"Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality." - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

Awesome Adam Smith

Awesome Adam Smith – World Renowned Father of Economics and Kirkcaldy’s Local Hero

Photograph courtesy of George McLuskie 


You will have heard the name, no doubt, but do you really know your local hero, the internationally renowned economist Adam Smith, son of Kirkcaldy and father of economics? It all started here in Kirkcaldy as Adam Smith looked out to sea from the window of his home and saw the trading boats that sparked his big thinking ideas …ideas that are still very much alive today.

The Adam Smith Global Foundation aims to return Adam Smith to the centre of public consciousness on the local, national and international stage. And it starts here in Kirkcaldy, birthplace of the author of “The Wealth of Nations”.

This coincides with the launch of this year’s Adam Smith Festival of Ideas #AdamSmithFest which has once again attracted a stunning lineup of big names to Kirkcaldy and takes place across two venues – Adam Smith Theatre and Kirkcaldy Galleries – from 16-18 March.

So what’s on……

David Tennant.pngTopping the bill at this year’s event is former Doctor Who and star of Broadchurch David Tennant who will appear in conversation with BBC Scotland’s Two Doors Down star, and close pal, Arabella Weir, who will quiz him on his childhood growing up in Scotland, his rise to fame and what it’s like to be the most popular Doctor Who ever. As well as his live ‘audience with’ event, there is also a rare red carpet screening of his brand new film You, Me And Him, a classic romantic comedy, which he will personally introduce along with his wife, Georgie Moffett, producer of the film. Tickets for both of these events (Saturday 17th March) are selling at lightning speed so if you haven’t got your tickets yet you will need to act fast!


The two-day festival will combine great family entertainment with thought provoking discussions on some of the key issues of today, demonstrating that Adam Smith’s legacy is still very much alive today in Scotland and indeed across the world, some 200 years later.

Sandi Toksvig.pngThe festival opens with writer, broadcaster and political activist, Sandi Toksvig, who will give this year’s highly esteemed Adam Smith Lecture, the festival’s jewel in the crown. Sandy, is the first woman ever to deliver the lecture which has a history dating back several decades and has been given by a host of leading figures such as Kofi Annan, former UN General Secretary, Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, and last year, Ed Balls, former Chancellor and star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. This year, Sandi Toksvig, famed for standing up for women’s rights, and equality for all, will focus on women’s equality. In his second most famous book ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’ Adam Smith’s argument was that an economy had to have a morality underpinning its development and equality of opportunity was one of his strongly held principles. The lecture will take place on Friday March 16th at 7.30pm in the Adam Smith Theatre and tickets are on sale at the box office.


Kieran Hodgson brings Lance to The Adam Smith Festival of Ideas

If you are looking for something on the lighter side then look no further than award winning Edinburgh Festival comedian Kiernan Hodgson who will bring his hilarious, laugh out loud one man show called ‘Lance’ live to the stage.

‘Lance’ tells the story of how Kieran idolised US cyclist Lance Armstrong only to later have his hopes dashed.

It was a huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for an award, and now local audiences will get a chance to see it at the Adam Smith Theatre on Friday 16th March.

Don't miss this - book your tickets now.






If music is your thing then you won’t be disappointed with Kirkcaldy’s own funk soul band, Lights Out By Nine, marking their landmark 30th year in the music business with their Edinburgh Fringe sell out show “What The Funk”.

The band make a welcome return to Kirkcaldy for the 2018 Adam Smith Festival of Ideas for a whopping double bill of live music.  For one night only they are reviving "What the Funk" before then storming into a set of their own great music...and you get both sets for the price of one ticket.  There is plenty of space for dancing to the sound of the music genre's true greats from James Brown, the MGs, Motown, Sly & The Family Stone, Scotland's very own Average White Band to Prince and Mark Ronson.  The event is on Saturday 17th March at 9.30pm. Tickets are still available but you'll have to be quick.




At the adjacent Fife College, there is Kirkcaldy’s Food and Drink Fair, with an indoor market, cookery demonstrations from Scotland’s National Chef and BBC’s MasterChef Gary McLean and local Restaurant chef of The Waterfront, Tom Pratt. Also included will be hands-on workshops giving children the chance to decorate cupcakes or bake healthy pizzas.



Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 12.30.49.pngMarilyn Livingstone, former MSP and now CEO of the Adam Smith Global Foundation, said: “This year’s programme is much more diverse and there is a real purpose to what we are trying to achieve, a festival that has real benefits for the town and its culture. The Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to profile our local hero. For far too long his memory and achievements have been the preserve of academics alone, with ordinary people largely unaware of his enormous global significance. We want to ensure that everyone who lives in, works in or indeed visits Kirkcaldy has the opportunity to embrace Smith’s legacy.”

In addition to the Festival, the foundation is aiming to develop an ongoing programme of education and creative engagement work.  The plans include the creation of an interactive visitor attraction helping to share the rich legacy of Adam Smith, not only exploring his birthplace and the places from which he drew inspiration for his world changing philosophies, but highlighting the local, national and international impact of the Scottish Enlightenment and it's global importance in today's world.

Adam Smith is one of Kirkcaldy’s most famous sons and is known all over the world. Now, the Adam Smith Global Foundation aims to ensure that he is even more well known in his own home town.

Hottest Tickets in Town...

The two day festival is packed with top entertainment and family friendly fun things to do. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets you’ll need to act fast as some events are already sold out. The full programme can be viewed at www.AdamSmithGlobalFoundation.com Book your tickets at the Adam Smith Theatre box office or online at www.onfife.com

Blog from Jane McGirk @McGirk PR