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OnFife looks ahead to celebrating summer and the reopening of Libraries, Galleries and Museums

16 April 2021

OnFife is looking forward to a summer of activity and sunshine.

And the easing of restrictions mean the culture charity’s Libraries, Museums and Galleries are preparing to open their doors again from April 26.

“Much has changed over the last year but what hasn’t is the desire to reconnect and be entertained again so we’re really looking forward to welcoming our audiences back with activities designed to make them laugh, sing and forget about life for a while,” said Michelle Sweeney, Director of Creative Development.

OnFife will be taking a collaborative approach to their summer programme by working with Fife Council, Fife Sports & Leisure and Fife Coast and Countryside to deliver a fun packed package of activities and experiences. More details to be confirmed.

Last year OnFife had postponed theatre programming until spring but it is now anticipated there will be no indoor events until September, although OnFife will review this again in June in line with Scottish Government guidance and its impact on capacity. Two of its venues – Rothes Halls in Glenrothes and Lochgelly Centre – are also currently being used as community vaccination centres.

“When we made the decision to postpone last year we did so fully expecting the uncertainty about indoor performances to have ended by spring but, as this pandemic has shown us many times, there are factors that we can’t control, which is why we are planning for September but reviewing this again in June,” Michelle said.

“The success of our recent virtual events – more than 200 people have laughed along with our Comedy Cafes Online and over 100 signed up for a fantastic live performance by singer Horse at our recent online Spring Festival – demonstrates very clearly that as we start to emerge from this pandemic there is a real hunger for taking part in something that brings people together to be entertained.

“We are also taking this forward with our programme planning for September, when the focus will be ‘local’ – with a planned local return, by locals, for locals and with locals – and we are going to be working closely with all our amateur companies, who have been hit so badly during the pandemic, to try to achieve this.”

Meantime, there is also great news for Libraries, Museums and Galleries.

Library services returned last month with Connect & Collect and we will reopen for Limited Browsing again from 26 April, which will allow controlled access into branches to select books, use public access PCs and other basic offerings such as photocopying, printing and collecting batteries for hearing aids.

Museums and local studies will welcome customers for the first time this year. We have three family-friendly exhibitions – Explore! at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries from Monday 26th and Blooming Marvellous at Kirkcaldy Galleries from Tuesday 27th. Art-tastic will open at St Andrews Museum as soon as current building work allows. Visits must be pre-booked and numbers will be limited. Visitors must follow the FACTS guidance.

Michelle added: “Our teams are delighted to be opening again. They have done incredible work over the last few months with curating virtual exhibitions but while online can give a sense of a painting or exhibit, you can’t beat standing in front of it in a gallery or museum.

“And with holidaying-at-home on the horizon this summer, as well as visitors coming to Fife, our galleries and museums are the perfect places to help fill your days.”

Details of reopening and updates can be found at www.onfife.com

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For further information contact Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors: OnFife is a registered charity and manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com

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