The 2017 Festival is over!
We had a very successful festival in October 2017, with a big increase in visitor numbers. All of the performer and event details are still live on this site, so feel free to browse it until we replace it with info about new events in the future!
2017 programme announced
2017 has been a big year for Orkney, with several important anniversaries being celebrated: It has been 100 years since the Royal Navy ship HMS Vanguard blew up on her moorings in Scapa Flow, with the loss of many hundreds of lives. The town of Stromness has been celebrating 200 years since it became an independent burgh. And it is now nine centuries since Earl Magnus Erlandson died on the island of Egilsay – he became a saint soon afterwards, and the cathedral in his memory was started in 1137. This has been the year of Magnus 900, when communities, arts organisations, schools and churches have celebrated the life and significance of Orkney’s patron saint. This year’s storytelling festival will be no exception. We are delighted to welcome an Icelandic storyteller, an Edinburgh teller and singer, a Swedish saga-telling legend, and a writer and broadcaster whose expertise lies in spirituality and landscape. With local storytellers, they will be performing at venues throughout Orkney. As always, the events are suitable for the whole family – there is even the opportunity for you to take the floor and tell a story yourself.
Now in its eighth consecutive year, the Orkney Storytelling Festival has an excellent reputation here and abroad – come and join our ‘little festival with the big heart’, and help us to continue this ancient and traditional art form. Check out the programme and the performers, and we’ll see you in October!