Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

Friday 5 Feb to Thursday 18 Feb

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival will return for its third year from Friday 5 February.

Like every festival we’re having to do things a bit differently this year, but we’ve risen to the challenge of lockdown with a substantial online programme of talks, workshops and music, including several free events and a weekly podcast.

The festival will still have a physical presence at An Lanntair with our two exhibitions, by astronomy-inspired artist collective Lumen and the winners of our Dark Skies Photography Competition. Entry to both is free so come and have a look from Saturday 6 February – or enjoy a preview from home at our online launch event on Friday 5 February.

You’ll find full details of our online programme below. This year you can experience the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival from anywhere in the world so please help spread the word!

NB: while our planned live events have had to be postponed (Kathryn Joseph and Lumen and Renzo Spiteri) or cancelled (our film programme, plus the Highland Astronomy events at Scaladale and Grinneabhat), all existing ticket-holders have already been contacted by email and can exchange tickets or request refunds when our box office reopens on Tuesday 19 January.

DARK SKIES ONLINE  – FULL PROGRAMME

WEEKLY FROM 16 JANUARY

Campfire Conversations, a weekly series of interviews with people from the worlds of astronomy, psychology and the arts, all free to listen to via An Lanntair’s website or by various podcast services via Transistor.FM.

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY

7pmFestival launch, to be broadcast live from An Lanntair and including a virtual tour of our festival exhibitions and an introduction to the festival programme.

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY

6pm – A live talk and Q&A session with climate scientist Tamsin Edwards

8.30pm – a live talk and Q&A session with award-winning TV presenter and author Dallas Campbell

MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY

7.30pm – Into Darkness, a two-part online creativity workshop with Mairi Gillies

8pm – A Memory of Darkness – a live online broadcast by Louise Beer of Lumen

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

7.30pm – Highland Astronomy, Live Online – a virtual stargazing event with astronomer Stephen Mackintosh

FROM THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY

A new piece of music by Renzo Spiteri, designed to be listened to in darkness.

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

6pm –  Lumen Printing Online Workshop with Rebecca Huxley of Lumen.

SATURDAY 20 JANUARY

10am –  Solargraph Making Online Workshop with Melanie King of Lumen

NB: our free Children’s Workshops on Friday 12 February and Saturday 13 February are still under review. It is possible that these will postponed or cancelled. Ticket-holders will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 programme, as well as new funding from Caledonian MacBrayne. We would also like to thank our event partners, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Calanais Visitor Centre, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI.