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Vision for the second decade

The festival saw many exciting twists and turns during its first ten years. To celebrate the beginning of it's second decade the committee will push the event to a new level. This is captured in the following mission statement.

"At the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival every member of the family can discover, enjoy and participate in the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East.

This includes sailing, fishing, history, crafts, theatre, literature and language, music, dance and dancing and food and drink."

Achieving this mission involves a complementary set of three aims with associated objectives: - more ...


Making the vision come true would be impossible without:


bulletCommunity Contributions
bulletRecognition and endorsement
bulletActive Cooperation


Community Contributions

We take great pride in the fact that this festival is very much a community effort achieved by a dedicated band of volunteers. In addition to significant individual efforts, of vital importance is major support given in kind by local businesses.



Sponsorship is a major part of the funding of the festival and the support given by a wide spread of local companies over many years has been of major importance. For 2004 we are delighted that the Press and Journal has become the festival's media sponsor, pledging support including significant advertising, editorial coverage and a major presence at the festival itself.

SCVO's  Direct Grant has made a significant contribution enabling the Festival to introduce a week of music master classes and the new Friday Nicht Showcase Concert.

We are also delighted to have been awarded a grant by EventScotland enabling the Festival to significantly increase advertising support and funding the production of a high quality souvenir programme.

We are also very pleased to have been awarded a grant from Banff and Buchan Arts Forum to finance the new programme of storytellers and the celebration of dancing.

Recognition and endorsement

As we raise the bar, so it becomes important that we win the endorsement of major regional bodies. To that end we are delighted that Aberdeenshire Council are happy to give their support for our "ambitions to promote the festival as a unique celebration of the maritime and cultural heritage of the area." (Hamish Vernal, Director of Education and Recreation, Aberdeenshire Council).

We are also delighted to have been given the support and endorsement of the festival by Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board.



Active Cooperation

In addition to endorsement we need the active cooperation of specialist regional bodies. Here we are delighted to say that we are working closely with Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board to explore ways in which the festival can be publicised and link ever more closely with the strategic objectives set out in their policy.

We are also delighted to be working with Saskia Gibbon, the Aberdeenshire Council Arts Team Cultural Coordinator for Banff and Buchan. Saskia is helping us to meet out objective of "attracting a more varied and more high quality range of traditional musicians, dancers, writers and dramatists."

In addition to our longstanding relationship with the RNLI, this year's Festival is proud to link itself to the Anthony Nolan Trust. As many opportunities as possible will be created for funds to be raised by the Trust including dedication of the road and fun runs. This link also means that we are delighted to welcome surprise guests from "Emmerdale" to the Festival. More information soon.