Fife unveils online Spring Festival of music, comedy, film - and Bollywood

Fife is set to host its first ever Spring Festival.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 4:32 pm
Craig Hill (Pic: Steve Ulathorne)

The online event, curated by OnFife features everything from music to comedy, plus a hint of Bollywood glamour.

It runs on March 20 and 21 - and is designed to shake off the shackles of winter..

The line-up features a number of performers who are regular visitors to the region’s theatres, including Craig Hill and Horse McDonald.

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Horse McDonald (Pic: Walter Neilson)

It’s the latest in series of online events launched by OnFife - which manages the region’s theatres, libraries, galleries and museums.

Verdi Clark, programme manager, said: “We’ve been reimagining the ways we can connect with our audiences.

“Our Spring Festival embodies the fresh approach we’ve taken – so, as winter becomes a memory, what better way to celebrate spring than a festival full of fabulous events.”

Among the big names taking part is comedian Craig Hill, who is compering a line-up that includes Fife-born singer Horse MacDonald, who returned to the Kingdom to record a unique show for the event.

She brought her band to the library at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline to record a set that celebrates her 30 years since the launch of her recording career.

Her bespoke session – her first performance in more than a year - will feature stripped-back versions of songs from her classic debut album, The Same Sky, released in 1990.

The festival line-up also features Raymond Mearns - another familiar face to fans of the monthly comedy cafes at the Adam Smith - and Jay Lafferty hosting two masterclasses in the elusive art of making people laugh.

There is more music from rising five-piece Dunfermline band, Dancing on Tables.

The festival kicks off with a Bollywood workshop with Edinburgh-based dance teacher Tanwi Bhattacharya.

For kids, there’s the welcome return of the hugely popular Badger The Mystical Mutt - the star of a series of great books by Lyn McNicol and Laura Jackson .

The online entertainment wraps with a screening of From Scotland With Love - a film that has a musical soundtrack by Fife’s own King Creosote at its beating heart.

Commissioned in 2014, From Scotland With Love has become part of the nation’s cinematic canon.

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