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  • 21 May 2015

    Major new study sets out a ten year strategy to sustain and strengthen Edinburgh’s world leading Festival City status

    Thundering Hooves 2.0, an ambitious new strategy with a series of recommendations to sustain and strengthen Edinburgh’s status as the world’s leading Festival City was unveiled this morning.

    The study considers and assesses the significant achievements since the ground-breaking 2007 Thundering Hooves report as well as the local and global opportunities and threats relevant to the future development and sustainability of the festivals, and proposes a reinvigorated strategy and action plan.

    The study was commissioned by the Festivals Forum to review progress on Thundering Hooves and to chart a new course for the next ten years and has been funded by the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, VisitScotland, through its EventScotland team, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. Festivals and Events International (FEI) and BOP were appointed in July 2014 to undertake this major piece of work.

    Edinburgh’s Festivals, with the support and collaborative leadership of the Festivals Forum and Festivals Edinburgh will have a vital role to play in leading new dialogues, developing new approaches and shaping another ten years of innovation, collaboration and programming excellence. 

    A full copy of the report is available for download from www.edinburghfestivalcity.com/about/documents

    Photo:Edinburgh Art Festival 2015. Tara Donovan

    Category: Industry News

  • 20 May 2015

    Family Festival and local food and drink on offer at Scottish Cup Final 30 May

     

    SFA offers reduced ticket prices for Inverness CT v Falkirk Cup Final 30 May
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle take on Falkirk in Scottish football's showpiece event - the William Hill Scottish Cup Final on 30 May. Who will win the oldest national trophy in the world this year?  
    It's the perfect day out for all the family at Scotland's national stadium. Neutral tickets are also available.  
    Ticket includes free entry to the Tescobank Family Festival, taking place 12pm-2pm at nearby Lesser Hampden with photos with the Cup, free football inflatables, giveaways and much, much more.
    The Scottish FA has received support for the Semi Final (18 & 19 April) and the Cup Final this year through the Year of Food and Drink events programme to offer enhanced catering at Hampden Park. The funding has given Hampden the chance to introduce new catering, focusing on introducing food that is locally and sustainably sourced and offering healthy options. The funding is also going to towards staff training, increasing staff awareness of the provenance of food. 
    It was also recently announced that the Scottish FA are being awarded funding in the second round of the Year of Food and Drink events programme to support the improved catering on offer at the SFA European Qualifiers, which will take place on 7th September and 8th October this year. 
    The Scottish FA, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk announced at the end of April that they will offer reduced ticket pricing for the Cup Final. The agreement means that children, students and senior citizens will be able to attend the showpiece game on May 30 for just £5. It will therefore cost a family of four from just £60 to attend the match at the National Stadium. 
    Concessions will also be available for the first time in the North Stand, with the best seats in the house priced from just £10.
    The prices were agreed by all parties with the aim of encouraging neutral supporters to watch the final and enjoy the occasion, as well as ensuring that every Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk fan can attend the game.
    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "This year's William Hill Scottish Cup final promises to be a wonderful occasion, one that will capture the imagination not just of Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans, but their respective communities at large.
    "On behalf of the Scottish FA, I would like to thank both clubs for their positive contributions to the plans for the final, and wish them the best of luck on May 30th."
    Premiership high-flyers Caley Thistle are aiming to win the competition for the first time in the club's 21-year history, while the Championship Bairns are aiming for their first Cup triumph since 1957.
    The Highlanders boast an average home attendance of just 3,800 and Falkirk only 4,300.
    Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron said: "This will be very much a 'family final' and with youngsters able to attend for £5, I hope supporters will feel that the pricing meets their pockets and that it also appeals to neutral followers.
    "I'm pleased that we, Falkirk, and the Scottish FA were able to reach a timely and amicable agreement on ticket prices, and we've already received an impressive volume of enquiries as the countdown to the final gathers momentum.
    "There will be a major exodus from the Highlands on the day plus we'll have supporters travelling from a range of countries. It should be a memorable occasion."
    Falkirk executive director Ronnie Bateman added: "There has been a huge number of enquiries about tickets already, not only from our own supporters, but from neutrals.
    "I think everybody realises it's going to be an exciting afternoon of football and a game which will be in the 'not-to-be-missed' category.
    "We've had fruitful talks with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the Scottish FA, and all parties are committed to making sure that fans get their tickets with ease, and at an affordable price, for what promises to be a great family day out."

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle take on Falkirk in Scottish football's showpiece event - the William Hill Scottish Cup Final on 30 May. Who will win the oldest national trophy in the world this year?  

    It's the perfect day out for all the family at Scotland's national stadium. Neutral tickets are also available.

    Ticket includes free entry to the Tescobank Family Festival, taking place 12pm-2pm at nearby Lesser Hampden with photos with the Cup, free football inflatables, giveaways and much, much more.

