Cupar Arts Festival programme revealed

Kenny Anderson aka King Cresosote, pic for Cupar Arts Festival 2011.
Kenny Anderson aka King Cresosote, pic for Cupar Arts Festival 2011.
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Mercury-prize nominee King Creosote will mark the start of this year’s Cupar Arts Festival with a concert at Elmwood College on October 8.

Joined by Fife Sprites, the East Neuk singer will perform selection of tracks from Diamond Mine, the album nominated for the prestigious award.

After a busy year The Moonzie Allstars will also perform at the festival with a gig supported by the Coaltown Daisies in Watts on Friday, October 14 while High Speed Grass will perform the festival’s music finale at the same venue on Sunday, October 16.

Cupar Arts Festival, which will open the doors of its box office in the former ATS building in St Catherine Street soon, promises to bring a wealth of art, music and culture to the area from October 8-18.

The musical side of the event also includes ‘Archive trails’, a project involving three different artists devising their own music after delving into the tape stacks of the National School of Scottish Studies.

Their works will be performed at Castlehill Hall on Saturday, October 15.

As well as music, Cupar Arts Festival provides a showcase of contemporary visual art by using both established venues and unconventional sites to exhibit work.

With the theme ‘Drawing Attention’ the festival looks at various aspects of the town and its history.

Cupar’s network of closes have also provided inspiration for this year’s event with renowned artist Richard Demarco focussing on the town’s heritage in a series of drawings.

He will also be holding a drawing master-class at Hill of Tarvit on October 9 and an ilustrated talk on October 14.

Projects such as Marysia Lachowiz’s study of the Polish Army in Cupar during the Second World War show how the town was shaped by the foreign presence, while Judy Spark’s exploration of the role Hawklaw listening station played in the war, is sure to be of interest to local people.

For more details visit www.cupararts.org.uk