This year’s Festival programme, which takes place from 6-12 September, has been awarded £14,393 from the Year of Young People Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. The funding is to give the programme an added freshness and originality with the participation of young people (aged up to 26) in a variety of ways.
The new look starts with the chairing and introducing of events, which this year will be carried out by a group of eight young people, some from Orkney and some from elsewhere in Scotland.
Training for the group will be provided by Kristin Linklater at Linklater Voice in Sandwick during the second week of July. Kristin Linklater’s teaching of voice production is world-renowned. Brought up in Orkney, she pursued a highly successful academic and theatrical career in the
In addition to the group of chairpeople, further young people will have the opportunity in this year’s Science Festival to assist visiting speakers in a number of events.
The special events will include creative workshops to engage young people in reusing ordinary materials they encounter regularly. An upcycled fashion workshop will show ways in which stunning fashion items can be created from cast-away clothing or discarded fabric, to give them a new lease of life by upcycling them into something new and exciting. There will be an opportunity to learn techniques like shibori binding skills, 3D shibori on polyester fabric, and tie-dye.
The Year of Young People funding will also make possible several community concerts with a quartet of musicians from
One of the music/dramas will involve Orkney Children’s Theatre Club in the story of the battle of Clontarf in 1014, when a Norse army led by Earl Sigurd of Orkney with his raven banner fought the Irish high king Brian Boru outside the walls of
The Irish musicians will also collaborate in the production of a music/drama on the life of the Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton, who reformulated
A further Festival production will look east to central
Festival director Howie Firth said this week that the Year of Young People was a unique opportunity for the Festival.
“Every festival needs to look to the future and bring in young people, and the Year of Young People event funding has made it possible for us to do this in a whole variety of ways. It’s an opportunity to bring in fresh faces and new ideas, and we’re delighted by the response we’ve been getting. We’ll be announcing fuller details of these various events and of the full programme in the near future.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events said:
“We are delighted to be supporting the Orkney International Science Festival as part of the Year of Young People celebrations. OISF is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get hands-on experience, all the while participating in a fun event within their local community. Young people are bringing a new perspective to the festival evidenced by a fantastic programme of activity, further reinforcing
The full Festival programme, with more than 70 events, will be announced in June.