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Eden Court's Sleeping Beauty panto wins Culture & Business Fund Scotland cash

By Philip Murray

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Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court. Picture: Ewan Wetherspoon.
Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court. Picture: Ewan Wetherspoon.

A magical Highland pantomime which is winning rave reviews from all ages was one of 11 productions in the country to benefit from funding from a major organisation in the run-up to Christmas.

Sleeping Beauty in Eden Court has shared in a pot of more than £100,000 awarded through Culture and Business Scotland (CBS).

The CBS's Fund works to provide match funding with business to help support a range of events.

In the case of Eden Court's annual panto it provided money equal to that also provided by Tailormade Moves in support of the production.

Related: PICTURES: Eden Court's spellbinding panto Sleeping Beauty to bring 'vital' income

Eden Court fundraising manager Aelish O’Rourke said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Culture & Business Scotland Fund. The fund is not only helping us stage a much-loved festive show, it played a key part in also leveraging vital business support by enabling us to nurture and expand a sponsor relationship”.

Elsewhere in Scotland the fund also helped Edinburgh Festival Fringe partner with Playbill to support the creation of a new Fringe app, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo match with Thistle Shoes, which provided shoes for all dancers who performed at the Tattoo in 2023.

Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court. Picture: Ewan Wetherspoon.
Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court. Picture: Ewan Wetherspoon.

Tommy McCormick, Culture and Business Scotland programmes manager, said: “The significance of the fund to Scotland’s culture and business sectors cannot be underestimated. With reasons ranging from brand awareness to staff relations, and from corporate social responsibility to ESG targets, there are many opportunities for business organisations to unlock commercial gains through engagement with culture.

"From a culture sector perspective, our recent survey of participating organisations showed that 40 per cent of recipients are relying on the fund to make their budgets viable, and with money being distributed to organisations large and small across the country, its positive effects are reverberating through Scotland’s communities too.”

By encouraging business sponsorship through grants, the fund aims to further develop cross-sector connections, as well as incentivise the creation of new relationships.

Other successful applications included Journey to the East Productions in Glasgow, who were supported by E.G Business Equipment to deliver their 2023 edition of the Festival. Living Memory Museum in Edinburgh received match funding for The Wee Hub, linked with business partner Ocean Terminal.

Since its inauguration in 2017, the fund has enabled 169 projects across Scotland to transform their artistic and creative visions into reality.

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