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  • 17 December 2014

    Barnardo’s and Big Burns Supper Team Up for Nine Day Festival and Carnival

     

    Barnardo’s and Big Burns Supper Team Up for Nine Day Festival and Carnival
    First-ever charity partnership puts the focus on helping children
    Barnardo’s Scotland has been selected as the first ever partner charity of Big Burns Supper – Europe’s biggest winter fringe festival.
    The children’s charity has deep roots in Dumfries, where the nine-day festival takes place from 23-31 January, and provides services across the Dumfries and Galloway region of south-west Scotland.
    Young people will join together to make a huge Barnardo’s lantern which will be carried on a float at the front of the Burns Night street carnival which is a Big Burns Supper highlight. The procession will include hundreds of other lanterns, made by local people, as a contribution to the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light.
    Maureen Farrell, Chair of BBS, said: “Even though we attract thousands of people from all over the UK and overseas, Big Burns Supper is a community festival at heart. One of our main roles is to give children and young people the chance to enjoy getting involved with arts and entertainment. 
    “It’s a perfect fit for us to be working with Barnardo’s Scotland which is such an important part of the community and does so much to improve young lives.”
    Big Burns Supper 2015 is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals (a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government).
    The partnership between BBS and Barnardo’s Scotland will allow people to donate to the charity when they book tickets online and when they attend any of the 140 shows and events taking place during the nine days around the Bard’s birthday. A donation of £3 can also be made right now just by texting the keyword BURNS to 70500.
    Festival performers include big name acts like Hue and Cry, The Undertones, Nina Nesbitt, Skerryvore and the comedian Craig Hill as well as the hugely popular Hamish the Haggis children’s show. Street collections will also take place during the carnival.
    Staff at the Barnardo’s Scotland shop in Dumfries says they are especially delighted by the link-up.
    Graham Gillies, shop Manager said: “Working in the shop, I’ve first-hand knowledge of the people in Dumfries, and they’re pretty generous. We wouldn’t be here without their donations and continue support. I’m sure they’ll be right behind the festival again this year especially when they know their contributions are going to support a local charity.”
    In Dumfries and Galloway the charity’s Hear 4 U service provides advocacy for children and young people who are experiencing emotional issues; involved with social work; the Children's Hearing System or for children and young people looked after/accommodated by the local authority. 
    Children’s Service Manager, Selwyn McCausland, said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as the first charity partners of the Big Burns Supper, we're all looking forward to being involved in the festival.  Money raised for the charity will be invested in our service which supports children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway.”
    The carnival is supported by the Robertson Trust, Holywood Trust and Awards for All. Year of Food and Drink Scotland will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a series of exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland's outstanding natural larder.
    The festival is made possible by support from many organisations including Creative Scotland, 8020 and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Beacon Event Programme.

    First-ever charity partnership puts the focus on helping children.

    Barnardo’s Scotland has been selected as the first ever partner charity of Big Burns Supper – Europe’s biggest winter fringe festival.

    The children’s charity has deep roots in Dumfries, where the nine-day festival takes place from 23-31 January, and provides services across the Dumfries and Galloway region of south-west Scotland.

    Young people will join together to make a huge Barnardo’s lantern which will be carried on a float at the front of the Burns Night street carnival which is a Big Burns Supper highlight.

    The procession will include hundreds of other lanterns, made by local people, as a contribution to the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light.

    Maureen Farrell, Chair of BBS, said: “Even though we attract thousands of people from all over the UK and overseas, Big Burns Supper is a community festival at heart. One of our main roles is to give children and young people the chance to enjoy getting involved with arts and entertainment. 

    “It’s a perfect fit for us to be working with Barnardo’s Scotland which is such an important part of the community and does so much to improve young lives.”

    Big Burns Supper 2015 is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals (a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government).

    The partnership between BBS and Barnardo’s Scotland will allow people to donate to the charity when they book tickets online and when they attend any of the 140 shows and events taking place during the nine days around the Bard’s birthday.

