Funding boost for popular festivals

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Popular festivals and events are returning with funding from Argyll and Bute Council.

The latest round of cash – £29,800 – from the council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund (SEFF) has been allocated.

Seven major events and festivals have benefitted from the fund which was set up to support organisers grow their events and attract more visitors to the region.

Councillors approved £5,000 for Oban Winter Festival; £4,800 for Argyll Gathering Oban Games; £5,000 for Tiree Music Festival; £2,000 for Tarbert Music Festival; £5,000 for Helensburgh Christmas Festival; £4,000 for Bute Noir and £4,000 for
Sea Change Powering Women in Film 2022.

To qualify for support, events or festivals must be likely to attract national and international visitors and generate significant economic benefits for their community.

The estimated economic impact across Argyll and Bute from events and festivals supported in the first round of funding, before the pandemic, was around £7.5 million.

During the pandemic, when many of the area’s festivals and events had to be postponed, the council provided grants to help cover costs which organisers had already incurred.

Policy Lead for the Economy and Rural Growth Councillor Robin Currie said: ‘Events and festivals play a key role in attracting visitors from outside the area and supporting Argyll and Bute’s economic recovery and growth.

‘The last couple of years have been very tough for the events sector with many having to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

‘With restrictions eased, it is great news that, with support from the fund, so many local events are going ahead.’

This latest funding allocation means the SEFF has provided more than £125,000 to support events and festivals to date and in 2022/23.

Caption: Soaking up the sun and music at Tiree Music Festival.