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Festival to celebrate Fife culture

Poet Kevin Cadwallander, Derek Butcher, owner of Knockhill Racing Circuit, singer Sheena Wellington, ((L-R), Peter Grant, Fife Council leader and singer Kenny Anderson (back row L-R)
Fife 2010 will celebrate homegrown culture

A year-long festival celebrating the culture of Fife, including well-known faces such as actor Dougray Scott and local heroes, has been announced.

Fife 2010 will feature dozens of events to celebrate its home-grown culture from writer Ian Rankin to the world premiere of new work by Jack Vettriano.

There will also be music, drama and book festivals and community galas.

Fife Council has pledged £2.1m to the festival with further funding coming from private companies.

Lesser known local heroes, such as Knockhill Racing Circuit owner Derek Butcher, British touring car champion racer Gordon Shedden, Sheena Wellington, champion of Scottish traditional music, artist Jim Douglas and singer songwriter King Creosote, are also taking part.

Fife Council leader Peter Grant said: "Fife is host to a huge number and diversity of cultural events every year and it's right that we should recognize this.

"We have chosen 2010 to celebrate our culture and promote all that Fife has to offer.

"With a £2.1m investment to support the delivery of 53 flagship events and substantial funding for community group activities, 2010 is all about creating opportunities to encourage additional visitors to the area and offering the chance for greater engagement."

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