DUNFERMLINE will be filled with lights, music, mythical legends and action next month as the city hosts The Bruce Festival, part of the Celebrating Fife 2010 programme.

The festival, which runs from 19th to 29th August, celebrates the life of Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce, who is buried in Dunfermline Abbey.  Thanks to funding from Celebrating Fife 2010 and EventScotland, the national events agency, this year's festival is bigger than ever and includes three concerts and a spectacular Son et Lumiere for the city's Bruce celebrations.

The Robert the Bruce - Myths and Legends concerts on 19th, 20th and 21st August each present one of Scotland's most acclaimed performers as Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson and Dick Gaughan perform intimate concerts inside the beautiful Dunfermline Abbey Nave.

Then walk with Robert the Bruce on a sunset tour of the ancient Abbey and Palace as Scotland's hero takes you on a chronological journey, with dramatic outdoor performance, storytelling and a spectacular Son et Lumiere of magnificent lighting effects and music.

Step back in time on 28th and 29th August at Robert the Bruce - Live! in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline. Kings of Celtic rock, Saor Patrol, will provide the soundtrack as the Clanranald Trust showcases medieval camp life with exciting hand to hand fighting from movie stunt performers, Combat International, fresh from the set of Ridley Scott's latest Robin Hood movie.

There will also be battle re-enactments, an international street market, kids' battles, "have a go" archery and much more.  The Bruce Festival is one of the flagship events in the Celebrating Fife 2010 calendar, a year-long festival highlighting the Kingdom's unique environment, cultural identity and lifestyle activities.

Beverley Reid, Fife Council's Dunfermline area cultural co-ordinator, said, "The festival is a special 2010 celebration of the life of one of Scotland's most famous and inspiring heroes, Robert the Bruce. With a jam-packed programme that offers something special for all ages, this medieval feast will be sure to inspire and enthrall." Susan Hughes, chief executive of Dunfermline Delivers, added, "This year the festival is timed to link in with other international events like the Edinburgh Festival and we're sure that with such a range of entertainment for families, local and international visitors, Dunfermline is a 'must' for people's summer plans." Tickets for the concerts and Son et Lumiere are on sale at www.visitdunfermline.com and Robert the Bruce Live! in Pittencrieff Park runs from 12-4pm each day and is free.  You can also follow news about The Bruce Festival information on Facebook and on twitter @DunfermlineBID. For further information on the Celebrating Fife 2010 programme of events, visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/2010