Arts, culture and heritage

A brand new book of light-hearted anecdotes and stories from the Scottish agricultural industry will be launched in the coming weeks.

The new book, “Farming is Still a Funny Business”, which has been compiled by farming journalist Andrew Arbuckle, is now available to pre-order, ahead of its full launch in October.

The Festival of Folklore returns this autumn with a brand new online format. Award-winning storytellers and Festival founders, Mostly Ghostly, are delighted to announce the second Festival of Folklore, a free online celebration, connecting with Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

New support has been made available for grassroots music venues across Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund.

Funding to protect jobs and assist the re-opening of iconic heritage sites closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced.

The Touring Network has announced that its major new Crowdfunder campaign to Keep Rural Arts Live in the Highlands & Islands will launch at 9am on Monday 17 August.

The campaign is asking its loyal audiences across rural Scotland to donate anything from the price of an interval drink or a Friday night gig ticket to ensure that a thriving live arts scene can return to rural Scotland when safe to do so.

In line with many other initiatives, the Between Islands Project found itself in a position where this summer’s planned programme of activities had to be cancelled due to the covid virus and ensuing lockdown situation. Originated by An Lanntair in Stornoway, and funded through the LEADER 2014-2020 regional cooperation scheme, the project had been working with a range of arts and heritage organisations from throughout the Western and Northern Isles in the creation of a collaborative series of events.

A targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland’s performing arts venues has been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Created as part of the Scottish Government’s £185m Business Support Fund, the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will help venues who cannot yet reopen to their audiences due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fund will be run by Creative Scotland, who will publish full details shortly.

A new group formed to deliver Scotland’s culture strategy is to meet for the first time.

The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) is made up of 14 experts from across Scotland’s culture sector. The group will advise on challenges facing the culture sector from coronavirus (COVID-19) and will build on the recommendations recently set out to the First Minister by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.

Along with many other events, Scotland’s first Seaweed Festival, due to take place this September 5-6th as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 programme has been postponed due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns has been awarded 5-Star status by VisitScotland, the first museum in the Scottish Borders to receive the accolade.

Following a £1.6 million partnership project the museum opened to the public on 11 July 2019 and welcomed 13,000 visitors in its first six months. 

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