Wednesday, 17th July – Friday, 19th July, 11am – 12pm
Martin's Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, Stornoway: Free
Bring along the young ones and relax in the company of some fine musicians, this fabulous family event provides the ideal opportunity for the young ones to experience their first festival concert. The event is free and unticketed but do get there early to avoid disappointment.
Beò air an Rèidio / Live Radio
Wednesday, 17th July - Friday, 19th July, 2pm - 4pm
Martin's Memorial Hall, Stornoway: Free
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal will be broadcasting live afternoon sessions from HebCelt, featuring the cream of festival performers. These free sessions are open to all to drop in and out of though it is best to get in early, as space is limited.
Danns a' Rathaid / Street Dance
Thursday, 18th July, 4pm
Point Street (outside An Lanntair): Free
Get your dancing shoes on and come along and join in the fun. Music will be led by local musicians and the dance isn't that complicated, honestly. Great fun and superb exercise for all ages and abilities.
Album Launch: James Duncan Mackenzie
Thursday, 18th July, 2pm
Crown Hotel Bar: Free
The long awaited launch of this debut album of self-penned tunes by local musician James Duncan Mackenzie of Breabach. Featuring some of the amazing musicians who guest on his album including Alasdair White (Battlefield Band), Matheu Watson and Hamish Napier. Buy a dram, enjoy the tunes, and get your CD.
Pipe Band Parade
Thursday, 18th July, 6pm
Saturday, 20th July, 1pm
Town Centre to Festival Arena
Follow the band as they kick off proceedings leading to the opening of the main arena for the festival at the Castle Grounds.
Saturday, 20th July, 10am
Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway
Open competition for Highland and Celtic Display dances. SOBHD rules for Highland Dances, Celtic Display are open with two sections for group and solo dances. A fantastic opportunity to take part in or watch some traditional dancing. All welcome.
Contact and entry details from here.
Hebridean Celtic Festival Shinty Challenge Cup
Saturday, 20th July, 2pm
Bayhead Pitch, Stornoway: Donations
The sport of the Gael in the Hebrides is on the up in a big way, with both teams competing in leagues on the mainland and bringing through youngsters. This fixture is now a traditional part of Festival Saturday and always attracts a big crowd. This year's match is set to be the best match yet. Uist won the cup last year so Lewis will be hungry for revenge. A great spectacle is always guaranteed when these fierce Hebridean rivals clash - don't miss the opportunity to come along and see Scotland's original national sport played in the heart of Stornoway.