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Extensive portfolio of events set for summer in Dumfried & Galloway

The extensive and diverse portfolio of events which attract visitors to Dumfries & Galloway continues to prosper thanks to EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Eden Festival, Lockerbie and the World Gold Panning Championships, Moffat, are two of 12 events taking place across the country this summer which have received a share of £140,000 thanks to the latest round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

The Eden Festival, which takes place from 8-11 June, showcasing Scottish music, theatre and art has received £12,500.

Scotland’s second largest music festival of 2017 will be returning to the Raehills Meadows of Dumfries & Galloway for its ninth year. Hosting twelve different stages with 300 performers, Eden Festival hosts an eclectic mix of music as well as free workshops, theatre, art and activities for the whole family.

Music fans are in for a treat at Eden festival with a strong line-up of acts including Alabama 3, British Soul singer Alice Russell and HorseMeat Disco. The festival features a mixture of music genres, from hip hop and dance to jungle, balkan beat and African dance.

The World Gold Panning Championships in Moffat from 7-12 August has received £10,500. It is the first time the unique event has been hosted in the Dumfries & Galloway town and will see competitors from around the world pan for gold in specially made pools for the chance to become World Champion.

The National Funding Programme supports the strategic delivery of events taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities and generating media profile for Scotland.

Enabling existing events to expand what they offer visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of the ways that National Funding Programme support is used to help regional events continue to flourish and grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s overall events portfolio – a major contributor to our national economy.

The National Funding Programme also plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation and media profile as a super destination for events. EventScotland positions the country as ‘the perfect stage for events’ so the funding is key to ensuring that all regions have an exciting, vibrant portfolio of annual events which offer something for everyone, celebrate our nation’s culture and heritage, and deliver positive impacts for local communities.

In addition to the Eden Festival and World Gold Panning Championships, the events which have received support in the latest (Round 34) awards from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme are:

  • Bonfest, Kirriemuir* 28 – 30 April £12,500
  • Dundee Design Festival 24 – 29 May £20,000
  • Mhor Festival, Lochearnhead Stirling 26 – 28 May £4,500
  • Oban Live* 2 – 3 June £10,700
  • Eden Festival, Raehills Meadows, Lockerbie 8 – 11 June £12,500
  • Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink 11 June £5,000
  • Powerboat P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, Greenock 24 – 25 June £13,000
  • Southern Fried 10 Year Anniversary, Perth 27 – 30 June £8,000
  • ButeFest, Rothesay 28 – 30 June £7,000
  • World Gold Panning Championships, Moffat* 7 – 8 August £10,500
  • Amazing Ages!, Fort George* 12 – 13 August £25,000
  • East Lothian Battle Weekends: 2017 Pinkie Cleugh* 16 – 17 August £12,000

*Part of Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 partner event programme. The Year builds on the momentum generated by previous themed years in Scotland including the 2015 Year of Food and Drink, Homecoming Scotland 2014, and the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland.

For more information on Eden Festival, visit

For more information on the Moffat Gold 2017, visit

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