Future of Lammermuir Festival raised


The potential impact of Creative Scotland’s decision to cut future funding for Lammermuir Festival has been raised in the Scottish Parliament by Martin Whitfield MSP. Mr Whitfield raised the matter at Portfolio Question Time, asking Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, about the effect the funding cut could have on the [...]

Future of Lammermuir Festival raised2023-11-21T14:03:04+00:00

Martin backs Scotland’s musicians


Ahead of a debate on Scotland's culture sector, Martin Whitfield MSP has pledged his support for the nation's musicians and the future of live music. Mr Whitfield met with representatives of the Musicians' Union (MU), which represents over 33,000 musicians across the UK working in all sectors of the music business, and discussed some of [...]

Martin backs Scotland’s musicians2023-11-23T12:16:46+00:00

Lammermuir Festival funding


Responding to the Lammermuir Festival’s statement on Creative Scotland’s decision not to grant funding to support it this year, Martin Whitfield MSP said: “The Lammermuir Festival is one of the best organised and most critically acclaimed of Scotland’s live music events, so this decision by Creative Scotland is clearly a significant and worrying blow. “Over [...]

Lammermuir Festival funding2023-09-27T14:26:35+01:00

Visiting Borders live music venue


Martin Whitfield MSP has visited iconic local live music and arts venue MacArts in Galashiels to hear more about its innovative work supporting and promoting live music in the Borders. MacArts is run by the Duncan Mackinnon Music and Arts Trust, which was formed in December 2011 to fulfil an ambition to create a state-of-the-art [...]

Visiting Borders live music venue2023-09-22T11:35:07+01:00

Great Tapestry of Scotland visit


Martin Whitfield MSP has visited the Great Tapestry of Scotland at its new permanent home in the centre of Galashiels for an update on developments since the centre opened in 2021. The South Scotland MSP met with the tapestry centre's Director Sandy Maxwell-Forbes to hear more about what has been happening since it's new permanent [...]

Great Tapestry of Scotland visit2023-09-20T09:57:32+01:00

Celebrating 15 years of Sistema Scotland


Martin Whitfield MSP has joined colleagues at a #BigNoise parliamentary reception to mark 15 years of Sistema Scotland. The reception provided MSPs with an opportunity to hear about the transformative impact of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programmes. The charity targets and works with some of Scotland's most challenged communities through its Big Noise programme. This [...]

Celebrating 15 years of Sistema Scotland2023-09-21T11:21:07+01:00

New murals at Prestonpans station


Martin Whitfield MSP has joined rail representatives and local politicians at Prestonpans Railway Station to celebrate the official launch of its eye-catching new murals. The guests were given a tour and guide to the four artworks, which depict four scenes with connections to the area: The Mallard train, Wiles Motor Services bus, The Waggonway and [...]

New murals at Prestonpans station2023-09-22T12:20:21+01:00
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