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  • Folk musicians playing in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
    Folk musicians in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
  • Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
    Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
  • Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst
    Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst

Shetland is proud of its traditions and the islanders always find something to celebrate, from Europe’s largest fire festival to the island’s unique brand of music. Experience Shetland’s thriving creative scene by attending the fantastic arts and culture events.

Spring ushers in the ever popular Shetland Folk Festival with exciting line-ups featuring both local and visiting performers, whilst if you visit in June and July, you can join the party as yachts arrive from Bergen to drop anchor in Lerwick for the Shetland Races. Or why not experience the islands’ wild side at the Shetland Nature Festival?

Meet writers of local and international renown at Wordplay, Shetland’s annual literary festival in September, and watch critically acclaimed films at Screenplay, a film festival which runs simultaneously.

Also in September the book and film festivals get underway, while you can shop for unique gifts at the Shetland Craft Fair in November.

For music lovers, there’s everything from the Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival to the fantastic seven-day Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, where you can even join workshops and sessions to learn tunes in the Shetland fiddle style.

Visit Shetland and discover the great variety of arts and culture events on offer and experience life on Scotland’s most northerly islands.

Take a look through the information listings provided and discover more of the fantastic arts and culture events in Shetland.

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  1. Shetland Noir





    Shetland's first ever crime writing festival.


    13 Nov 2015 to 15 Nov 2015
  2. Shetland Wool Week


    Arts & Cultural



    Seven days dedicated to celebrating the wool of Britain's most northerly native sheep and Shetland's textile industries.


    26 Sep 2015 to 4 Oct 2015
  3. Gradings


    Witty observations and social commentary.


    29 Jul 2015 to 30 Jul 2015

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