    A donation of £3 can also be made right now just by texting the keyword BURNS to 70500.

    Festival performers include big name acts like Hue and Cry, The Undertones, Nina Nesbitt, Skerryvore and the comedian Craig Hill as well as the hugely popular Hamish the Haggis children’s show.

    Street collections will also take place during the carnival.

    Staff at the Barnardo’s Scotland shop in Dumfries say they are especially delighted by the link-up.

    Graham Gillies, shop Manager said: “Working in the shop, I’ve first-hand knowledge of the people in Dumfries, and they’re pretty generous. We wouldn’t be here without their donations and continue support. I’m sure they’ll be right behind the festival again this year especially when they know their contributions are going to support a local charity.”

    In Dumfries and Galloway the charity’s Hear 4 U service provides advocacy for children and young people who are experiencing emotional issues; involved with social work; the Children's Hearing System or for children and young people looked after/accommodated by the local authority. 

    Children’s Service Manager, Selwyn McCausland, said: “We’re delighted to be chosen as the first charity partners of the Big Burns Supper, we're all looking forward to being involved in the festival.  Money raised for the charity will be invested in our service which supports children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway.”

    The carnival is supported by the Robertson Trust, Holywood Trust and Awards for All.

    Year of Food and Drink Scotland will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a series of exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland's outstanding natural larder.

    The festival is made possible by support from many organisations including Creative Scotland, 8020 and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Beacon Event Programme.

    Category: Winter Festivals News

  • 16 December 2014

    EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL APPOINT NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

     

    Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced the appointment of Mark Adams to the position of Artistic Director.
    Mark Adams has been Chief Film Critic for respected film trade magazine Screen International for four years and he is also the film critic for The Sunday Mirror. With over 25 years’ experience as a film programmer, journalist and reviewer, Adams has attended all the key international film festivals and has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as many national newspapers in the UK.
    He was Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London, was Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and has programmed for numerous film festivals around the world.
    Adams said; “I’m thrilled to be helping the Edinburgh International Film Festival develop and grow and am looking forward to bringing new, challenging, entertaining and exciting cinema to the city. This is a great festival that deserves its recognition and can only get better and better.”
    Ken Hay, CEO of EIFF commented; “We are delighted to have Mark joining the team. His passion for film, his fantastic experience as a programmer, journalist and critic, along with his reputation in the UK and internationally, make him the ideal choice to drive the future success of the Festival.”
    Natalie Usher, Director of Film and Media at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted by the news of Mark's appointment. EIFF is a key event in Scotland's cultural calendar, delivering inspirational, world-class cinema experiences to audiences and providing an excellent platform for emerging and established filmmakers. Mark has the commitment, vision and drive to build on the festival's strengths and ensure its continuing success.”
    Ben Roberts, Director, BFI Film Fund said; “Congratulations to both Mark and the Festival on this appointment. He has the experience, the charm and the passion for film festivals to make a big impact at EIFF. I'm excited to see his first edition in 2015”
    Mark will begin his role as Artistic Director in March next year.

    Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced the appointment of Mark Adams to the position of Artistic Director.

    Mark Adams has been Chief Film Critic for respected film trade magazine Screen International for four years and he is also the film critic for The Sunday Mirror. With over 25 years’ experience as a film programmer, journalist and reviewer, Adams has attended all the key international film festivals and has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as many national newspapers in the UK.

    He was Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London, was Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and has programmed for numerous film festivals around the world.

    Adams said; “I’m thrilled to be helping the Edinburgh International Film Festival develop and grow and am looking forward to bringing new, challenging, entertaining and exciting cinema to the city. This is a great festival that deserves its recognition and can only get better and better.”

    Ken Hay, CEO of EIFF commented; “We are delighted to have Mark joining the team. His passion for film, his fantastic experience as a programmer, journalist and critic, along with his reputation in the UK and internationally, make him the ideal choice to drive the future success of the Festival."

