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Culture and Heritage

Making the most of our unique culture and heritage.

Supporting development through Culture and Heritage

Our area’s community-based culture, arts and heritage activities are a big part of what makes our region special.

We provide targeted business development assistance to businesses and social enterprises operating in the culture and creative industries sector and support community-based cultural activities.

We work directly with cultural organisations, such as Fèisean nan Gaidheal (FnaG), to support opportunities for youth and community participation in Gaelic culture related music and drama. FnaG currently works with 45 separate Fèisean organisations, many in our most fragile areas.  

Our islands, towns and Inverness city boasts many high quality venues, arts centres and performing arts facilities. Our growth clients include Mareel in Shetland; Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in North Uist; and the Highland’s largest theatre facility Eden Court.

We also work with Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) which brings outreach art provision to remote areas, including the much loved Screen Machine.

 

Culture Power: Inspire to Develop Rural Areas (CUPIDO)

Community organisations working in heritage across our region are part of this project designed to look at business models to commercialise the cultural sector. Our communities are working with St Andrews University on transnational digital activities. Co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2014-20, the project opens up knowledge and expertise from 16 partners in seven countries.

CUPIDO programme website

Linking the past and the present

We've been working with the community guardians of local heritage sites on investment projects to make the best use of digital technology. Whether its recording vital details of historical artefacts, or looking at how we can give visitors a more immersive experience, technology is bringing our culture to life in new ways.

Find out more about the projects.

Connecting technology and heritage