Government ploughs cash into sea festival
THE future of the Oban Festival of the Sea has been secured for next year, after the Scottish government pledged £4,000.
The festival is one of 16 events across Scotland sharing Holyrood cash totalling £239,000.
Minister for science, Alasdair Allan, announced the grant at the start of the month, which will fund a programme of activities with a scientific theme.
The third Oban event was held between May 22 and 31 this year, and was a celebration of the climate, geography, history, heritage and employment, defined by the sea, in Oban, Lorn and the isles.
The festival was previously held in 2010 and 2012.
The news of the funding was welcomed by Dr Anuschka Miller, director of the festival, who is also director of the Ocean Explorer Centre at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).
She said: ‘ We are delighted to receive £4,000 from the Scottish government’s science festivals funding.
‘Importantly, this grant will allow us to hold the festival annually, instead of every two years.
‘The Festival of the Sea is a key part of our outreach work in the local community,’ Dr Miller added.