Curtain rises on the most ambitious winter fest yet

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The curtain goes up tonight (Friday) on Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival, an ambitious programme of musical and community events to herald the festive season.

The festival, which is run by KLEO - Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation - is being held for the third year running and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Headlining this year is singing star Eddi Reader, who’ll be appearing at Loch Leven Community Campus on November 22, while Kinross’s own golden girl, athlete Eilidh Child, will be switching on the town’s Christmas lights on November 29.

The programme begins tonight with the popular ‘Kinross-shire’s Got Talent’ competition at the community campus, while tomorrow (Saturday) Iain Hunter - the ‘Singing Butcher’ - takes to the campus stage with the Eliot Murray Big Band.

On Sunday, a number of local choirs and singing groups will join forces to showcase their talents, and next weekend’s shows include ‘One Night on Broadway’ as well as ‘Handel’s Messiah in a Day’, in which local singers are invited to take part.

In addition to the musical events, there’ll be films, fairs and nature walks, and the festival will culminate on November 29 with a festive market in the town centre, to be followed at 7pm by the switch-on ceremony, being organised in conjunction with Light Up Kinross.

The full programme is available to download at www.kinrosswinterfestival.co.uk