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Invitation to hop over the Pentland Firth for Kirkwall’s Festival of Light

By Ali Morrison

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The light festival will brighten up the dark nights in Orkney.
The light festival will brighten up the dark nights in Orkney.

If you’re in need of something to brighten up these dark winter evenings, head across to Orkney where the inaugural Kirkwall BID Festival of Light makes its much-anticipated debut.

This celebration of light and fire is set to spark more visits to the town with a dazzling array of attractions for all ages, from February 1-4, between 4pm and 7.30pm.

Laura Bruce, Kirkwall BID manager, said: “The event is to set to create the perfect opportunity for people to join friends and family for a drink, something to eat and a wander around the town to take in this spectacle of light and enjoy performances from fire artists.”

You can enjoy all the excitement from the Travelling Light Circus at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirk Green and Broad Street.

The festival aims to illuminate the town, both literally and figuratively, fostering a sense of community and joy with fire shows, light displays and a Kirkwall City Pipe Band performance for everyone to finish.

Local artists via UHI Orkney have designed and created willow light sculptures which are on display in Age Orkney, Victoria Street, and local businesses will be illuminating their windows throughout the town.

Why not light up your tastebuds and visit some of our amazing local cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy some of their fantastic menus and winter deals, the organisers ask.

The festival caters to people of all ages, with interactive light displays which will ‘wow’ everyone.

The Pendulum Wave Machine from the Travelling Light Circus, who will be in Kirkwall in February.
The Pendulum Wave Machine from the Travelling Light Circus, who will be in Kirkwall in February.

The event will finish with a Grand Parade of Lights featuring the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, members of the community and their dazzling lanterns and colourful costumes on Sunday evening.

Cheryl Chapman, Kirkwall BID chair, said: “Swap your normal February tea-time for tea lights and come down and join the entertainment! We are really pleased to have pulled this together to ignite more interest for the town. A big thanks to Laura and the team.”

Laura added: “Kirkwall BID is extremely lucky to have the support of local businesses in the form of sponsorship, donations in kind and equipment. We couldn’t do this event without the Lotto Community Fund, Northlink Ferries and Orkney Builders, and we are incredibly grateful to them.”

Kirkwall BID is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the Kirkwall BID area and supporting local businesses. This inclusive community event hopes to bring people together and reminds them of all that is on offer in Kirkwall town centre.

You can follow Kirkwall BID on social media for the latest updates and announcements, and add your own posts and pictures from the event using #KirkwallFestivalofLight.

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