Culture in Orkney
Orkney's rich and varied culture attracts thousands of visitors a year.
In addition to our fabulous award-winning galleries and museums, there's also a packed programme of local festivals with internationally acclaimed music, art, lectures and performances on offer throughout the year. Our new Orkney Theatre hosts drama productions and performances, and our network of community halls across the islands also play their part. We also have some uniquely Orcadian cultural spectacles, including the Christmas and New Year's Day Ba' games and the Festival of the Horse in August. Use the links below to find out more about some Orkney's main events and cultural celebrations.
Orkney is famous for its agricultural shows which bring back absent Orcadians and attract visitors in great numbers.More
Museums and Galleries
Orkney has a rich historical and artistic background, and the islands play host to a number of innovative, interesting and exciting museums and galleries. You can spend hours looking back at five thousand years of life in Orkney, and even see some of our artists and craft makers in action!More
Music appears to run in the blood in Orkney and is a way of life for many local people.More
Orkney Folk Festival
Orkney Folk Festival is a firmly established date in Scotland’s folk festival calendar and has drawn visitors back to the isands many times since it started in 1982.More
Orkney Science Festival
Orkney International Science Festival has been a part of the calendar every September since 1991 and has something for everyone.More
St Magnus International Festival
The St Magnus International Festival is one of the UK’s leading arts festivals and is held over six days during the Orkney midsummer.More
From jazz and blues, to wine and storytelling, Orkney has a packed programme of smaller festivals to suit everyone.More