Gov­ern­ment ploughs cash into sea fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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