Hippfest another success in Bo’ness

Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema was another success
Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema was another success

With over 2000 tickets sold and a string of sell-out successes in the bag, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has been hailed the best yet.

Hippfest, as it is known, is in its sixth year and organisers have praised the town and its people for getting behind the event in a big way.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, key funder of the Hippodrome, said: “After the success of last year, I didn’t think it would be possible to achieve the same or better in 2016. I was wrong.

“The latest celebration of silent film was magnificent and a credit to the Trust’s arts team and the staff at the Hippodrome.

“We are all delighted by the response of the local community and by the number of visitors from outside the district who have taken Hippfest to their hearts.

“Next year can’t come quickly enough.”

Alison Strauss, festival director and programmer of the Hippodrome year-round, said: “Our sixth Festival offered the audience events that stretched people’s imaginations and their appreciation of what silent cinema can be – along with many easy pleasures.

“Theaudience responseto that offering - to the music and the films, the workshops and the entire festival has been astonishing. Overwhelming in fact.

“The venues across the town have been buzzing with a mix of returning loyal Hippfest fans and many who have discovered what the festival has to offer for the first time.

“Looking at the feedback and critical reviews already in, It’s clear that Hippfest is prized by all who engage with it.”

Those lending their support this year include: Caledonian Produce/Bakkavor (www.bakkavor.com) who sponsored the festival’s Youth Engagement Programme; Richmond Park Hotel, The Corbie Inn, Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Town Centre Management, Bo’ness Networking Group and Tesco Bo’ness.

Alison Strauss was praised for her ambitious programme – with silent films from across the globe and many different musicians providing the live accompaniment.

Natalie Usher, director of film for Creative Scotland,said: “I would like to congratulate Alison and everyone else involved in the festival on what was a truly inspiring programme of film, events and imaginative community engagement.