Eden Festival’s future in safe hands due to Council funding of Local Interns

The Eden Festival has received £8000 from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund to help pay the salaries of two new interns; Hannah Gould (36) and Rose Darling (31) both from Balmaclellan.

Councillor Adam Wilson, the Council’s Events Champion said,
“Local people across Dumfries and Galloway are learning high quality skills in festivals and events management due to the success of the Eden Festival and others like it. The growth of major events in our region provides one means of helping retain young people here in Dumfries and Galloway and supporting their creativity and endeavour. Strengthening our economy is a key council priority and I am pleased to see our Council’s investment in sustainable events projects, like the Eden Festival.”

Eden Festival Director Meredith Langley Vine, started as an intern herself at the festival back in 2010, working her way up to her current position, and has since then developed a successful career in the events industry.

Eden Festival Director, Meredith Langley Vine

Eden Festival was started by a group of young people from Galloway, and each year we have recruited, trained and involved more people from the region, offering paid roles and progression routes for returning staff. We have various roles available from artists to plumbers, sound technicians to the kids area crew. It’s a fun exciting field to work in and I would highly recommend and you never know where your experiences will lead too.”
Intern, Rose Darling
“I was really excited about joining the Eden team, I had worked festivals before, but never had the opportunity to get as involved as I have with Eden. It has a wonderfully open-to-all atmosphere and provides a platform for local people to air their creativity. Now I’m even more excited to be learning about the behind-the-scenes planning and organising of the festival.”

Facts you may not know about Eden Festival: Eden Festival has a significant impact on the local community, the economic impact in 2017 was valued at £1.5 million. It is a not for profit community event and all Directors and Management are unpaid and organise the festival in their free time. They have approximately 350 local volunteers, 40 local performing artists, 80% of the stages are run by local residents, and 40% of the traders are local too.

Eden Festival takes place this year from the 7 – 10th June at Raehill Meadows, near Moffat. Tickets are limited for the 2018 festival and it is expected to sell out due to its growing popularity, with 8000 attendees anticipated to visit the stunning venue adjacent A701.

This year’s Eden Festival headliners include Groove Armada (DJ Set) and Submotion Orchestra. You can see the whole line up on their website www.edenfestival.co.uk.

Tier 4 tickets are now available priced at £129 for an adult, £94 for a teen ticket, £20 for children between the ages of 5-12 years old, and under 5’s get in for free (all children must be accompanied by an adult). Day tickets are also available starting from £45.


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