The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is an ambitious annual programme of events led by An Lanntair, including live music, film, visual art, theatre, astronomy talks, and stargazing.

Our February 2022 programme, supported by Caledonian MacBrayne and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will run from 11-25 February 2022. It will include:

  • The Universe: Does Anything Matter?, an opening night of astronomy and comedy by Astronomer Royal for Scotland Catherine Heymans and astrophysicist and comedian Joe Zuntz, following a screening of Sunset Reports, a beautiful and poetic film by artist Juliana Capes that describes an entire sunset for the visually impaired.
  • A closing night show by acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni.
  • The Edge of The Sky | Oir Nan Speur, a new, bilingual theatre adaptation of Roberto Trotta’s internationally acclaimed book in which the Italian astrophysicist attempts to tell the history of the Universe using only the 1,000 most frequently used words in the English language. Performed in English and Gaelic, this uniquely Hebridean take on Roberto’s book is created by sruth-mara (who produced the Lewis premiere of Julia Taudevin’s acclaimed Move-Gluasad) and is supported by Creative Scotland and Bord na Gaidhlig.
  • A Dark Skies exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by a group of Hebridean artists, curated by the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival and An Lanntair.
  • A science-themed comedy show with Bright Club, headlining a day of astronomy talks on the festival’s opening weekend.
  • The 4000 Nights of New York in 1988, a new live performance combining poetry and soundscapes by Lewis musician Peter Urpeth
  • Stargazing events across the island with Highland Astronomy plus indoor, weather-proof stargazing withCosmos Planetarium.
  • A night swim with Immerse Hebrides.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival was part-financed from 2019 to 2021 by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 programme, with additional funding from Caledonian MacBrayne.

The 2022 festival has been made possible by continued support from Caledonian MacBrayne and new funders Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Culture and Business Fund Scotland.

We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.

Our beautiful festival trailers are created by Isle of Lewis film-maker John Macdonald.