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Music students at Mareel. Photo: Chris Coles
Music students at Mareel. Photo: Chris Coles

IT will be a rare event – live music on stage in Shetland in front of an audience.

But that is what will happen in the Mareel auditorium a week on Friday (4 June) when local music students host their latest showcase.

The event, which will run between 3.30pm and 5pm, will see a seated audience socially distanced.

Under level one of Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions, small seated indoor events can take place with a maximum capacity of 200.

The live music scene has taken a significant hit since coronavirus emerged in the isles in March last year.

Public events have effectively been non-existent over the last year, although a socially distanced show featuring Ross and Ryan Couper was held in Mareel in December in what was the first gig with an audience for months.

There are more promising signs for the return of live entertainment in Shetland, with other concerts scheduled for the summer.

Meanwhile, Shetland Arts has extended the submission cut-off date for the Home Made event at film festival Screenplay as Covid restrictions ease.

The deadline for local short filmmakers has now been extended to 26 July.

Home Made is open to Shetlanders of all ages (by birth or residency), including those living and studying in the south.

All kinds of short film are welcome, but they must be under four minutes long, and be suitable for family viewing.

The films will be premiered at Screenplay, which is scheduled to take place this year from 1 to 5 September, while local group ShetlandForWirds will offer a prize for “most effective use of Shetland dialect”.