Sign up & get into the town carnival spirit

Local people are being invited to learn new skills and get involved in the local carnival this summer. Pic: David Wardle
Local people are being invited to learn new skills and get involved in the local carnival this summer. Pic: David Wardle

Ever wanted to get right into the carnival spirit? Well now you can do just that, right here in Kirkcaldy with a brand new project.

People of all ages are invited to get involved in ‘Join the Carnival’ over the next few months in the lead up to this year’s local carnival.

The initiative aims to give local people the chance to learn new skills and have fun by trying out costume making, dance and music making.

And now the organisers, Youth Music Theatre Scotland (YMTS) are appealing to Fifers to come forward and get into the party atmosphere and get involved.

Amanda Glover, from YMTS, told the Press this week: “We’re looking for 100 people to be part of ‘Join the Carnival’.

“We’ve got practitioners in costume design and making; carnival dance and carnival drumming lined up to lead a series of workshops.

We want to hear from anyone, whatever their age, who wants to get involved in all things carnival

Amanda Glover

“We want to hear from anyone, whatever their age, who wants to get involved in all things carnival.

“The workshops are planned to run for 10 weeks in the run up to this year’s Kirkcaldy Carnival.”

Those taking part in the initiative will then be able to show off their new talents by taking part in the carnival parade, which will be travelling through Kirkcaldy town centre on Saturday, July 18.

And it’s not just the Fife International Carnival that participants will be able to get involved in. There’s even a chance for some to take part in the Liverpool Carnival.

Amanda explained: “There’s an opportunity for about 30 people to go and be part of the Liverpool Carnival, and we have also been invited to do the Edinburgh Carnival, which takes place on July 19.”

‘Join the Carnival’ will see people of all ages and abilities working with Brouhaha, carnival specialists from Liverpool, to develop wonderful costumes, dance and music for the local community event.

Amanda added: “Brouhaha have a fantastic exchange programme this year and have got a dance artist coming from Sri Lanka and a musician from South Africa for three months and it is hoped they will work with those involved in our project.”

And after this year’s carnival, participants will be provided with support from BRAG Enterprises to set up a social enterprise that would allow them to continue working on the Fife Carnival in Kirkcaldy in future years.

The project is a partnership between YMTS, Brouhaha, Jazz Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust and Fife Council.

Anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch by emailing their name, address, age and contact number to jointhecarnivalkirkcaldy@gmail.com or by calling the Arts Hub in The Postings on (01592) 640604.