Aberdour hosts possibly world’s best small festival

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It has been described as “possibly the best small festival in the world.”

And organisers of the 28th Aberdour Festival which starts tomorrow (Friday) are hoping it will more than live up to that accolade.

From humble beginnings as a fun village family event, the festival has grown steadily to become a major player in the Fife festival circuit with world acclaimed musicians, comedians and artists taking part.

But despite its growing reputation, organisers say it is still very much a local event, attracting people from the village, from all over the Kingdom and beyond to see what Aberdour and its community has to offer.

“It is all about giving something back to the people of Aberdour and building up our community, but at the same time it could not happen without the residents of Aberdour giving their time and talents to make it all work,” explained Iain Fleming, one of the 12-strong organising committee which has brought together a packed programme of events which, quite literally has something for everyone from birth to retirement age.

The festival, which this year is on the theme of Ancient Egypt, begins tomorrow (Friday) with a preview of the art exhibition, a fun ice cream event and musical entertainment, followed on Saturday by the crowning of the Summer King and Queen at Aberdour Castle, then a procession down to the beach where a day of family fun activities is planned to launch the ten-day event.

And with arts and crafts, music, dance, food and drink, puppetry, comedy, sport, drama, hair cutting and much, much more, everyone is invited to come along and find out what Aberdour is all about.

Aberdour’s connection with ancient Egypt inspired the theme for this year’s festival.

Folklore has it that Egyptian Princess Scota visited one of the islands in the Forth where she hid her treasure.

Visitors to the festival will have the chance to hear historian Dr Simon Taylor talk about Aberdour’s alleged connections with ancient Egypt, and the theme will continue throughout the 10 days from the parade through the village followed by the crowning ceremony to the village raft race, puppet show and a classical music concert in St Columba’s Church at the end of the festival.

Visit www.aberdourfestival.org for the full programme.