Date lodged: 19 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what support it has provided to the 2017 Celtic Connections festival.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 24 January 2017
EventScotland are supporting Celtic Connections via a range of mediums including The List Guide to Festivals launch at Celtic Connections and an International Media visit.
VisitScotland, as part of the Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology are providing funding of £40k on a Youth marketing Traditional Music project which will launch on the 26th January during Celtic Connections.
Scottish Government, through Major Events, provided BEMIS funding during 2016-17 for multi-cultural programme to celebrate Scotland's Winter Festivals. A provisional amount of around £4,000 was been earmarked by BEMIS to support their Burns event as part of Celtic Connections.
Creative Scotland has provided £550K of regular funding for the period of 2015-2018. In addition, they provided funding of £8K towards the Gaelic and Scots Showcase in 2017.