Book lovers have more than 280 events to savour at this year’s Wigtown Book festival, which runs from 23 September to the 2 October in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Whilst the secret of many a good paperback is a twist-turning plot, there is no mystery attached to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s support for the Festival.
The Local Authority is providing £32,500 of funding in 2016, and recognises how important the 10 day cultural jamboree is to Wigtownshire.
Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said;
”It is wonderful to drop into the Book Festival on its first day and enjoy how picturesque Wigtown is, its relaxed vibe and the anticipation of the many visitors who are already here. The Festival is so important to Wigtownshire and Dumfries and Galloway – I’m pleased to be here to show the Council’s support for the work of the Wigtown Festival Company and look forward to bringing my family back in the next ten days and for many years to come – the children’s programme looks fabulous and is just the ticket for my young ones.”
The Book Festival has gone from strength to strength in the past decade, and since 2014 has received targeted financial support from the Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy, a unique strategy within Scotland. This support has helped the Festival Trust achieve a growth in tickets sales and income of 7.5% over the last two years, and more than 50% of all visitors come from outside the region to enjoy the events.
The ten day event then, is vitally important to the local and regional economy, and essential to tourism in the area.
Festival Director Adrian Turpin said;
“I’m thrilled to be taking part in my 10th Wigtown Book Festival. The book festival has many passionate supporters, such as our 100-plus volunteers, without which it would not exist. Special thanks are due to Dumfries and Galloway Council. Their far-sighted and consistent support over a sustained period of time has been the keystone on which the festival has established itself as one of the UK’s most respected and vibrant literary events.
The joy of reading and talking about books should not be the preserve of an elite few. As we present our largest and most diverse festival yet, with more than 280 events, we strive to be welcoming and accessible to everyone.
We continue to strengthen our dedicated programmes for children and young people, including the 2000-plus school pupils who visit the festival as part of our education programme. In 2016, we are also proud to offer, for the first time, free tickets to people under-25.”
Wigtown Book Festival
• Wigtown Book Festival, Friday 23 September – Sunday 2 October – to book tickets visit wigtownbookfestival.com. Alternatively during office hours you can call 01988 403222 or visit Wigtown Festival Office at County Buildings DG8 9JH
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