Popular Aberdeenshire event moves online

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival will be held in a digital format this year. Pic credit Allan Robertson

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ORGANISERS of The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival have revealed plans for a virtual offering this year.

The event, held in Aberdeenshire’s Portsoy, regularly attracts 16,000 visitors to the coastal town.

But with the uncertainty surrounding the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions it’s been decided to hold a digital event.

The boat festival committee, with the backing of EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, have been working behind-the-scenes on innovative plans to stream a collection of bespoke video content to showcase the many facets of the flagship event.

This virtual event will go live over the weekend June 25-27 .

It is being flagged as a preview for next year’s showcase, with that the hope that the festival will return on June 17-19, 2022.

It will be the second year in a row that the festival has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Festival chairman David Urquhart said that the digital festival would shine a light on Portsoy and the wider area to viewers across the globe, as well as maintaining the festival’s reputation as a leading Scottish maritime event.

Mr Urquhart said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with the 2021 Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

“We simply cannot plan with any degree of confidence that we will be able to deliver the event the town deserves, and our visitors have come to expect, and public health has to be our key consideration.

“So, we are working on delivering a festival on a virtual platform to share our flagship event with audiences around the world. While festival lovers won’t be able to come to Portsoy, we will deliver a festival to them through streaming.

“This festival will maintain our profile, providing some fun and entertainment on the weekend the festival was due to take place and will give a taste of things to come in 2022. We look forward to returning to a real live event, safely, next year.”’

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