New Events * Family Events * Free Events * Outdoor Events
The East Neuk Festival is a celebration of music – not only in its purest form, in performance, but also the ways in which it enhances other aspects of life and the arts, whether it’s dance, film, literature, nature, or wandering through a beautiful garden at sunset. In addition to the ticketed concerts, ENF offers a wide-reaching programme of free and family events, both indoors and out, that will appeal to audiences and visitors of all ages.
SUNSET IN CAMBO GARDENS
This is a rare opportunity to visit the beautiful Cambo gardens in the evening and bask in the glory of the sunset with live music and illuminated performances from Gandini Juggling. ‘Burn’ is the ENF installation that traces the course of the Cambo burn (stream) through the heart of the garden in firelights that will burn brighter as the sun goes down. (Saturday 2 July 9.30pm £5-15)
LABYRINTH AT KELLIE CASTLE
National Trust Scotland collaborates with ENF again to recreate the huge labyrinth shaping a map of the East Neuk in Kellie Castle’s meadow. Designed by Festival director Svend McEwan-Brown it is remade this year with intriguing additions of distinctive East Neuk landmarks created by local artists located in the right place on ‘the map’. So visitors can follow a virtual path round the East Neuk amidst the waving grass and wild flowers. (Open daily dawn ‘til dusk, free)
BAND IN A VAN AND ROVING TULLIS RUSSELL WORKS BAND
A distinctive vintage Citroen van will be roving around the Neuk for the duration of the Festival spilling out street musicians and entertainers at every stop for pop-up concerts in a truly festive spirit. Somewhat larger pop-ups feature on Saturday 2 July with the uplifting sounds of brass delivered by the popular Tullis Russell Works Band which will be travelling around and will play wherever there is a crowd.
MORE NEW EVENTS …
James Runcie – The Great Passion
In his widely acclaimed recent novel, The Great Passion, Runcie has created a lively insight into the work and domestic life of J S Bach, whom most of us only know through his music. Runcie shows him as a warm, tetchy, demanding, humorous, loving and compassionate man in a rounded and convincing literary portrait. He will read from the book in the company of Benjamin Baker who will play some of Bach’s music for solo violin (Sat 2 July). This event joins two other previously announced talks: The Great Russian Pianists, an exploration of the grand Russian pianistic tradition with David Nice, distinguished critic and historian of Soviet /Russian music (Fri 1 July), and Movies, Music and Neil Brand who is a true polymath – writer, dramatist, teacher, composer, pianist and engaging presenter on the subject of creating music for some of his favourite films including those of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy (Thur 30 June). All three talks are at 2pm in Crail Church Hall – tickets £5 and free for under 17s.
Still in the company of Neil Brand, is a screening of the hapless hero of silent comedy, Buster Keaton, in two classics, The Cook and One Week, with live accompaniment from Brand (Thur 30 Jun 6pm £5-15). Brand also leads the musical contribution to Thunderplump, ENF’s Big Project celebrating Scottish weather in original film and music. The big event is on the Festival’s opening night (Wed 29 June 8pm Bowhouse, Anstruther £5-10)preceded by a screening of Keaton’s The Boat with a live sound track from Brand. For the rest of the Festival, David Behren’s sequence of films, shot all over Scotland in all weathers and at all times of the day and night, will be on display as a special installation at the Dreel Hall, Anstruther (open daily, free).
Ahead of the Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company on Saturday, one of the ensemble’s star dancers, Gabriela Pouso, demonstrates this highly expressive and percussive Spanish dance form and gives participants a chance to learn some steps themselves and strut their stuff in a special workshop. (Sat 2 July 11am, Erskine Hall, Anstruther £5 aged 14 and over)
A late and welcome addition to ENF’s programme of jazz, traditional and roots music is Helena Kay’s KIM Trio. Perth-born, award-winning tenor saxophonist Kay and musicians David Ingamells (guitar), Ferg Ireland (bass) and special guest Jonny Mansfield (vibes) overlay their unique voice on mellow sounds inspired by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker. (Fri 1 July, 6pm, Dreel Hall, Anstruther £5-15)