170 performers, one dazzling afternoon of carnival fun ...

From left, Anna Plant (Jazz Scotland), Dawn Renton (FFP), Rory Cameron (FCT) Susie Hall (Kdy4all) and Laura Crielly (FCT). Pic: Fife Photo Agency
From left, Anna Plant (Jazz Scotland), Dawn Renton (FFP), Rory Cameron (FCT) Susie Hall (Kdy4all) and Laura Crielly (FCT). Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Official launch of the 2014 international carnival in Kirkcaldy

The Fife International Carnival returns to the streets of Kirkcaldy this summer and it promises to be bigger and better than before.

Over 10,000 people came from all over Fife in July last year where they were entertained by music, dance and street theatre.

Following the overwhelming numbers of last year, it is set to be bigger and more vibrant then ever.

On Saturday, July 19, from 2.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m., over 170 international performers will arrive in the town to wow the awaiting crowds.

Circus acts, exotic carnival costumes, dazzling dance acts and feel good musical performers to really get the crowds going and loads more besides have been added to the entertainment bill.

With thanks to Fife Council and Kirkcaldy4All the family friendly event is free for all.

Last year people of all ages lined the streets to watch the best in what Kirkcaldy has to offer in terms of entertainment which went a long way to greatly benefit the general public and the businesses within the town centre.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee said: “The second carnival in Kirkcaldy is building our reputation as a place to experience brilliant culture events.

“Last year we had the superb sunny weather to enhance the feel good factor generated by the carnival, something that we hope will be repeated this year.”

Seeing the carnival’s successful run in Edinburgh, inviting the performers to entertain the Kingdom was the next step.

The length of Kirkcaldy High Street and the size of the Town Square made it an ideal stage for the carnival acts.

Kirkcaldy High Street will be transformed into a New Orleans style Mardis Gras as it looks to rival the vibrancy of Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Performers from all over the world including the Bahamas, Zambia, Japan and Germany will be flying in and will team up with a number of acts from across Scotland and the rest of the UK to entertain and wow the crowds.

To continue the carnival’s fun atmosphere, there will be two stages set up in the Town Square, one for dancing and the other for music to make sure that the party atmosphere continues all afternoon.

Among the acts heading to Kirkcaldy are Junkanoo Commandos from the Bahamas, who entertained audiences at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial last year and Artscape’s Youth Band.

Hailing from South Africa. this fantastic jazz marching band provides a range of opportunities for the young people of Cape Town.

Also on the bill are KalentuRa, an Afro-Caribbean drumming band from the Netherlands who are well known for their exciting live shows and their ability to keep audiences entertained.

The carnival has been put togther by Fife Cultural Trust, Jazz Scotland and Kirkcaldy4All, with the support of Fife Council.

Linda Temple, cultural partnership and events startegy manager said: “We are supporting the Carnival again this year as one of the 24 key events happenng across Fife as part of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

“The fantastic programme will prove to be a brilliant and colourful experience.”

Frank Chinn of Fife Cultural Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to bring such a vibrant, colourful and free event back to the streets of Kirkcaldy.”

Roger Spence of Jazz Scotland added: “Maybe Kirkcaldy and carnival were made for each other? Let’s hope that we can do it again.”

The key backers

A number of key organisations in Fife are working together to make sure that the event is a huge success.

It is brought to the streets of Kirkcaldy by Jazz Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust and Kirkcaldy4All with support from Fife Council.

And the Fife Free Press is the media sponsor - and the ONLY place you will find the official programme nearer the time.

Over the coming weeks we will be featuring every aspect of the event in the build up to carnival day with the full programme presented in a special pull-out guide on Thursday, July 17.

Editor Allan Crow said: “We are delighted to be apart of the Carnival this year.

“It is great for the town and we look foward to seeing the people of Fife line the streets and enjoy this virbrant event.”

Bill Harvey, of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “We support this event and we hope that this year’s carnival will be an even bigger success for the town.”