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Anstruther Harbour Festival to Return for 2021

Back for 2021, The Anstruther Harbour Festival (Fèis Chala An t-sruthair) will celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters from the 3rd-5th September 2021with a weekend full of entertainment.

The partnership event of The Scottish Fisheries Museum and Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust will take place in the first weekend in September (3rd-5th). The festival will have an open-air craft and food market throughout the weekend as well as plenty of stuff for the kids, entertainment, and open-air music events, including headline act Skipinnish on Friday the 3rd.

Scotland’s largest puppet, a 10-metre sea goddess, STORM, will be the star of Sunday’s programme. Made entirely from recycled materials, she was created in response to the global climate crisis and is designed to encourage people of all ages to celebrate and respect our seas. There will also be a town trail with the Scottish Fisheries Museum mascot, Kipper the Cat, and cooking demonstrations from Jim Knox and Christopher Trotter.

The annual Muster will be making a return, welcoming visiting boats from around Scotland, and this year, the Northeast of England. For the first time in over 3 years, visitors can step onboard Scottish Fisheries Museum flagship Reaper and learn about her rich history in Scottish fishing.

There will also be online elements to the festival weekend including virtual tours and talks around historic ships and live streaming of events and performances.

Originally planned for 2020, considerable work has gone into finding a feasible date in 2021 to make the festival possible in a physically safe way with additional online elements. The Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust and The Scottish Fisheries Museum are delighted to be working in partnership to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. We thank major funders VisitScotland and Fife Strategic Events for enabling us to deliver an event with the Gaelic title which sets this year’s festival apart from previous years and celebrates the Scottish heritage of our coastal communities.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Anstruther Harbour Festival as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. Scotland offers the perfect stage to celebrate our coastal and cultural traditions and the welcome return of this festival will give locals and visitors the chance to enjoy a varied programme of events and activities.”

Ken Lawson, Chair of the Anstruther Harbour Festival Committee said: “I hope that putting the festival on this year will help boost local tourism and the local economy beyond the usual end of the summer season, encouraging more people to book accommodation and spend money locally and also supporting local traders and musicians at the festival itself.”

Chair of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Karen Seath said: “The Scottish Fisheries Museum with its’ trustees, staff and volunteers, are very proud to be partnered with the Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust, for what has become a key event in the Fife calendar. We are all very excited that the Anstruther Harbour Festival is going ahead this year, despite COVID challenges, and are working hard to ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors and all those involved. With this in mind, the event itself will be a hybrid of both physical and online activities. We are committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s Year of Coast and Waters, and are very grateful to both VisitScotland and Fife Council Strategic Events for funding support.”

Find out more about the Anstruther Harbour Festival online at www.anstrutherharbourestival.org.