An Lanntair arts centre announced today (Monday 11 January) that the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is to change format and shrink in size.

The majority of events are to move online, with the option for ticket-holders to exchange their tickets or ask for a refund. Others have had to be cancelled and some remain as programmed.

Festival programmer Andrew Eaton-Lewis said: “While we hoped that lockdown rules would have eased by February, we always had contingency plans in place in case a festival of live events proved to be impossible, which now seems highly likely.

“While we’re sad to postpone some key events, one advantage of an online programme is that you can experience it from anywhere and we hope to use this opportunity to bring the festival to an even wider audience, and to continue to provide something for people to look forward to during this most challenging of winters.”

Postponed are the opening and closing night shows, Kathryn Joseph and Lumen and Stillness by Renzo Spiteri.

The Highland Astronomy events at Scaladale and Grinneabhat have had to be cancelled, as has the festival’s film programme, but two festival exhibitions, by astronomy-inspired artist collective Lumen and the winners of this year’s Dark Skies photography competition, will go ahead as planned. Entry to both exhibitions is free.

Also going ahead as planned is the Hebridean Night Swim with Immerse Hebrides.

Talks by TV presenter Dallas Campbell and climate scientist Tamsin Edwards will now be offered online, as will workshops with Lumen and Highland Astronomy and Campfire Conversations in association with The Scotsman.

The revised programme of events can be found here

Pictures: Talks by Dallas Campbell and Tamsin Edwards are to move online.