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Funding boost to make festival ‘Electric’

Press Release   •   Jul 28, 2017 12:41 BST

Electric Fields festival to receive share of EventScotland national funding

Electric Fields Festival - in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle on 1 - 2 September - is amongst 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

The Electric Fields Festival returns for its fourth year in September, with Dizzee Rascal included in the line-up of more than 100 artists across the four stages in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle. As well as the exciting music on offer, there is plenty of entertainment for children with games, face painting, crafts and dedicated kids discos.

The event has been awarded £11,500 from EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, to support social media and marketing costs.

Festival organiser Nick Roberts said: We are delighted to have received funding from EventScotland which will help us ensure that this year’s Electric Fields Festival is our best ever. We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along to enjoy all of the great entertainments we have planned at our beautiful venue.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Paula Ward said: This year’s Electric Fields Festival promises to be a real highlight of our regional calendar, with some fantastic music and entertainment on offer for all of the family, so I’m delighted it was selected as a funding award recipient.

“These awards provide invaluable support for regional events and create an even more attractive proposition to attract spectators - which in turn boosts the area’s reputation. The National Funding Programme plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation as a great destination for events that celebrate our culture and heritage whilst delivering real economic benefits to their local communities.”

The National Funding Programme supports the strategic delivery of events taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities, and generating media profile for Scotland.

Enabling existing events to expand what they offer visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of the ways that National Funding Programme support is used to help regional events continue to flourish and grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s overall events portfolio – a major contributor to our national economy.

The National Funding Programme plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation as the ‘perfect stage’ for events. The programme is key to ensuring that the country has an exciting, vibrant portfolio of annual events promoting Scotland’s cultural heritage and delivering positive for local communities.

The full list of events which received support in the latest (Round 35) awards from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme are:

  • British Transplant Games, North Lanarkshire: 27 – 30 July (£25,000)
  • MugStock Festival, East Dunbartonshire: 28 – 31 July (£6,000)
  • Aberdeen Mela – One World Day, Aberdeenshire: 30 July (£9,700)
  • European Dodgeball Championships 2017, Wishaw: 8 – 20 August (£9,500)
  • Scotland’s Salmon Festival, Highlands: 29 August – 2 September (£5,856)
  • St Andrews Photography Festival, Fife: 1 – 30 September (£5,500)
  • Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway: 1 – 2 September (£11,500)
  • Skyline Scotland, Highlands: 1 – 3 September (£12,000)
  • Bo’ness Revival, Falkirk: 2 – 3 September (£8,500)
  • BOWFest, Argyll: 8 – 10 September (£6,000)
  • The Highland Military Tattoo, Highlands: 8 – 10 September (£19,000)
  • Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017 , Highlands: 13 – 15 October (£10,500)
  • The Spree, Renfrewshire: 13 – 22 October (£10,500)
  • Colours of Cluny, Moray Speyside: 8 – 19 November (£6,000)

For more information on Electric Fields Festival, visit: www.electricfieldsfestival.com

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