Spirit of the carnival hits Kirkcaldy

Pictured are Lewis Clennan (Fife Cultural Trust); Danny Cepok (Fife Council), Anna Plant (carnival co-ordinator from Jazz Scotland), Councillor Neil Crooks and Suzie Hall (Kirkcaldy4All).
Pictured are Lewis Clennan (Fife Cultural Trust); Danny Cepok (Fife Council), Anna Plant (carnival co-ordinator from Jazz Scotland), Councillor Neil Crooks and Suzie Hall (Kirkcaldy4All).
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The countdown to this year’s Fife International Carnival has officially begun.

The colourful carnival sights and sounds are set to return to the streets of Kirkcaldy next month.

And a photocall in town yesterday (Wednesday) brought a tiny flavour of what’s in store at the event, which takes place on Saturday, July 18.

The town centre’s streets will be dancing to the samba beats that day as there is an explosion of music, dance and acrobats from all over the world putting on a show.

Organisers promise that this year’s carnival will be bigger and better than ever.

Over 300 performers, including 170 from 10 countries around the world, will arrive in Kirkcaldy ready to deliver vibrant music, furious drumming, dazzling dance and amazing acrobatics with a range of sequinned and feathered costumes.

The event, which is now in its third year, has been put together by Jazz Scotland in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust and it is once again being supported by Kirkcaldy4All and Fife Council, meaning the family friendly event is free for everyone to enjoy.

Anna Plant, carnival co-ordinator for Jazz Scotland, said: “Fife Carnival brings colour, music, and a great atmosphere to the centre of Kirkcaldy - we’ve got people from all over the world packing their costumes, drums, and dancing shoes to come to Kirkcaldy.

“After last year’s weather issues, we’ve also been handed a lifeline by Fife College, who will enable the carnival to go ahead in the dry in the St Bryce Campus, if necessary.”

As well as the parade along the High Street, there will be two stages in the town square for music and dance, keeping the carnival spirit alive all afternoon.