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SPONSORS SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEBCELT’S SUCCESS

16 Jul 2018

Caroline Maclennan, Director of the Hebridean Celtic Festival 

The success of a venture like HebCelt relies heavily on goodwill. Each year our community opens its arms, and its doors, in welcome to the thousands of visitors who come to Lewis and help make festival week such am exciting and vibrant time.

As a grassroots event almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort, that ongoing community support is vital. Such a major undertaking would be impossible without people, businesses and organisation giving their time and effort in kind when needed, sometimes unexpectedly.

We also need funding and, at a time when pressures on public money is at its greatest, we appreciate all the help we get from bodies such as Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who have been long-time supporters and help us fulfil our mission to promote traditional music, the Gaelic language and the wider island culture.

We are in the creative arts business and one of the most important of those creative arts is covering the cost of staging such a large event in a relatively rural location on an island of the north west of Scotland.

To supplement our core public funding, we lean on private sector support to ensure our programme is as strong and diverse as possible to appeal to all sections of the community.

This week we will celebrate our long-standing and continuing partnership with CalMac. The Loch Seaforth, which will take thousands of festival-goers to and from Stornoway over the next few days, will be ‘renamed’ the HebCelt Ferry for the duration of the event. The ferry’s restaurant and café will feature a HebCelt-themed menu for the week and we will be opening a pop-up information and ticket collection point on board on Wednesday and Thursday.

Loganair has offered discounted travel to help music fans get to HebCelt and also sponsored flights for members of Blazin’ Fiddles. 

The Islands Stage has been sponsored for the fourth successive year by Lewis Wind Power and the acoustic stage is again supported by Lews College UHI, both highlighting our strong relationships with local organisations.

Among those to play on the Islands Stage will be Iona Fyfe, the winner of HebCelt’s inaugural Next Steps young talent contest which was run in conjunction with Black Bay Studio in Great Bernera and which offered a free recording session as part of the winners’ prize.

What do these sponsors and supporters get in return? HebCelt repays investors in many different ways.

Economically, it generates millions of pounds each year for the islands by attracting an international audience of some 16,000, filling not only ferries and planes but hotels, guest houses and campsites.

That income cascades through Stornoway and beyond, affecting almost every local business, making it the most lucrative time of year outside the festive season.

Culturally, it promotes and encourages traditional music and literally provides a stage for young talent to progress; it raises the profile of the indigenous Gaelic language and gives islanders an enhanced sense of pride in their way of life.

Environmentally, it is pioneering in encouraging green initiatives, such as this year’s ban on single use plastic, and raising awareness of issues affecting the planet and practical ways to help.

And socially, the festival’s feel-good, family-friendly atmosphere helps the wider mission to promote the islands as a place to work, stay and visit which, in turn, can stimulate in-migration and inward investment.

HebCelt offers something for everyone and by working together we all reap the rewards   

 
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