Between Islands Project

In line with many other initiatives, the Between Islands Project found itself in a position where this year’s planned programme of activities had to be cancelled due to the COVID virus and ensuing lockdown situation.

The project had been working with a range of arts and heritage organisations from throughout the Western and Northern Isles in the creation of a collaborative series of events. Musical performances were planned for both Shetland Folk Festival and Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis, with workshops, lectures and museum exhibition launches planned throughout the summer and on each island group.

However, the project was saved by recreating the work in different formats, including the creation of online virtual exhibitions and the replacement of live music events with entirely new commissions.

Ultimately placing these activities online presented their own challenges, but ultimately there is both a tangible legacy to the project and of course that these resources can potentially be accessed by a much wider audience.

To that end there is now a website and a dedicated Between Islands YouTube channel which contains information on the project activities during 2020.

Between Islands Book and CD
The Between Islands Project Book (£10) and CD (£15) are available to buy via mail order from An Lanntair’s shop…
Please email your order to: (include a contact phone number), or phone on 01851 708480. Payment will be taken over phone-call and postage is set at £1.95 per item.

The Between Islands Book features articles written by museum curators and UHI staff involved in the Between Islands Project lecture series. And the double CD features music from the artist who had originally intended to perform both at the Shetland Folk Festival and the Hebridean Celtic Festival 2020; as well as collaborations by musicians from across Shetland, Orkney, and the Outer Hebrides, including Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever, Willie Campbell, and Saltfishforty.

For more information contact:
Alex Macdonald
Between Islands Project Coordinator

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Twitter – @between_islands
Instagram – betweenislandsscotland
YouTube Between Islands Channel