Art & Design

Paper from Across the Sea: Scottish Japanese creative collaboration goes on show

Washi Umi o Koete: Paper from Across the Sea is a creative collaboration between Fife Dunfermline Printmakers and Mino Art Info, Japan and the results can be seen at an exhibition at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which opened on 20 November and is on until 9 December.  The collaboration brings together the ancient Japanese tradition

Interiors

Design for Dunfermline: Blueprint event asks citizens for their High Street ideas

The latest event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme, which celebrates the built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife, gives Dunfermline residents the opportunity to put forward their ideas for structural changes to the town’s High Street. Jointly hosted by Avocado Sweet and local architectural firm Sam Foster Architects, the ‘architectural drop-in’ event, will take place on 7 and 8 October in the Community Gallery at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.  Come along for a chance to play architect for the day

Writing & Film

London cast of Blood Brothers come to The Alhambra

Here’s a superb tv appearance by Barbara Dickson, the first and by many people’s reckoning the best, Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. Blood Brothers is currently on a 30th anniversary UK tour featuring The New Seeker’s Lyn Paul in the lead role and it’s coming to the Alhambra from 23-28 October. Tickets start at £25  and you can book yours here.

Food & Drink

Smashburger Dunfermline Opens

The second Scottish branch of Smashburger opened its doors in Dunfermline last week. Glasgow’s Sauchiehall branch was the first to open in Scotland and Dunfermline followed on Thursday 7 December. The company has already seen a rapid expansion in the United States since they opened the first restaurant in 2007 in Denver, Colorado. Smash is not a play on the word ‘smashing’ but refers to the unusual way in which the burgers are cooked; British beef is hand-formed into a

Events

Andrew Carnegie & the Homestead Strike, 1892

Carnegie Lecture, Fire Station Creative, 7.30pm Tuesday 28 November, 2017 To mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most notorious strikes in American history,  the controversial Homestead dispute that took place in Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Steelworks in Pittsburgh in 1892, is the focus of  a Carnegie lecture at Fire Station Creative. From Chartist Roots to Labour Unrest; Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead dispute of 1892 Professor of Scottish History at Edinburgh University, Ewen Cameron, who lives in Dunfermline, and his

Shopping

Chilled afternoon tea and Christmas shopping at National Galleries of Scotland

It’s worth remembering that there’s an oasis of tranquility on Princes Street in Edinburgh. Hard to believe in the run up to Christmas but the National Galleries of Scotland is a calm retreat from the demented streets of the city centre.  Forget the bunfight in the retail hell elsewhere; instead enjoy Christmas shopping in both of the National Galleries’ stores. There’s the shop near the Princes Street entrance which has the modern, funky stuff – bright orange gummy bear lights,