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
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.
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
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
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.