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A music, cinema and creative industries centre on Lerwick’s quayside.
Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.
Sited right on the edge of the North Sea on the historic Hay’s Dock quayside in Lerwick beside the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel offers a stunning setting for performance, production, studying or just relaxing with a coffee enjoying the view and watching the seals and seabirds bobbing just outside the windows.
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Mareel offers top quality facilities with a live performance auditorium which can be arranged for standing room, theatre seating, cabaret seating, or bespoke options. The two cinema screens show a varied programme of film, including event and arthouse cinema and Screen 2 is available for private hire. The venue also provides rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, education and training spaces, a state of the art digital media production suite, broadcast facilities, exhibition spaces and a cafe bar with a great menu and free high speed wi-fi internet access. BonhogaShop@Mareel offers a small but regularly changing collection of design-led goods, crafts, cards and books, an extension of the popular shop at Bonhoga Gallery in Weisdale. Gift vouchers are available, which can be used at any Shetland Arts venue (including for cinema).
The venue provides an exciting year round programme of film, live music, education and other performance events. It is a hub and a focus for the creative communities not just in Shetland but beyond, and a catalyst for the creative industry sector in Shetland.
Drawing upon its very special remote, yet well connected location, live acts not only get to experience the inspiring landscapes and seascapes of Shetland but also enjoy the world-renowned hospitality of Shetland people.