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Challenging backdrop doesn’t prevent progress

High Life Highland is pleased to announce that the charity is continuing to work with partners and agencies in order to put on activities that will mark key dates between now and the end of the year.

High Life Highland’s recently appointed Events Development Manager, Amy MacLeod, explained, “We have been working hard to coordinate a number of events specifically designed around allowing individuals and families to recognise and celebrate key dates in the calendar, in a safe and secure way.

“I’ve been asked about the Inverness programme and what is likely to be taking place.

“I am hopeful that we will be able to announce our programme very soon. We have a number of pieces of the jigsaw to fit together before we can absolutely say what we will be putting on; where, and when things will be taking place, and how we will be able to deliver what we are planning.

“Throughout the pandemic, HLH has ensured full implementation of any Scottish Government guidelines – and this remains the case for any activities it will run on behalf of the City of Inverness Area Committee. However, taking our plan forward is not just about the ensuring COVID compliance, but also around and ever-changing backdrop being faced by everyone in the events sector and not just High Life Highland.

“However, I am delighted that the proposals being considered by the City have the support of the sector, ensuring we are able to mark these important dates in the calendar and give the people of Inverness and surrounding areas something to look forward to. Everyone I am speaking to is doing what they can to support and assist our plans, whilst obviously juggling many other projects and priorities – and for this, I am obviously extremely grateful.”

HLH, which took on the management of the City’s events programme three months ago, is working closely with two ‘weel kent’ event companies, who are involved in many established events across the Highlands.

Liam Christie said, “We are delighted to be working with HLH, supporting the delivery of the City events proposals. I am only too aware of the challenges currently being faced on a day-to-day basis by the sector as it emerges from the pandemic – so I think what is being proposed for Inverness is extremely ambitious and should be applauded, particularly when other areas of Scotland have taken a decision to cancel all events until next year.

“Not overlooking the need for the safety of those attending, the uncertainty in terms of how the plans being proposed will work within the Scottish Government’s passport scheme has, up until now obviously contributed to putting plans ‘on hold’ whilst further government guidelines were considered and issued.”

Lesley Strang, who will also work with HLH to produce the events programme added, “Everyone involved in event operations, from those that supply basic equipment and security to creative artists and catering companies are facing their own challenges before they are able to commit to a contract with HLH for the plans proposed for the remainder of the year.

“There are some really exciting plans being considered by the City – and the public can be assured that HLH and its partners will work extremely hard and do what we can to bring a programme of activities where many thought there would be nothing.

Amy MacLeod concluded, “I am hopeful that between HLH and our partners, our knowledge and relationships across the sector will help take the City’s plans forward and most importantly bring some sparkle to look forward to as we come to the end of what has been a challenging year for everyone.”

HLH will make further announcements and updates over the forthcoming weeks ahead.