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Colours of Cluny opens to the public in a blaze of light and sound

Forres’ fantastic light and sound spectacular, Colours of Cluny opened this evening (Wednesday, November 8) in a blaze of colour which is all set to light up northern skies for the duration of its 12-night run.

A glittering launch party, which was attended by sponsors, politicians, members of the local business community and volunteers, was held in the town’s historic Tolbooth ahead of the big switch-on, before guests walked the short distance to Grant Park for the first view of this year’s show.

The team behind the family-friendly spectacular – which is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation where any surpluses are invested locally or in the following year’s event – has created a sound and light extravaganza inspired by the beautiful natural setting of Cluny Hill, Grant Park and Nelson’s Tower.

With advance ticket sales already soaring ahead of last year’s inaugural event, Colours of Cluny 2017 is set to attract thousands of visitors to the Moray area to enjoy the dazzling display which runs Wednesdays to Sundays from November 8-19.

Speaking at the launch party, committee member Lorraine Budge, on behalf of Forres Features Community Interest Company, thanked the community volunteers and supporters behind Colours of Cluny which is now in its second year.

Mrs Budge said: “Colours of Cluny is a team effort and I would like to thank the army of community volunteers, sponsors, local business people and our brilliant creative team, who have invested an enormous amount of time and expertise into making this year’s show even bigger and better.

“It’s phenomenal to see how much Colours of Cluny has evolved from last year’s inaugural event, and going forward we hope it will become one of Scotland’s – and the UK’s – must-see Autumn happenings.

“Advance ticket sales are already ahead of 2016, and we are delighted with the geographic spread of visitors we’ve achieved as well as the show attracting visitors of all ages. We know that the event has a very positive economic effect on local restaurants, hotels and accommodation providers during a traditionally quiet part of the year, which is all part of the aim behind this project.”

Demand for tickets is extremely high this year and Forres Features is urging people to book online to avoid disappointment.

Graham Murdoch, chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, added: “A limited number of tickets may be available each night, subject to availability. But these will be offered on a first-come first-served basis depending on how many slots are available after advance ticket-holders are admitted. The only way to ensure you get your preferred time and date is to book online to avoid disappointment.”

This year’s show features some dazzling visuals including a multitude of special effects and state-of-the-art lighting technologies. A new look fire pit (for toasting marshmallows), flame shooters, live performances and some truly mesmerizing UV special effects are also part of the interactive show which costs over £200,000 to stage.

Colours of Cluny principal funders are Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.

It takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill in Forres. Tickets and more information available at www.coloursofcluny.com or by calling 0844 888 9991.

Colours of Cluny

Thousands set to descend on Forres for Colours of Cluny 2017

Colours of Cluny is set to attract thousands of visitors to the Moray town of Forres on Wednesday night (November 8) with an event that’s bigger and better than last year’s hugely successful inaugural show.

The team behind the family-friendly spectacular – which is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation where any surpluses are invested locally or in the following year’s event – has created a sound and light extravaganza inspired by the beautiful natural setting of Cluny Hill, Grant Park and Nelson’s Tower.

The dazzling visuals include a multitude of special effects and state-of-the-art lighting technologies. And this year’s show will fire the imagination with a new look fire pit (for toasting marshmallows), flame shooters, live performances and some truly mesmerizing UV special effects.

The interactive show, costing over £200,000 to stage, will take visitors on a journey through Grant Park, illuminating the natural landscape in an array of colourful sound and light, before heading towards a show-stopping finale at Nelson’s Tower on Cluny Hill.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “It’s phenomenal to see how much Colours of Cluny has evolved from last year’s inaugural event, and going forward we hope it will become one of Scotland’s – and the UK’s – must-see Autumn happenings.

“Thanks must go to the army of volunteers, sponsors, local business people and our brilliant creative team, all of whom make it possible to stage this incredible event. It really is a team effort by the community, for the community!”

Demand for tickets is extremely high this year and Forres Features is urging people to book online to avoid disappointment.

Graeme Murdoch added: “A limited number of tickets may be available on the night, subject to availability. But these will be offered on a first-come first-served basis depending on how many slots are available after advance ticket-holders are admitted.

“The only way to ensure you get your preferred time and date is to book online to avoid disappointment.”

Colours of Cluny principal funders are Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.

It takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill in Forres. Tickets and more information available at www.coloursofcluny.com

 

Tickets selling fast for Scotland’s most northerly sound and light show

Organisers of an event that promises to transform Cluny Hill in Forres into 12 nights of mesmerising sound and light are urging the public to book their tickets quickly.

