Skye arts charity secures funding for year-round live events

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Audiences in Skye and Lochalsh will continue to enjoy year-round quality live events thanks to a new allocation of cash from Creative Scotland.

In last month’s round of open project funding awards, performing arts charity, Skye Events for All (SEALL), was awarded £54,500 from the National Lottery to support its year-round programme and will allow organisers to continue to bring world-class performing arts in music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy and children’s shows to venues across the island.

Based in offices at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, SEALL is the largest rural touring promoter in the Highlands and also produces the Fèis an Eilein, the Skye Festival, which takes place between July and August each year.

At the opening of the organisation’s new cultural hub at the college last year, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, said: ‘SEALL is an inspiration to what can be achieved in terms of support for Scotland’s culture. Over the years, SEALL has become one of the best rural performing arts promoters in Scotland with a great reach and range of events.’

SEALL’s creative director, Duncan MacInnes, was ‘delighted’ with this year’s award through Creative Scotland.

He said: ‘This award will fund 40 per cent of the programme costs and allow us to bring the best quality shows to more venues across Skye and Lochalsh as well as sustain, enhance and improve the delivery of our service.

‘We are committed to striving for cultural excellence in our work year-round and to create accessible experiences in top quality performing arts to as many communities as we can, no matter how remote.’

Until this year, SEALL events have taken place mainly at venues in Sleat. The Creative Scotland award will allow the programme to reach the wider communities of Skye and Lochalsh.

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Duncan MacInnes, creative director at SEALL. NO F17 MacInnes SEALL 01