Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

Creetown Initiative has been engaged by Kirkcudbright Development Trust to manage the development and fundraising of the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. The Festival will be held on 5 – 14 October 2018, celebrating the opening of the new Kirkcudbright Art Gallery; a £3.1m publicly-funded, public art gallery, which will house internationally significant collections in the former town hall.

Kirkcudbright’s Festival of Light will create a contemporary and vibrant atmosphere by bringing together an eclectic range of performances, visual art installations and locally created projects pointing to a fresh and dynamic future for the town and its regions. The Festival of Light will illuminate Kirkcudbright by becoming an artwork in itself. Reflecting the history of “The Artists’ Town”, the Festival of Light will generate a unique programme of engaging and accessible events providing opportunities for visitors, local people and artists from throughout the region to work together to celebrate and enjoy the unique nature of Kirkcudbright’s creativity and location.

Opportunities for Artists

The Festival of Light offers many opportunities for artists throughout the region to come together and work collectively on celebrating creativity and light. These opportunities include the offer of several artist commissions and co-creating a gallery project on the theme of constellations and stars. Alongside bespoke performances by international artists and companies the work of local artists will shine throughout the Festival as Kirkcudbright invites local people, artists and visitors to engage with enriching memorable experiences.

A Town-Wide Project

Central to the Festival, working with local schools, writers and artists the Festival of Light will create a town wide light project, Luminosity bringing young voices to light in cooperation with Kirkcudbright’s more established narratives. Local venues, businesses and communities are likewise invited to engage with these fresh perspectives offered by an international programme of performance and visual events.

The international performance programme includes:

  • Site specific light events around the town
  • Luminosity, a writer-led community driven town-wide lighting installation
  • Celebratory finale event on the last evening
  • Innovative performance and film events throughout
  • Gallery events
  • talks and speaker events
  • Concert presented by an International Orchestra
  • International soloist recital
  • Local choirs working together with international artists
High-Profile Festival with a Local Twist

The Festival of Light will utilise local venues including St Cuthbert’s Church, SilverCraigs Caravan Park, Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool, The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright Art Gallery, The Tolbooth, Selkirk Arms, Cochrane Hall and The Station House. The high profile festival will be enhanced by a joint marketing initiative with the Wigtown Book Festival.

Design Work for Ballantrae

Creetown Initiative has created some design work for Ballantrae Trust, to promote their youth Easter programme of activities and events. Ballantrae Trust, in association with Adventure Carrick, Girvan Community Sport Hub, Ayrshire Rural Touring Network and Elizabeth Tindal Freelance Ranger, is co-ordinating and promoting an exciting programme of events for young people aged 3 – 17. It is part of the Year of Young People 2018 national celebrations.

Big, Bright and Bold

With a broad selection of outdoor adventure activities, theatre events, sports, science-based activities, expeditions and mountain biking on offer, we decided to go big, bright and bold with our design theme! We created a booklet style leaflet and vibrant poster, which should appeal to young people and their parents – or at the very least, catch their eye to read further and find out more!

Creetown Initiative has carried out poster, leaflet, brochure, logo, flyer and corporate design work in-house for home-based projects, as well as for clients and external community organisations. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about our design services.

Portfolio of Projects

The Easter Programme of events for young people in Ballantrae is part of Ballantrae Trust’s developing portfolio of projects for the whole community, businesses and also for visitors and tourists. Some of their projects include the Smugglers’ Festival, the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink on 9th and 10th June 2018 and the redevelopment of the play park and recreation area.

Ballantrae Trust Engages Creetown Initiative Project Officer

Creetown Initiative is pleased to be working with the newly formed Ballantrae Trust as their Project Officer, for the next 9 months. Ballantrae is a lovely coastal town located in South Ayrshire, with views across to the Ailsa Craig, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Arran.

Exciting Portfolio of Projects

The Ballantrae Trust was formed from the local development group and we will be helping the trust to take forward their exciting portfolio of projects. Some of their projects include the Smugglers’ Festival, the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink on 9th and 10th June 2018 and the redevelopment of the play park and recreation area.

For other community redevelopment projects we have carried out, please click here.

 

Creetown Initiative Engaged to Fundraise for Moffat Beechgrove Sports Pavilion

Creetown Initiative has been engaged by Beechgrove Sports Partnership to fundraise for a new sports pavilion at the Moffat Beechgrove Sports Pavilion site. There is a larger sports hall behind the pavilion with badminton courts, small gym and an indoor bowling facility. Next to the pavilion there is an outdoor bowling green and outdoor tennis courts. However, the pavilion building itself is small and in poor condition and a brand new facility is required, with upgraded toilets and kitchen facilities and to act as a club house and function venue.

Beechgrove Sports Partnership has been formed from a number of different sports groups in Moffat who have come together to work to improve the pavilion, including Beechgrove Lawn Tennis Club and Beechgrove Bowling Club. They have engaged us to develop a fundraising plan and carryout this work.

Click here for other sports related projects Creetown Initiative has worked on.

£1.44m Secured For Johnston School, Kirkcudbright

Creetown Initiative has successfully secured £180,000 from The Robertson Trust on behalf of Kirkcudbright Development Trust for the redevelopment of Johnston School in Kirkcudbright, taking the current funding total up to £1.44million! Other funders for this community-centred project include The Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Historic Council.

