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Events across Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highlands share Event Scotland funding boosts

Portsoy's annual Traditional Boat Festival received the biggest cash boost across the North East at £20,000. Supplied by Lauren Anderson/ STBF Portsoy.
Portsoy's annual Traditional Boat Festival received the biggest cash boost across the North East at £20,000. Supplied by Lauren Anderson/ STBF Portsoy.

Live sporting and cultural events across Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and islands have shared Event Scotland funding to support the recovering industry.

Among the local favourites to receive support are the Portsoy Boat Festival, Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair, Stonehaven Folk Festival and the Aberdeen Mela.

A total of 65 live events across Scotland have been awarded £740,000 in combined funding.

The National Events Programme was relaunched January by Event Scotland in an effort to help Scotland’s events industry recover after the pandemic.

Gordon Castle Highland Games has received £6,100 in extra funding. Picture by Sandy McCook.

It supports the development and delivery of live sporting and cultural events that take place outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government has recently provided extra funding to the programme to allow for community events to apply this time as well.

Events are also now able to apply for funding more often.

This means that more events than ever before have received support through the programme.

See a full list of the events and funding for 2022 across Moray, Aberdeenshire, Highlands and Islands below:

  • The Mighty Coe, Highland, March 26-27 2022, £8,500
  • Scottish National Surfing Championships, Highland, April 15-17, £8,000
  • Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair, Moray, May 15, £6,100
  • The 38th Orkney Folk Festival, Orkney Islands, May 26-29,  £17,500
  • The Portsoy Boat Festival, Aberdeenshire, June 17-19, £20,000
  • St Magnus International Festival, Orkney Islands, June 17-24, £11,000
  • Stonehaven Folk Festival, Aberdeenshire, July 8-10, £4,000
  • HebCelt Festival, Outer Hebrides, July 13-16, £15,080
  • Sgeul at Under Canvas, Highland, August 3-7, £9,850
  • The Black Isle Show, Highland, August 3-4, £14,994
  • Aboyne Highland Games, Aberdeenshire, August 6, £17,000

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