Creative Scotland cash boost for Nevis Centre

The Nevis Centre in Fort William needs funding for urgent repairs. F04 Nevis Centre02 IF
The Nevis Centre in Fort William.

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The Nevis Centre has received a grant of £50,000 from The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

The money will help retain jobs at the popular Fort William entertainments venue and support local musicians and theatre arts workers.

Sheana Fraser, chairperson of Linnhe Leisure, the charity that runs the centre, said: ‘This is very welcome news for the centre, as the funding will help safeguard staff positions and allow us to engage a consultant community theatre worker.

‘The approval of our application to Creative Scotland will assist in our ambition to develop the centre as a vibrant live arts venue for Lochaber.’

Theatre worker Ilona Munro is working with the Nevis Centre to promote small scale productions and gigs and to create projects for locals to enjoy, even under pandemic restrictions.

‘The vast majority of us are missing live events,’ she added.

‘It’s wonderful that Linnhe Leisure knows how important it is to retain the live arts scene.

‘Before Covid, The Nevis Centre was making some great strides with attracting popular bands and comedians into their auditorium. So much hard work goes on behind the scenes and there’s heartache when the hard work has to come to an abrupt stop.

‘We are trying our hand at some new things: a community production ‘1943 Classic B and W’ with more than 40 locals aged 11 to retirement. We are rehearsing online but living in hope that we can give Lochaber a great night out in the spring.’

Other projects include music masterclasses with highly respected, traditional musicians.

More details, including how to join in, will be announced on the centre’s website and social media in the near future.