Community Activity and Resource Centre

The former Johnston School was closed in 2009 when the new Kirkcudbright Primary School opened. Exciting plans will see the redevelopment of Johnston School into a community activity and resource centre, with many different elements designed to provide facilities and opportunities for the whole community. This includes a youth work wing, Police Scotland contact space, childcare venue, business/office spaces, general room/venue hire for community groups and organisations and also a state of the art Dark Skies Visitor Centre.

Click here for more information about the redevelopment of Johnston School.

Feasibility Study for Castle Douglas Community Centre

Creetown Initiative is pleased to be able to work with the Management Committee of Castle Douglas Community Centre, to provide a feasibility study. This feasibility study will investigate whether the Management Group should take over ownership of the community centre building. We secured this contract in early December and work will begin on this very shortly.

Castle Douglas Community Centre is currently run for the community by a voluntary management committee, however Dumfries and Galloway Council still retain ownership of the building. There are 29 groups that use the centre during week days 10am – 4pm. There is also a conference suit available for hire with tabled seating for 30+ people and included in the hire is the use of a TV, DVD Player, Flip chart and Whiteboard. To date, the Management Committee has applied for and received funding from The Holywood Trust, The Village Halls Improvement Scheme and The Galloway Association of Glasgow which has enabled a part re-decoration and refurbishment of the centre.

Kirkmichael Community Action Plan

Creetown Initiative has been engaged to develop a Community Action for Kirkmichael, on behalf of Kirkmichael Community Council. Kirkmichael is a parish 8 miles north of Dumfries with a population of around 683 and the two main population areas are Nethermill and Parkgate. Kirkmichael is entitled to wind farm benefit funds and we are creating a robust Community Action Plan to research, analyse and draw up a plan to report the best ways to use these funds to improve the community and local area.

For information about other community action plans we have carried out, please click here, or contact us.

Coldstream Community Action Plan

Since March 2016 we have been working on developing a new Community Action Plan for the community of Coldstream, in the Scottish Borders.  The plan is being designed to provide a researched, up-to-date understanding of Coldstream, and to propose appropriate actions for improvement and regeneration within six broad fields: Tourism, Retail, Industry, Young Families, the Elderly and Community Capacity.

Vibrant Community

Coldstream has a vibrant community and fascinating history, with over 60 community groups.

Photo credit: Jason Patient

The town is roughly midway in journey time between Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne and on one of only five arterial roads crossing the length of the Scottish-English border. Coldstream is centre to a surrounding agriculturally fertile and historic region. Following doscussions in 2016, Coldstream Community Trust and Coldstream and District Community Council, formed a steering group. With four representatives from each committee, the group guided the production of a new new community action plan, for which, we have been engaged.

Please click here for examples of other community action plans.

 

Stranraer’s First Oyster Festival a Massive Success

We are proud and delighted to have been able to support Stranraer Development Trust to create the immensely successful first Stranraer Oyster Festival.

Oysters all round!

Organisers have hailed the event a ‘massive success that exceeded all expectations’, with over 10,000 people visiting during the weekend.

Famous Faces

Mr Bloom wows the crowd

The three day festival saw sell out performances, demonstrations and events, with crowds flocking to see Hardeep Singh Kohli, Mr Bloom from Cbeebies and local spectacles, like the giant seafood paella created by John Henry of Henrys Bay House Restaurant. More than 500 people took part in the inaugural Big Oyster Bash at North West Castle, a highlight of which was a rendition of Bonnie Gallowa’ by 17 year old Stranraer Academy pupil Kathleen McClenaghan.

Three Thousands Oysters Consumed!

Three thousand oysters (a third of a tonne), were consumed over the weekend, many of them by people who had never tried an oyster before, including many local children. Market stall holders sold out completely of pies, cakes and sticky toffee puddings, 150 kites were designed and flown by young visitors to the festival and feedback from local accommodation providers suggests the area was fully booked within a 20 mile radius of Stranraer.

Romano Petrucci, Chairman of Stranraer Development Trust, who organised the festival, said:
“The Festival was incredible and it shows just what can be achieved when our community works together. I heard a comment by a visitor that this was the weekend when Stranraer fell back in love with the sea. Our beautiful town has always had an affinity with Loch Ryan and with the sea, but when the ferries left town our connection with the water went with it. We lost a bit of our identity, but our first Oyster Festival has given us that back.

Live music at the festival

“We may no longer be a ferry town, instead we are now a destination to visit rather than a place to travel through. Our oysters have helped us to craft a new identity for our town. Stranraer will quickly become known as a tourism and food destination, somewhere to visit for incredible seafood, warm hospitality and stunningly beautiful vistas.

“Feedback from local businesses is overwhelmingly positive, with increased sales across the board and many businesses reporting record breaking sales. We are inspired and excited by the potential of Stranraer Oyster Festival and we have already come up with a host of ideas for how to make it bigger, better and more delicious next year.”

Celebrating Stranraer’s Seafood Heritage

Families enjoying fresh seafood

Stranraer Oyster Festival is Scotland’s first major oyster celebration. It was designed to celebrate the seafood heritage of Stranraer, including Scotland’s last remaining wild, native oyster fishery in Loch Ryan.

The festival also hosted the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championship in partnership with Seafood Scotland. The hotly contested competition saw local oyster expert Tristan Hugh-Jones of Loch Ryan Oysters win the title. He went on to represent Scotland in the World Oyster Opening Championship in Galway.

Click here for more about our work with Stranraer Development Trust.