The National Events Programme supports the development and growth of events that take place outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Here we interviewed Daniel Gillespie from the Tiree Music Festival to discuss how they are benefiting from National Programme funding.
“Hailing originally from Tiree but travelling to festivals around the world in my role as a musician with Skerryvore, I kept thinking how great it would be to have a similar festival back home. An event that drew new people to the island and also introduced islanders to a real mix of new music.
“Fast forward a few years and we’re now approaching the third annual Tiree Music Festival which we’re planning to make bigger and better than ever, including building a new community village and campsite much closer the festival site.
“Key to promoting the festival far and wide will be the £4,000 funding we’ve secured from the National Events Programme, which is going towards marketing and PR.
“We have to be realisitic. Tiree is a tiny island that’s accessible only by ferry or plane, with little public transport once you get here. But by turning these potential negatives into positives and by building our marketing campaign around the fact that it’s all part of the ‘Hawaii of the North’ adventure, we’re hoping to sell the island as a whole.
“The idea being that if we can encourage people to make the journey for the festival weekend they’ll want to return at other times of the year, boosting the tourism economy and creating a lasting legacy.”
Appy now for Round 21 of the National Events Programme before the deadline on Friday 1st June.