Outer Hebrides Top Glasgow and Edinburgh for National Award!
19 September 2011
The Outer Hebrides are looking to develop their international
music event reputation further in 2012 after overtaking Glasgow and
Edinburgh to be crowned as home of the country's best major public
The Hebridean Celtic Festival emerged victorious as Best Large
Festival at the industry-sponsored Scottish Event Awards this week,
in a three-way final with Edinburgh's Hogmanay and Glasgow's Celtic
"HebCelt" Festival Director Caroline Maclennan said today: "We
will be looking forward to next year's event and beyond with
increased confidence, in the knowledge that the enthusiasm of our
thousands of festival-goers and scores of volunteers is matched by
professional industry recognition, despite the sheer prominence of
Scotland's higher-cost, big city festivals.
Held in Stornoway, the HebCelt is now an annual magnet for an
audience that far outstrips the Lewis town's own 10,000 population,
injecting more then £1 million annually into the local economy.
Over 16 years, it has grown to feature hundreds of local performers
and international acts including Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, and
Caroline Maclennan added: "Like other successful festivals,
there are clear economic benefits from the HebCelt, but its local
and international cultural significance is huge too and our success
is a testament to our many supporters, from Creative Scotland and
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to EventScotland, Highlands and Islands
Enterprise, Caledonian MacBrayne and others."
A two-time Event of the Year winner in the Scots Trad Music
Awards, and twice nominated also for the Scottish Thistle Awards,
the HebCelt relies on scores of volunteer workers who clock
up nearly 3000 unpaid hours during the event.
For more information, please contact Bob Kass: Lucid PR, 01463
07759 057825; firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Event Award website: www.scottisheventawards.net
Hebridean Celtic Festival website: www.helbceltfest.com
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