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Rockfield Culture with Jonathan Rimmer
OBAN Communities Trust hosted a gathering on Friday, March 18, at the Rockfield Centre to discuss building Oban’s arts and music scene.
The local community organisation, who intend to turn the Rockfield Centre into a community arts space, invited members of the public to get involved in round-table discussions on music, art, theatre and craft.
Organiser Rhona Dougall admitted she was encouraged by the high turnout and enthusiastic nature of discussions, particularly in regards to the music scene.
‘We knew there was a lot of interest in the music scene, but there also seemed to be a few things brought up that hadn’t been on the radar’, said Rhona. ‘There’s a huge gap in Oban when it comes to cultural activity and music events.
‘People in Oban are just as creative and talented as people anywhere else, but the lack of a dedicated arts venue has meant there’s been nowhere for creative people to congregate.’
The event was held in The Rockfield Centre’s new community arts space, the small hut by the Stevenson Street tree. Rhona, a former gig promoter, says the trust intend to use the hut to host meetings, gatherings and workshops.
‘There seems to be an appetite for more workshop-based events to allow people to try out new skills and get more confidence,’ said Rhona. ‘Hopefully we can use the hut to throw some acoustic events as well.
‘There was talk about hosting gatherings outside pubs so that younger people can get involved, as well as finding the right venues to host bands and finding a long term solution to address that.’