the stars. The story of the Pentland Firth and its currents, and the lives of the fulmars on Eynhallow. The science of superheroes, and the superpowers of sea creatures. The power of music to help with health. We’ll find out about lifeboat

  • Come with us on film to the island of Stroma, uninhabited since 1962, and the cliffs of the Caithness coast, and then across to Hoy – we look at the forces that made the Pentland Firth, with its richly varied cliffs and its powerful tides. Music and film come together with astronomy with the

  • This year we have two concerts in St Magnus Cathedral. One of them looks at the music of the church organ, with organist George McPhee joined by the Mayfield Singers for works ranging from Sweelinck to Scheidemann, Buxtehude to Bach. George is a familiar figure for Festival audiences and marks his diamond jubilee at

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