It’s an action packed festival weekend for team VJP Media.
Combining music, literature and performance this year’s Solas Festival in Tibbermore, Perthshire could be the best yet. Dubbed ‘Scotland’s best kept secret’, s identity and place in the wider world ahead of the September referendum.
An all-star line up includes Liz Lochhead, King Creosote, Josie Long, Robin Ince, James Robertson and Shelagh McDonald. And with music, a mini film festival, comedians, circus performers, writers, talks, debates, theatre and dance all on display there really should be something for everybody. www.solasfestival.com
This year St Magnus International Festival celebrates connections with Norway and Italy and the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as well as Scotland’s Year of Homecoming. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, the Trondheim Soloists, Sergei Leiferkus, Nicholas Daniel, Joan Rodgers, the Fidelio Trio, Astrid String Quartet and Hugo Ticciati all take to the stage across the week long festival.
Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop was in Kirkwall to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution at a concert headlined by some of Norway’s most acclaimed classical musicians – the five-time Grammy Award-nominated Trondheim Soloists. www.stmagnusfestival.com