Media Release: Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme appeals for Shetland 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.

Five projects took place across Shetland as part of the Cultural Programme, including Ebb Tide produced by Shetland Moving Image Archive.

Glasgow was once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry, and many of these ships took Shetlanders on adventures around the world.

Inspired by these incredible stories, eight filmmakers and artists from the island were inspired to create new work in the form of a series of short films involving the journeys, imagery, and artefacts of the Shetlanders, who once voyaged overseas on the ships, built on the Clyde. Ebb Tide screened on board The Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow in July 2014 before being toured around Shetland.

Joanne Jamieson, risk management officer, said: “Last year, Shetland Moving Image Archive was very fortunate to receive funding from Creative Scotland to deliver an ambitious and innovative film and heritage project as part of the Commonwealth Games 2014 cultural festival.

“We worked with Shetland Arts Development Agency and Shetland Heritage Association to commission six short films from local film makers and artists, and screened these on the Tall Ship, Riverside, Glasgow during the Games 2014.

“This opportunity allowed the Archive to develop its creative aspirations and to highlight the immersive world that independent short film can open up to audiences.

“There is a wealth of film-making talent, past and present, amateur and professional, in Shetland; through the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, we managed to bring a glimpse of that to visitors and locals in Glasgow.

“Through the work of the Archive, opportunities like this and recognition by the National Lottery allows us to promote the preservation of, and access to, old films and promote the work of new film-makers.”

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
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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