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Article published 26/04/2019

Round 40 of EventScotland's National Events Programme Fund will see 10 events taking place across eight local authorities benefit from a share of £143,500.

Events to receive funding from the latest round:

WKC (World Karate and Kickboxing Commission) Aberdeen Open will take place at the AECC in May 2019. Scotland’s largest kickboxing competition will offer spectators the chance to see local kickboxing talent and internationally acclaimed fighters from Ireland, Europe and the USA compete. The event has been awarded £5,000 to support PR and marketing activities.

The National Wallace Monument 150thAnniversary two special events will be held to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the National Wallace Monument; Wallace 150, a unique evening illumination event, marking the start of a special programme of celebrations, and Wallace Wha’ Hae, a family-friendly festival with activities themed on Wallace and his legacy. Funding of £25,000 has been awarded to support the delivery of both events.

Dundee Design Festival – the city’s third design festival will explore the theme of what makes a Liveable and Loveable city. Designers will be based at the Keiller Shopping Centre alongside a new exhibition and pop-up shop as part of a week-long programme of interactive workshops and talks where visitors can experiment with the process of design. The festival has received £20,000 to expand its marketing activity, develop its new venue and expand the capacity of ‘PechaKucha Night’, which will be its biggest to date at Dundee’s Caird Hall. 

The Gathering – this new one-day festival, in the grounds of the historic Northern Meeting Park in Inverness, will feature a host of exciting traditional and folk based bands from the Highlands and Scotland alongside a line-up of the finest craft food and drink suppliers from the region. The event has been awarded £10,000 towards its infrastructure.

Barrhead Rainbow Run – a 5km fun run where runners of all ages and abilities tackle a number of interactive challenges including paint stations, inflatable assault courses, slip ‘n’ slide and foam pits, has received £4,000 to enhance the visitor experience and encourage extended stays by participants in East Renfrewshire.

Run the Blades – a unique trail running event held within the UK’s largest windfarm, Whitelee Windfarm, and incorporating three distances – 10km, half marathon and 50km ultramarathon – Run the Blades has been awarded £12,500 to enhance the spectator experience of its event village, including a large outdoor screen and additional marquees. 

Solas Festival – a family-friendly weekend arts festival at Errol Park, Perthshire with performances and workshops in music, theatre, dance, literature and visual arts, as well as talks and debates, has received £9,500 for infrastructure costs to enhance the children’s and wellbeing area and its social media marketing. 

Youth Beatz – Scotland’s largest free youth music festival returns to Dumfries’ Park Farm in 2019 with a spectacular line-up of acts, including Professor Green and Sigma. The festival has received £25,000 to maintain the size and scale of event following its key part in Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 signature event programme, ensuring a continued legacy from the Themed Year.

Stranraer SkiffieWorlds – a colourful and friendly celebration of coastal rowing. Stranraer and Loch Ryan in south west Scotland will host the major international coastal rowing event ‘SkiffieWorlds 2019’ which will see up to 1,000 participants compete. The event has been awarded £22,500 to support an enhanced on-shore festival for visitors as well as increased marketing and PR activity for the event.

St. Andrews Voices – a unique 4-day Scottish festival devoted to vocal and choral music. This year will see the beginning of a new partnership with light projection artists Luxmuralis, who will create an immersive voice and light event which will take over iconic buildings across St Andrews. Live music will be performed by Owain Park and Gesualdo Six, as well as creative input from local community groups in the festival’s annual learning and participation programmes. £10,000 has been awarded to support the addition of this new partnership.

Since establishing the Programme in 2004, EventScotland has invested more than £5.8 million into 511 events covering the length and breadth of the country. The support has allowed for the strategic development of events which occur outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow, to help drive domestic tourism, deliver economic impact for local communities and generate media profile for Scotland. It is estimated that to date the Programme has contributed £97.6 million in total to the Scottish economy.

To find out more about the National Events Programme, including the deadlines for future rounds of funding, go to

Over the years, our National Events Programme has played a crucial role in our work to increase domestic tourism across Scotland, complementing our International Programme of major events and supporting our long-term strategy of sustaining Scotland’s global reputation as the perfect stage for events.

It’s great to see the continued success of the programme, and we’re delighted to be able to support the ten events awarded in this latest round to develop and grow.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland