Delighted Colours of Cluny organisers have welcomed two major funding awards this week.
Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and EventScotland have both confirmed financial support for this year’s outdoor sound and light extravaganza at Cluny Hill Grant Park in Forres from November 8-19.
A substantial financial supporter of the 2016 event, HIE has again made a very meaningful contribution of £15,000 towards the overall cost of staging the 2017 event.
EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, has awarded £6000 through its National Funding Programme for marketing activity to attract out of area visitors to attend the event.
This latest round of funding comes after earlier awards of £25,000 from The Budge Foundation and £10,000 from Berry Burn Community Fund.
Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town.
The event - which is run by the Forres Features Community Interest Company - relies on external funding and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.
This year's Colours of Cluny will cost over £140,000 to stage and any profits will be reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.
Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “Forres Features is delighted that both HIE and EventScotland have decided to invest in the 2017 Colours of Cluny event.
“Support from our funding partners and the local business community is absolutely vital to the continued success of this not-for-profit event which is helping to boost the economy during what is traditionally a quiet part of the year.
“We hope locals and visitors from all parts of the North-east and further afield will come along and enjoy our sound and light extravaganza.”
Karen Chamberlain, development manager with HIE in Moray, continued: “Colours of Cluny is a major attraction for Forres which helps extend the tourist season thereby benefitting the wider area. The event is in keeping with Moray’s Ambitious for Culture policy which recognises the value of the region's distinctive culture in stimulating growth. We are pleased to be supporting the event again this year and look forward to it taking place in November.”
Head of EventScotland, Stuart Turner, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Colours of Cluny, through our National Funding Programme. Through the wonderful setting of Cluny Hill and the creative talents of the organisers, this spectacular sound and light show demonstrates why Scotland is the perfect stage for events. Our support will enable the event to grow; attracting more visitors and in turn delivering a significant economic impact for Moray and the surrounding area.”