Falkirk celebrates £150,000 windfall

Musician Brian McNeil is a supporter of the Creative Places project
Musician Brian McNeil is a supporter of the Creative Places project

Celebrations marked the news Falkirk had been successful in its bid for a Creative Places award.

It won the category for under 100,000 residents and the Falkirk community has been awarded £150,000 to support its ‘Acts of Discovery’ project.

Based on the themes of people, routes and pathways, it will offer audiences a fresh look at the area and its culture.

The announcement was made last night in The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock with Falkirk beating off competition from Dumfries and Orkney.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, spokesman for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “I’m delighted the local area has won a Creative Place Award. It will provide additional cultural funding to enhance our creative programme for 2014.

“I’d like to congratulate the team at Falkirk Community Trust, who successfully led the bid, for all their hard work in bringing this accolade to the local area.”

Falkirk musician Brian McNeil is a supporter of the project and delighted it has been approved.

He said: “It’s going to mean so much to everyone involved – especially the many young budding singers and players who will have the opportunity to develop and polish their traditional music skills.

“I cannot wait to start bringing this project to life and know we’ll have a great time along the way.”

Creative Place Awards recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the “rich cultural life of Scotland’s smaller communities, as well as their social and economic well-being”. It focuses on creative programmes in areas outwith Scotland’s main cities.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, who chaired the judging panel, said: “We received an extremely high calibre of applications for this year’s awards and the judges had a difficult decision selecting the winners. It is great to see how invested communities are in allowing creativity to flourish within their areas.”