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.