Stage is Set for New Dunfermline Festival

Mon 24 Jul 17

Get ready to turn Fife's Ancient Capital back to 1941

This week, the team behind Dunfermline WWII Festival unveiled a 1940s inspired shop window at Dunfermline Advice Hub on the town's Douglas Street ahead of their weekend event on the 19th & 20th August 2017.

Fife's newest festival will see exhibitions, street theatre and music events retell the fascinating story of the allied Polish Armies and Dunfermline's Home Guard during WWII through recently rediscovered defence plans.

Organised by Forth Pilgrim Limited, the festival is gaining traction with a number of local organisations and heritage associations, such as Homefront Histories, who provide living history experiences through re-enactment and hands-on demonstrations.

The festival weekend will also feature The Fly Right Dance Company, who will be performing and teaching 1940s dance moves; a vintage Tea Dance at the Glen Pavilion in aid of charity Playlist For Life; in re-enactment groups from across the UK, who will be out roaming the streets of Dunfermline, and a number of classic vehicles from around Fife who will be out on display across the festival weekend. The full festival programme will be released in the last week of July.

The festival is funded by Fife Council, The Polish Consulate for Scotland, and through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Stories, Stones and Bones programme, which supports a wider series of events happening across the country to celebrate Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. It follows a successful project to interpret the
story of the Polish armies in Dunfermline into a comic book for schools, which will be ready in time for the festival in August.

Roger Pickering, Director of Forth Pilgrim said, 'The festival is progressing well, and we're receiving positive responses from Fife's communities so far. We've been overwhelmed at the number of stories surrounding World World WWII that are coming out of the project. We'll be running an oral history group across the weekend
and we hope to pick up more thoughts.'

More details on the programme will be released in the next few weeks across Facebook and Twitter or alternatively found at defenddunfermlineww2.co.uk

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