SNH splashes out on Skye festival

SEALL creative director Marie Lewis and young Skye piper Malin Lewis who will be playing at next year's Feis.

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Skye’s leading summer festival is one of 24 projects to receive a share in almost £150,000 from Scotland’s nature agency.

Through its Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund, and to celebrate
Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has
invested £4,000 towards the costs of delivering the Féis an Eilein in 2021.

All being well, the festival will return next year to public spaces around the Isles of
Skye and Raasay, and will showcase the islands’ distinctive contribution to
Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage through celebration, performance and
conversation.

The new-look 10-day summer festival takes place from July 2-11 and will
deliver a spectacular programme of world-class performances in music, theatre,
dance, literature and a few very big surprises.

Organised by SEALL, the 2021 summer event will highlight the distinctiveness of
Scotland’s coasts and waters while raising awareness of their fragility and the
need to protect them for future generations.

SEALL Creative Director Marie Lewis said: ‘The festival was due to be re-
launched this year but the global pandemic put paid to all performing arts
events on Skye for most of 2020, so we deferred the event to next year when we
hope to gather in safety.

‘We are very grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for their support and are
making plans for a spectacular 2021.

‘Our new-look festival, which will take place in public spaces across Skye and
Raasay and will provide a chance for communities to celebrate, participate and
showcase their unique area to visitors, while visitors will experience the diversity
of the islands’ landscapes, coastlines and people in a truly special series of
celebrations in a different part of the islands each day.

‘We understand that people are naturally nervous about gatherings and we will
be taking vigorous precautions to ensure our audiences, artists, volunteers,
visitors and staff are safe to enjoy all our events. To this end, we will make good
use of our natural environment and open spaces as well as take all the
necessary safety precautions. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.’

The Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund was established by SNH to
help community groups across Scotland celebrate the Year of Coasts and
Waters.

For further information and latest SEALL news, visit their Facebook page
SeallEventsSkye or www.seall.co.uk