Brechin is hosting the launch of the Scottish Rural Parliament’s 2016 campaign at a free public event this week on Friday.
Culminating in a showcase of local musicians, the event is open to the public to find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and to design the processes through which the local community can be involved with the national event, due to be hosted by Brechin on 6-8th October 2016. It also marks the start of a programme of regional events and consultation which will engage thousands of people in identifying the agenda for the national event.
Derek Harper, Chair of the Local Liaison Group for the event said “It’s a real privilege and honour that Brechin was chosen as host for the next Scottish Rural Parliament to be held in October 2016. Excitement and enthusiasm has been growing since we got the news. To deliver a prestigious event in our new community campus personally fills me with great pride and delivers a huge boost to our local economy. This a great opportunity for Brechin and Angus to shine and we look forward to welcoming delegates from all over Scotland next October.”
The evening event, to be held at the Mechanics Institute on 12th February, is free to members of the public although participants must register online in advance to attend as there are limited spaces. The organisers are keen to encourage lift-sharing and there is an option to register transport needs when reserving a place at this event. You can register to attend here: https://brechinlaunchevent.eventbrite.co.uk
The Scottish Rural Parliament, which meets every two years, will bring together 400 participants from across rural Scotland to the event in Brechin as well as international guests. Participants will take part in the full three-day event which includes visits to local projects, workshops, exhibition and high-profile speakers.
Angus Council, which wrote the successful bid to host the Scottish Rural Parliament and is sponsoring the national event in 2016 said “Angus Council is delighted that the Scottish Rural Parliament is to be held at the new Brechin Community Campus in October this year. The event will be launched at the Mechanics Institute in Brechin on 12th February where people will be able to find out more about the Parliament and help to shape the event. The council is keen to make the Parliament a success and help to strengthen the voice of Scotland’s rural communities.”