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Our team will be out and about in Lerwick on Up Helly Aa day, broadcasting live at various times. Check back here during Up Helly Aa day (Tuesday 30th January) for freshly updated posts, tweets and images from social media, all in one place.
Watch live coverage of the Fiery Sessions from Lerwick's Garrison Theatre, featuring:
The Shetland Amenity Trust will be broadcasting this year's Up Helly Aa procession live. Coverage begins at 1900 GMT on Tuesday 30th. The procession itself with begin at 1930 GMT.
We'll be sharing it with you here on the LIVE tab, and on our Facebook page.
All times are provisional and subject to change.
For 24 hours, on the last Tuesday of January, Lerwick leads the way for annual community celebrations of Shetland’s viking heritage.
"There will be no postponement for weather". That's a defiant boast by Shetland's biggest fire festival, considering it's held in mid-winter on the same latitude as southern Greenland. But it's true: gales, sleet and snow have never yet stopped the Up Helly Aa guizers of Lerwick from burning their Viking galley - and then dancing the dawn away.
Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It's a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland history, and a triumphant demonstration of islanders' skills and spirit. This northern Mardi Gras, run entirely by volunteers, lasts just one day (and all the following night). But it takes several thousand people 364 days to organise. Much of the preparation is in strictest secrecy. The biggest secret of all is what the head of the festival, the 'Guizer Jarl', will wear and which character from the Norse Sagas he'll represent.
It sounds wonderful, and it is; but if you miss the Lerwick festival, don’t worry: From Sumburgh in the South Mainland to Norwick in Unst, there are local versions of Up Helly Aa, all welcoming to visitors and each with its own unique identity.
Read more @ shetland.org.
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