Along with almost all Arts promoters in the country we suspended , early in the lockdown, putting on any events in order to protect the health of audiences, artists, accommodation and transport providers, fellow organisers and anyone else involved in our bringing fine professional artists to perform here.
The 2020 programme had got off to a great start in February, with Scottish Opera’s “Highlights” night being relished by an audience of a hundred mostly locals. What would have been our biggest event, the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival scheduled for mid-September in partnership with Jazz Scotland, is of course also a victim of the Covid virus. Other planned presentations would have delivered another multi-arts programme through the year, including two classical music concerts, a kid’s show, folk music from Scotland and France, an Alan Bisset play, and possibly another drama: the hope is that many or all can be rescheduled once it it absolutely safe to do so. And we aim to rearrange what would have been a novel outdoor performance from “Pianocean”. This is an ocean-going boat, but with a piano that rises from below deck, when the French singer and pianist Marieka performs a selection of works. One or two Islay piers should be the venues for this in summer next year.
Announcements of all Islay Arts Association’s intentions will be made here, and advertised in the Ileach and on Facebook, the volunteer committee very much looks forward to continuing our work delivering top-quality performances to the island.