Nairn Book and Arts Festival has announced that, thanks to new corporate sponsors, it has successfully secured essential match-funding from Culture and Business Fund Scotland (CBFS).
The support from Headline Sponsor AES Solar and Associate Sponsors Fred. Olsen Renewables and Nairn’s Oatcakes has enabled the festival to successfully apply to CBFS for matched funding for the first time. £3,500 matched funding from CBFS has taken the total of additional funding secured by the festival up to £7,000 – a huge injection of much-needed financial support a year after the festival had to cancel its live events due to Covid-19.
The CBFS fund has been established up by the Scottish Government to foster cross-sector partnerships and encourage and support new businesses to invest in or sponsor arts and heritage organisations over up to three years.
This is also the first time the festival has successfully attracted three internationally-recognised companies as festival sponsors, further cementing its reputation as one of the key cultural events in the Scottish Highlands.
This year’s festival has a strong environmental theme, ‘Close to Nature’s Heart‘, leading its organisers to focus on attracting sponsors with a strong track record on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Alex Williamson (Chair, Nairn Book and Arts Festival) said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support for this year’s festival – not just from these high-profile companies, but also from Culture and Business Fund Scotland. The sponsorship income and matched funding will certainly help the festival the bounce back after last year’s cancellation, bringing a welcome return to live literature and arts events in the Scottish Highlands.”
George Goudsmit (Managing Director, AES Solar) said: “ Supporting events on our doorstep such as the Nairn Book and Arts Festival has always been a cause close to our hearts while also aligning closely with our company goals and values. We believe supporting events like this that give back to the local community is more important than ever after the past year.”
David Watt (Chief Executive, Arts & Business Scotland, said) “We are delighted to see so many individual businesses in and around Nairn taking advantage of the fantastic opportunity provided by Culture & Business Fund Scotland’s COVID-19 Recovery & Renewal Strand to invest in the arts and culture sector in their region. By partnering with Nairn Book and Arts Festival, AES Solar, Fred. Olsen Renewables and Nairn’s Oatcakes are boosting the cultural tourism profile of the area, encouraging more visitors and ‘staycationers’ to spend even more time on the ground (and overnight) which supports the local economy and helps bring the local community together.”
Nairn Book and Arts Festival will return on Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th September 2021.
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