Shetland Arts

Wordplay 2021: Identity, creativity and a strong sense of place

THE LATE Orkney writer, George Mackay Brown once wrote that “the imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves; a return to reality.” Over the last year reality for many has been a challenging place to be but Brown’s words remind us that the power of the imagination […] Shetland News …


Welcome back to Screenplay – ‘we’re still here!’

ALTHOUGH the 2021 festival is shorter in duration than in previous years, it makes up for it in the quality and substance of the films; bringing the voices of peoples from across the world, uniting a global community centred upon cultural uniqueness and diversity. After a year of lockdowns and Covid scares, it is indeed […] Shetland News …


Exploring what makes us who we are

AT THE end of April, the Garrison doors opened once more to Islesburgh Drama Group as they rehearsed and then performed and filmed their latest play You Made Me: Oliver. Written by Stephenie Pagulayan and directed by Morag Mouat, the play centres around the eponymous Oliver and his various relationships with four key women in […] Shetland News …


MSP repeats call for testing, Fishermen’s Mission funding, archive film exhibition, youth arts grants, offshore SAR contract

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has reiterated her call for coronavirus testing for people travelling to the isles after a government official suggested island communities with low infection rates should be protected. National clinical director professor Jason Leitch said this morning in a parliament committee: “I would say if Orkney get to single figure numbers, we […] Shetland News …


Couper brothers bring much needed feel-good factor

“HOW cool is this?” beamed Ross Couper as he and brother Ryan took to the Mareel stage on Saturday lunchtime. Midway through Shetland’s first proper-gig-with-a-crowd since March he spoke of it being “such a buzz” to play live again, though it’s fair to say the brothers’ demeanour had already given that away. Their hour-long set, […] Shetland News …


Local musicians philosophical and resilient in the face of Covid-19 havoc

ORDINARILY Shetland’s music community would be looking forward to a host of festive season shindigs to warm the cockles and raise the spirits. There’d be carol concerts, kids’ concerts, a sell-out night with First Foot Soldiers on clue-up Friday, a glitzy Hogmanay gathering at Mareel, a couple of popular tribute acts and maybe even some […] Shetland News …