In keeping with the other cultural highlights on the Islay social calendar, this year’s Cantilena Festival on Islay will be enjoyed online and with the power of the internet, will be a global rather than local celebration of music.

2020 should have been the event’s 20th anniversary celebration, but due to the lockdown restrictions, the celebrations were put on ice and carried forward to this year. This has made the decision to not visit the island all the more heart-breaking, though somewhat expected.

Although disappointing, we are excited by the opportunity that hosting an online event presents. We hope that our supporters will enjoy listening to the familiar sounds of the Cantilena musicians from the comfort of their own home. It is also our hope that the concerts will be broadcast to a much wider global community and will create further interest in our events for future years.

Please stay tuned for more details on the virtual festival which will be released shortly!


2021 Festival

Cantilena are delighted to announce that the postponed festival will run from  4 – 9 July 2021.

Visit our News Page for more information, and news of our new Coordinator, Lauren McCormick.

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