Dunfermline staked its claim as the modern day home to the Robert the Bruce story on Tuesday (31 May) when the 2011 Bruce Festival was launched in front of its magnificent medieval Abbey.
Billed as a Festival fit for a King, the line up revealed for the 2011 event includes a number of striking new additions that will bring the Bruce story to life in dramatic style, confirming the Dunfermline event as the focal point for the celebration of one of Scotland’s greatest heroes.
With the support of historians, business leaders, Event Scotland and Lord Elgin, Chief of the Family of Bruce, the launch confirmed Dunfermline’s determination to compete on the national stage as a centre of culture and heritage.
The showpiece of this year’s Festival is A Legendary Walk Through Time, a theatrical tour of Dunfermline’s Glen, evoking the legends of medieval Scotland guided by the ghost of Bruce himself, and performed by Living History.
A thrilling equestrian show, medieval banquet, story-telling workshops and concerts in Dunfermline Abbey were also announced at the launch giving a depth and quality to the Festival designed to attract visitors from across the UK to Scotland’s ancient capital.
The Bruce Festival takes place at the end of August in the town’s picturesque Pittencrieff Park and centres on the recreation of an authentic medieval village which attracted over 16,000 visitors to the 2010 event.
A food fayre celebrating the best of Fife’s local produce hosted by chef and food consultant, Christopher Trotter, will be among the main attractions alongside battle reenactments performed by the Clanranald Trust and displays of archery, falconry and traditional arts and crafts.
The Bruce Festival is being supported by Fife Council, EventScotland, main private sponsor The Alfred Stewart Property Foundation and media partner the Courier.
The 2011 Bruce Festival takes place from August 26 – 28 in Dunfermline.
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