Fife creative projects share in over £1.6m National Lottery funds

A newly conceived poetry festival and a series of music pieces exploring mental health are among the Fife-based projects and research and development initiatives sharing in over £1.6million of National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland in the latest round of Open Fund awards.  

These funds are supporting creative individuals, projects and organisations across the country to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances brought about by COVID-19, and helping to sustain people’s creative development at this challenging time. 

StAnza, Scotland’s annual international poetry festival based in St Andrews, has received funds for its 2021 programme, which will showcase over 80 poets, artists, events, projects and installations online for five days in March. 

The festival will offer a mix of audio and digital, pre-recorded and live events, as well as specially devised outdoor live events.  

Eleanor LivingstoneDirectorStAnza said: “The cultural sector has been hit extremely hard by Covid-19 and we’re excited to be working on a digital festival which will offer a feast of poetry in dynamic ways, with both traditional and original formats, engaging with poetry lovers, a wider public and poets everywhere.” 

A series of atmospheric music pieces designed to improve mental health and wellbeing has also received funding. Re-Konnect, led by Fife-based artist Charles Delaitre, will use sound with words and visuals to create short, peaceful works which aim to support people to relax and reflect during this challenging period of COVID-19 lockdown and beyond. The resulting works will be available on the artist’s website and accessible through social media.  

A full list of recipients of Open Fund awards is available on the Creative Scotland website

Iain MunroChief ExecutiveCreative Scotland said: “The Open Fund is supporting the creative sector to explore new, safe ways of working, developing practices and reaching wide audiences. From poetry festivals to theatre programmes, these projects reflect the resilience, innovation and determination of Scotland’s creative community in the face of COVID-19.” 

“Through these challenging and unpredictable times, creativity, art and culture are bringing us together and supporting our emotional wellbeing. Made possible by the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, these awards are helping to sustain the value that creativity adds to our lives.” 

Image: StAnza. Credit: Michael Macari/StAnza (text Alec Finlay)

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Notes to editors

The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.  

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.  

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