After several years of planning, and a summer of reminiscences, reacquaintances, music and activities, Shetland Hamefarin 2010 has been hailed a resounding success by the organisers, visiting hamefarers and the local community
The Shetland Hamefarin 2010 is official underway, following an opening ceremony held yesterday in the Clickimin Leisure Centre.
A young Hamefarer from Aberdeenshire has won the competition to name the special Hamefarin galley from nearly 130 entries.
Serpentine Drama are busy rehearsing two plays to be performed at the Hamefarin.
Pre-order your copy of A Kist of Emigrants and have it signed by the author, J Laughton Johnston.
With the Hamefarin fast approaching, the Up Helly Aa committee have been busy building a galley ready for the Viking Parade and are running a competition to name the specially adapted galley.
Day and evening sailing trips on the SWAN LK243 have proved extremely popular - so much so that an extra trip has been organised.
In preparation for the Hamefarin, Shetland Family History Society and the network of local history groups are keen to hear from Hamefarers who are interested in researching their family history.
Tickets for the Shetland Hamefarin 2010 key concerts and local area coach trips are now on general sale. You can buy tickets for the Tammy Anderson Tribute Concert, Hamefarin Dance, Final Fling and various Coach Trips online or over the phone from today.
Entries are invited for the Shetland Hamefarin 2010 Quilting Challenge
Plans for Shetland Hamefarin 2010 continue to take shape as the countdown for the event begins.
Hamefarin organiser Douglas Irvine was delighted to speak on ABC Radio with Christopher Lawrence on his Evening show. Listen to an audio clip from the show.
Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant is starting 2010 with a fresh look, a newly appointed customer services manager and plans for special events over the coming months.
The Hamefarin Quilt project is gathering momentum as the Hamefarin gets closer. Exiles from all over the world are providing Ann Hill in Dumfries with their own personal blocks representing their interests and connections with Shetland. Ann is putting the blocks together to form a quilt which will be presented to the people of Shetland at a ceremony during next year’s Shetland Hamefarin.
As part of the Shetland Hamefarin celebrations Shetland Museum and Archives is developing a special exhibition and are appealing for images and objects relating to Shetland emigrants.
The Hamefarin Quilt will be launched at the Town Hall on Thursday 9th October 2008 by Sandy Cluness, Convener of Shetland Islands Council and Ann Hill, a keen quilter, who was born in Shetland and now lives in Dumfries.
We are delighted to announce that Shetland Forwirds, the organisation set up to promote the use of the Shetland dialect, has joined the effort to make the Shetland Hamefarin 2010 programme as varied as possible
The emblem for the Shetland Hamefarin 2010 has been agreed by the Hamefarin Committee. Designed by Andrew Morrison of Shetland Litho, the emblem represents the journey home and the growing excitement for the traveller as the land appears from the sea in the near distance. It also reflects Shetland’s strong relationship with the sea, until recently the main link between the isles and the world that thousands of Shetlanders have travelled. The warm oranges and reds of the sky recall the long, magical summer night – the Simmer Dim, stressing Shetland’s unique northern location. This glowing sky is also a symbol of Shetland’s fiery heritage.
To mark the Hamefarin in June 2010 a book on Shetland’s emigrants has been commissioned by the Shetland Hamefarin 2010 Committee. The author will be Laughton Johnston who has already published several books on Shetland, most notably ‘A Naturalist’s Shetland’.
The Shetland Hamefarin 2010 Committee is pleased to report that plans are progressing well for the 50th anniversary of the first Hamefarin, which took place in 1960.
The dates for Shetland Hamefarin 2010 have been set by the organising committee. A mid summer event has been favoured between the 14th and 27th June 2010. From day one to day 14 a packed programme of events is being organised to attract as many people as possible back to Shetland to celebrate 50 years of Hamefarin.
The Shetland Hamefarin 2010 Website has been up and running for 8 weeks and we now have well over 100 people who have registered their interest in the event. This is very encouraging so early in the planning phase.
Shetland Hamefarin 2010 is pleased to announce the launch of its website, www.shetlandhamefarin.com.