St Magnus International Festival is Orkney's annual celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977 by a group including Orkney's distinguished resident composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events. The 42nd Festival will take place in 2017.
The unique combination of world-class performance, community participation of the highest quality and the magic of Orkney at midsummer attracts audiences from throughout Britain and further afield: many return year after year.
Though musical events are at the heart of the artistic programme, the Festival also encompasses drama, dance, literature and the visual arts.