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Culture, heritage and Gaelic development

Making the most of our unique culture and heritage.

Supporting development through Culture and Heritage

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.


Feisean Nan Gaidheal

Gaelic development

Supporting Gaelic is at the heart of our remit for economic and social development in the Highlands and Islands. We have a significant legacy of support that has helped create and sustain the impact of numerous organisations enabling Gaelic to flourish - from partner agencies such as Comunn na Gàidhlig and An Comunn Gàidhealach, to the University of the Highlands and Islands, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and others.

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The screen machine mobile cinema lorry

Communities and the big screen

Screen Machine is an 80-seat air conditioned, digital mobile cinema which brings the latest films to our rural region and is supported by HIE.

The Screen Machine website

Culture Strategy

A Culture Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government published its Culture Strategy for Scotland in February 2020. It is underpinned by actions to support the sector, build new partnerships and help communities develop and celebrate their own culture.

Scotland is a place where culture is valued, protected and nurtured. Culture is woven through everyday life, shapes and is shaped by society, and its transformative potential is experienced by everyone. Scotland’s rich cultural heritage and creativity of today is inspired by people and place, It enlivens every community and is celebrated around the world.

By investing in and strengthening culture, we are investing in the future cultural, social and economic success of Scotland.

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Browse all support services

We support businesses, communities and social enterprises through a range of support services, including advice, funding, events and property. Find out how we can help you.

How we work

We work with businesses and communities of all sizes to help them develop and grow.

Community assets

Increasing the role of communities in the ownership and management of land and assets


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