About Us

SEALL is a lively arts promoter based in the Sleat peninsula in the south of Skye. Every year we bring around 80 amazing acts to the area with a mixture of well-known names and lesser known, but rising talent. From traditional and classical music, to jazz, blues, opera and folk; from contemporary dance to ballet, from ceilidhs to theatre to stand-up comedy and literature, you can find it all by checking out SEALL, (Skye Events for All). Most of our performances are family friendly and some are specifically designed for children. If you have any queries please ask.

Our history

SEALL was established in 1991 and our name has a dual meaning: ‘Skye Events for All’ and ‘Look’ or ‘See’ in Gaelic. Our ambition at the outset was to put Skye firmly on the map as an arts and cultural destination and to celebrate the wealth of home grown talent in the area. After over 27 years, SEALL is now one of the liveliest rural promoting organisations in the UK. In May 2014 we celebrated our 1000th event (which later turned out to be event number 1504!). We have welcomed over 5000 artists to the area and sold getting on for 100,000 tickets. For 18 years SEALL also organised the Skye Festival or Fèis an Eilein, a two-week-long summer festival. After a break from 2008 we resurrected the Festival in 2014 as a two- month-long festival, in July and August, involving a much broader community effort. This was named as ‘Highland Community Initiative of the Year in 2014’.

In late 2015 SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig was named as ‘Venue of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards

All in all we have shared some amazing experiences along the way.

How we operate

SEALL is largely a voluntary-supported community enterprise.  We rely on the goodwill, support and enthusiasm of our Front of House team and our Board to bring our packed programme of events to life. In the main our events take place in two venues within Sabhal Mór Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College and in other local spaces. We are developing work with local partners to promote events elsewhere in the area.

The people who make it happen

The Directors of SEALL are:

  • Rosie MacDonald, Chair          Achnacloich
  • Duncan MacInnes, Company Secretary          Ostaig
  • Robert Spode, Treasurer          Duisdale
  • Kath MacLeod          SMO Gaelic Arts
  • Alastair MacAoidh          SMO SkyeSpace
  • Pam Allan          Torrin, FOTS records
  • Jacqui Mackinnon          Aird, School liaison
  • Eilidh MacFadyen          SMO, Student Liaison
  • Rose Hill          Broadford
  • John White          Linicro, Whitewave

Artistic director: Duncan MacInnes
Administration and Finance: Marie Lewis
Communications and Media: Sara Bain

This group is supported by around 34 Front of House volunteers and around  81 Members and Season Ticket holders.

Our funding

We are able to achieve everything we do through a mixture of funding from Creative Scotland, Highland Council, Bòrd na Ghaidlig and other funders, alongisde our hugely valuable resource of volunteers, the donations we receive for our raffles and of course ticket sales and memberships. We do everything we can to keep our ticket prices as low as possible to open up access to events as widely as we can. This often means our audiences are treated to performances of international standing at a fraction of the price they would see the same act elsewhere.

We are supported in kind by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

“Congratulations for all you do for Skye and for Scotland” Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, 3 November 2017, on opening SEALL new Office ‘The Green Room’as a new Cultural hub for Skye.

SEALL is a member of The Touring Network (Highlands and Islands), the Traditional Music Forum and Visit Sleat
SEALL is a Company Limited by Guarantee # 165147 with Charitable Status registered in Scotland SC 024859

Intellectual Copyright and Use of Names

SEALL has been regularly using the names ‘The Skye Festival’ and ‘Fèis an Eilein’ since 1991 and thus claims intellectual ownership of these names. SEALL owns several website domain names using ‘SEALL’; ‘The Skye Festival’and ‘Fèis an Eilein’.

However we recognise that our friends in Cape Breton also run a ‘Fèis an Eilein’!

Likewise the names ‘The Skye Jazz Festival’, ‘The Skye Swing Jazz Festival’ and ‘The Skye World Music Festival’ are names that have been, and still are, in use by SEALL on since 1991.


The most recent set of Annual Accounts are SEALL – 2017  – signed accounts

Previous accounts SEALL – 2016 signed accounts

Previous accounts SEALL – 2015 final acounts – signed

Previous accounts SEALL – 2014 signed accounts


Development Options, Lucy Conway, December 2016 SEALL Development Interim Report 2016

SEALL 27 years of promoting SEALL Archives report 2018