BUMPER CROWDS WERE drawn to Forres in what has been described as the largest and most successful Culture Day yet.
Totting up the attendances at the event last month organisers have concluded that the sunshine helped bring out many more people than previously seen for what is one of the fastest-growing events on the Moray calendar.
People from throughout the region were joined by others who had travelled from as far as Glasgow, Tain and Carrbridge to take part in a variety of performances, talks, tours and have-a-go activities.
There was over 200 participants providing entertainment, including the Youth Arts Hub who filled a platform for around 25 young performers. Highlights included a National Theatre of Scotland production and the ‘Secret Studios Tour’ of local art studios on board a vintage bus.
While most of the events enjoyed audiences of between 50 and 200 the Music Hub in St Leonard’s Church reported 700 attending – while the Science and Innovation Hub at the Tolbooth saw close to 1000 visitors throughout the day.
Kresanna Aigner, Director of Findhorn Bay Arts, said: “The amazing feedback received so far has shown that Culture Day has worked in achieving its primary objective – to raise awareness of arts and cultural activities and opportunities which are available throughout the year in Moray.
“We’re delighted that 95% of survey respondents so far have stated that Culture Day has made them more aware of opportunities in the local area.
“The economic impacts of Culture Day go well beyond the event itself, with local businesses benefitting from increased footfall and a whole range of local services, including graphic designers, printers and venue hire, benefitting from funding spend and audience spend on the day.
“We’re still busy carrying out a full evaluation of the event, which will be completed by Christmas.”
Kresanna acknowledge the support from over 30 volunteers including those from 39 Engineers at Kinloss Barracks and young people from the Elgin Youth Café.
People who attended the Culture Day are being invited to provide feedback to the organisers via a Culture Day Visitor Survey at www.findhornbayarts.com.