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Local festivals in D&G receive national funding

Eden Festival Photo: ITV Border

Two local events that take place in Dumfries & Galloway, have received a share of national funding to help ensure it keeps attracting visitors to the region.

The Eden Festival in Lockerbie and the World Gold Panning Championships in Moffat have received a share of £140,000 in the latest round of EventScotland's National Funding Programme.

Eden Festival Credit: ITV Border

The Eden Festival, which is known as Scotland's second largest music festival, takes place from the 8th to the 11th of June. It received £12,500. It showcases Scottish music, theatre and art and will be taking place at the Raehills Meadows.

With the funding we will be constructing ‘The Great Mountain Stage’ which is modelled on the Motte of Urr in the Haugh of Urr (Dumfries & Galloway). The new stage will feature a fantastic selection of traditional Scottish musicians from folk, classical, Celtic and acoustic music.

– Adam Curtis, Founder and Head of Production, Eden Festival
World Gold Panning Championships Credit: ITV Border

The World Gold Panning Championships, which will be taking place for the first time from the 7th to the 12th of August, received £10,500. It will involve competitors 'pan for gold' in specially and pools.

Participants will be competing to find gold from native sand and gravel in a record time for the chance to become a World Champion.

Moffat will be the most vibrant place in southern Scotland, and Hope Johnstone Park will be buzzing with children’s entertainers, a free gold panning school, a variety of stalls, and entertainment each evening.

– Richard Deighton, Chair of Moffat Gold 2017 SCIO

The National Funding Programme aims to support events taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of driving domestic tourism and improving the economy for local communities.

It also aims to allow existing events to expand their marketing reach and expand what they offer to visitors,

The Eden Festival has become a popular festival for families and children attracting people from across the country to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment on offer. It is also the first time that Moffat will host the World Gold Panning Championship, helping to showcase Dumfries & Galloway on the global stage and provide a major boost to the local visitor economy.

They are both fun events so I hope as many local people and visitors from further afield will be able to come along to enjoy the great entertainment and events planned. The National Funding Programme plays a vital role in maintaining our region’s reputation as a great destination for events which celebrate our culture and heritage whilst delivering economic benefits.

– Manuela Calchini, Regional Partnerships Director for the South of Scotland, EventScotland