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Kilsyth International Carnival Society (KICS) present the:

BIG KIC music and dance festival  2010

Sponsored by LEADER and North Lanarkshire Council

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KICS is a Registered Community Interest Company SCO 327566


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dateline ................ August 10th - August 15th 2010

venue    ................ Colzium estate, Kilsyth and other local venues

dress code .........  Anything goes, prizes for the most original costumes in the Parade!


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Festival Programme


BIG KIC has evolved from Kilsyth International Carnival, and was the event of the summer with the biggest and best programme yet. Major festival events took place in Colzium Estate from 13th-15th August, transforming the site into a leafy playground of music, craft fair, dance, comedy, carnival, circus, parade, funfair, food and drink with a striking 1200 capacity Big Top in place to provide shelter from the shining sun. (and the midges!)



Comic KICs at the Coachman Hotel on 11th and 12th August, featured some of the best Scottish and international comic talent fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. A special Kids Comedy Club took place on 12th August for young comedy fans aged 8-12.


13th August

The festival kicked off in style with Teenage KICS dance showcase, allowing teenage dance troupes from around Scotland the chance to compete for prizes and perform on the Big Top stage in front of hundreds of spectators. Special guests Eletricat (left), The Rockettes and The Flying Jalapenos will close the competition with high energy professional dance performances.



Headlining Comic KICS on 13th August at 7:30 pm is comedy legend and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Fred MacAulay, (right) who will treat audiences to his massively popular brand of caustic sarcasm and observational humour under the canopy of the Big Top in Colzium Estate. Support from Stu Who? will open the show.


Saturday 14th August

Clan KICS takes place in Colzium Estate on Saturday 14th August as a celebration of Scottish traditions and Celtic culture, with an amazing journey through history in the Colzium woods - meet warriors, maidens, and some of the rogues of days gone by! .


Ceilidh band competitions took place in the Big Top where spectators helped judge the bands by voting with their feet. Market stalls, a funfair, and other food and drink stalls will also be open throughout the day.



Following Clan KIC was a special concert performance from Latino-Scottish fusion band, Salsa Celtica, whose combination of virtuosity and energy has made them one of the most exciting groups on the world music circuit today. With a line up combining some of Scotlandís and Irelandís most exciting traditional musicians with a stellar group of world, jazz and salsa musicians from the UK and Latin America, and with support from the acclaimed singer and guitarist Norrie MacIver, this was a unique musical experience.



Sunday 15th August

The final day of the BIG KIC festival on 15th August was the ever popular Kilsyth International Carnival which provided the perfect end-of-summer celebration on the eve of the return to school. Spanning two stages and with the 1200 capacity Big Top able to cope with anything the weather can do, Carnival was a multi-cultural celebration of music, dance and performance with funfair rides, market stalls, food and drink combining to offer the perfect family fun day out. Legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean (Caledonia) (left) headlined.


Whether you wish to set up a stall, have a go at stage management or stewarding, or wish to perform in the Grand Parade, we need you. Why not volunteer to help become a part of the BIG KIC 2012?





*KICS is a registered Community Interest Company SC327566.

archives from past events 

photo galleries and write-ups: the bands : the dance groups : hall of fame



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