People in Kirkcaldy will soon be offered some creative opportunites and invited to ‘Join the Carnival!’ after councillors agreed funding.
Following on from the success of the Fife Carnival, which has attracted thousands of visitors to Kirkcaldy over the last two years, plans are afoot to establish a skills-based project in the town covering all things carnival.
Youth Music Theatre Scotland (YMTS), based in the Arts Hub in The Postings, is working to establish the project featuring dance, music and costume making groups who will be able to participate in Fife Carnival and other carnivals and festivals in the UK and abroad.
Local councillors showed their support for the proposals at the Kirkcaldy area committee yesterday (Wednesday) when they approved funding of £15,000 from the Kirkcaldy Area Fairer Scotland Fund.
The project, which is a partnership between YMTS, Brouhaha, Jazz Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust and Fife Council, aims to stimulate greater involvement in community activity and develop skills for local people that will improve their employability opportunities.
It is hoped that 100 people covering a wide age range will be involved in the project, which has already received funding from the National Lottery Celebrate Fund.
Carnival artists will teach local people skills in the run up to the 2015 event to create Fife Carnival Dance and Fife Carnival Percussion groups.
Councillor Kay Carrington said: “I welcome this project, just like we welcomed the carnival which was a massive success for the town.”
She said that it was important to be able offer such a project offering local people the chance to learn new skills and find out how to be a part of such an event.
Cllr Carrington added: “To me this is the nub of us having the carnival because what comes out of it is the knowledge for young people in the community.”
Councillor David Ross said: “This is the sort of initiative we have been looking to come out of the carnival so there’s an ongoing benefit for the area.”
He raised questions over the sustainability of the project as the funding being offered was only for one year, however Amanda Glover, from YMTS, said that contingencies have been looked at for the future.
Cllr Neil Crooks, committee chairman, also welcomed the project and told the committee that such an initiative could be beneficial in terms of reducing costs for Fife Council.
He said: “Part of this is, if this is a success and sustainable then the cost for us [the Council] supporting the carnival could come down because we’d have our own young people trained rather than bringing people in from elsewhere.”