Now in its 14th year, Wigtown Book Festival is acknowledged as one of Scotland's most respected arts festivals, offering more than 180 events for adults and children. The Festival takes place from Friday 28 September - Sunday 7 October 2012, in Wigtown - Scotland's National Book Town.
A new project this year, WTF12 is primarily aimed at young people aged 14-25, offering a dedicated series of events around different subject matters, each with a literary connection e.g. music, sport, science, adventure and comedy. The project will provide the opportunity for up to eight young people to become Project Officers, encouraging them to utilise their abilities and obtain new skills and knowledge in key areas of arts festival management and to support their personal growth and development. This may include areas such as infrastructure, design, marketing, programming and fundraising. At the same time, Project Officers will act as ambassadors for WTF12, encouraging their peers to participate in the series of author events taking place at the festival.
The project will also include the development of a dedicated WTF12 website to enable participation from young people in rural or isolated parts of Dumfries and Galloway, and from out with the region. Live web casting will allow a selection of events to be viewed online, whilst blogging facilities and video links will enable young people to engage with the programme in advance of the festival and encourage their participation at the events in Wigtown.
The overall cost of piloting the project this year is £2,000, with the first 50% of funding already secured. AngelShare donations will enable WTF12 to proceed with its proposed six pilot author events this year and to start engaging young people with opportunities for new cultural experiences.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project, we would be incredibly grateful for any support you can offer.
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