The 1st Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival - PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS ART FESTIVAL is an international contemporary art festival (mainly experimental film and video art in connection with visual art, performance, music and architecture) holding place in unique settings of extreme remoteness of the island Papa Westray (aka Papay, or Papey in Meiri), and in the time of extreme winter weather conditions. The idea of the festival has originated from the ancient Papay tradition of The Night of The Gyros (or Gygr, Gryla, Grylur, Grøleks, Skeklers as its know in other Nordic countries), which till the beginning of 20s century was celebrated on the island in the first full moon of February. Against as reconstructing what is gone and almost forgotten, the Festival is a reflection on the folktale, the island's landscape and heritage as well as interpretation of tradition and ritual through new developments in art, music and architecture. The Festival as a Research lab and the place for a discussion about interaction between new media, ideas in relation to tradition and ritual.

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