peeriebryan Posted September 19, 2011 Report Share Posted September 19, 2011 Also, my understanding is that most/a large proportion of the money spent on those festivals comes from Creative Scotland and various sponsors (Bryan might be able to offer some less vague information). Ie, it's not Shetland's money being spent - it's money being brought in to Shetland to provide entertainment to people here who are interested in literature and cinema. Surely a good thing? As you say Malachy, the funding comes from a range of sources - funding from local and national bodies, sponsorship, advertising and, what is often overlooked, box office income. I'm not sure of the exact split of Word/Screenplay is off the top of my head, but in terms of the music events that SA put on (perhaps most relevant to this thread), the majority of funding is from ticket sales. @Mallacky, I never said that Shetlanders shouldn't be interested in outside culture etc but my problem is that, from where I'm standing, outside culture(ie Wordplay/Screenplay) is replacing/becoming accepted as Shetland's culture. I'm not glad that money is coming into Shetland if it's erasing Shetland's indiginous identity. I'm afraid I can't see what relevance an author from a Hebridean island and another one from Aberdeenshire has to Shetland. For me, both of them and Scotland itself have a seperate culture and identity to Shetland but this is what's being foisted on Shetland. Can anybody tell me what the audience/attendance figures were for each programme that was on during Screenplay and Wordplay?. Not the overall figure but how the figures breakdown for each programme. If you're looking for a breakdown of attendances, try contacting the SA office. You repeatedly say that external cultures are being 'foisted' on you. Without meaning to be patronising, just go to the events that fit your definition of Shetland culture then. For example, the local film makers night at Screenplay or talks and readings by locals at Wordplay. You obviously have a passion for Shetland heritage - with the greatest of respect, it seems that this passion influences what you deem as appropriate cultural or artistic activities Shetlanders should have the chance to experience for fear of watering down our heritage. Shetland culture and heritage, and all the meanings that has to each of us, is the result of centuries of outside influences. I think it would be detrimental to timestamp and ringfence Shetland and actively shun art and culture which doesn't fit the boundaries some may wish to place upon us. But then I would say that, working for 'that lot' Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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