Kirkcaldy to host world’s first Adam Smith Festival of Ideas

Three-day event welcomes high profile speakers including Ed Balls, Gordon Brown and Sally Magnusson 

The Adam Smith Festival of Ideas, which will showcase Fife as a key economic player and highlight its achievements, as well as future strategy and ambition, is set to welcome a plethora of high profile speakers to Kirkcaldy between 17 and 19 March.
The three-day event, which is the first of its kind, will welcome, among others, Ed Balls, Gordon Brown, Sally Magnusson and Arabella Weir to the Adam Smith Theatre stage.
It’s been put together by The Adam Smith Global Foundation, whose aim is to return Adam Smith to the centre of Kirkcaldy life.
The Foundation, which is based at Kirkcaldy’s Kirk Wynd, believes the former Scottish economist and his increasing international recognition should be the catalyst for the regeneration in its widest sense, increasing iconic tourism and strengthening the local social and economic base.
The programme of events includes:
The Adam Smith Lecture – Strictly Smith with Rt Hon Ed Balls and Gordon Brown 
The New Economy 2025 – with Alistair Moffat, history writer and former Rector of the University of St Andrews; Rt Hon Gordon Brown; Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman of Standard Life, and Martha Lane Fox, Non-Executive Director of Twitter
Kirkcaldy’s Food & Drink Fair – with local suppliers including Chillilicious and Puddledub Pork, as well as talks and demonstrations by some of Fife’s top food ambassadors
Sally Magnusson in Conversation – chaired by Alistair Moffat
Society in 2025 – with actor and author Arabella Weir; Kirsty McNeill of Save the Children; entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl, and Philip McCann of Sheffield University
The First Jo Cox Memorial Lecture – with international activist and campaigner Brendan Cox
Adam Smith Hosts The Kings Live – with Horse McDonald, Billy Bibby and special guests
Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society Concert 
Handel’s Messiah – which was first performed by the Dunfermline Choral Union in the Abbey in December 1945 and recently featured at the Vine Conference Centre to an audience of more than 400 people, whose reactions can be seen hereWith a choir of over 100 on the stage along with four well-respected soloists and an orchestra, the recital was extremely well received. You can check out some of the pictures here.
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