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Dig In, To Defend Dunfermline WWII Festival

Fri 4 Aug 17

The countdown is on for the pilot year of Fife's newest history festival

In just a few weeks, the first ever Defend Dunfermline WWII Festival will launch in Scotland's ancient capital, taking place on the 19th and 20th August 2017. With assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Stories, Stones and Bones funding stream, Fife Council, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, and support from ON Fife Cultural Trust and Dunfermline Delivers, the story of the allied Polish army and Dunfermline's Home Guard will be told for the first time through street theatre, exhibitions and family activities.

The festival has also been assisting with educational work in the community. Over the past month, Dunfermline's Young Archaeologists' Club (DYAC) have been working with  students from a number of Scotland's universities and with Fife Young Carers to uncover Dunfermline's Second World War sites as part of the project. Most recently, the group were digging at the site of a Polish trench among the trees of Pittencrieff Park. Some of their findings, and the history they sought to uncover, will go on display in exhibitions at Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries and Dunfermline City Chambers over the festival weekend.

Here are some of our other highlights:


Saturday 19th August, Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries (Children's library),
11.30am-3pm, Free (drop in session)

Decorate traditional wooden boxes and cut out fun floral shapes and interesting animals
to to create amazing paper crafts! There'll also be a chance to hear Garry Paulin's Voytek
the Soldier Bear.


Saturday 19th August, The Carnegie Hall, 5pm-7pm, £4 - tickets limited and available in
advance at, or on the door

Join Fife's very own Benita & Her Jazz Men (direct from Edinburgh Jazz and Blues
Festival) alongside fellow folky Fifer Gifford Lind for a delve into the music, songs and
stories of the 1940s. Gifford will be reflecting on his own connections to World War II,
whilst Benita's jazz trio will play some music-hall favourites.


Sunday 20th August,Starting outside Marks and Spencer, High Street, 12.30pm, Free

Join us as we recognise the historic contributions and links made by the Polish soldiers
and the Dunfermline Home Guard with a colourful parade down the high street, with
traditional Polish dancing from the Polish-Scottish Connections Group and Dunfermline &
District Pipe Band.

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