Sunshine and smiles as Eden Court Theater in Inverness sees the return of the award-winning Under Canvas summer festival
Under Canvas hopes to provide a welcome economic boost to local businesses and the hard-hit Highland music scene.
Co-organized by the traditional arts organization Fèis Rois, it will offer shows on the lawn of the Inverness site five days a week until September 30.
It comes after the family festival was canceled last year amid Covid-19 restrictions.
Showcasing some of the best local musical talent, the first three evenings are sold out, with only limited tickets left for performances this Sunday.
Up to 86 tickets are on sale for each session. And hopes are high that capacity will increase as Covid-related restrictions ease.
In total – with the Under Canvas Across the Highlands tour which also includes Tain, Wick, Ullapool, Kyleakin, Ballachulish and Strontian – over £ 70,000 is invested in around 200 contracts for concerts.
Likewise, everything from sound technicians to table tops, food, drinks and beautifully decorated tents were bought locally.
Last night, the traditional Amy Henderson Trio and folk artists Assynt struck the first notes of a diverse and busy performance schedule.
Eden Court Managing Director James Mackenzie-Blackman said: “It is just wonderful to bring live entertainment back to the public for the first time since March 2020.
“Artists and musicians, most of them self-employed, have been devastated by the pandemic.
“We are delighted to offer these employment opportunities. It’s a huge boost for them, for local businesses and for us at Eden Court.
“With two shows a day, we are already overwhelmed by the reception of the public. We really hope that Courier readers will come with us and support us – and keep coming back this summer. “
Despite a significant investment in the event, the theater is hopeful that Under Canvas will meet its expense. Reconnecting with the public and the artists is however the priority.
Participants must pay a refundable deposit of £ 5, but the fee can be returned to help Eden Court thrive again.
Under Canvas Producer Seona McClintock said, “After everything we’ve been through, we’re excited to bring back the live music and help out artists who have really struggled.
“Between Inverness for three months and three weeks on the road through the Highlands, the hope is that as many people as possible can enjoy the atmosphere, relax in beautiful and safe surroundings with a drink and a bite to eat. , and listen to some really awesome music.
“I hope they leave feeling good and are all the more ready to return to indoor performances when the time is right.”
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