    Natalie Usher, Director of Film and Media at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted by the news of Mark's appointment. EIFF is a key event in Scotland's cultural calendar, delivering inspirational, world-class cinema experiences to audiences and providing an excellent platform for emerging and established filmmakers. Mark has the commitment, vision and drive to build on the festival's strengths and ensure its continuing success.”

    Ben Roberts, Director, BFI Film Fund said; “Congratulations to both Mark and the Festival on this appointment. He has the experience, the charm and the passion for film festivals to make a big impact at EIFF. I'm excited to see his first edition in 2015”

    Mark will begin his role as Artistic Director in March next year.

    Category: International Events

  • 15 December 2014

    Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds calls for home crowd to support British swimmers at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships

    Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds and Glasgow-born European Champion Andrew Mullen today (Monday 15 December) launched the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and stressed the importance of ‘home advantage’ for British swimmers.

    Simmonds, Britain’s most recognised Paralympian, is just one of 650 swimmers from 50 countries who will converge on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre for next summer’s prestigious event which will run from 13-19 July.

    The World Championships, which are staged every two years, are the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games and will see the world’s best male and female para-swimmers – including Ellie and Andrew - in action.

    Tickets are on general public sale from today (Monday 15 December) via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015 priced at just £10/£15 for Adults for Heats/Finals, while all Under-16s go free (t&c’s apply).

    Event organisers expect families to pack Tollcross to the rafters to ensure a repeat of the amazing support witnessed at the venue during Glasgow 2014.

    Ellie Simmonds, who has won 13 World titles and 10 European titles, as well as having 10 World Records to her name, is looking forward to competing at Tollcross – the scene of the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    She said: “I’m so excited about the home World Championships. Home support was so important during the London 2012 Paralympics and I really love it when the crowd cheer us on. I hope that we get big audiences so we can show them how brilliant our sport is.

    “Glasgow will be my fourth World Championships and I think it will be really special. I love competing at the top level. Racing fast is the best part of my sport but this will be made even better with a great crowd getting behind the team.

    “The world’s best will be coming to Glasgow for this competition and it would be great if we could make the first British-held World Championships the best one yet.”

    Glasgow-born European record holder Andrew Mullen is looking to continue his form from this summer’s European Championships where he won four Golds and two Silver medals. He also hopes that competing in Glasgow will work to his advantage.

    He said: “I’m really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd here at Tollcross. I’ve was born here so I know how passionate the Glasgow residents are about sport.

    “I saw how great the support was for swimming during the Commonwealth Games and I really hope that we get the same support in July. I was really proud of my city this summer. The Games were great and I know that the World Championships will be just as exciting.”

    Mullen will be joined by fellow Scot and European Silver Medallist Scott Quin.

    Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: "We are coming to the end of what has been an outstanding year of sport for Glasgow but as we look ahead to 2015 we will be celebrating Glasgow's continued reign as a world-class sporting city.
    "Our portfolio of international sporting events will continue to grow and events such as the IPC Swimming World Championships will ensure we build on our reputation for delivering the standard of competition that is now expected by spectators at our events.
    "I have no doubt that the Glasgow crowds will turn out on force to support these fantastic world championships and will be roaring on our home-grown talent led by Ellie and Andrew."

     The British Gas GBR Para-Swimming Team is likely to include Paralympic, World and Commonwealth Champion Ollie Hynd and seven-time European Champion Stephanie Slater.

    In addition, some of the World’s best para-swimmers including 12-time Paralympic Gold Medallist Jess Long (USA), eight-time Paralympic Champion Jacqueline Freney (AUS), Paralympic and World Champion Marc Evers (NED) and three-time Paralympic Champion Andre Brasil (BRA) are expected to attend

    Across seven days of breath-taking competition there will be 172 medals up for grabs with athletes competing in Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle Relay and Medley Relay across 14 different classes, with distances ranging from 50m-400m.

    Tickets are now available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow

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