Published: Friday, 12 June 2015 07:30
Stornoway is a Creative Place – official
A creative bid headed up by An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway has seen Stornoway and the islands of Lewis and Harris awarded £125,000 as winner of this year’s Creative Place Awards. The awards were announced in Falkirk this week, with members of the An Lanntair team there to hear the excellent news. Stornoway and the villages in Lewis and Harris will use the award for a programme of artistic and cultural experiences leading through and beyond the town, so that Stornoway becomes a recognised gateway to the creative community of the Outer Hebrides. There’ll be arts residencies at Stornoway Port Authority, the new Lews Castle Museum and in other local businesses and venues. Among the artforms will be traditional and contemporary Gaelic music, an arts trail and route through the town, exhibitions, walking and Segway tours plus a programme of staff development to raise the quality of the visitor experience. Elly Fletcher, Chief Executive of An Lanntair, said: “We are overjoyed with this result. What a wonderful opportunity this is to celebrate the incredible, creative Gaelic community of Stornoway, Lewis and Harris. We cannot wait to get our project - ‘Bealach’ - off the ground.”
Read more: Local News for Friday 12th June 2015
Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015 07:30
Support grows for airfares campaign
Politicians, media and council leaders are queuing up to give their support to a Facebook campaign for change to airfares between Scottish islands and the mainland. The campaign, which was started only on Saturday night by Shetlander Scott Preston, now has over 11,000 followers – including Council leader Angus Campbell, who isn’t even on Facebook. Followers have posted horror stories of Loganair’s fares and what they are charged to visit sick relatives, attend funerals and to go on honeymoon, with fares often higher between the islands and Glasgow than from Glasgow to the other side of the world. Cllr Campbell asked Shetland leader Gary Robinson to post for him, saying: “The Comhairle fully supports the latest campaign on Facebook calling for fairer air fares to the islands. The Comhairle along with Orkney and Shetland Islands’ Council will continue to keep this as a priority in the Our Islands Our Future campaign and will ask that it is put high on the agenda for the first meeting of the newly established Transport Forum which will specifically be dealing with Islands’ Transport issues."
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 10th June 2015