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.

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.

 

Stranraer Oyster Festival – Official 2017 Dates!

Creetown Initiative can now reveal the official 2017 dates of the Stranraer Oyster Festival – 15th – 17th September!

Since November 2015 we have been working with Stranraer Development Trust to secure funds and support them to develop a Stranraer Oyster Festival – major annual international festival that will celebrate not only the famous Loch Ryan oysters (Scotland’s only wild, native oyster bed) but also all other local produce.

Unique to Stranraer

The unique natural resource of Loch Ryan Oysters is an asset to the town that is not currently used to its full potential.  At present oyster are sent around the world but the connection with Stranraer is not recognised. The festival provides the opportunity to make this connection, increase visitor numbers to the town and support the economy of both the town and surrounds. Although the event will be called the Stranraer Oyster Festival and they will certainly be the headline, all local produce from land and sea will be included, thereby supporting all local producers.

Oysters are considered a luxury food, but oyster festivals are by no means elitist. Oyster festivals tend to take the oyster as a focal point and then create a celebration of local food, local culture and the local community around it. As Scotland’s only wild and native oyster fishery there is a huge opportunity here for Stranraer to use its unique oyster and coastal heritage to create a festival of national significance.

New Jobs and Community Support

A fantastic sum has been secured by Chris Hanna, one of our project workers, to fund all aspects of the Stranraer Oyster Festival and has allowed the Trust to employ a Festival Officer, a Youth Programme Co-ordinator and a Festival Assistant. An oyster festival has been talked about for some time by various groups and organisations and we know from initial talks that there is excitement and huge support for the event.

Other projects we have helped Stranraer Development Trust to carry out to date include Stranraer in Bloom floral enhancements and the setting up of a Resilience Fund.