Media Release: Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme appeals for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire votes to win coveted nationwide award


Public voting opens: 9am, Wednesday 24 June

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday 29 July

To vote: or Telephone: 0844 836 9707


THE organisers behind the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme are appealing for local votes as they strive for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The Cultural Programme – which celebrated Scotland’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games and was the most ambitious and wide-reaching programme of national cultural activity that has ever taken place in the country, with audiences of over two million in theatre, music, exhibition, dance, poetry and film, and over 600,000 participants – beat off stiff competition from 620 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

19 projects took place in Aberdeen and eight in Aberdeenshire as part of the Cultural Programme. Projects included Four Seasons delivered by Aberdeen International Youth Festival; Commonwealth Ceilidh delivered by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; and Three Fables (Tales from the Commonwealth), delivered in partnership by Red Note Ensemble, Sound and Woodend Barn.

Young people from Aberdeen and the North East, worked with internationally renowned choreographers and community dance artists Royston Maldoom OBE and Tamara McLorg to create a new dance performance to Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’.

The new piece was performed at Arts Centre & Theatre Aberdeen as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Get Scotland Dancing.

Fiona Robertson, festival director at sound, said: “sound was very excited to able to partner with Red Note Ensemble and Woodend Barn to commission composer Stephen Montague and playwright Zinnie Harris to write a new work for children which was premiered in three performances at Woodend Barn on the 30th May 2014.

“The piece was entitled Three Fables, Tales from the Commonwealth and we were privileged to be able to involve children from Uganda and India to access tales, through collaboration with the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).

“Three Fables captivated children from three upwards in all its performances (Banchory, London and Glasgow) as well as their parents and teachers, and we hope it will continue being performed to children in Scotland and further afield.

“Being able to be part of both the PRS for Music’s New Music Biennial 2014 and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme allowed the piece a wide audience and gave our organisations increased visibility across the UK and beyond.”

Stewart Aitken, artistic director/CEO of Aberdeen International Youth Festival, said: “Four Seasons was a unique project that truly reflected the local, national and international reach of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural programme.

“The project attracted young people from across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and gave them a high-quality experience working with two international community dance legends, up and coming young Scottish chorographers and culminated in a main theatre performance to launch the AIYF 2014 programme.

“The performance created a piece that spoke about the diverse landscape of the North-east and interpreted it through a high quality mix of small and large scale choreographic vignettes.

“The project continues to have impact into AIYF 2015 with a new community dance project that is being led by one of the young choreographers sharing the learning she got from the Four Seasons project with young people.

“It was great for AIYF to be part of the cultural programme and we could not have produced the project without this support and we look forward to reaping the long term rewards of being part of it.”

To vote for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, please go to or telephone 0844 836 9707 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.

Voting runs for five weeks from 9am on Wednesday 24 June until midnight on Wednesday 29 July.

The Programme is competing against six other organisations to be crowned the winner of the Arts category.  Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will get a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September.

Janice Kelly in capacity as portfolio manager for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme for Creative Scotland, said: “On behalf of all the projects which took place right across Scotland, I’m delighted that the 2014 Cultural Programme has reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards.

“Lottery money has really helped local communities throughout the country take part in a huge range of activity from grassroots workshops and learning opportunities, to large scale, spectacular and fun events, all inspired by the values and spirit of the Commonwealth Games.

“From the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, from east to west and in towns and villages in between, visitors and communities have come together for a unique experience.”

TV star and actor, John Barrowman, will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fifth time this year.

He said: “The exceptional work carried out by National Lottery Awards finalists never fails to astound me. Their work deserves to be celebrated nationally; the community spirit, social cohesion and compassion.

“It is crucial that you show your support for your local project so it can get the national glory that it richly deserves. National Lottery players should swell with pride that £34 million of Lottery funding is raised every single week for projects like this across the UK.”

The 2014 Cultural Programme consisted of two strands: the Scotland-wide programme of activity, Culture 2014 and the Games-time Glasgow-based Festival 2014.

This ambitious and accessible cultural celebration was developed through a unique collaboration between the performers and artists, communities across the country

Work was presented for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme across all artforms, from the intimate to the spectacular, as well as ground-breaking nationwide projects such as GENERATION – the celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, Big Big Sing and Get Scotland Dancing.

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.


For further information please contact: THE NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS

Sarah Myers
T: 0141 242 1414 / 07828 617962

Sophie Bambrough E:
T: 0131 523 0015 / 07747606146

Notes to Editors

  • Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme received £9.1m of National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and the National Lottery Promotions Unit (NLPU) are coordinating the campaign.
  • The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme was a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding. 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 enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and
  • Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme was Scotland’s biggest ever nationwide cultural celebration. Audiences of more than 2.1 million actively engaged with and enjoyed cultural activity throughout Scotland For further information about the Cultural Programme please visit;
  • If the Glasgow 2014 Cultural programme wins the award in its category, the £2,000 cash prize will be donated to UNICEF, the official charity partner of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
  • Telephone voting calls cost 5p max (a connection charge may be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider.)
  • All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services

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