Dunfermline Live: old city, new music

Do your bit to keep music live and get to know the watering holes of Dunfermline at Dunfermline Live this weekend. The ever growing festival of live music features over 50 artists from a range of genres performing in over 20 venues around the Fife town. Bars, clubs, pubs, cafes, hairdressers, shops – even McDonalds – will pulse with the sound of music being played in the raw by the

Marking the Way: innovative public art in Dunfermline

Come and be part of a work of public art this Sunday in Dunfermline.  One of Scotland’s most successful contemporary artists Toby Paterson will be a leading a ‘subjective walking tour’ in the town as part of an exciting new artwork. The tour, created in association with Collective Architecture, features Paterson’s own selection of buildings and landmarks on a route that links Dunfermline’s two magnificent parks – the Public Park

Selvage: what you can do if you listen to your grandmother

Rachel Collins, like many of us, was taught to knit by her grandmother. Unlike most of us however, who never got beyond pointless squares and gappy Doctor Who style scarves, she has gone on to be the creative force behind Selvage, a young company based in Crossgates, Fife which sells beautiful, supersoft Fair Isle blankets, scarves and cushions in the muted tones of the Scottish landscape. Rachel, who grew up

Dunfermline's exciting museum project progresses

The project to bring a new museum and gallery to the ancient city of Dunfermline, which woefully undersells its impressive heritage, is making steady progress. The town was once Scotland’s capital and is the burial place of Robert the Bruce. It’s the home of Scotland’s only saint, Queen Margaret, and the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, the world’s richest man and father of modern philanthropy. It was once also a global

Dunfermline Beer Festival this Friday and Saturday

Fancy a Foxy Blonde or a Dark Dunter this weekend? These are just two of the 60 beers, ales and ciders up for tasting at the Dunfermline Beer Festival, one of Fife’s liveliest and most enjoyable events. The Festival, which also features live bands and a beer fuelled disco, is hosted jointly by the local Rotary and rugby club at the Glen Pavilion.  Local beers on offer this year include

It's an open door in Fife this weekend

Doors Open Day for central Fife, which brings an opportunity to explore buildings not normally open to the public, is on Sunday 9 September. West Fife’s day is on Sunday 16 September. Most of the buildings have stories to tell and many have more historical significance than passers by probably realise. In 1601 King James VI of Scotland held the General Assembly within the walls of Burntisland Parish Church (pictured above)

Art Auction for Roma in Dunfermline

Artists such as James Howden and Michael Havelin have donated artworks for a charity auction in Dunfermline, Fife on Friday 21 September.  Michael Kirkham, an Edinburgh-based artist whose client list includes The New York Times and The Washington Post has provided three illustrations (pictured). Funds are being raised to help two-year old Roma Dellal, who has Germ Cell Cancer, travel from Edinburgh to the US for treatment. The woman behind the auction

'Fifers & other stories' – a homecoming exhibition by Jonny Hannah

Legendary Auchtermuchty accordionist Jimmy Shand, late great darts player Jocky Wilson and much missed guitar hero Stuart Adamson all hail from Fife and are the stars of award winning illustrator Jonny’s Hannah‘s vibrant and witty homecoming exhibition at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline. The piece above honours Moira Shearer the beautiful red head who grew up in Dunfermline and went on to become one of the world’s most famous

Stephen Ratomski at Central Fife Open Studios

Award winning artist and printmaker Stephen Ratomski, whose work is shown here, is among the artists exhibiting at the first Central Fife Open Studios, 11 until 26 August. Stephen is Chairman of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop and founder of Fife Polish Arts Group. He says, ‘I find it inspiring to go into my Dunfermline workspace which has very good light and wonderful views of the landscape. My view of Saline Hill