The next free community screening is Thursday 11 January at 2pm, at Bridgeness Miners Welfare Club, Harbour Road Bo'ness. Join us for a taste of HippFest with hilarious comedy 'The High Sign' featuring the wonderful Buster Keaton and a short (Grange School: Queen Anne Currie) about the Bo'ness Children's Fair in 1922, both accompanied live by top silent film pianist Mike Nolan.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
HippFest 2016/17 Community Tour saw pianist Mike Nolan entertaining folk with a couple of silent gems at Carriden Community Volunteer Group, Kinneil and Deanburn Primary Schools (at the Barony Theatre), Dean Court Retirement Housing and the Forth Valley Royal Hospital Mental Health Unit.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for dates and venues we'll be visiting later in 2017. If you would be interested in hosting our 2017/18 tour, please contact Nicola Kettlewood, Freelance Festival Producer of the tour email@example.com.
We are grateful to Festival partner, Caledonian Produce – Bakkavor, for their continued support for the tour.
The Bo'ness Community and HippFest
As a major cultural event in the town of Bo'ness and the Falkirk area, the Festival
and cinema are recognised as attracting audiences from outwith the area but also
providing local audiences with a much-loved and positive resource. In 2013, the
Hippodrome Festival participated in a major community engagement project led by
community leaders to produce the Bo'ness and Blackness Community Action Plan for
2013-2018 with the result of continuing to proactively support and embed the local
community's relevant strategic priorities within the Festival's development plans.
As part of this, we undertake regular formal and informal consultation, feedback
and input with our enthusiastic Festival Stakeholder Group consisting of representatives
from: Bo'ness Community Council, Bo'ness Town Centre Management, Bo'ness – Bo'ness
Networking Group, Falkirk Council's Community Learning and Development and Economic
Development Services, Friends of Kinneil local heritage group, and the Bo'ness retailers
group. These stakeholder relationships have developed into individual mutually beneficial
partnerships across the areas of support, promotion and ambassador roles.
Two community engagement projects have successfully grown from these partnerships:
the Falkirk-wide Community Tour of the Film Explainer and the Youth Engagement Programme.