Shetland has a thriving cultural life and music is at the heart of much of it. Every genre has its followers in Shetland; folk, jazz, country and blues enthusiasts have their own festivals. There’s classical music from a local orchestra and occasional visiting ensembles. Events take place in local community halls throughout the islands, as well as in Lerwick; traditional dances are a very special part of rural life.
Our superb arts centre, Mareel, offers a concert hall and two cinemas showing a wide range of films and occasional productions from London’s west end stage via National Theatre Live. Many people take part in amateur and youth drama, often presented in the Garrison Theatre. Shetland is firmly established on the British comedy circuit, too: recent visitors have included Ross Noble, Dylan Moran and Mark Steel.
There are galleries to visit in Lerwick, Weisdale and Yell, with every kind of visual art and craft represented in exhibitions by our many practising artists or those from farther afield. We have an annual literary festival, too.
When it’s time for a drink or a meal, our restaurants and cafés offer excellent local produce, including the freshest of seafood and tasty Shetland lamb. There’s a selection of pubs and bars, plus a nightclub.
It may seem a long way, and yes, there is a ferry crossing (or maybe more than one) involved. But there is no special difficulty in moving your household goods to Shetland, with many removal companies to choose from. You can use a company based in your own home area or here in Shetland.