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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

    Kirkwall

    As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the Festival will be celebrating 'Home is where the Heart is'.

    Dates

    20 Jun 2014 to 26 Jun 2014
  2. Gradings

    Orkney

    A long weekend celebrating all aspects of island life.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2014 to 30 Jun 2014
  3. Gradings

    Stromness

    Sculptural installations providing an overview of the artists' works spanning 15 years.

    Dates

    21 Jun 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  4. Gradings

    Stromness

    Photographs and prints documenting and celebrating the lives of marginalised Scottish peoples.

    Dates

    3 May 2014 to 7 Jun 2014
  5. Gradings

    Orkney

    A long weekend celebrating all aspects of island life.

    Dates

    24 May 2014 to 26 May 2014
  6. Gradings

    Stromness

    An exhibition of films that share a common interest in the potential of the moving image to capture and convey abstract form and colour.

    Dates

    3 May 2014 to 7 Jun 2014
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