Phew… what a weekend!
Thank you to every single person who made the 40th Orkney Folk Festival such a roaring success. We are very proud to still be going strong at forty years young, let alone to have well and truly surpassed all previous attendance records in our anniversary year, with over 8,500 tickets sold across the weekend.
To all of our amazing artists, visiting and based in Orkney, thank you for a tremendous weekend. It was a joy to have everyone in Stromness and across the county, and just a shame we have to say cheerio after four days together. Thanks also to our amazing production crews, on sound, light and stage, as well as the many staff and volunteers working in venues over the weekend. It’s a very busy weekend for folks behind the scenes, and we owe an enormous debt of thanks to everyone who plays a part in putting bringing our events to life.
We couldn’t stage the festival without a considerable level of financial support, whether in cash or in kind. A great many local and national businesses sponsor both the festival and individual events throughout our programme – thank you all so, so much – and there are a few key funding bodies to whom we owe an extra special thank you: Orkney Islands Council, EventScotland and Creative Scotland. Without all of this support, at whatever level, we could not bring you the festival as it is today.
It takes nothing short of an army to pull a festival of this scale together, and whilst biased ours is a very special one. To every one of our volunteers, and every committee and board member (all of whom work on the event voluntarily) – you’re amazing, and we can’t do it without you.
And lastly, thank you to you – our brilliant audiences. Whether you attended one show, or packed in ten or more over the weekend, thank you all so much for making the festival the success it is today. In continually challenging times, we cannot say thank you enough for continuing to support live music, our festival, and Orkney as a whole.
We can’t wait to do it all over again… May 23-26, 2024, we’ll see you at the 41st!
All the best,
Team Orkney Folk Festival