Kilsyth International Carnival Society (KICS) present the:

BIG KIC ارنیول festival mela میلہ  2012

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What does - or did - Carnival mean to you - and what can you contribute to a revival? The existing team have reluctantly decided to step down due to other demands on their time and generally running out of new ideas and energy, so with no other takers, in October 2012 we closed the company and the domain name, but that leaves the door open for anyone who wants to have a go: so if you wish to plan and run this key event, please feel free, we will give you all the help we can!


This was the BIG KIC scene on Sunday August 15th 2010 at the Colzium Estate, Kilsyth - the best weather ever, and a wonderful family crowd. In all, around 8,000 people attended over 4 days of comedy, music, dance and fun.

Picture by Paul Carter.





August 13th - August 15th 2010  Photos by Jim Bamford.. click on the thumbnails to magnify


BIG KIC evolved from Kilsyth International Carnival, a community-owned festival, and was the biggest event of the Lanarkshire summer of 2010 with the best programme of music, dance and comedy ever.  And the sun shone gloriously from blue skies with temperatures well into the 20's and many thousands of fans attending.


Some of the best photos are by our official photographers,  Jim Bamford  and also check out George Blades photosets (if still online)


Download the 2010 programme now (6MB, pdf)


After a couple of days of hilarious comedy at the Coachman Hotel, six major festival events took place in Colzium Estate from 13th-15th August, transforming the site into a leafy playground with a striking 1200 capacity Big Top in place to provide safe haven from the shining sun. We were so lucky with the weather - sunny skies and not a drop of rain. Almost all the programme ran on schedule, late call-offs were minimal and overall audience figures well up on previous years. With top quality dance, comedy, music, and circus entertainment on offer across our two stages and much of the park itself, the Big Top and the outdoor Colzium amphitheatre, a great choice of food and ice cream, a large craft fair, a licensed bar and Stirling's funfair running all three days, there was lots to do for everyone.













Sunday 15th August

The final day of the BIG KIC festival on 15th August was the popular Kilsyth International Carnival providing the perfect end-of-summer celebration on the eve of the return to school. Spanning the beautiful bandstand outdoor stage and the massive Big Top, Carnival was a multi-cultural celebration of music, dance and performance with funfair rides, Samba and Pipe bands, rap and rock, food and drink combining to offer the perfect family fun day out. Legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean performed a superb set with a maximum capacity crowd.



Festival legends Macumba closed the main stage on the 15th August with an amazing triple bill - ably supported on the stage by both Beat That! Samba band and the Eletricat dance team.


Many thanks from the big and little kids at the BIG KIC to all our supporters, contractors, fans artists and sponsors, including North Lanarkshire Council and LEADER without whom this could never have happened, Arts and Business Scotland and Youth Scotland for their generous financial support. The Kilsyth Chronicle and Cumbernauld News provided major publicity help including a free programme insert and several articles leading up to the event. Thanks also to Tunnocks for the 1000 delicious Tea Cakes and Barr's soft drinks for the many dozens of cases of refreshing Strathmore spring water, both of which were liberally distributed to all the volunteers, performers, and the public. Also to Contraflow Ltd for their fabulous support keeping the roads clear and to W.F.Watt Landscapes , Signature Communications and Stirling Fire Protection for their generosity.

The grounds crew and estates management from North Lanarkshire Council were simply first class, as they have been since we started this adventure in 2003. Thanks John, Archie, Billy and the guys! .










*KICS is a registered Community Interest Company SC327566.

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