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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
A knitting festival and a three-day mountain running race are amongst 14 events across the country benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.
Loch Ness Knit Fest has received £10,500 to deliver cultural and concert activities around the festival; Scotland’s Salmon Festival in Inverness has received £5,856 for marketing and additional production and hire costs; Skyline Scotland has received £12,000 towards live relay of the event, guided walks along the route and support towards film footage and the Highland Military Tattoo has received £19,000 towards bringing the Queen’s Colour Squadron and sound, projection and marquee infrastructure.
Taking place between July and November this year, the 14 events from across 10 local authorities have received the funding from VisitScotland through EventScotland’s National Programme Fund to support their delivery and help develop the country’s diverse events portfolio.
Loch Ness Knit Fest was first held in Inverness in 2016 and uses the successful model of the Strikkefestival held in Denmark. Using internationally-renowned designers, it will include lectures, presentations, workshops, fashion shows and social engagement elements. Knitting will be the primary focus but it will also include several other related areas unique to Scotland and the Highlands – the history of tartan, kilt makers, wool production, tweeds and Pictish designs.
Scotland’s Salmon Festival, which runs from 29 August to 2 September, celebrates the iconic Atlantic salmon as a flagship species symbolising efforts to conserve and enhance the economic, social, cultural, educational and ecological value of Scotland’s rich freshwater and natural resources. The inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival took place in September 2015. This is the only Salmon Festival in Scotland and is aimed at both the scientific community and the general public, through offering a range of events that appeal to a variety of ages and backgrounds.
Skyline Scotland brings four iconic races to the Scottish Highlands – Salomon Mamores VK, Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace – Sky Classic Series, Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra – Sky Ultra Series (new) and Salomon Glen Coe Skyline – Sky Extreme Series.
The event will build on the success of the 2016 events, which attracted around 2,000 participants and spectators, including many of the world’s elite athletes, and achieved extensive global media coverage. The new ultra-distance race completes the full profile of races needed to be eligible to host the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships.
The Highland Military Tattoo 2017 will see an RAF theme and also strong links to the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The programme features a Typhoon flypast, massed military, local and youth pipe bands, a marching military band and an international band, highland dancers, historical vignettes and an armed forces’ competition. The finale includes a guard of honour, provided by the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF regiment, the Lone Piper and a fireworks display.