From Alan Thomson, DG Unlimited, Policy and Development Co-Ordinator
I don’t know if it is the sudden realisation that we are only a fortnight away from the end of the year, but everyone seems to be even more busy than usual, desperately trying to get things finished before the festive break. Traditionally this is the time to look back over the events of the past twelve months, review progress and celebrate success. But is there even time to do this, as 2014 has surely been the shortest year ever. Days might seem endless to children waiting for Christmas, but for those of us well stricken in decades, whole weeks and months pass by in a blur. So I prefer to keep looking forward.
There will be no wearying in January either with nine days of Big Burns Supper to look forward to. The hugely impressive programme even smells good! I think I might give tickets as Christmas presents.
The combination of Unesco’s Year of Light, with its local Clerk-Maxwell strand, and Scotland’s own Year of Food and Drink will surely stimulate some new events and projects for 2015. Although the opportunities offered by the recent rounds of the Regional Arts Fund and the Major Events Strategic Fund to local organisations, individuals and promoters are more likely to ensure that the already vibrant arts and events sector across the region will be further enhanced during next year. As the new incumbent of DG Unlimited’s commission for Policy and Development I am looking forward to ensuring that the voice of our regional arts sector is heard when strategic decisions are made on the awarding of these funds.