18-25th June 2021

We are currently all going through the most extraordinary times and I’m afraid that it is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that we must cancel the 2020 St Magnus International Festival due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  Obviously, the safety and well-being of our audience, staff, volunteers and performers is at the heart of decision-making and with advice from Government, Council, funders and other agencies we know that this is the right thing to do.

This year’s programme was full of a wonderful array of performers and we will be working hard to let you see most of that in 2021 for our delayed 44th Festival.   We hope that everyone finds ways through this period and we all emerge on the other side hungry for live performance and summer, festival nights.  

We recognise that the economy for those working in the Arts is precarious, and at times like this an even greater strain is placed on individuals and organisations. For our Patrons and Benefactors if you feel that you can leave your subscription in place for next year then this would be most generous, if you would like a refund then please contact us at

All of the team have done wonderful work putting something together that we’re now having to dismantle, so our thanks to them and to you for your patience.

Please take care of yourselves and the ones you love. Below is a snapshot of better times and what we're all about.


St Magnus International Festival, 13 Albert Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HP

T: +44 (0)1856 871445


St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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