This year’s Eilean Dorcha Festival will take place virtually on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Facebook page on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of July. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar says it is delighted to be hosting the online festival and would like to thank everyone who has made this possible.

The Comhairle has been broadcasting weekly Cèilidhs on its Facebook page and welcomes the opportunity to host a range of talented artists who have performed at the festival over the years.

"The 5th anniversary of the EDF Festival will go ahead on our virtual platform as well as the Festival’s own Facebook page later this month."

Roddy Mackay is the Development Manager of the EDF Festival as well as one of the local Councillors for Benbecula and North Uist and recognised the opportunity to use the Comhairle platform to broadcast the festival online.

He said, “I feel that the Comhairle page is the perfect place to broadcast the EDF Festival online.  I am delighted that we have been able to work together to ensure that the EDF Festival does go ahead virtually. I have been really impressed with the Comhairle Cèilidh performances which have taken place throughout lockdown, the Cèilidhs have helped keep people entertained and have become a part of people’s weekly routines. They are greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

"This would have been the 5th anniversary of the Festival and we felt it was important to find a way of keeping it going despite the restrictions. We wanted to support the bands without whom we simply wouldn’t have a festival, this is our opportunity to support them in their hour of need.

"I would like to thank the artists for making this happen, they have gone above and beyond and taken the time to record performances for the event for no charge and have helped to create what is sure to be a fantastic weekend of music.”