Media Release: Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme appeals for Dundee votes to win coveted nationwide award


Public voting opens: 9am, Wednesday 24 June

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday 29 July

To vote: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/glasgow-2014-cultural-programme 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.

12 projects took place across Dundee as part of the Cultural Programme, including The Pokey Hat delivered by Grinagog Theatre and SCALE, produced by Scottish Dance Theatre.

The Pokey Hat was Grinagog’s family show in an ice-cream van, inspiring memories about ice-cream; going to the van, Italian cafes or Scottish holidays? It was nominated for a CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People 2015.

Clare McGarry, said: “I have such fond memories of last summer and the carnival atmosphere there was in communities big and small across Scotland on the route of the Queen’s Baton Relay and in Glasgow during the Games.

“The Pokey Hat was a celebration of what is great about growing up in Glasgow; going to the ice-cream van, holidays doon the water and how Italian people found their way over to Scotland to make their home.

“It was a joy to travel across Scotland to share these stories and to hand out over 5,000 ice-cream cones along the way!”

Transforming Dundee into an art canvas, world-renowned artists from the visual arts, music, fashion, film, and dance unite to play with the city and local’s minds. Human Scale was the premiere collaboration between choreographer Fleur Darkin and designer Alexander Ruth, with original music by The One Ensemble.

They also held Scale:Park – a one-day festival for everyone aged 0-99 in a pop-up park in Dundee’s city square.

Kerr Nairn, of Scottish Dance Theatre, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme alongside some of the country’s most renowned artists. SCALE was an incredibly ambitious, multi art-form project which included projections of giant babies on to the city’s high-rise buildings; the commission of a brand new dance work – our first collaboration with Glasgow four-piece The One Ensemble – which sold out; and the wonderful PARK project which saw thousands of locals join us in City Square which we had painstakingly transformed into a wonderful, contemporary park, complete with a programme of dance related activities for all ages.”

To vote for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, please go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards 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
E: sarah.myers@lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
T: 0141 242 1414 / 07828 617962


Sophie Bambrough
E: sophie.bambrough@creativescotland.com
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 www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
  • 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; http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/major-projects/national-projects/glasgow-2014
  • 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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