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SheepFest Online 2021

Explore and enjoy our online selection of
short films, workshops and events
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Short film

Introducing SheepFest Online 2021, and the history of the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival

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Kate Traill Price

SheepFest Committee,

Online and Website

When

Monday 26 July

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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A North Ronaldsay sheep keeper of Milton Keynes

Live event - (also online)

What's different about managing the rare breed outside the island - and what's the same? Assistant Sheepkeeper Robert talks us through. 

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Robert Brewis

SheepFest Committee,

Treasurer

When

Wednesday 28 July, 8pm

Where

Bird Observatory, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or stream online

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Rivlins Workshop

Live workshop - North Ronaldsay

Try your hand at making your own rivlins, either with traditional skins or felt. 

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Fiona Sanderson, Neil Leask

Artist and Metal Worker,

Guest Speaker

When

Saturday 31 July, 12pm - 4pm

Where

Community Centre, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along and try your hand at making your own rivlin! FREE

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Live music 

Live event - North Ronaldsay / online

Get your toes tapping to the fabulous sounds of Orkney musicians Karen Tweed, Dawn Johnston and Fionn McArthur. 

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Karen Tweed, Fionn McArthur, Dawn Johnston

Guest Musicians

When

Tuesday 3 August, 8pm

Where

Live music session

Bird Observatory, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or stream online.

Download your PDF sheet music to play along at home

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SheepFest Quiz

Live event - North Ronaldsay / online

Our traditional end-of-year Quiz gets digital, with teams competing online and in the island. All welcome. 

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JD Price

Guest Quiz Master

When

Friday 6 August, 8pm

Where

Bird Observatory, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or Zoom into the quiz.

All welcome - in teams or solo. FREE TO ENTER. Zoom details here

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(Re)Building the SheepDyke

Video

Time-lapse footage shows the process and progress of re-building the island's ancient sheepdyke.

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James Wilson

SheepFest Committee,

Merchandise 

When

Tuesday 27 July

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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Wildlife on North Ronaldsay

Short film

A look at the island's flora, fauna, birdlife and natural habitats.

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Sara Macias Rodriguez

SheepFest Committee,

Admin

When

Thursday 29 July

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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Interview with an Islander

Short film

North Ronaldsay resident and sheepkeeper Sinclair Scott gives us a firsthand account on the history of the sheepdyke and the historic island 'toonships'. 

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Sara Macias Rodriguez, Heather Woodbridge

SheepFest Committee,

Admin and Festival Director

When

Monday 2 August

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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The lives of North Ronaldsay's shells

Short Film

A look at the island's shells and their nautical inhabitants.

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James Wilson

SheepFest Committee,

Merchandise

When

Wednesday 4 August

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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Weaving Workshop

Workshop - North Ronaldsay / online

Learn to weave your own North Ronaldsay yarn coaster!

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Helen Galland

Wooly Wally

When

Tuesday 27 July, 10am - 1pm

Where

Community Centre, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or stream online.

(You can purchase your own weaving kit on the day, which contains enough native yarn, card loom and weaving sticks to make two coasters)

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From Sheepskin to Shoe - a Story of Rivlins

Live event - North Ronaldsay/online

Talk and demonstration about 'Rivlins' - the traditional North Ronaldsay footwear made of sheepskin.

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Fiona Sanderson

Artist and Metal Worker,

Guest Speaker

When

Friday 30 July, 8pm

Where

Bird Observatory, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or watch online from 8pm on Friday 31st

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Short Film

A look at seven of our most common island seaweeds and tangles - the main food of the native sheep.

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Alexandra Wright

SheepFest Committee,

Secretary

When

Tuesday 3 August

Where

Online

How

Watch here

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Knitting Workshop - Knit your own Stan Stane scarf!

Workshop - North Ronaldsay / online

Knit along using our SheepFest exclusive 'Stan Stane' (Standing Stone) pattern.

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Sam Bullen

Artist

When

Thursday 5 August, 9am - 12pm

Where

Community Centre, North Ronaldsay

How

Come along or stream online.

(Buy your own exclusive Stan Stane knitting kit on the day)

We hope you enjoy our online offering for 2021 - and hope to see you in person next year! - SheepFest Committee

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This year's SheepFest is dedicated to the memory of Dr Kevin Woodbridge.

A familiar face both on and off the sheepdyke, Kevin was instrumental in the success of our first ever Sheep Festival, and worked tirelessly to guide our team of volunteers throughout the years. 

We won't forget his generosity and support.