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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. Christmas Open Exhibition 2014

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    A highlight of artworks.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  2. Gunnie Moberg: In Print

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Photography exhibition.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  3. Festive Open Exhibition

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Mixed media exhibition.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 10 Jan 2015
  4. Blues

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Landscape paintings.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  5. Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    An international experimental film, video art, sound art and architecture festival.

    Dates

    3 Feb 2015 to 19 Feb 2015
  6. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Witty observations and social commentary. "Britain's best stand up" The Sun

    Dates

    31 Jul 2015 to 1 Aug 2015
  7. Recent Graduates Exhibition

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Highlighting the work of artists schooled in Orkney.

    Dates

    28 Feb 2015 to 11 Apr 2015
  8. St Magnus International Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    A celebration of the arts.

    Dates

    19 Jun 2015 to 24 Jun 2015
  9. Jane Glue

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Christmas exhibition

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
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