Video to be filmed for Creative Places bid

Banchory River Festival
Banchory River Festival

Capturing Banchory on film is the next stage in the town’s bid to be the best candidate in Creative Scotland’s Creative Place Awards.

Having been nominated for the award and shortlisted alongside Stornoway and Fort William for funding of £125,000, Banchory must now submit a further application and a short video to persuade judges the Deeside community is the best candidate.

The written application for the funding must be submitted by May 1 and the video by May 25.

The first application, based on discussions with a variety of community group representatives, came up with the following three broad strands: Banchory Stories – paying tribute to the heritage of the town but also the diversity of newcomers and the new generations of Banchorians, using digital and traditional media, to gather stories to inform a new Community Play; Love Banchory – an initiative linking local artists, working towards a range of retail products reflecting the town’s special places and people; River Festival now in its third year, some of the funding would be used to really put the festival on the map, enhancing and promoting the uniqueness of the town and increasing its creative offering.

Banchory Town Co-ordinator Jan Leatham said: “This is where we could really use your help. Although the strands are broadly defined, we need ideas of where to take the themes, there is still plenty of scope for suggestions and we have a couple of ways for you to do that.

“You will find postcards in the Library and in Woodend Barn, which you can just fill in and hand back to those places, or you can send your ideas to by the end of April.

“Also, if you would like to participate in the bid and/or subsequent activities please email us, we’d love to hear from you.”

Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been awarded to smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. A Creative Scotland Award is both an accolade and a grant, with the winning communities receiving funding of either £50,0000, £100,000 or £125,000.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 10, at Falkirk Town Hall. Falkirk has been selected as the host of this year’s awards after winning a Creative Place Award in 2014.