Town’s cul­tural event ramps it up for 2018

Com­edy and vis­ual art will fea­ture in Out­with fes­ti­val

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - LEEZA CLARK leclark@the­

Af­ter the sell-out suc­cess of Dun­fermline’s in­au­gu­ral Out­with fes­ti­val, this year’s pro­gramme has dou­bled in size.

There will be more than 120 per­for­mances in 23 town cen­tre venues across five days, from Septem­ber 5 to 9.

The cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza is or­gan­ised by Dun­fermline De­liv­ers with Fire Sta­tion Cre­ative, Av­o­cado Sweet and Write Rammy pub­lish­ing.

The fes­ti­val is funded pri­mar­ily by Dun­fermline De­liv­ers, with ad­di­tional fund­ing from Fife Coun­cil and the Carnegie Dun­fermline Trust.

Chris Foote, events man­ager with Dun­fermline De­liv­ers, said: “Out­with fes­ti­val is an am­bi­tious plat­form to show­case Dun­fermline’s grow­ing cul­tural pro­file.

“The fes­ti­val has dou­bled in size since last year, thanks to the huge ef­fort from the fes­ti­val team, many of whom are vol­un­teers.”

For the first time the Dun­fermline Film­house is pop­ping up with an art­house cin­ema vibe, with four days of films and film­mak­ers.

There are ses­sions with in­dus­try ex­perts in­clud­ing ex-Beta Band mem­ber and di­rec­tor John Ma­clean who will in­tro­duce his movie, Slow West star­ring Michael Fass­ben­der, award-win­ning Fife screen­writer Gre­gory Burke and the mak­ers of Shoot­ing Clerks and From Scot­land with Love.

For the first time in many years, the Glen Pav­il­ion’s out­door stage will ring with the sound of live mu­sic as the Scot­tish Phil­har­monic Big Band gives a one-off gala per­for­mance.

The lit­er­ary line-up in­cludes wildlife cam­era­man and au­thor Doug Allan, fa­mous for his work with Sir David At­ten­bor­ough.

Also ap­pear­ing will be in­ter­na­tional young adult au­thor Estelle Maskame, in­ter­net sen­sa­tion Chris McQueer and Skids front­man Richard Job­son.

A new ad­di­tion is the in­clu­sion of four Au­thor School events, where pro­fes­sion­als from the world of pub­lish­ing and writ­ing will be on hand to help new and es­tab­lished au­thors.

The live mu­sic line-up con­tin­ues to grow.

More than 60 bands are per­form­ing on Satur­day Septem­ber 8 and the out­door stage re­turns to the High Street.

Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer, the eclec­tic live mu­sic show­case cu­rated by Fife-based singer/song­writer James York­ston, is stag­ing its Dun­fermline pre­mière on Sun­day Septem­ber 9.

Each day of the fes­ti­val will see a new piece of writ­ing for theatre per­formed and there will be com­edy and vis­ual art to en­joy.

The Dun­fermline event has the Ed­in­burgh Fringe to thank for its name.

One of the first Fringe events was hosted at Dun­fermline Abbey in 1947 and the town wanted to help the Fringe cel­e­brate its 70th birth­day in 2017.

Although keen to help, the Fringe said that, be­ing “out­with” the EH post­code pre­vented Dun­fermline from us­ing the Ed­in­burgh Fringe name.

Above: Band Os­kar Braves will per­form; from top: Chil­dren’s sto­ry­teller Mrs Mash, di­rec­tor John Ma­clean and au­thor Estelle Maskame.

Singer song­writer James York­ston will cu­rate an eclec­tic live mu­sic show­case.

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