    The Scottish FA has received support for the Semi Final (18 & 19 April) and the Cup Final this year through the Year of Food and Drink events programme to offer enhanced catering at Hampden Park.

    The funding has given Hampden the chance to introduce new catering, focusing on introducing food that is locally and sustainably sourced and offering healthy options. The funding is also going to towards staff training, increasing staff awareness of the provenance of food. 

    It was also recently announced that the Scottish FA are being awarded funding in the second round of the Year of Food and Drink events programme to support the improved catering on offer at the SFA European Qualifiers, which will take place on 7th September and 8th October this year. 

    The Scottish FA, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk announced at the end of April that they will offer reduced ticket pricing for the Cup Final.

    The agreement means that children, students and senior citizens will be able to attend the showpiece game on May 30 for just £5.

    It will therefore cost a family of four from just £60 to attend the match at the National Stadium. Concessions will also be available for the first time in the North Stand, with the best seats in the house priced from just £10.

    The prices were agreed by all parties with the aim of encouraging neutral supporters to watch the final and enjoy the occasion, as well as ensuring that every Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk fan can attend the game.

    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "This year's William Hill Scottish Cup final promises to be a wonderful occasion, one that will capture the imagination not just of Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans, but their respective communities at large.

    "On behalf of the Scottish FA, I would like to thank both clubs for their positive contributions to the plans for the final, and wish them the best of luck on May 30th."

    Premiership high-flyers Caley Thistle are aiming to win the competition for the first time in the club's 21-year history, while the Championship Bairns are aiming for their first Cup triumph since 1957.

    The Highlanders boast an average home attendance of just 3,800 and Falkirk only 4,300.

    Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron said: "This will be very much a 'family final' and with youngsters able to attend for £5, I hope supporters will feel that the pricing meets their pockets and that it also appeals to neutral followers.

    "I'm pleased that we, Falkirk, and the Scottish FA were able to reach a timely and amicable agreement on ticket prices, and we've already received an impressive volume of enquiries as the countdown to the final gathers momentum.

    "There will be a major exodus from the Highlands on the day plus we'll have supporters travelling from a range of countries. It should be a memorable occasion."

    Falkirk executive director Ronnie Bateman added: "There has been a huge number of enquiries about tickets already, not only from our own supporters, but from neutrals.

    "I think everybody realises it's going to be an exciting afternoon of football and a game which will be in the 'not-to-be-missed' category.

    "We've had fruitful talks with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the Scottish FA, and all parties are committed to making sure that fans get their tickets with ease, and at an affordable price, for what promises to be a great family day out."

    Category: Food and Drink News

  • 19 May 2015

    Visitors and VIPs turn out for the Gordon Castle Highland Games

    More visitors than ever flocked to the Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair on Sunday (17th May) to enjoy an action packed day of family fun in the spring sunshine. The highly successful event took place as part of the Year of Food and Drink and included a celebration of the best in Scottish food and drink.

    As well as thousands of visitors, a number of special guests were present including a delegation from the Chinese Embassy led by Minister Jin Xu. The party met owner of Gordon Castle, Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara, as well as Moray MP, Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead.

    Among the highlights of the day were the Food Court funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, where an excellent array of quality Scottish produce was on offer, and the spectacular fire stunt show, while in the heavyweight events several new records were set for the games. Gordon Castle also hosted its own stand selling its award winning products including Gordon Castle Scotland Gin and the delicious whisky cask cider, which quickly sold out.

    Angus Gordon Lennox, Owner of Gordon Castle said: “Thank you to everyone who came and took part in making the day such a success and thanks to EventScotland for their support in helping it continue to grow. We have tried to create an event with a huge variety of attractions to appeal to all members of the family, young and old, and it is wonderful that this is now one of the biggest and most exciting events of its type in the region. Visitors came from far and wide to experience the world-beating quality of our local produce and the beauty of this part of the UK.” 

    Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “The Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair has once again proven to be a huge success, with the event attracting thousands of visitors to Moray.   Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the Gordon Castle Highland Games is a wonderful celebration of our rich heritage and traditions.”

    Minister Counselor Jin Xu of the Chinese Embassy in the UK said: “This being my first time to Scotland, I was delighted to attend the Highland Games at Gordon Castle. It was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate and enjoy Scottish tradition first-hand. Clearly Scotland has a lot to offer in history, culture, produce and tourism, and I am certain the numbers of Chinese tourists is sure to grow, as will trade with China. A highly memorable experience in a wonderful place.”

    The Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair took place in the grounds of the historic Gordon Castle Estate on the banks of the River Spey in Moray.  It combines a traditional highland games with country fair that includes a huge range of music, food, shopping and country pursuits activities and is one of the most high profile and well attended events taking place in the region. During the earlier part of the 20th century the Gordon Castle Highland Games was a prestigious annual event regularly attracting over 30,000 visitors. It was re-launched in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

    www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk

    Category: National Events

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