The first steps towards having a Bute presence on a new ‘cultural assembly’ for the whole of Argyll and Bute were taken in Rothesay this week.
The project hopes to create a map of cultural, heritage and artistic activities across Argyll and its islands and to promote the work of local groups both throughout and beyond the area, overcoming the scattered nature of the area’s population.
Kevn Baker, library and cultural development officer with Argyll and Bute Council, told a meeting at Rothesay Pavilion that the aim was to get local groups working together in the hope of developing a ‘cultural tourism’ sector, attracting more people to visit the area to sample some of the visual art, heritage, music, drama and festivals taking place across Argyll and the Isles.
Rothesay resident Tony Spencer, attending the meeting as a representative of two local musical groups, the Island Voices choir and the Bute Community Band, said; “We have very talented musicians and artists here - I think a ‘cultural exchange’ across Argyll and Bute would be very valuable.”
Interested members of the local artistic and cultural scene will meet again in the next few weeks in the hope of setting up a local group and choosing a Bute representative on the main board for the new project.