Friday 30th October 2020,
Frontiers Magazine

2020 Festival Going Digital

Howie Firth April 2, 2020 NEWS
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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Orkney International Science Festival is being given a new format for this September.

We’re responding to the challenge by joining the growing pattern of home delivery, to bring the entire Festival to everyone who would like to access it, wherever they are.

2020 will be the 30th year of the Festival which is a special reason to try out new ideas, and reach even more people. The plans are currently being revised, with an overall vision of expressing the true Festival spirit, in fresh, lively and interactive formats that enable every home to feel a part of it.

We’re examining every aspect of the programme to see how it can best be expressed in a virtual/online/digital/home-accessed format – talks, outings, walks, workshops, and events with music, or food and drink.

It has long been a vision to expand the Festival online to enable greater participation, and we’ve made various experiments in previous years with videoing and live streaming. For the new situation this year will be able to build on these as part of the big move forward.

Once developed, the infrastructure for online delivery will be in place for future years, to accompany site delivery in Orkney when this is able to return again.

We are looking forward to being back soon with updates of progress and plans!

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About The Author

Howie Firth

Dr Howie Firth is a writer and physicist from Orkney, with a deep interest in history and philosophy. He is director of Orkney International Science Festival.