Each year, the Defend Fife festival explores Dunfermline and East Scotland in the early-mid 20th century as people prepared for possible invasion during the Second World War. text.
In 2019, the festival focused on the 1940/41 defenders of Fife. The event will feature the 1944 ‘push back’ against Axis forces in occupied Europe on various fronts by various means.
Dunfermline is steeped in history: including the 13th-century abbey in the heart of the town (including the tomb of King Robert the Bruce) and was the birthplace of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Organised by Forth Pilgrim Ltd., the festival has received financial support from Fife Council and the Polish Consulate for Scotland. It is hoped that the festival will open the door to new international partnerships and cultural collaborations between Fife and Poland for future years.