Laldie Haans - Program Launch

Laldie Haans - logo design by iDesign

Plans for Orkney's first craft festival, Laldie Haans are underway and Elaine Henderson, the festival Director is ready to launch the finalised program for the 3 day event.

There will be as many as 44 events and creative happenings taking place throughout mainland Orkney and the outer isles to ensure that as many people as possible are able to take part and be included.

In addition to this there will be a special dinner taking place on the 28th of April at the Standing Stones hotel in Stenness. Festival participants are all welcome along to meet with like-minded creatives. There is also a special craft themed screening at the West End Cinema in Stromness on Saturday 30th April, and an Open Studios Tour of Orkney Craft Association members' studios and workshops on the 1st of May.

Laldie Haans will host workshops and events for all ages covering: hand knitting; soap stone carving; origami sculpture; maritime knot-work; wet felting; up-cycling, basket weaving; Neolithic pottery; hand weaving; theatre makeup; digital photography; pinhole camera and many many more exciting activities. Tutors are all experts in their fields and will be travelling from as far as Shetland and Cambridge – and include many of Orkney Craft Association's members - to share their skills and enthusiasm.

You will be able to book places for all of the events here on the Orkney Craft Association online shop. Keep eyes peeled as we're expecting places to go fast! Brochures with the full program listings can also be found out and around libraries, cafes and venues across Orkney by the end of the month but if you can't wait, you can also download the program here.

Elaine was on BBC Radio Orkney today speaking about Laldie Haans – you can listen here. 19 mins 12 secs in.

If you have any questions, queries or would like to be involved in any way please contact Elaine at