Skye Festival 2017 – Fèis an Eilein

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The 26th Fèis an Eilein, Skye Festival, takes place between 4 July and 28 August 2017.

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.

This is the main programme at present. We will soon start putting full details on what’s on section.

4   Anne Martin and Jason Singh with ‘Ceumannan’
5   Family Cèilidh
7/8  Circus Weekend
11  Cape Breton Concert
12  NYJOS Ambassadors and Jazz Film
15  The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland
16  Yan and the Yeti’ Children’s theatre
18  Fergie MacDonald -The King of Ceilidh
19   ’16 Years Till Summer’ Film
21  Inner Sound Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Patience’
28  Alastair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle
31 Eduardo Niebla, guitar
1   Gaelic song concert
2   The Little Blue Book of (Erotic) Gaelic Song.
5   McFall’s Chamber
6   Fiona MacKenzie, light opera
8   Charlie McKerron, fiddle
9   Gaelic Song with Mairead Stewart
12  Piano and silent movies ‘Seven Chances’
15  Isle of Skye Piping Society
20  The Routes Quartet
22  Adam Sutherland and Mairearad Green
25  Jackie Kay – the Scots Makar

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Skye Festival/Feis an Eilein logo

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!

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 since 1991.