Cultural fund encourages local communities to get involved in Glasgow 2018

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A fund has opened for groups in Perth and Kinross that want to produce cultural and arts activity for a new festival in the local area, as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Applications to produce ambitious and diverse cultural events and activities to run alongside the sporting action are invited from all art-forms including music, carnival, visual art, theatre, dance, film, literature and performance.

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is investing £10,000 in community groups across the area, with funding ranging from £200 to £500 available tocreate cultural events and arts activities which celebrate the people and talent in the local area.

The events must be free to enter and held in Perth and Kinross between 30 June and 12 August 2018.

Glasgow 2018 – the biggest sporting event to take place in Scotland since the best ever Commonwealth Games – will unite sport and culture throughout the Championships from 2 to 12 August 2018.

Perth and Kinross will stage the first ever European Golf Team Championships at the famous PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from 7 to 12 August. This revolutionary new mixed team event which will see male and female professional golfers play together for equal prize money.

Glasgow 2018 Championships Director Colin Hartley said: “Glasgow 2018 promises to be one of the most exciting sporting and cultural events ever experienced in Scotland and there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

“We want as many people as possible to be part of this historic event – the first-ever of its kind – and this funding gives local communities the chance to create their own special moments during the Championships. Local groups can seize this opportunity to play a part in the action-packed cultural programme that is shaped by the people that live here.”

Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The Our Place fund is the perfect match for our cultural ambitions across Perthshire and Kinross-shire. As we invest in projects such as Perth Theatre and the transformation of St Paul’s Church into an innovative performance space, we’re encouraging events, tourism and economic growth, as well as building a vibrant place for our communities – and it is communities themselves who will choose how this funding is allocated locally.

“The Council’s excellent track record of attracting international-scale events such as the European Golf Team Championships allows us to raise the profile of the area, bring in visitors, and open up opportunities such as the Our Place Fund. I look forward to seeing the creative results.”

The closing date for applications is 30 April. To find out more and to apply for funding please visit: www.pkc.gov.uk/glasgow2018.

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