An event-ful year ahead for Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy Carnival
Kirkcaldy Carnival

Councillors have agreed to consider funding for several events to be held in the Kirkcaldy area this year - including the Adam Smith Festival and Fife Carnival.

Members of Kirkcaldy area committee, which met yesterday (Wednesday), also discussed how they could back Kirkcaldy Music Festival, Ingolstadt Twinning and Burntisland Bonfire.

And decisions will be taken once detailed reports from the organisers are on their desks.

Councillors wanted more information on funding before they are put back on the agenda for the meeting in March.

In a report to the committee, Danny Cepok, area services manager, highlighted the exciting schedule ahead.

‘‘There are a lot of really good events happening in the Kirkcaldy area this year but they will take a lot of organising,’’ he said.

The programme includes the Adam Smith Festival in June.

It aims to celebrate the life of of the economist and philosopher and will include events such as the Adam Smith Lecture, and a food and book festival.

Mr Cepok said the Council was also keen to support a second Fife Carnival following the success of the pilot in

The carnival, staged in the Town Square and in the High Street across seven performance stages brought 17 international performance groups and an estimated 10,000 people into town.

Mr Cepok said: “It was one of the most successful events we had last year.’’

This year will also see the return of Ingolstadt Twinning Festival, which is usually held in a marquee in the Town Square giving locals the chance to sample Bavarian culture and Burntisland Bonfire which is a long-established event attracting around 8000 people from the Kirkcaldy area and beyond.

Councillor Susan Leslie said she wanted more detail on some of the events before any funding is agreed.

She added: ‘‘In 2012 we had a major festival collapse on us and a major new year event did not happen, so we need more detail on this year’s events before anything is