For Falkirk’s Sake a real success story

Local artists take part in For Falkirk's Sake festival
Local artists take part in For Falkirk's Sake festival

Featuring films, music, plays and the spoken word, the inaugural For Falkirk’s Sake festival has been hailed as a success by organisers and audiences.

With eight different shows taking place between July 27 and August 2, the event featured top local names like Bill Wells, Alan Bissett, Adam Stafford and Janet Paisley alongside art exhibitions and local amateur actors.

Now local people have praised the hard work and the originality of the festival which was sandwiched between the end of Funny in Falkirk and the beginning of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Grant Thomson, one of the organisers said: “It was fantastic.

“We really wanted it to showcase the talent in the town, and to capitalise on what we have here.

“We are really pleased with how it went.

“At some of the events, there was standing-room only.

“Every single person that has been involved in this event should be proud of themselves.

“The social impact that this event has had on the community is inspiring.”

Jazz legend Bill Wells was one of the most anticipated acts, attracting visitors from Alloa and Dunblane to Falkirk.

Stuart Reid’s ‘Reading Rocks’ went down well with young and old, while Alan Bissett’s performances were among the most popular.

And, local artists also said they enjoyed the chance to exhibit.

Artist Mandy Gray who displayed her work at the FDAMH exhibition said: “It was really humbling to be invited to an event showing so much talent. Long overdue and so needed in Falkirk.”

Tryst member Brian Paterson said: “As a cast member of Tryst Theatre’s premiere of ‘Sparks of Celestial Fire’ I have to say that performing in the Alehouse as part of For Falkirk’s Sake was a unique and wonderful experience. “We had a full house and the reception was warm and generous.”

For Falkirk’s Sake hope to run a similar festival next year.