Fife Pride returns to Kirkcaldy on Saturday 7th July, with Scottish X-Factor stars ‘The Cutkelvins’ headlining the main stage!
They’ll be joined at the event by singing sensation Michelle McManus, Allan Jay, the ABBA Gold tribute act and an impressive list of local talent, including Amy Lou, Martin McGroarty, Oskar Braves and Nick Shane.
The event, only in its second year, is once again being held in the Town Square in Kirkcaldy – the ideal location with the Pride festival site extending over a number of town centre venues and benefitting business across the town.
Fife Pride Co-convener, Neale Hanvey, told us:
“We are delighted to have secured The Cutkelvins for Fife Pride 2018. We’re so grateful they were able to take time from their hectic touring schedule to come to Fife. We’re also delighted to announce that UK-wide Pride star Allan Jay and his dancers will also be making an appearance for us this year.”
The day kicks off with a Pride march at 12noon from the Fife College St Brycedale campus, with marchers assembling on Carlyle Road. An estimated 1500 people took part in the first Pride march in 2017 along Kirkcaldy High Street and the route has been specially extended this year.
Events at the Town Square open from 1pm, and will include live entertainment across the day, a licensed bar area, food stalls, a charity space, LGBT heritage exhibition, a Youth Zone at the nearby Adam Smith Theatre, a trans space organised by Transgender Fife at New Volunteer House and for the first time in Scotland, a social justice space at the Town House.
The special social justice area will be available to give LGBT+ folk the opportunity to engage directly with Council services such as housing and welfare, as well as a number of Fife Councillors, and is thought to be the first of its kind at any Pride event in Scotland.
The main festival site closes at 8pm where Pride go-ers can continue the night at O’Connell’s Bar & Diner on Kirkcaldy High Street at the official after-party.
Speaking ahead of this year’s event, Stuart Duffy, founder of Pink Saltire and a charity partner of Fife Pride, said:
“We’re delighted to be supporting Fife Pride in its second year and have worked hard to ensure the event continues into the future. We know from feedback last year that Pride events are really important in changing hearts and minds about LGBT equality and they provide a highly visible opportunity to engage with a community which can sometimes be difficult to reach.”
“2018 has seen Scotland take further steps to enhance LGBT equality, with the Turing Law introduced at Holyrood and a consultation on changes to gender recognition laws. There’s still so much more to do in every community to completely eradicate discrimination though, and Pride is a vital element of that work, fighting hatred and prejudice with love.”
Nina Mundas, Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities, added:
“We are all proud to have such a successful Pride in Fife. Our team is working alongside Pride’s partners to make Fife Pride inclusive of all communities. We encourage everyone who is committed to make Fife an equal and fair place for all to join us in the preparations for one of the key events in Fife’s calendar.”
Fife Pride is supported by generous financial donations from Fife Council, the Big Lottery Fund, Kirkcaldy 4 All and Shell UK. Partner agencies include Scene Alba, Fife Centre for Equalities, Fife Cultural Trust, Kirkcaldy 4 All and Pink Saltire.