ORKNEY HAS MANY FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

HERE ARE A FEW TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ...... 

The island of Hoy

21st - 23rd April 2017

Orkney Jazz Festival in Stromness.  Weekend of jazz by visiting artists.

15th - 21st May 2017

Orkney Nature Festival

Unique events, talks and activities exploring all Orkney's wildlife on land and sea.

www.outdoororkney.com

17th May

Orkney celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day  with a service and concert in St Magnus Cathedral and parade through the streets from the harbour to St Magnus Cathedral with lots of Norwegian flags, the pipe band and Norwegians in National costume.

25th - 28th May 2017

Orkney Folk Festival. 

A variety of visiting and local artists with a fine mix of music and hospitality.

16th - 21st June 2017

St Magnus Festival

Annual midsummer celebration of the arts with music, theatre and literary events.  This year there is a visiting orchestra and choir from Norway among other international participants. 

www.stmagnusfestival.com

16th - 22nd July 2017

Stromness Shopping Week 

A community gala with a range of family friendly events exhibitions and general fun.  Entertainment for all the family.

Some friendly viking invaders join the Shopping Week parade in Stromness.

10th August 2017

West Mainland Agricultural Show

Showcase for the farming community of West Mainland Orkney

 

12th August 2017

Orkney County Show. 

Agricultural show with all livestock, horses, trade stands and some children's activities.

13th August 2017

Riding of the Marches.  A recently revivied tradition which is over 500 years old, celebrating the granting of Kirkwall's charter as a Royal Burgh.

 

19th August 2017

Festival of the Horse and Boy's Ploughing Match

A 100 year old tradition on South Ronaldsay where boys use miniature ploughs to compete for prizes on a beach near St Margaret's Hope.

7th - 13th September 2017

Orkney International Science Festival

A kaleidoscopic mix of fresh insights, challenging ideas and lively activities that build links between science and all the other aspects of human affairs from art and music to history and philosophy.

 

 15th - 18th September 2017

Orkney Blues Festival.  A 3 day event with international and local blues artists.

www.orkneyblues.co.uk

October 2017 - dates to be confirmed

Orkney Storytelling Festival.

A feast of storytelling from Orkney and all over the world.

 

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2nd December 2017

Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in St Magnus Cathedral.

The tree is a present from Hordaland in Norway and there is the Scandinavian style St Lucy procession in St Magnus Cathedral.

 

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26th December 2016 and also 2nd January 2017

The Ba'

The unique Kirkwall tradition of a massed community football game played through the streets of the town.  Pretty well the only rule is that there are no rules.