Skye Festival 2016 – Fèis an Eilein

Skye Festival/Feis an Eilein logoWelcome to the 25th Year of the Skye Festival or Fèis an Eilein.

We are starting to load up information – so this will be added to over the coming weeks. The full programme goes to print in late May.

Each main event is listed in ‘What’s On’, or click on the links below

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Every Thursday ~ Charity Cafés in Ardvasar Hall
Every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday ~ Tarskavaig Hall Café





Tuesday 5 July – ‘Tosta’, the festival village from Donastia, the Basque Country
Wednesday 6 July – ‘Tosta’, the festival village from Donastia, the Basque Country
Friday 8 July – ‘Let’s Circus’ big top
Saturday 9 July – ‘Let’s Circus’ big top
Tuesday 12th July – Cape Breton Fiddle Concert with Shelly Campbell & Calum Mackenzie
Wednesday 13th July – The Jazz Ambassadors & NYJOS – Jazz & Film Evening
Saturday 16thJuly  – NYJOS ‘Big Band Jazz
Monday 18th July – ‘Rhum Plants’ Theatre
Monday 18th July – ‘Cèilear’ – Skye & Lochalsh Cèilidh trail
Tuesday 19th July – Traditional Music Concert with Fergie MacDonald & Addie Harper
Thursday 21st July – Scottish Chamber Orchestra String Section
Friday 22nd July – Inner Sound ‘Iolanthe’
Saturday 23rd July – Inner Sound ‘Iolanthe’
Friday 29th July – Alisdair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle
Tuesday 2nd August – Traditional Music Concert
Friday 5 August – The Bevvy sisters
Monday 8th August – North Shore Celtic Ensemble
Tuesday 9th August – Traditional Music Concert with Charlie McKerron
Friday 12th August  – ‘Spin it to Gold’ with Island Opera
Saturday 13th August – ‘Spin it to Gold’ with Island Opera – matinee & evening performance
Tuesday 16th August – Traditional Music Concert ‘Tional’ Gaelic and Scots song and music
Wednesday 17th August –  Concert with Skye Piping Society
Saturday 20th August – African gum-boot and singing workshops
Sunday 21st August – Piano Recital with Christopher Guild
Wednesday 24th  August  – Blazin Fiddles

and we are still adding more !

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Festival Awards

  • ‘SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’ is current Venue of the Year with the Scots Trad Music Awards
  • 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 Fèis an Eilein was low key: the name used for a set of summer concerts.

In 2014 the Festival was resurrected, this time as a two month festival!

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 Nova Scotia 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 several occasions since 1991.