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Festival 2018 - Fèis 2018

Tachartasan ann am Baile / Town Events

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Wednesday 18th July to Friday 20th July - 11am daily: Free

Family Concerts

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.

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Wednesday 18th July to Saturday 21st July

Heuchter Teuchters

Look out for the Heuchter Teuchters on ‘holiday’ in Stornoway for HebCelt this July. Grannie Gaelic, Auntie Doric (it’s not a sad story she just never found a man she could thole to give house room) and then there’s the Mannie, and they will be coorsing around the streets looking for folks to blether with, anywhere and everywhere. In the Narrows, at the cafes, having a strùpag or a wee sensation, picnics in the sunshine (if we are so lucky). Telling stories in Gaelic and Scots, they might even try a venture into English – you never know.

The Narrows, Stornoway

Thursday 19th July to Saturday 21st July - 12.30pm and 3pm daily: all shows by donation

Let's Circus Street Show

Look out, the buskers are back! Catch Let’s Circus with two NEW shows each day, with their International street theatre and circus performers. For the first time ever, witness the death defying acrobatics of Australia’s Thomas the Break Engine and meet the real American Cowboy Duke Loopin.

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Thursday 19th July 2pm - 4pm and Friday 20th July - 3pm - 5pm: free

Beò Air an Rèidio / Live Radio

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s Caithream Ciuil programme 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. Best to get in early though, as space is limited.

Leaving from Perceval Square

Thursday 19th July - 6pm and Saturday 21st July - 1pm: Donations

Lewis Pipe Band Parade

Follow the band as they kick off proceedings leading to the opening of the main arena for the festival at the Castle Grounds on Thursday evening and again on Saturday afternoon.

Caladh Inn, James Street

Saturday 21st July from 9am

Celtic Dances

Open competition for Highland and Celtic Display dances. Morning session is for Highland Dance (under SOBHD rules), afternoon is given over to Celtic choreography for solo and group entries with children and adult sections. Dancing to their chosen piece of Celtic music this competition is open to all forms of Celtic Dance e.g. Scottish Stepdance, Irish, Cornish, etc. Trophies and medals are awarded to the winners of all sections. All welcome.

RNLI Lifeboat Station, Cromwell Street Quay

Saturday 21st July from 11am

Lifeboat 5k Fun Run

It might be festival Saturday but this regular feature of the final day is part of the Stornoway Lifeboat annual celebrations and takes the runners from the town centre through low road to Cuddy Point in the Castle Grounds and back. Not the most challenging route, but a good way to blow away the cobwebs. Registration from 10am. Contact Stornoway RNLI, for more information.

Bayhead Pitch

Saturday 21st July 2pm: Donations

Hebcelt Shinty Challenge Cup

The traditional clash between Lewis and Uist is an unmissable highlight of Festival Saturday; the camans swaying without warning, great athleticism, tremendous skill and never-say-die commitment will all be on show as the island rivals confront each other in the heart of Stornoway. If you've never been to a shinty match, make the historic HebCelt Challenge Cup your first.


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