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  • A music event at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
    A music event at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
  • Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall
    Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall

Take part in a variety of arts and culture events in Orkney from music to heritage.

There are a number of events in Orkney covering traditional music, art, crafts and much more. Join in a local ceilidh, hear traditional, rock, blues or classical music, or watch a historic football game.

Kick the year off in unusual style by watching Orkney's game of traditional street football. The Ba' takes place at Christmas and New Year every year, and is played by the Uppies and the Doonies who battle it out using a locally made leather ba' (ball).

If you fancy enjoying a more relaxed event, try one of the traditional music festivals. You can try a concert at St Magnus Cathedral during the summer months or the Orkney Folk Festival where local acts perform alongside visiting artists every year.

Make the most of the fine summer weather and watch the Riding the Marches event in August when horses and riders parade along Scapa beach to celebrate the granting of Kirkwall's Charter as a Royal Burgh.

Why not take part in the Orkney Storytelling Festival to hear tales from Orkney and across the world?

Enjoy the creative side of these Scottish islands and plan a visit to an arts and culture event in Orkney.

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  1. Gradings


    A photography and textiles exhibition.


    11 Oct 2014 to 11 Nov 2014

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