On Saturday 26 September 2015, Culture Day Forres attracted its largest audience to date as an estimated 3,500 people enjoyed over 80 events throughout the town centre. The sun shone as residents and visitors, who travelled from as far as Glasgow, Tain and Carrbridge to take part, enjoyed a variety of performances, talks, tours and have-a-go activities, while street performers and musicians added a splash of colour and character to the streets. Contributing an estimated £107,000 to the local economy, town centre businesses reported increased footfall of 30% and increased sales of 40%.
Over 200 participants provided the entertainment, with the Youth Arts Hub providing a platform for around 25 young performers. Highlights included The National Theatre of Scotland’s intimate production “To Begin…” and the Secret Studios Tour of local art studios on board a vintage bus, both of which sold out ahead of the event.
Over 300 people helped entertain and support the day with performances taking place into Culture Night with Creative Café music and food events and the Artistic Upstarts evening cabaret extravaganza at the Town Hall, enjoyed by around 200 people. Most events had audiences of between 50-200 attendees, with the Music Hub at St Leonard’s Church reporting an incredible 700 attendees and the Science and Innovation Hub at the Tolbooth clocking almost 1,000 visitors over the course of the day.
Culture Day will return on 24 September 2016. Find out more here.