We have two bits of news for you this month: our survey results - and a new festival chair!
First up, the results of our survey.
We had a tremendous response with lots of positive feedback that will help shape our plans for next year's festival.
The main feedback we had is that people have missed the social connection and shared experience of live events this year - and that most people would be happy to attend outdoor events if socially distanced.
Additionally, half of our respondent said they would be happy to go to indoor events if they were socially distanced - but particularly if those events had small numbers of people attending.
The online talks and exhibitions of our mini-fest also proved popular, with more than a third of our audiences keen to attend onscreen events as an alternative to live events.
So, next year we will be looking at a blend of smaller scale live events with a strong online offering - a fear-free, fun festival that the whole community can enjoy.
The provisional dates for next year will be 4-12 September 2021. Watch this space!
Secondly, we have a new chair of the organising committee. Mavis Macdonald has now stepped down and Alex Williamson has taken on the role on an interim basis.
We are all incredibly grateful to Mavis for her custodianship of the festival over the past few years - and are very pleased that she will be remaining on the committee to chair the Book Group.
A bit about our new chair: Alex is a freelance writer and photographer, and runs a B&B in Nairn with his wife Helen. Prior to moving to Nairn, Alex was based in London, where he worked in not-for-profit marketing and communications, fundraising and events.
We are always looking to grow our volunteer community for future festivals, so if you would like to get more involved, do not hesitate to get in touch.
And there is still time to become a Festival Friend. We offer 'Early Bird' booking to those joining before December 31st. Don't miss out!
We'll be back in touch soon with details of our upcoming AGM in January - until then, enjoy the fine autumn weather and stay safe.
The Festival Committee
We had a fantastic time at 'Tide In, Tide Out' our online festival this year - huge thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed our events, and to our funders - the Highland Council (Nairn Ward) and Creative Scotland. Now we are starting to plan - and fundraise- for 2021, and so it's heads down time for a bit!
Why not complete our survey to let us know what type of event you'd like to attend next year - we really value your input, and it's very short and sweet.
You could join our ever increasing Festival Friends - we'd love to welcome you to the festival family! We offer 'Early Bird' booking to those joining before December 31st.
Or just join our mailing list and keep in touch with our activities.
And last but definitely not least, don't forget to visit our lovely 'Time and Tide' Open Exhibition - it runs until 26th October - catch it here or on Instagram: nairn.festival
Stay safe everyone -
The Festival Committee