Skye Festival finishes with bumper sales

The Skye Festival  came to an end on the 29 August after a bumper 70 events spread out over 8 weeks.  In its 25th year, the festival, known locally as Fèis an Eilein, started with a Circus, finished with an Opera and included traditional concerts with Phil and Aly, Alasdair Fraser, Charlie McKerron and many others. The festival also welcomed the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, some theatre, film and a singer on an electric milk-float.

“We even had a Fringe for the first time” explained festival director, Duncan MacInnes. “Other community groups joined in to run house concerts, exhibitions, pop-up restaurants and cafes. We had frequent full houses and tickets sales were up by 36% over last year. The Skye Festival provides a real boost to the enjoyment of visitors to, and residents of Skye. Despite the terrible summer, we were able to ensure sure many more visitors went away with a delighted smile on their faces.”

The local involvement was particularly good, especially the week long ‘Made in Sleat’ arts and crafts exhibition all of very high standard. Pam Allan and Rick Taylor opened their doors to some brilliant wee house concerts, and then set about creating a fully-booked pop-up restaurant once a week in Ardvasar Hall. Tarskavaig Hall ran a couple of cèilidh concerts and the Short Courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig opened its doors on Thursday nights for a free Cèilidh dance led by Blair Douglas.

The Festival closed with a busy week that included the next three episodes of ‘Bannan’ and three concerts from Rhona Coogan and students from Wales and beyond with a lively and highly professional presentation of ‘The Magic Island’ musical.