Dunfermline: Outwith Festival receives 20 major grants from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust

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DUNFERMLINE’s Outwith Festival has received £20,000 from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

Given the trust’s biggest prize this year, the six-day event will see more than 40 acts perform in venues across the city from September 6-11.

Michelle McWilliams, on behalf of the Outwith team, said, “This funding scholarship is essential. This allowed the team to lobby and book artists for September at a time when many festivals are vying for the same acts.

“Thank you to everyone at the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust for their support. Although we no longer have the funding or staff from Dunfermline Delivers, we still have the expertise of the original team of volunteers and are delighted to welcome the public back to the live events.

“It’s different to having a festival in fields in the middle of nowhere – we want to bring people to Dunfermline town centre.”

With an all-day musical event, artistic performances including visual arts, cabaret, comedy, theater and author events, they hope to attract more people to the city center. They aim to build on the history of Dunfermline and live music by supporting the next generation of talented musicians and performers in the area.

Big bands and up-and-coming musicians such as Pulled Apart By Horses, Bang Bang Romeo, Pleasure Heads, Connor Fyfe, SILVI and Lewis McLaughlin will play, while Steven Dick, writer for BBC’s Frankie Boyle and Have I Got News for You, will teach his masterclass, and internationally acclaimed painter Adrian Wisniewski will showcase his work in an exhibition at Fire Station Creative.

Gillian Taylor, CEO of Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, said: “I have seen firsthand the positive impact the festival has had on Dunfermline since its launch in 2017. The committed team have delivered a festival that connects communities, puts showcases talents and brings the fun and feel-good factor to our ancient city.

“The festival has boosted the local economy and encouraged visitors and tourists to Dunfermline.

“The last two years have been very difficult due to the pandemic and now is absolutely the time to bring this incredible festival back to life. The Carnegie Trust is very keen to see Dunfermline open for business and there is an overwhelming appetite for live music and culture. I think this type of event is key to improving well-being and connecting our communities.”

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at https://outwithfestival.co.uk/.

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