Cultural events to benefit from Argyll and Bute Council funding support

Cowal and Oban Highland Games will benefit from this.

By Aileen MacLennan

Ten cultural events across Argyll and Bute are set to share funding of £90,000 following agreement at a meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

The Helensburgh Winter Festival is one of them.

The events funded are:

  • Cowal Highland Gathering
  • William Fife Classic Yacht Regatta
  • Helensburgh Winter Festival
  • Carradale Music Festival
  • Jura Music Festival
  • Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
  • Mull Rally
  • Tiree Wave Classic
  • Oban Games
  • Bute Noir

The fund was launched in 2018 to enable organisations involved in the running of events and festivals to bid for financial support.

Following changes to the application process introduced by the Council earlier this year, the Fund now focuses on events which will generate the maximum economic value for Argyll and Bute.

Ten applications were submitted to this year’s funding round and have now been approved.

Depute Policy Lead for Economic Growth, Councillor Jim Anderson said: “Argyll and Bute is very fortunate in playing host to such a wide range of cultural events encompassing everything from literary and music festivals to Highland games and sport.

“The Fund is supporting events that are set to contribute significantly to the culture, heritage and economy of Argyll and Bute, and will have a strong appeal for local, national and international audiences.”

All the events receiving funding support will be held between 1st April 2020 and 28 Feb 2021.

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