FUNDRAISING 2022

COMPETITIONS NOW CLOSED!
WINNERS AND PHOTOS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN AN UPDATE SHORTLY

THE ISLAY WAVE  PROJECT


Fundraising for Fèis Ìle

Why fundraise?

Fèis Ìle is a non-profit organisation. Everything we do is working towards two aims: building a better festival and supporting the culture and community of Islay.

In the past we have run Community events throughout the year, supported charitable organisations across the island and arranged for artists and musicians to come into schools.
Gary Copeland at the Bowmore Tea Dance

What is the Islay Wave Project?

The Islay Wave Project is a fund that allows us to create and support projects that benefit the whole of the island's population, particularly looking at supporting younger people in traditional culture and modern skills.
AIMS OF THE ISLAY WAVE FUND

1. To create and support projects involved with the cultural and heritage needs of the island, focusing specifically on the youth of the island.

2. Support Community projects that align with the aims of Fèis Ìle.

3. Create an action plan for Fèis Ìle 2023-4, and how we can continue to reinvigorate the Community aspects of the festival.
FUNDRAISING 2021

Projects

The Fèis Ìle Committee have been working hard with the funds that were raised last year, thanks to the kind donations of the distilleries, the hard work of Islay business Luxury and Rare Whisky, and the fee-free work of Whisky Auctioneer.

PROJECT 1:

our virtual festival performers

Thanks to your ticket purchases, we were able to pay all of our musicians and artists fairly for their performances and their time. This was much appreciated by them as the coronavirus pandemic had negatively affected all of them.

As a small community, it is important that we make sure that we don't simply rely on favours and good nature, and we were delighted to be able to do this.

We will be keeping up this aspect as we return to an in-person festival.

PROJECT 2:

history of Fèis Ìle

Last year we started the Founders of the Fèis project, a documentary on how the Festival began - this year we've expanded it and will have a full display in the Gaelic Centre in Bowmore, with their help.

We've partnered with them to create a display which will chart the festival from its Community beginnings to the world-famous whisky festival it is today. Many in the Community look back fondly on the more Community centred years, and feel the festival has lost a little something on the way - we want to remind people of this, and it's also part of our remit to bring it back! A display for locals and festival visitors alike will be a great focus on all the good the festival has done for the island,

In addition, we'll be completing the documentary to include the more recent years of the festival, helping people understand how the whisky has changed and moulded the festival over time.

You will be able to visit the display at the Islay Gaelic Centre during the festival. It's situated just outside Bowmore, where there is also a cafe. https://islaygaeliccentre.co.uk/

PROJECT 3:

traditional music

we're working on bringing traditional music to every primary school child across islay and jura
Local musician and festival favourite Ciara MacTaggart will be visiting the islands' Primary Schools this term, bringing traditional music to each and every child across the island. Many children also have lessons with Ciara, and we're hoping to excite and engage them, bringing along the next generation of talented musicians who love their traditional music.

PROJECT 4:

rock school

this summer, Fèis Ìle brings rock to the island
As well as traditional music, we've launched a Rock School over the summer 2022 to engage the older children. We love our traditional music, but know it's not always everyone's favourite, so we wanted something to engage the other children. The full details of this will be announced soon

DONATION

Islay High School Expedition Fundraising

islay high school expedition

FÈIS ÌLE donated £2000 to the high school's exhibition fund 2022
The High School were a big help to us with several of our events, and we were more than happy to help with their fundraising in return.

Every year the Islay High School head out on an expedition - this requires significant fundraising and the Islay Festival Association are delighted to help with this.

MORE PROJECTS TO COME

THERE'S MORE TO COME!

THERe'S LOTS GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND, WE'RE JUST NOT QUITE READY TO REVEAL JUST YET...
There's lots going on that's still in the earlier stages, but we'll keep you updated! Our priority right now is the return of the festival, and after that we'll be hard at work with the money that you helped us by donating, putting it to good across the island.
For further info, or to suggest a project for us to be involved in, please head to our contact page and get in touch.
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