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Festival Programme

EXHIBITIONS

You can see the full programme below or you can download it here > Full Programme

DUNFERMLINE’S SECRET WAR & MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATIONS POP-UP

Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries | Saturday 10AM-4PM | Sunday 12PM -4PM   1-7 Abbot St, Dunfermline KY12 7NW

Discover the story of the secret maps and defence plans that would have been used in the result of invasion, alongside tales from the town’s Home Guard and the allied Polish armies who were stationed in Fife during WWII. The Museum of Communications will also be popping up with a showcase of wartime communications and activities.

 

DUNFERMLINE YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB POP-UP

Dunfermline City Chambers  | Saturday 11AM-4PM | Sunday 2PM – 4PM. 6 Kirkgate, Dunfermline KY12 7NB

Throughout the summer, Dunfermline’s Young Archaeologists Club (DYAC) has been working with universities across Scotland and with young people from the region to explore and uncover WWII sites around Pittencrieff Park – have a look at their findings here!

 

THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

 

THEATRE OF WAR

Gap Site | High Street | Saturday | 11AM / 12PM / 1PM / 2PM / 3PM / 4PM | Sunday | 2PM / 3PM / 4PM

Enjoy a live promenade piece which brings the secret history of Dunfermline during WWII to life. Move from trench to the 1940s High Street, and hear the stories of the allied Polish engineers and the home guard (no audience participation required!).

 

WARGAMING TABLES

Gap Site | High Street | Saturday 10AM-4.30PM | Sunday 11AM-4.30PM

Play out the various scenarios of what could have happened in Dunfermline with the Falkirk War Gamers (Saturday) and the Dunfermline Wargaming and Roleplaying Fellowship (DWARF) (Sunday), using copies of the historical maps and plans.

 

STEPPIN’ OUT

Gap Site | High Street | Saturday 12.30PM / 2.30PM / 4.30PM | Sunday 12PM / 3PM

Join the fabulous Flyright Dance Company (all the way from France) as they take you dancing 1940s style. As well as performing, they’ll be teaching you the manners and moves of the era (no previous experience required).

 

 

WAR, ILLUSTRATED

Gap Site | High Street | Saturday 10AM-4PM | Sunday 11AM-4PM

Join Fife’s comic artists as they sketch scenes and observations from the festival. Grab a pen and paper and have a go yourself too- more professional artists and illustrators can bring along their own materials. We’ll be showcasing sketches from the festival across our social media accounts, so remember to tag us @dunfermlineww2!

 

THE BIG DUNFERMLINE RAG RUG

Sew Yarn Crafty | Saturday and Sunday 11AM-3PM | 61 High Street, Dunfermline KY12 7DL

Rag-rug making was a popular home-front activity during World War II. Contribute to a new rag-rug for the town with assistance from Dunfermline’s craft emporium, and learn about the different ways they were made.

 

FESTIVAL CANTEEN

Gap Site | Bus Station | Throughout Saturday and Sunday

Feed your festival munchies with a traditional kielbasa or boczek roll (Polish link-sausage or bacon roll), courtesy of Johnstone’s the Butchers – tea, coffee and juice also available.

 

REPORTS FROM THE HOME FRONT

Keep your eye out for the festival’s roving reporters – the Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries Oral History Group -across the High Street and Heritage Quarter, who’ll be recording memories of WWII in Dunfermline and Fife.

 

EVENTS

 

SATURDAY

 

POLISH CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries, Children’s Library | 11.30AM-3PM | Free

Come along to the free drop-in workshop to make beautiful Polish paper crafts or decorate wooden trinket boxes with traditional Polish patterns!

 

UNFINISHED GOODS AND DAMAGED MATERIALS                                  

Dunfermline Carnegie Libraries and Galleries | 2PM-3PM | £2 | Tickets in advance from http://onfife.com/whats-on/detail/defend-dunfermline-unfinished-work or on the door

David Worthington is a historian of Scotland, Britain and central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries and has researched and published extensively on coastal history themes. David has also lived in Poland, while working at universities in Kielce (2003-4) and WrocIaw (2007-8). A lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands since 2008, he is currently head of its Centre for History in Dornoch.

 

WE’LL MEET AGAIN      

The Carnegie Hall | 5PM -7PM | £4 | Tickets in advance from onfife.com or on the door

Ahead of the tea dance, join jazz trio Benita and the Jazz Men and folk musician Gifford Lind for an early evening session of 1940s inspired song and music in the surroundings of the Music Institute, which was used during WWII to house Polish soldiers. Sample a few non-alcoholic cocktails too!

 

PLAYLIST FOR LIFE TEA DANCE 

The Glen Pavilion | 7.30PM-1AM | £20 | Tickets in advance from Fire Station Creative, Munro’s Hair & Beauty and Thomson Cooper Accountants or on the door

Turn back the clock at the Glen Pavilion and enjoy a fish tea in aid of Playlist for Life, the charity connecting dementia sufferers with personal music. With music from The Swing Sensation and performances from the Flyright Dance Company, you can be restyled at the 1940s hair and make-up bar and dance long into the night!

 

SUNDAY

 

PARADE

High Street | 12.30PM-1.15PM | Free

Line the streets and support the culmination of the festival with a parade through the High Street to mark the contribution of the allied Polish armies and home guard in Dunfermline during WWII. With a pipe band, 1940s dancing and re-enactors, it’s not to be missed.

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

YARN DEFENSES

The Carnegie Library Knitting Group will be unleashing their creations onto Dunfermline, inspired by the blackout precautions which were used to keep the town safe during WWII.

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS-IN-RESIDENCE: STUART SIMPSON

Based in Glasgow, photographer Stuart Simpson will be capturing intimate portraits of re-enactors taking part in the festival, which we hope to use in future festivals. http://www.stuart-simpson.com/