The new international arts festival and Carnival for Harris is on next week, Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th August, showcasing the best of local talent alongside visiting Scottish and International actors, singers, musicians and visual artists (The full Festival programme is below).

Stornoway-based Rural Nations have been able to secure Creative Europe funding to develop this new Arts Festival and Carnival as part of a collaborative project with five other international theatre companies including artists from Sweden, Latvia, France and Portugal.

The Festival presents a wide range of tastes in music and performance catering for local people and visitors, with the aim of presenting Harris as a creative and exciting place to live and to showcase our unique Gaelic culture alongside international performances from visiting international partners. The Creative Industries are a major part of island life and economy in Harris with many skilled artists, musicians and craft makers living on the islands.

Festival programme:

Wednesday 1st August:

  • 10.30 AM - 4 PM: Reclaim Arts Conference Day with University of Uppsala (Talla na Mara, South Harris)
  • 8 PM: A Midsummer Night's dream (Tarbert Community Centre)

Thursday 2nd August: 

  • 10 AM: Festival Launch (Tarbert Masonic Lodge)
  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Reclaim Portraits Exhibition (Calmac Office)
  • 10 AM - 4 PM: Craft Market (Tarbert Community Centre)
  • 10.30 AM - 5 PM: Artists Rooms Exhibitions Programme (Tarbert village venues)
  • 11 AM - 5 PM: Harris Archive Films (Tarbert Masonic Hall)
  • 1.45 PM: 'Eve vs Lucy' Outdoor Performance (Luskentyre Beach)
  • 7 PM: Jazz musicians (The Mission House, Finsbay)
  • 7.30 PM: 'Trans/mission' Theatre and Music show (Leverburgh Village Hall)

Friday 3rd August:

  • 1 PM: Harris Carnival Parade (Tarbert village)
  • 1.30 PM - 5 PM: Community performances, Swedish & Hebridean choir performance and more (Tarbert, Church of Scotland car park)
  • 10 AM - 4 PM: Craft Market (Tarbert Community Centre)
  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Artists Rooms Exhibitions Programme (Tarbert village venues)
  • 11 AM - 5 PM: Harris Archive films (Masonic Hall Tarbert)
  • 4 PM: 'Eve vs. Lucy' Outdoor Performance (Harris Hotel Garden)
  • 7.30 PM: Psalmboat project (The Bays Centre & outside)
  • 8.30 PM till late: Music Showcase (Harris Hotel)

Saturday 4th August:

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Artists Rooms Exhibition Programme (Tarbert village)
  • 10 AM - 4 PM: Craft Market (Tarbert Community Centre)
  • 11 AM - 5 PM: Harris Archive Films (Masonic Hall Tarbert)
  • 2 PM: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Leverburgh Village Hall)
  • 2 PM: 'Trans/mission' (Scalpay Hall)
  • 5.30 PM: 'Days to be' (Tarbert Community Centre)
  • 8 PM: Showcase & Ceilidh - Closing event (Tarbert Community Centre)

Festival and Carnival organisers are looking for more local people to get involved in the Harris Carnival

  • We need volunteers as stewards during the parade and in the venues.
  • We need more local groups to take part in the Parade by dressing up and creating small floats giving humorous views of local life or politics. (Be creative, use bikes, skateboards, prams anything you have to hand and most importantly have fun!)


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To sign up to the carnival parade and as a helper contact: Annalie Sinfield Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01859 530496