Up Helly Aa Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 19 January 2017 > Webpicks

The highpoint of the cultural calendar in the Shetlands, Scotland, is a spectacular Viking fire festival in January: Up Helly Aa. This video and photo galleries are useful for discussing the festival. 

Find out more about the celebration in our article.

In this video, an American man with Shetland roots describes discovering Up Helly Aa for the first time. It can be used for listening comprehension from B1, but there are some excellent images of the torchlight procession and the boat burning, which can be used at any level.

Check out the pages for the 2016 Up Helly Aa to see the incredible effort that goes into the costumes and get photo overview of the day.