Council confirms funding support for strategic events and festivals

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Funding to support a wide range of popular cultural events and festivals in Argyll and Bute has been approved by the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

A total of 11 events across the arts, culture and sport will receive support totalling more than £80,000 from Round 5 of the Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund (SEF).

The full list of events being supported includes:

  • Argyll Food Festival
  • Bute Noir
  • Helensburgh Festive Lighting Charitable Trust
  • Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival
  • Jura Music Festival
  • Sea Change
  • Sound of Gigha
  • Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival
  • Tiree Wave Classic
  • Cowal Highland Gathering
  • West Highland Yachting Week

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Strategic Development, said: “The events sector makes a significant contribution to Argyll and Bute’s economy and to local communities across the region. It also plays a key role in helping attract both national and international visitors to the area. The importance of events and festivals can be seen from the fact that, prior to the pandemic, the estimated economic impact to the area was around £7.5 million.

“The sector is continuing to rebuild following the pandemic and it’s great to see so many well-established and highly popular events taking place again in the coming year thanks to support from the fund.”

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