Mareel will be hosting some of the events in the Tall Ships Races Lerwick 2023 programme in Mareel.

We've put together a handy schedule of all things happening in our building during the week Monday 24 July - Sunday 30 July - feel free to save this to your phone or desktop so you can see it at a glance.

You can find more information about the events below.

A few things to note:

  • Mareel building will be open from 12:30pm (Wed - Sat).

  • Our cinema programme will be running as usual during the week - you can find our list of screenings on our website:

  • Mareel's cafe bar will be closed during the week, however we will be serving hot drinks from our front desk and our usual snacks and cold drinks will also be available from the kiosk. A tuck shop will be available in the auditorium during the discos.

  • We will have event bars open during the Late Night DJ Sessions, open to customers with tickets for the sessions only.

  • We will be closed on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Sunday 29 July.


Wednesday 26 July - Saturday 29 July, 2pm - 3pm (Free - Unticketed)

Musicians and long-time collaborators Renzo Spiteri and Ben Murray present FRAM, a new performance of songs, spoken word and soundscapes commissioned on occasion of The Tall Ships Races (Lerwick) programme of events.

FRAM (Shetland dialect word meaning far off, out to sea) takes its audiences on an immersive journey using tales, myths and reflections about the sea, about sailing and about humankind’s relationship with the waters that surround us. A phenomenon that has inspired so many artistic expressions, the sea takes centre stage in this live performance that merges Renzo’s use of percussion, field recordings and evocative effects with Ben’s voice, piano and accordion. Old sea songs, well-known writings and new compositions are complemented with projected images that are being designed by Renzo purposely for this new work.

Find out more here.

Marjolein Robertson Storytelling

Thursday 27 July - Saturday 29 July, 1pm - 2pm (Free - Unticketed)

Join award-winning comedian and storyteller Marjolein Robertson for a selection of Shetland Folk tales. Expect Trowies, Njuggles, Hexies and more!

Suitable for all the family.

Chill Out Zone

Wednesday 26 July - Saturday 29 July, 3pm - 5pm (Free - Unticketed)

Mareel is providing a calm space with tables, chairs and colouring books etc. for anyone who needs a little break from all the activity outside.

Drop in to recuperate, regenerate and re-energize.

Roller Disco (6 - 12 Years)

Wednesday 26 July, 6pm - 8pm (Free - Unticketed)

Bring your own roller skates, roller blades, scooters and zip around to the sounds of Discobobulator.

Tuck shop and soft drinks bar open.

*No hoverboards please!*

Disco (12 - 17 Years)

Thursday 27 July, 6pm - 8pm (Free - Unticketed)

Under 18 disco with your host Discobobulator.

Tuckshop and soft drinks bar open.

Late Night DJ Sessions (18+)

Wednesday 26 July (10pm - 1am)

Local talent Robert Elphinstone and Gordon Comrie have the decks - Gordon has played DJ sets at the two previous Tall Ships Races events so is now a veteran performer!

Tickets still available here.

Thursday 27 July (9pm - 3am) - SOLD OUT

Electric Soup provide the tunes for Thursday night, the first of the later closing times!

Friday 28 July (9pm - 3am) - SOLD OUT

Visiting artists Roberta Pia and DJ Dolphin Boy provide the tracks for Friday night’s session.

Saturday 29 July (9pm - 3am) - SOLD OUT

Finally, the sessions round off with Basement Monkey’s!

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