Fife in festival mood again

Sunday 8 August 2010


If Fife is the festival kingdom, then this week it's the turn of Pittenweem Arts Festival which opened on Friday and runs until Sunday 15th August. Often referred to as Scotland's St Ives, with a wheen of resident artists and plenty of galleries, as well as a working harbour, Pittenweem is always worth a visit, especially during the annual festival. Almost 100 exhibitions are on offer, many squeezed into - or stretched out in - sheds, garages, quaint old converted fishermen's cottages, net lofts and outdoors in gardens and on the harbour. It was sunny enough today but there was a breeze off the Forth to keep things fresh, despite the crowds, and even if you're not likely to be purchasing the art, it's fun going in and out and around all the houses.

House converted for the duration into a gallery.

As well as the exhibitions, they have a programme of events, including on Thursday at 7.30pm, a Poetry Cafe night featuring Judith Taylor who took part at StAnza last year, and other poets from the North East of Scotland. Admission is £8.00 and tickets are available from the festival box office in Pittenweem. And on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2.00pm, there's a Storytelling Cycle performed by StAnza's John J. Taylor, in association with Theatre Odyssey, in the atmospheric St Fillan's Cave.