St Andrews launches Creative Places Hub

As a winner of the inaugural Creative Place Awards, delivered by Creative Scotland to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, St Andrewsis launching its Creative Places Hub this Wednesday 20th June.

A brand-new shared office resource next to the Byre Theatre, the hub is available to events and festival organisers in St Andrews andFifeas part of theSt Andrews Creative Placeinitiative – nurturing the town’s wealth of creative opportunities and promoting its vibrant cultural output on an international stage.

The base of the St Andrews Year of Celebration and Fife Council Festivals Development, the office resource provides event and festival organisers with mobile desk space, a meeting area, wireless internet access and the latest portable computer technology in the heart of St Andrews. 

The Hub will also be used by the new Fife Festivals Development Officer in their role providing event support, guidance, promotion and funding to events as part of Fife’s Community Plan and the Council’s ‘Big 8’ priorities.  The Festivals Development Officer will use the Hub as a base four days a week from which to develop the FestivalsFife organisation.

The launch event will be a chance to take a look around the resource and discover more about the exciting cultural events as part ofSt Andrews Creative Place. There will be short speeches from key participants to outline the hopes for the Creative Places Hub, as well as some creative entertainment from our poetry in residence, Kevin Cadwallender, followed by light refreshments.

Chief Executive of the Byre Theatre, Jacqueline McKaysaid, “The Byre is a festival producer as well as being a key festival partner for a number of festivals in St Andrews. We’re really keen to support and nurture the fantastic wealth of creative opportunities through providing this resource.  Although on a simple level it’s just bricks, mortar and computers, we are confident that a creative space with creative individuals will help realise St Andrews’ long-term cultural ambitions.”

Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications at Creative Scotland, said:

“St Andrews is a hub of creative activity with a vibrant year-round programme of festivals, theatre and arts events, the Creative Places Hub will only enhance its reputation nationally and internationally as a cultural destination.  Scotland is made up of a rich tapestry of thriving and vibrant creative communities, the Creative Place Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward these communities during 2012 the Year of Creative Scotland.  We look forward to receiving even more applications from a broad range of creative communities across Scotland for our next investment round which closes on 20 July.”


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