After the sell-out success of Dunfermline's inaugural Outwith festival in 2017, this year's programme has grown to over 120 performances in 23 town-centre venues across five days, 5-9 September.
For the first time The Dunfermline Filmhouse is popping up during Outwith 2018. There will be an arthouse cinema vibe in town, with four days of films, filmmakers and a pop-up bar. There are sessions with top industry experts including ex-Beta Band member and director John Maclean who will introduce his movie, Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender, award-winning screenwriter Gregory Burke and the makers of Shooting Clerks and From Scotland With Love. The Ray and Diana Harryhaussen Foundation, which promotes the work of special effects Hollywood legend, Ray Harryhaussen, is also coming to TDF at Outwith.
For the first time in many, many years, the Glen Pavilion outdoor stage in Pittencrieff Park will ring with the sound of live music as the brilliant Scottish Philharmonic Big Band rolls into town to give a one-off Gala Performance for Outwith.
There's an exciting literature line-up which includes wildlife cameraman and author Doug Allan, famous for his work with Sir David Attenborough, and on television series such as Frozen Planet. The star-studded line-up continues with International young adult author Estelle Maskame, best-selling internet sensation, Chris McQueer, and Skids frontman Richard Jobson among many others.. A new addition to the Outwith 2018 Literature programme is the inclusion of four Author School events, where professionals from the world of publishing and writing will be on-hand to help new and established authors get their writing on track.
The live music line up continues to grow. Over 60 bands are performing on Saturday 8 September and the outdoor stage returns to the High Street. Tae Sup wi' a Fifer, the eclectic live music showcase curated by Fife-based singer-songwriter James Yorkston, is staging its Dunfermline première on Sunday 9 September.
Each day of the festival will see a new piece of writing for theatre performed and there will top quality comedy and an impressive array of visual art to enjoy.
The Dunfermline event has the Edinburgh Fringe to thank for the Festival name. One of the first Fringe events was hosted at Dunfermline Abbey in 1947 and Dunfermline wanted to help the Fringe celebrate their 70th birthday in 2017. Although keen to help, the Fringe said that, being ‘outwith' the EH postcode prevented Dunfermline from using the Edinburgh Fringe name
Outwith is organized by Dunfermline Delivers with Fire Station Creative, Avocado Sweet and Write Rammy publishing.
Chris Foote, Events Manager with Dunfermline Delivers said:
"Outwith Festival is an ambitious platform to showcase Dunfermline's growing cultural profile. The Festival has doubled in size since last year, thanks to the huge effort from the Festival team, many of whom are volunteers. I would also like to thank BID members for their continued support and all the artists and performers. A big thank you to Fife Council and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust for their funding awards."
Outwith would like to thank Festival supporters and the huge team of volunteers who help keep costs for the event as low by possible by dedicating their time, skills and knowledge for free.
The Festival is funded primarily by Dunfermline Delivers, with additional funding from Fife Council Strategic Events Fund and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.