The producers of Colours of Cluny – which is created by some of the team who put together the award-winning and sold-out Enchanted Forest – say demand for tickets is extremely high for the new look show which promises to capture the imagination of visitors of all ages.

Organised by the Forres Focus Community Trust the state-of-the-art event, which runs from November 8-19, is renowned for its use of dazzling visuals and interactive attractions.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said:

“We were impressed by the turnout at our inaugural Colours of Cluny event last year which attracted over 12,000 visitors, and we’re already getting a huge amount of interest in our 2017 show. That’s why we’re encouraging the public not to delay and book now to avoid disappointment and ensure you get your preferred date and timeslot.”

This year’s show will fire the imagination (quite literally!) with fire pits, flame shooters, live performances and some truly mesmerizing UV special effects.

It was a huge hit at last year’s Colours of Cluny … and organisers are delighted to announce that visitors will again be able to toast their marshmallows at the new-look fire pit.

Colours of Cluny is funded by Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.

It takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill in Forres. Tickets and more information available at www.coloursofcluny.com

 

Hoteliers in Forres add their support to Colours of Cluny with a raft of special offers and competition prizes

Five high-profile Forres hoteliers have added their support to this year’s Colours of Cluny sound and light extravaganza.

Gavin and Penny Ellis (Knockomie House Hotel), Lloyd and Julie Kenny (Cluny Bank Hotel) and Garry Dinnes (Ramnee Hotel) are supporting the popular event with a raft of special offers and competition prizes. These will be announced via the Colours of Cluny Facebook page later this month.

Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town. It costs over £140,000 to stage and any profits are reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.

The show relies on external funding, ticket revenue and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.

Gavin Ellis, from Knockomie House Hotel, said: “Colours of Cluny is a great boost for the local business community, generating revenue and supporting jobs during what is traditionally a quiet time of the year. The Forres Features team should be congratulated on the time and effort they devote to producing this incredible show and for putting Forres firmly on the tourist map.”

Julia Kenny, Cluny Bank Hotel, added: “I am delighted that Colours of Cluny is returning for a second year and firmly believe it has the potential to rival similar events like The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry which regularly attracts upwards of 55,000 visitors from both home and abroad.”

Garry Dinnes, Ramnee Hotel, continued: “It is a testimony to the hard work put in by Forres Features and the community that Colours of Cluny continues to go from strength to strength.”

Colours of Cluny 2017 will retain some of the best liked features of 2016 with exciting developments planned including amazing lighting covering areas not previously illuminated and use of ultra violet lighting. Other exciting ideas are also under consideration.

Last year’s show attracted over 12,000 visitors and ticket are selling well for 2017’s event.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “Demand for tickets grows year-on-year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

Colours of Cluny is funded by Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.

It takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill Grant Park in Forres. Tickets are on sale to the public at www.coloursofcluny.com

 

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Colours of Cluny donates family ticket to Dyke Primary event

Generous Colours of Cluny organisers have donated a family ticket to Dyke Primary.

The ticket will be raffled to raise funds for the Forres’ school at its upcoming family fun day on Sunday, August 27.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “We are delighted to support Dyke Primary’s fundraising event and wish them every success on the day.”

Mr Murdoch also revealed that this year’s sound and light extravaganza, which starts on November 8, will feature some exciting new twists.

He added: “Colours of Cluny will retain some of the best liked features of 2016 with exciting developments planned including amazing lighting covering areas not previously illuminated and use of ultra violet lighting. Other exciting ideas are also under consideration.”

Last year’s show attracted over 12,000 visitors and ticket are selling well for 2017’s event.

Graeme Murdoch continued: “Demand for tickets grows year on year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town.

The show – which is run by the Forres Features Community Interest Company – relies on external funding and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.

This year’s Colours of Cluny will cost over £140,000 to stage and any profits will be reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.

Colours of Cluny is funded by Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate), The Budge Foundation and Berry Burn Community Fund.

Colours of Cluny takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill Grant Park in Forres. Tickets are on sale to the public at www.coloursofcluny.com

More information on Colours of Cluny is available on www.coloursofcluny.com

Lucky prizewinners receive family tickets for Colours of Cluny

Three lucky North-east families will enjoy this year’s Colours of Cluny outdoor sound and light extravaganza absolutely free.

Katie Burns from Elgin, Evelyn Flett from Buckie and Darren Love from Forres were all automatically entered into a prize draw after attending last year’s event.

A delighted Evelyn said: “Brilliant! My grand-daughter was asking if Colours of Cluny was on again this year and I was able to tell her that it was. Even better if we have free tickets.”

