Northern Lights Festival

Photo by Barry Scollay

In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

Northern Lights Festival is a large-scale outdoor light and arts festival celebrating Wick Harbour and the Caithness Coastline. Taking over the harbour, a visually stunning projection show will combine with live pop-up performances in a unique event marking Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

The festival will be an immersive visual perspective exploring the heritage and history of the Far North of Scotland whilst honouring those who live and work here today. With day time happenings, nightly pop-up performances, coastal culinary treats and a special closing procession, Northern Lights Festival aims to shine a light on this magical corner of Scotland.

The festival is planned to go ahead from Friday 8 October to Saturday 16 October 2021. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Supported by Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/21.

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