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:
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
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
Buchan Arts Forum to finance the new programme of
storytellers and the celebration of dancing.
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
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,
We are also delighted to have been given the support and endorsement of
the festival by Aberdeen and
Grampian Tourist Board.
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
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.