Katie continued: “Colours of Cluny is a great evening out. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town.

The show – which is run by the Forres Features Community Interest Company – relies on external funding and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.

This year’s Colours of Cluny will cost over £140,000 to stage and any profits will be reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “We hope locals and visitors from all parts of the North-east and further afield will come along and enjoy our sound and light extravaganza.

Colours of Cluny is being produced by creative director – and local girl – Kate Bonney, who is also part of the talented creative team behind the multi-award-winning Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry.

Graeme Murdoch added: “Demand for tickets grows year on year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

Colours of Cluny takes place from Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Cluny Hill Grant Park in Forres. Tickets are on sale to the public at www.coloursofcluny.com

More information on Colours of Cluny is available on www.coloursofcluny.com

Colours of Cluny awarded funding boost from Highland and Island Enterprise and EventScotland

Delighted Colours of Cluny organisers have welcomed two major funding awards this week.

Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and EventScotland have both confirmed financial support for this year’s outdoor sound and light extravaganza at Cluny Hill Grant Park in Forres from November 8-19.

A substantial financial supporter of the 2016 event, HIE has again made a very meaningful contribution of £15,000 towards the overall cost of staging the 2017 event.

EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, has awarded £6000 through its National Funding Programme for marketing activity to attract out of area visitors to attend the event.

This latest round of funding comes after earlier awards of £25,000 from The Budge Foundation and £10,000 from Berry Burn Community Fund.

Colours of Cluny was created in 2016 by the Forres Features Community Interest Company as a vehicle to boost the local economy by driving visitors to the attractive Morayshire town.

The event – which is run by the Forres Features Community Interest Company – relies on external funding and a huge number of volunteers and companies/organisations (who provide services at no or minimal cost) to ensure tickets can be offered at a reasonable cost.

This year’s Colours of Cluny will cost over £140,000 to stage and any profits will be reinvested to fund the following year’s event and support local causes.

Local businessman and Forres Features Chairman Graeme Murdoch said: “Forres Features is delighted that both HIE and EventScotland have decided to invest in the 2017 Colours of Cluny event.

“Support from our funding partners and the local business community is absolutely vital to the continued success of this not-for-profit event which is helping to boost the economy during what is traditionally a quiet part of the year.

“We hope locals and visitors from all parts of the North-east and further afield will come along and enjoy our sound and light extravaganza.”

Karen Chamberlain, development manager with HIE in Moray, continued: “Colours of Cluny is a major attraction for Forres which helps extend the tourist season thereby benefitting the wider area. The event is in keeping with Moray’s Ambitious for Culture policy which recognises the value of the region’s distinctive culture in stimulating growth. We are pleased to be supporting the event again this year and look forward to it taking place in November.”

Head of EventScotland, Stuart Turner, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Colours of Cluny, through our National Funding Programme. Through the wonderful setting of Cluny Hill and the creative talents of the organisers, this spectacular sound and light show demonstrates why Scotland is the perfect stage for events. Our support will enable the event to grow; attracting more visitors and in turn delivering a significant economic impact for Moray and the surrounding area.”

Colours of Cluny success means event to return in 2017

Organisers of Forres’ first Colours of Cluny event have announced that, due to the resounding success of the 2016 sound and light spectacular, it is to return in November 2017.

Over 12,500 visitors descended on Forres to enjoy the vibrant display of colour and sound during its inaugural 10-night run, enjoying over 600 light fittings and consuming over 20,000 marshmallows.

The event, the first of its kind in Morayshire, was staged by Forres Features Community Interest Company, a non-profit organisation formed by the local community in Forres, who invested just over £120,000 in staging this year’s event, which was staffed by over 50 volunteers from the local community. With over £500,000 of equipment used, all of which had to be hired, transported and put in place, together with being removed at the end of the show by a large number professionals, such events are very expensive to stage.

Ticket sales exceeded organisers expectations for the first year and any proceeds made will provide the working capital for the 2017 event and complement additional grant funding required to stage a larger, more impressive event with many new and exciting features.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, commented:

“We’re absolutely delighted by the support of the public and want to thank those who came and enjoyed our first Colours of Cluny. With over 12,500 people attending the event, this truly exceeds what we thought we could achieve in our first year. We aim to build on our success and have decided that Colours of Cluny will be back in November 2017, introducing many new and exciting sound and light concepts and hopefully extending the footprint of the event within Grant Park.

