Congratulations to Celtic Connections for Coastal Connections who have been nominated in Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Lesley Shaw of Celtic Connections the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Utilising all of the event spaces within The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Celtic Connections brought Scotland’s Coasts and Waters to the city for one day to celebrate YOCAW 2020. Working with STORM we were able to draw attention to the importance of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters – starting off with the ‘awakening’ at riverside of Glasgow’s Clyde and following a route through the city to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where the Coastal Connections event took place. Audiences were able to experience music, songs, talks, film, storytelling, exhibitions and workshops from over 20 coastal areas in Scotland to celebrate our unique coasts and waters which contribute greatly to the culture and musicality which is unique on the world stage. Working in Partnership with STORM, Calmac, RNLI, NTS and SNH we were able to reach a wider audience through cross-marketing and promotion. Coastal Connections allowed the festival be innovative in creating a new strand of programme for the festival, taking place throughout the day and aimed at families. It encouraged visitors to attend and enjoy a full day of events for “one” ticket price. The festival-in-a-day presented leading artists at the forefront of Scotland’s cultural landscape including Skerryvore, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Daimh, Mairearad and Anna and Sorren MacLean and Hannah Fisher and creating a platform for projects including Feis Rois, Dileab and Ceol nan Eilean.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Celtic Connections is committed to showcasing the very best of homegrown talent and has strived to encourage and facilitate opportunities for Scottish artists to develop new artistic relationships and experimentation across various genres. The importance of Celtic Connections to Scotland is significant, both artistically and culturally and the festival is one of the top events for cultural tourism and music in Scotland. The festival aims to nurture, showcase and promote Scottish music and culture at home while also engaging with international audiences.
Any particular career highlights?
Celebrating its 27th year in 2020, Coastal Connections was the first time that Celtic Connections presented a festival-in-a-day, showcasing leading artists in Scotland’s traditional music scene under one roof. This was part of the overall festival programme which saw over 2000 artists perform in over 300 events.
What are your plans for the future?
Celtic Connections continues to grow, adapt and create new experiences for audiences and musicians whilst providing opportunities for the city to benefit financially and culturally in an otherwise quiet time of year. In 2021, the festival will be presented digitally in line with current Covid-19 regulations.
Read more about Celtic Connections for Coastal Connections
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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