Project Description

SPECIAL EVENTS

We open with a link between Orkney and Slovenia, and we round off with a ceilidh, and in between there is a range of special events, from late-evening stargazing to a singalong with Mr Boom, and from a service in St Magnus Cathedral to music from Kirkwall City Pipe Band.

FESTIVAL OPENING

September 2 → 11:00 am11:15 am

To mark the 25th anniversary of friendship and collaboration between Orkney International Science Festival and the Slovenian Science Foundation, this year Festival is opened by two people at the start of their careers. Dr Gavin Woodbridge from North Ronaldsay graduated this year in medicine from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Zarja Muršič ...

THE FESTIVAL CLUB

September 2 → 10:00 pm10:30 pm

... with this evening’s guests including composer Eddie McGuire, trumpeter Bede Williams and flautist Ewan Robertson.

THE ORKNEY SKY AT NIGHT

September 3 → 10:00 pm10:45 pm

Join Eric Walker for an hour of information about what to look for and how to recognise it. There will be pictures, star maps, and the opportunity to ask questions about stars and planets, and using a telescope. ...

VINTAGE RALLY

September 4 → 2:00 pm2:45 pm

It can be lying rusted in a field or shed … and then in the skilled hands of a member of Orkney Vintage Club it can after much time and care become a loving-restored car, motorbike, tractor or engine. Club members invite you in to see and hear about examples of restoration, and to see ...

SINGALONG WITH MR BOOM

September 4 → 2:00 pm2:20 pm

Calling all small residents of Planet Earth, and their parents, and grandparents too - Mr Boom is back! His spaceship is on its way to make a landing for a Science Festival singalong. “I’m a children’s one-man band, and I live up here on the moon in my imagination!”

KIRKWALL CITY PIPE BAND

September 4 → 7:00 pm7:30 pm

Music from the band to round off the summer.

SCIENCE FESTIVAL SERVICE

September 5 → 9:00 am9:30 am

Words, music and images from St Magnus Cathedral for a Sunday morning, with Rev. Fraser Macnaughton and the Cathedral Choir and organ.

THE FESTIVAL CLUB

September 6 → 10:00 pm10:30 pm

Our guests tonight are some of the contributors to a new work of science fiction in which a mysterious Scottish rocket launch is gradually uncovered. The book Alba ad Astra – Scotland’s Forgotten History of Space Exploration is structured as a sequence of interwoven texts, and its editor, scientist Madeleine ...

SAVE IT FROM THE SHORE

September 7 → 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Dump it by the roadside, tip it in a waterway, throw it into the sea – from where it can often be washed ashore on beaches? It’s a global problem, but traditionally in islands where resources are finite, nothing was simply discarded. Driftwood became lintels and doorposts, worn-out clothes were turned into patchwork quilts ...

THE FESTIVAL CLUB

September 7 → 10:00 pm10:30 pm

Composer Emily Doolittle, whose music includes influences like whale and seal song, welcomes several other Scottish composers whose work has influences of environment, wildlife, and human impact on the natural systems of the Earth. You can watch this free event from here, through the YouTube link

THE HIGHLAND PARK CEILIDH

September 8 → 8:30 pm10:00 pm

With musical guests including Andy Munro, Three in a Bar and the Craig Mainland Band from Rousay. More details to follow.