Loud praise for silent festival

The Hippodrome Theatre in Bo’ness is in the running to win a prestigious award.

The Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Cinema, the only festival of silent film in Scotland, has been singled out for recognition in the category ‘best small festival’ for the 2013 Scottish Event Awards.

Other finalists in the category competing with the Hippodrome is the Mugdock Music Festival, Tiree Music Festival, who bagged the Award in 2012, and Trad on the Tyne. The winners will be announced in September in Glasgow.

The Festival of Silent Cinema, which was held in March, is run by Falkirk Community Trust. Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said: “It is a great honour to have reached the final four in the final of these high profile industry awards, and to be competing alongside such internationally-recognised events.”

“It is a testament to the dedication and excellence in the team that works to deliver the Festival and an exciting recognition of the significance of the venue to Scotland’s cultural calendar, just four years since its glorious restoration and reopening.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesman on culture, leisure and tourism, added: “Scotland’s only silent movie festival goes from strength to strength. It’s great that this annual event has now been recognised as one of the best small festivals in Scotland. I wish the Hippodrome team every success in the Scottish Event Awards and hope they’re successful in their category.”