Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has welcomed the impacts brought to the Western Isles by the Eilean Dorcha festival which celebrated its fourth year this year.
Mr Stewart submitted a motion to Parliament asking it to congratulate and recognise the Eilean Dorcha festival for the extent of its cultural, economical and social impacts on the Isle of Benbecula.
Mr Stewart said: “Eilean Dorcha Festival is a fantastic example of a community led initiative and what it has achieved in only four years is phenomenal. The dedication and hard work of the organisers and community in building this festival and establishing it as one of the must go to Scottish summer festivals in only four years is an incredible achievement.”
Mr Stewart’s motion asked the parliament to congratulate the festival on supporting 12 tourism related jobs and providing a £2 million financial boost to the local economy and looked forward to its fifth year, next July.
“At a time when Government cuts and austerity are placing a stranglehold on our most vulnerable communities, the people of Benbecula have shown a resilience and a determination to thrive and promote their culture on a national scale. I can’t wait to see the festival go from strength to strength.”
The text of David Stewart’s motion is below.
Motion Number: S5M-19698
Lodged By: David Stewart
Date Lodged: 01/11/2019
Title: Eilean Dorcha Festival Generates £2 Million for Island Economy
Motion Text: That the Parliament congratulates the Eilean Dorcha Festival on the Isle of Benbecula on its ongoing success; notes that the festival takes place in July and has been running for four years; understands that the festival has safeguarded 12 tourism-related jobs in a rural and peripheral area; commends the organisers for helping to create a £2 million economical boost to the Isle of Benbecula since the festival’s establishment in 2016; acknowledges the cultural, economic and social impact that the festival has had on the local community, and wishes the festival well for its fifth event in 2020 and beyond.