SNH splashes out on Skye Festival

We are delighted to announce that Skye’s leading summer festival is one of 24 projects to receive a share in almost £150,000 from Scotland’s nature agency.

Through its Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund, and to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has invested £4,000 towards the costs of delivering the Féis an Eilein — the Skye Festival in 2021.

All being well, the festival returns next year to public spaces around the Isles of Skye and Raasay and will showcase the islands’ distinctive contribution to Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage through celebration, performance and conversation.

The new-look 10-day summer festival takes place between 2 and 11 July and will deliver a spectacular programme of world-class performances in music, theatre, dance, literature and a few very big surprises.

Our 2021 summer event will highlight the distinctiveness of Scotland’s coasts and waters while raising awareness of their fragility and the need to protect them for future generations.

EVENT: On Wednesday, 8 July, celebrated Scottish traditional musician Ingrid Henderson will present a virtual taster on Facebook of Message in a Bottle, a musical composition inspired by the movements of ocean currents and commissioned by SNH for the themed year. Ingrid will be joined in conversation for this free event by SNH’s Head of Marine Ecosystems Katie Gillham to talk about the inspiration behind her work and the links between traditional music, Gaelic language and Scotland’s marine environment.

Message in a Bottle also features musicians Anna Massie, Megan Henderson and Conal McDonagh with visuals from Somhairle MacDonald and animation from Cat Bruce.

The full commission will be performed at next year’s Fèis an Eilein.