St Andrews is home to new creative hub

St Andrews;'The launch of this new office for organisers of events and festivals etc. involves the St Andrews Partnership and the Byre Theatre; Jacqueline McKay (CEO Byre Theatre) , Kenneth Fowler (creative scotland), , Kevin Cadwallender (resident poet) & Patrick Laughlin (?)'photo; WALTER NEILSON
St Andrews;'The launch of this new office for organisers of events and festivals etc. involves the St Andrews Partnership and the Byre Theatre; Jacqueline McKay (CEO Byre Theatre) , Kenneth Fowler (creative scotland), , Kevin Cadwallender (resident poet) & Patrick Laughlin (?)'photo; WALTER NEILSON

A new shared office resource, available to events and festival organisers in St Andrews and across Fife as part of the St Andrews Creative Place initiative, has been officially launched.

Nurturing the town’s wealth of creative opportunities and promoting its vibrant cultural output on an international stage, The Hub - it is located next door to the Byre Theatre - was built with funding from Creative Scotland as part of the Creative Places Awards, of which St Andrews was a winner.

The headquarters of the St Andrews Year of Celebration, the office resource provides event and festival organisers with mobile desk space, a meeting area, wireless internet access and the latest portable computer technology in the heart of St Andrews.

GUIDANCE

The Hub will also be used by the new Fife festivals’ development officer in the role of providing event support, guidance, promotion and funding to events as part of Fife’s Community Plan and the council’s Big 8 priorities. The development officer will use it as a base four days a week from which to develop the festivals’ organisation.

Chief executive of the Byre Theatre, Jacqueline McKay said: ”The Byre is a festival producer as well as being a key festival partner for a number of festivals in St Andrews. We’re really keen to support and nurture the fantastic wealth of creative opportunities through providing this resource.

“Although on a simple level it’s just bricks, mortar and computers, we are confident that a creative space with creative individuals will help realise St Andrews’ long-term cultural ambitions.”

Kenneth Fowler, director of communications at Creative Scotland, added: ”St Andrews is a hub of creative activity with a vibrant year-round programme of festivals, theatre and arts events.

“The Creative Places Hub will only enhance its reputation nationally and internationally as a cultural destination.

‘‘Scotland is made up of a rich tapestry of thriving and vibrant creative communities, the Creative Place Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward these communities during 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland.

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“We look forward to receiving even more applications from a broad range of creative communities across Scotland for our next investment round which closes on July 20.”

St Andrews’ growing reputation as a centre for cultural excellence was boosted with its success in winning the prestigious Creative Scotland Award, which resulted in substantial media coverage and also a cash prize of £150,000.

The cash award allowed for extra promotional support to local events, encouraged wider participation in the arts through bespoke projects such as the spectacular Scottish community musical drama production, Macpherson’s Rant, to be staged this autumn at the Byre bringing together a cast of professional actors, singers and musicians, and create the new shared administrative offices.