Robert the Bruce roared back into Dunfermline today (11th May) with Celtic singer, Karen Matheson, to announce that tickets are now on sale for this summer’s Bruce Festival. The Festival is a celebration of the life of Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce, presenting worldclass Scottish musicians, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson and Dick Gaughan in concerts for “Robert the Bruce – Myths and Legends at Dunfermline Abbey”. The concerts are followed by sunset tours of the ancient Abbey and Palace, amid a spectacular Son et Lumiere on 19th (Dougie MacLean), 20th (Karen Matheson) and 21st August (Dick Gaughan). The evening performances are produced by Unique Events using the breathtaking backdrop of the Abbey for music, storytelling and a few surprises!
Then on 28th and 29th August, “Robert the Bruce Live! In Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline” will pulse with the rhythm with Kings of Celtic rock, Soar Patrol and showcase medieval camp life with exciting hand to hand fighting from movie stunt performers, Combat International, fresh from the set of Ridley Scott’s latest Robin Hood movie. There will also be battle re-enactments, an international street market, kids’ battles and much more. The Live! event in the park runs from 12 noon till 4pm each day and is free.
Robert the Bruce is buried at Dunfermline Abbey, under the tower that bears his name and the city has previously celebrated this historical connection attracting visitors from around Scotland and overseas. Thanks to a grant from EventScotland, the organisers, Dunfermline Delivers have, this year, added the three concerts and a spectacular Son et Lumiere to the city’s Bruce celebration.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “The Bruce Festival in Fife celebrates Scotland’s history, heritage and culture and appeals to locals, Scots and tourists from around the world. The Festival attracts thousands of people to Dunfermline and the extended programme this year, including the concerts and Son et Lumiere, funded by EventScotland, will without doubt be one of the highlights of the year long programme of events: Celebrating Fife 2010. Cultural events like the Bruce Festival are brilliant drivers for domestic and international tourism and raise the profile of Scotland’s many attractions ensuring they, and the areas they belong to, continue to thrive.”