“We have had visitors from as far north as Wick and as far south as Airdrie attending and not only was it wonderful to host an event for the north of Scotland to enjoy, the economic benefit to the local area has been fantastic, with local hotels, restaurants and businesses all benefiting. Initial indications are positive that the event’s impact on the local economy was in excess of £125,000 in its first year.

Graham continued:

 “The best part has been to see people young and old clearly enjoying themselves in our magnificent Grant Park and being so complimentary towards all aspects of the event. One of the first tangible benefits which will come from the event is that we noticed that many people used the benches we placed on the Cluny Hill whilst walking up to see the display. We have decided to pay for the cost of a number of benches and get them permanently installed.”

The self-funded event was helped thanks to substantial local funding donations from The Budge Foundation, The Berry Burn Foundation, Highlands and Island Enterprise, Forres Events Ltd, Forres Area Local Forum and Forres Common Good Fund, as well as donations from many other local businesses.

To find out more about Colours of Cluny, visit www.coloursofcluny.com.

Colours of Cluny welcomes Moray MSP on final weekend of show

Richard Lochhead MSP, visited what has quickly become the North’s most visited tourism event, Colours of Cluny on Friday. He met with members from Forres Features Community Interest Company, who have organised the event to congratulate them on their success in this, their first year of the event.

Richard was met by Graham Murdoch, chairman of Forres Features, who guided the MSP and his family around the sound and light spectacular which has now been enjoyed by over 10,000 people. Colours of Cluny, the first event of its kind in Moray, is a non-profit organisation formed by the local community and is designed to attract both tourists and locals to enjoy the natural surroundings in a new and exciting way.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, commented:

“We were delighted to welcome local MSP Richard, his wife Fiona and their two young children to the experience this truly magical show, which showcases the beautiful surroundings here in Forres in a completely different way.

Graham continued:

“Being so far North, we often miss out on the chance to attend some of the events in Scotland so we wanted to give people the chance to experience something special using the beautiful surroundings we have here in Forres. With over 10,000 tickets sold, Colours of Cluny has become one the biggest tourist events in the North of Scotland and we’re delighted to talk Richard Lochhead through this fantastic project we’re incredibly proud of.”

Richard Lochhead commented:

“Events like Colours of Cluny have the potential to shine a spotlight on Forres and I have been extremely impressed at what the community have achieved this year by working together and attracting over 10,000 visitors to the area. It is a fine example of community drive, Moray’s magnificent landscape and a creative vision. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, as did my family, and I look forward to returning in 2017.”

Organisers worked with some of the creative team behind the multi-award winning Enchanted Forest to create a unique event set to showcase the natural beauty of the towns Grant Park, Cluny Hill and Nelson’s Tower in a whole new, very colourful light. The event has had a very positive economic effect on local restaurants, hotels and accommodation providers which organisers say is all part of the aim behind this project. The show closes on Sunday 20th November. For more information, visit www.coloursofcluny.com

Colours of Cluny set to become largest tourist event in North Scotland

Forres’ inaugural light and sound spectacular, Colours of Cluny, is on track to attract well over 10,000 visitors in its first year. Organisers unveiled the vibrant display of colour last Wednesday causing ticket sales to surge in recent days and leading organisers to predict the light and sound spectacular will surpass even their ambitious expectations by the time it closes on Sunday night.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, commented:

“We’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve had from visitors to Colours of Cluny and ticket sales are ahead of where we expected them to be, which leads us to believe that we will easily surpass the 10,000 ticket sale target we’d set for ourselves which may make us one of the biggest tourist events in the North of Scotland. We are delighted with the geographic spread of visitors we’ve achieved as well as the show attracting visitors of all ages. We know that the event has had a very positive economic effect on local restaurants, hotels and accommodation providers which is all part of the aim behind this project.

The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday night this week and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to Forres to experience this truly magical show, which showcases the beautiful surroundings in a completely different way.”

The event, which is the first of its kind in Morayshire, has been staged by Forres Features Community Interest Company, a non-profit organisation formed by the local community in Forres. They have worked with some of the creative talent behind Pitlochry’s multi-award winning Enchanted Forest to create a unique event set to showcase the natural beauty of the towns Grant Park, Cluny Hill and Nelson’s Tower in a whole new, very colourful light.

Graham continued:

“As ever, we’re extremely grateful for all those who have helped makes Colours of Cluny a reality and the support we’ve received, from donations to the support from the local community, shows that Colours of Cluny really is a community effort. Over 80 volunteers are assisting us acting in a huge number of roles. We’re also delighted that the public has taken it to their heart, supporting us by coming to the show.”

The show will run until Sunday 20th November and tickets are still available by visiting the website at www.coloursofcluny.com