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Per Mare – Venue Change

Following exceptional early demand, we are pleased to have been able to find a bigger space in Stromness to host the very popular ‘Per Mare – Haven inside the Bay’ event taking place on the festival’s Saturday morning.

With the Royal Hotel having sold out very quickly, the foy will now be held just up the road in the Stromness Kirk (where they are also holding a soup and sandwich lunch afterwards), allowing many more folk to hear about Stromness’ rich history and characters.

If any Patrons missed out on tickets for this event over the weekend, and perhaps haven’t been in touch with us in hope of a waiting list (we always try!), you can now buy tickets online once again.

Ticket Sales

Tickets go on sale to Festival Patrons at 10am on Saturday 22 April. As with recent years, all sales are online – there are no over-the-counter sales until the week of the festival itself, in May.

All that you need to login, and gain access to tickets, is the email address used when signing up for patronage, and the password created at that time. There is no other access code(s), or anything else needed. If you have forgotten your password, there is a link underneath the login fields to reset it. This is done entirely online, within the site.

Whilst we expect the first few hour of sales to be very busy, our Box Office software has a few measures built in to manage this demand – most notably a queuing system that will activate if and when the website traffic reaches a high capacity. Should you be placed in the queue (the website will display a numbered place in line, rather than the events), do not refresh the page for any reason as you may lose your place. You will be updated as you advance through the queue.

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Festival Programme now available!

We are pleased to now be able to share this year’s festival programme – comprising 36 ticketed events, across 20 venues in 14 different towns, villages and parishes.

Have a browse through our digital brochure, or download a PDF version to view offline. Alternatively you can scroll through listings on our programme page.

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10am on Saturday 29 April, with Festival Patrons receiving a week’s advance access, from 10am on Saturday 22nd. Patronage is still available for purchase, up to Saturday 15th April.

Enter the 2017 Open Stage

Entry to this year’s Open Stage competition is now open, until April 30th.

The Open Stage is a friendly competition, open to all – soloists, bands, musicians and singers (in any combination) – taking place on Saturday 27 May. This year we’ve moved the event slightly later in the day, to 3pm, and into the more intimate surrounds of the Stromness Hotel (the Festival Club room).

To keep the event running to time, though, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a place for all who apply. Entrants will hear back from us no later than May 10th.

More information, or enter here.

Good luck!