£47.6k funding boost for Stirlingshire events

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

unnamed (5)Four events in Stirlingshireareamong 21 across the country which are receiving backing from the latest round of awards from the EventScotland National Funding Programme, as part of VisitScotland’s work to deliver the national events strategy Scotland the Perfect Stage.


In total, £47,600 is being awarded to Stirling Highland Games (20 August), Balmaha’s Braw Weekend (1 & 2 October), Cake Fest Scotland (11 September at Cowane’s Hospital, Stirling) and Stirling Fringe Festival presents The Shindig! (9 – 11 September at Stirling Old Town Jail).


Stirling Highland Games is one of Stirling’s leading cultural sporting events, attracting visitors from around the world to enjoy a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions, listen to piping performances, enjoy sampling some of Scotland’s award winning food and drink produce, shop for Scottish gifts at the Traders Village and have a go at mini highland games within the Activities Challenge area.


Balmaha’s Braw Weekend was held for the first time last year. Staged by The Oak Tree Inn, this year’s event will feature two days of live music and family entertainment and food and drink from some of Scotland’s leading suppliers.


Following the success of the 2015 Cake Fest Edinburgh in 2015, Cowane’s Hospital becomes the venue for Cake Fest Scotland as part of the Festival of Architecture, one of the key events of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. 100 teams of budding architects will oversee the creation by bakers  of a spectacular 100 square metre, three-dimensional, fully edible map of Scotland featuring 100 of the country’s iconic buildings.


Stirling Fringe Festival’s The Shindig! is a three day arts extravaganza which will feature live music, street performances, comedy, storytelling, art, cinema, cabaret and much more across three stages. The Old Town Jail, which is the venue, will also feature a beer garden, food zone and impromptu performances.


The four Stirlingshire events and other 17 across 13 of Scotland’s local authority areas are receiving a combined total of £232,700 awarded from Round 32 of the National Funding Programme.


The National Funding Programme – which is administered by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate – was established to enable the strategic development of events taking place outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the aim of driving domestic tourism and increasing economic impact for local communities throughout Scotland. Thanks to the funding, and in keeping with the objectives of the National Funding Programme, the events will now be in a position to further develop by extending and enhancing their programmes in order to increase attendance figures and improve the overall spectator / visitor experience.



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