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A festival of fun inspired by Kirkcaldy’s Mr Smith

Michael Levack, Ann Mitchell Millar and Neil Crooks at the official opening of the Adam Smith Exhibition. Pic: FIFE PHOTO AGENCY

Michael Levack, Ann Mitchell Millar and Neil Crooks at the official opening of the Adam Smith Exhibition. Pic: FIFE PHOTO AGENCY

 

The Adam Smith Festival has been hailed a great success - with plans for an even bigger and better event already underway.

The 2014 programme - the first under the banner of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions - celebrated the town’s most famous son, with food and drink, discussions and writing giving people a chance to learn more about the famous Kirkcaldy economist and philospher.

A new exhibition was launched in the Old Kirk showcasing Smith’s life and work.

And the feedback from all the events was hugely positive.

Marilyn Livingstone, chief executive of the Adam Smith Global Foundation said: “I’m so pleased at the turnout for the festival. Everybody had a great time and all the events recieved such a great turn out.

“The overall view was ‘we want more of this’ which is fantastic.

“ We are already looking at expanding it and making it bigger for next year.”

Gordon Brown MP and historian Tom Devine shared the stage at the festival’s signature event, while praise came also for the first food festival - run jointly by Kirkcaldy4All and Fife College - held in the town centre over the weekend.

Bill Harvey, Kirkcaldy4All manager said: “We are pleased with how the festival went and I’m glad that the weather held out. We’ve had great feedback from people, so we are very happy with how successful it was.

The life and times of Adam Smith were discussed by Professor Spiros Tygos from the university of Crete and Professor Remy Debes from the University of Memphis.

In The Postings, the Art Hub also took part with members Mark McLellan, Kathryn Forrest and Sarah Hugh on hand to oversee card making, face painting, beauty workshops and a teen fashion show with clothes and accessories supplied by New Look and the hub’s wardrobe.

Professor Bruce Durie and renowned genealogist, George Proudfoot were also at Kirkcaldy Galleries to help people go back in time and research their family history.

A book festival also made up the weekend of celebrations with author talks and workshops for budding novelists.

The Adam Smith exhibition is still open at the Old Kirk and for the remainder of June, it can be viewed by calling Rosemary Potter on (01592) 265499. During the months of July and August, doors will open Friday and Saturday from 11.00 a.m.

 

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