Selkirk’s contemporary arts festival, set to take place for the first time in September next year, has been given a £9,955 funding boost.
The welcome financial injection has come from the National Lottery’s Awards For All scheme.
The YES Festival – it stands for Yarrow, Ettrick and Selkirk – aims to celebrate the natural, built and social environment of the Royal Burgh and its surrounding valleys.
The four-day programme will focus on live performance, visual art and the spoken word, and will use many venues around the area, such as village halls, empty premises, shops, galleries, artists’ studios and The Haining.
Over the last two weeks, organisers from the Selkirk Regeneration Company and Creative Arts Business Network have been interviewing applicants for a project development officer, to help turn their plans into reality.
The £7,700 job was advertised as comprising 65 days of work, at £120 per day, and lasting till October 30 next year.
Steering group chairman Lawrence Robertson told The Wee Paper: “We were very encouraged by the response. We interviewed over 20 candidates, who were all excellent in their own way, and we narrowed them down to a shortlist of six.”
The successful applicant will be named shortly.
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