TWO Kirkcaldy based projects are among the latest events to benefit from Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme.
The Lang Toun will play host to the events, a Festival of Friendship and the staging of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Old Kirk, which are appearing for the first time in the Kingdom’s calendar.
The Festival of Friendship, which will run from August 28 to September 3, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary twinning of Kirkcaldy and Ingolstadt.
The successful and enduring twin town arrangement will be marked with a five day programme in Kirkcaldy’s Town Square and over 100 people visiting from the Bavarian town will take part in a civic reception.
Among the events taking place over the weekend will be a traditional beer and music festival featuring music from both Germany and Scotland.
Robert Main, chairman of Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Association, told the Press: “The funding Fife Council has provided just demonstrates their commitment to the twinning link, but beyond the direct funding they have also provided just as much support in kind.
“Without this contribution, and that from other sources, it would have made it much more difficult to present all the activities.”
The second Kirkcaldy event to receive funding in Kirkcaldy is a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ later this year.
The production will be presented by ON at Fife and the National Theatre of Scotland in the town’s Old Kirk.
It is a unique theatre experience and the only chance in the UK to see it this year.
The show will concentrate on attracting new audiences to the area and present Kirkcaldy as a destination of cultural experience.
The other two Fife events to receive funding from the Strategic Events Investment Programme in this round of grants are the RAF Leuchars Airshow and the St Andrews Festival.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “Local events such as these create such a positive impact for the area.
“Attracting people back to the town centre is a priority for Kirkcaldy and these two events will help deliver on that over the coming months.”