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Outwith Festival 2020 Cancelled

Wed 20 May 20

After extensive consultation with national bodies and the local authority, Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival organisers have taken the very difficult decision to announce that it will not be possible to deliver this year’s arts and music festival.


Owing to public health concerns around all mass gatherings and international travel restrictions, the six-day arts and music event, which was scheduled to take place from Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 September 2020, will now not take place.


Looking ahead, organisers have announced Festival dates for 2021 which will take place from Tuesday 7 until Sunday 12 September.


Those who have already bought tickets for this year’s festival will be able to request a refund or transfer their tickets to 2021. ONFife Box Office will be emailing ticket holders as soon as possible with details.


Chris Foote, Delivering Dunfermline said: “Thanks to everyone who bought tickets – we’re very grateful to them for supporting this festival.  So much hard work and planning by the community has gone into this event. We’re especially disappointed for our town – for the 23 venues that would have been hosting events, for the performers, organisers, volunteers and for the audiences that have so far made this a brilliant annual festival.


“However, there are much more important challenges facing us all at the moment. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been directly affected by the pandemic.


“We look forward to safer times ahead and to welcoming audiences back to the Festival.  In the meantime, we’re working closely with funders to help support next year’s event.


“Behind the scenes we’ll also be working online with local artists, musicians and performers to support the development of their work and create a programme for 2021.  Later in the year there will also be announcements on the line-up planned for next September and, hopefully, when safe to do so, plans for some exciting special one-off shows. 


“We would like to thank all of the festival partners, Fife Council, supporters and fans for their continued support and would like to wish the wider community all the best during this difficult time."


Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival launched in September 2017 and has doubled in size each year.  Audiences of 9,000 attended 74 film, music, comedy, literature, theatre and art events in 23 venues with over 300 performances from 3-8 September 2019.  


In 2018 the economic impact achieved was £155,000In 2019 this doubled, reaching - £334,000 worth of economic impact. Organisers aim to increase the economic impact each year as the Festival continues to grow.


Outwith is organised by Delivering Dunfermline in conjunction with Avocado Sweet, Fire Station Creative and the Outwith Music Team.



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