It’s time to shake your feathers - carnival day will soon be here in Kirkcaldy!

picture by Fife Photo Agency
picture by Fife Photo Agency

Plans are now well underway for the Fife Carnival which rolls into town next weekend and the people of Fife can expect a wide variety of entertainment.

The event will see the High Street and Town Square turned into a rainbow of vibrant colours as it sees some of the best costumes, musical and dance acts come from all over the world to Kirkcaldy for a second year.

Anna Plant Carnival co-ordinator said: “We’re at the final stages of planning and we are really excited to showcase some of these fantastic acts to the people of Fife!

“We’ve got a bit of everything, from drummers to acrobats, brass players to dancers.

“We also have lots of beautiful costumes coming from Brouhaha International in Liverpool for participants to wear - they bring an exotic feel to the parade along the High Street.”

One of the acts visiting Scotland for the first time is Junkanoo Commandos from the Bahamas.

They will be coming to town following their successful performance last year at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

The act are famed for their elaborate costumes which they make themselves and this year they have replaced their usual crepe paper materials for fabric to withstand the tempermental Scottish weather.

Barefeet Theatre from Zambia are also taking part in the festivities.

A non-governmental organisation that uses play, creativity, and empowerment to give the country’s vulnerable children a chance at a better life, they will entertain the gathered crowds with dance, music and theatre.

Hailing from South Africa, Artscape’s Youth Band comprises of young musicians from the townships of Cape Town and will be supplying the musical entertainment on the day and Belmont Freetown Dance Group are coming all the way from Trinidad to bring a Caribbean flavour to the carnival.

They will be performing traditional songs, dancing, drumming and arts and craft to entertain the waiting crowds.

Anna added: “We’ve got lots more coming in from all corners of the globe. I hope as many people as possible will come along to soak up the atmosphere.

“It’s going to be a real spectacle for all the family.’’

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

It will be brought to the town by Jazz Scotland, Kirkcaldly4All and Fife Cultural Trust with support from Fife Council.

The Fife Free Press is the media sponsor and is the ONLY place where you can get the full carnival programme which will be presented in a special pull out and keep guide on Thursday, July 17 so you can plan your day.