Thank you all for a fantastic 36th Orkney Folk Festival!
Once again, the streets of Stromness thronged with visitors from within and outwith Orkney providing the perfect backdrop for the majority of the events of the weekend.
Delivering such a bumper programme of events spread across the county simply does not happen without the many volunteers who, in support of the all-volunteer committee, give so freely and enthusiastically of their time. Without such commitment, staging a festival of this size simply would not be possible. Co-ordinating the inputs of so many is a task in itself and a huge vote of thanks goes to all who played their part so well. Thanks must also go to the townsfolk and businesses of Stromness who supported the closure of the street on both Saturday and Sunday in order that we might parade, sing and dance in front of the new outdoor stage.
Special thanks must go to our funders and sponsors. This support ensures that the festival is able to take to Orkney some of the finest musicians from near and far, and to draw visitors to our shores undoubtedly making a very significant contribution to the local economy.
The Festival simply would not survive without its very faithful audience, its patrons, volunteers , funders and sponsors and as we extend our gratitude to everyone involved, we are fast considering how we can top the experience in 2019 and beyond.
Dates next year are May 23-26, 2019. Haste ye back!