Skye Festival 2018 – Fèis an Eilein

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The 27th Fèis an Eilein, Skye Festival, takes place between 3 July and 21 August 2018.

Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more.

Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.

Here is the programme. You can see the printed programme HERE

July 2018 Programme
Skye Festival Opening Family Cèilidh
7  Cèilidh Trailers tea-time dance
10  Fergie Macdonald and friends
11 The Moira Monologues with Alan Bisset
13 Inner Sound ‘Pirates of Penzance’
16 Jazz Film ‘Bird’and the Jazz Ambassadors
17 Alistair McCulloch fiddle trio and Harta
18 ‘Spirit of the Narrows’ Canadian fiddle
19 National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ‘Rush Hour Jazz’
19 NYOS Jazz Orchestra ‘The Power of Nature’
21 Margaret Bennett and Skip Gorman
27 Alasdair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle Night
28 Silent Chaplin movie ‘The Kid’ and live music
31 Mary Ann Kennedy ‘An Dàn’
3 Film – ‘The Island and the Whales’
6 Blockprinting Workshop with Philippa Thomas
7 Maighread Stewart, Ingrid Henderson
8 Kaela Rowan Worskhops for young people
8 The Kaela Rowan Band
11 The Routes Quartet Workshop
11 The Routes Quartet
12 Crime at the Clan workshops
12 Crime at the Clan authors talk with QnA
14 Charlie McKerron, fiddle
17 Saltfish Forty
21 Anxo Lorenzo, Galicia
22 Adam Sutherland Band
25 ‘Ragadawn’ with Atlas Arts
27 Scottish Ensemble clarinet quintet, Plockton
28 Scottish Ensemble workshop
28 Scottish Ensemble clarinet quintet

See the Festival Fringe Page for House Concerts, Walks, Cèilidhs, Cafés, Exhibitions, and lots more.
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Festival Awards

  • ‘SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’ was Venue of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2015
  • Highland Community Initiative of the Year 2014

25 years of Festival history

Fèis an Eilein or the Skye Festival was created by SEALL in 1991 as a joint venture with the Short courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, who needed a marquee for two weeks of classes. It seemed suitable for SEALL to create an evening programme of events to use that space and thus the Festival was born.

The festival developed over the next several years in the new buildings at SMO and other venues in Sleat and continued in its two week format for 19 years until 2009. In 2007 it was voted the Best Community Event of the Year of Highland Culture. In those years the programme included around 90 events in two weeks including providing a stage for young performers from the area and a range of visiting touring musicians and companies, including many of the best known traditional bands, world music, jazz, theatre events and orchestras. It provided employment and an opportunity for many young people to get involved in its running.

In 2010 we took a rest and for the next 4 years the Festival was low key: the name used for a set of summer concerts.

In 2014 the Festival was resurrected, this time as for two months!