Kirkcaldy all set for international carnival

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The carnival is coming to town - and you are all invited!

Fife International Carnival is the single biggest event in the Kingdom this summer, and it promises to bring thousands of people into the heart of Kirkcaldy.

On Saturday over 150 performers will stage the biggest street parade ever seen and bringing the town to life with stunning performances of music and dance.

And it is all completely free!

Imagine the sights and sounds of Rio transported to Kirkcaldy - and brought to life by a cast which comes from across the globe.

From R n B to breakdancers and rappers to stiltwalkers, the carnival will summon the spirit of New Orleans as it winds its way the length of our town centre.

And the performers will be dressed to thrill in costumes that are big, bright, colourful and utterly striking!

The international cast will be joined by local groups to put on a showstopping afternoon of entertainment, the likes of which Fife has never seen before.

So bring the family along and get into the carnival mood..

WHAT’S ON WHEN AND WHERE

Carnival time in Kirkcaldy

Carnival time in Kirkcaldy

The first ever Fife International Carnival brings performers from around the world into the heart of Kirkcaldy.

Here’s our lowdown on who is performing - and where to see them.

Main stages = Town Square

Stage 1 = outside Early Learning Centre

Stage 2 = outside Next

Stage 3 = outside ex-YMCA shop in High Street

Stage 4 = outside Miss Maudes/Santander

Stage 5 = outside Burtons at west end of pedestrianised zone.

California Honeydrops: If you enjoy the music of the south - joyful gospel, blues and jazz soaked in the mardi gras of New Orleans - then don’t miss the California Honeydrops whose peformances are simply irresistible.

Formed in the subways of California, they have toured Europe new fewer than eight times and released three albums which have the energy of street performance and the fervour of a street parade.

>> Main stage 3.50 - 4.30 p.m.

Pinezka Theatre (Poland): Fancy some humour with your music? Check out Poland’s Theatre Pinezka - outgoing, joyful and hugely entertaining, complete with red nose, a funny jacket and giant red shoes!

>> Stage 3 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

KalentuRa: The town will buzz to the sound of drums throughout the afternoon courtesy of KalentuRa, a Caribbean/Brazilian drum band which actually hails from the Netherlands. Their beat is simply irresistible so be prepared to dance!

>> Stage 1 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Bombrando: Percussion and bagpipes which mixes styles and rhythms into a fabulous blend which sees them tackle everything from Ravel’s Bolero to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It!”

>> Stage 1 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

J_JD: Quite simply music from the soul! Don’t miss this fabulous German performer.

>> Stage 2 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

M&M: Formed two years ago, M & M is packed with young talented performers from Hungary who cut across all styles - from pop to jazz as well as traditional Hungarian Romani music.

>> Stage 2 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Airborn Academy: The stunning, mesmerising art of free-running comes to town! This UK group includes world champion, Ryan Doyle, and a host of talented athletes whose acrobatic skills will take your breath away.

>> Stage 3 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

XXL: More stunning dance, this time contemporary, which combines the four elements - fire, earth, air and water - from a highly talented Spanish group.

>> Stage 5 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

One Love: Five German teenagers who sing and rap in their native tongue.

>> Main stage 3.05 - 3.15 p.m. & Stage 2 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Basak: The Echos Of Rhythm: Music and dance from Turkey using traditional instruments and performed in several different languages - and fuses the rhythm of the dancers with the spirit of their voices.

>> Main Stage 3.20 - 3.45 p.m. & Stage 2 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Got Skills: Urban dance performed by this highly talented group from the Netherlands.

>> Main stage 2.20 - 2.30 p.m. & Stage 4 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Lucky Strike: Six young breakdancers from the suburbs of Paris who will catch your eye with their stunning routines and dazzling footwork.

>> Main stage 2.40 - 2.50 p.m. & Stage 4 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Country Boys: Drumming group from Trinidad and Tobago which has performed in many countries. Enjoy their pulsating sounds and beats as they drift across the town centre!

>> Stage 3 2.30 - 4.00 p.m. & 3.00 - 3.20 p.m.

Soul City: From Reunion Island, they bring contemporary and hip hop dance, and some amazing high-energy work.

>> Main Stage 3.30 - 4.00 p.m. & Stage 4 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

BE7: The authentic sound of New Orleans Dixieland comes to the Kingdom!

Dynamic, energetic and soaked in the sounds of the south, this eight-piece band is will have crowds dancing and singing.

>> Main stage 4.05 - 4.15 p.m. Stage 4 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Gwanaval: Marching percussion band from Martinique that play traditional French-Carribean music.

A colourful and infectiously fun group that you won’t miss!

>> Stage 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Belmont Freetown Performing Arts Company: From Trinidad and Tobago, presenting their very own unique and authentic show of Caribbean Carnival dancers.

>> Stage 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

The Band: A project between ON at Fife and Jazz Scotland launched last February to encourage adults from the Central Fife communities to try out various brass instruments as part of an open access community music project. Hugely popular, the band ended up comprising a samba drumming group, contemporary brass band, community band choir and more.

>> Main stage 2.15 - 2.25 p.m. & Stage 2 2.30 - 4.00 p.m.

Fife Youth Music Theatre - dedicated to the development of children and young people, through creative learning opportunities, this group showcases all forms of theatre and film involving music. Expect a musical spectacle!

>> Stage 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

>> High Street parade

2.00 - 2.30 p.m.

Kalentura

Gwanaval

Country Boys

Bombrando

Pinezka

Theatre & music groups from Fife

... and a stunning parade of 50 giant-sized costumes!

HOW TO GET HERE AND BE PART OF CARNIVAL DAY

By train:
Kirkcaldy’s main train station is just a short five-minute walk from the town centre.

Simply head through the War Memorial Gardens and follow the signposts straight to the Town Square.

By Bus:

From Leven, hop on the X58 or X60.

From Glenrothes, take the X37 or X40.

From Cupar, get the X42

From Dunfermline, catch the X33.

Parking:

Kirkcaldy town centre offers 15 car parks with more than 3000 spaces and all within only five minutes’ walk of the High Street.

Parking charges vary from only £0.85 per hour and a maximum of £3.40 all day in the Fife Council car parks, while The Mercat Shopping Centre charges £1.25 per hour to a maximum of £6.50 for over five hours.

The Euro Car Park off Nicol Street/Volunteers Green charges £1.05 for up to three hours and a maximum of £2.35 for more than four hours.

In addition, there are three FREE car parks a further five minutes away from the High Street – two at the railway station and one at the Esplanade

Where to go:

There will be live music on several stages in the Town Square.

The festival will also parade through the town centre from 2.00 p.m. with performances at key points throughout.

Eat & drink:

There are many cafes, bars and coffee shops throughout the town centre which offer everything from snacks to full meals.

Show us your snaps!:

Fife International Carnival promises to be a colourful spectacle – one that will be captured by many people on their camera phones. We’d like to see – and share – your images with our readers. Please send us any pictures to ffpnews@fifetoday.co.uk or post them on to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fifefreepress or www.facebook.com/kirkcaldy4all