Latest news from OnFife

Reviewed: 23 November, 2020

COVID-19 Tier 3 Update

As Fife moved to Tier 3 on Friday 13 Nov, we’re doing all we can to support customers and our communities.

While library branches, museums and galleries will remain open – full safety measures have been in place since they reopened in the summer – we are asking our library members to support us by making greater use of our free Connect & Collect service, which allows them to have a selection of books prepared for collection from the door of their local library.

This is in line with Government policy and makes sense now when we should all be pulling together and doing our best to limit our social contact.

Our libraries offer a whole raft of creative and engaging activities that are now delivered virtually and are giving great support to our communities at a time when there is so little else on offer. By working together to reduce our social contact, our team members will be in a better position to continue delivering these activities.

We look forward to your support in safeguarding the well being of our team members, customers and all in our wider communities. Together we are better.

Find out how easy it is to use Connect & Collect here.

Magic of Christmas UPDATE

We're sorry to share that, despite all our efforts over recent months, our Magic of Christmas show at Carnegie Hall has had to be cancelled because of the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

We know this will be a huge disappointment to all our customers who have shown such joyful enthusiasm in welcoming this magical Christmas alternative in the absence of panto. We share that disappointment. Our teams had worked so hard to create the spectacular show, and then continued to adapt and modify to take it from an indoor to an outdoor experience but now even outdoor theatre cannot take place under the guidelines. We are devastated that, for the first time, we won't have a theatrical extravaganze at Christmas. However, we'll pick ourselves up because Christmas must go on.. we're determined that there will still be plenty of seasonal fun and cheer. We'll be turning up the sparkle on our digital ShineOn Christmas programme to make sure all our communities can still enjoy a different 'magic of Christmas' - more details soon.

Our box office will be contacting ticketholders from Monday 2 November onwards to arrange refunds.

Supporting our Communities

We're delighted to be able to support our communities by working in partnership with NHS Fife to help with its winter flu vaccination programme.

Adam Smith Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lochgelly Centre and Rothes Halls are being used as a winter flu vaccine centres. However, it's important to note that access will be by appointment only and you need to arrange an appointment in advance, not just turn up.

All other areas in the Adam Smith Theatre and Carnegie Hall will remain closed while the libraries at Rothes Halls and Lochgelly Centre are open for browsing

Fife Art Exhibition is open at Rothes Halls

Fife’s biggest annual arts competition has opened!

This year's artists have used Fife's stunning coastline as inspiration for their work, in line with Visit Scotland's Year of Coasts & Waters.

Welcome Back

Two-thirds of our libraries are back and the doors are open again at our three big museums and galleries, and Local Studies are loving being able to help people research local history again.

We're very pleased that visitors have been enjoying being in our buildings again, too.

If you've dropped in over the last few weeks, we'd love to hear your experience - let us know through You Tell Us.

And if you haven't been back yet - what are you waiting for?

We are shining the spotlight on inspiring activities from OnFife and beyond. Our Shine OnFife programme brings you the brightest and best in creativity, entertainment, learning and community support. Join us and get involved. #ShineOnFife

Museums and Galleries

Our ‘big three’ museums and galleries are open again! You can view the collections and exhibitions at St Andrews MuseumKirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and use the Local Studies service at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, and the Archives Room at the Collections Centre, Bankhead.

While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the buildings at one time is limited so are operating a booking system that gives you an allocated timeslot. 

To book your visit and find out more CLICK HERE.

Visitors to Kirkcaldy Galleries felt safe and enjoyed our exhibitions:

OnFife Libraries

Missed your library? Good news - OnFife Libraries are back!  

We are delighted that you can now visit 25 OnFife library branches. As you would expect, there are safety measures and restrictions in place to ensure the wellbeing of staff and customers. As we can only have a limited number of people in each building at one time, there is a queuing system, you should wear a face covering if you can and keep your visit short. 

Public access PCs is also available again but there are restrictions to allow for physical distancing and cleaning. 

You can find out more here.

The process is being done over a transition period, fully in line with Scottish Government guidance on public libraries and Fife Council guidance. The pace of the re-opening ensures the safety of staff and customers and allows us to welcome you back into branches gradually in a way that you will be confident about using.  

The Connect & Collect service is available once more. Find out how to Connect & Collect HERE. 

While it's great that two-thirds of branches have now re-opened, some customers might be wondering why their local library is still closed. We've had to take many factors into consideration, such as staffing resources, the distance to the nearest alternative branch and how suitable each building is for the safety measures needed. We're continuing to monitor the situation so we can open other branches when possible. 

Bookbugs are going Zoom!

These fun interactive Bookbug sessions are for little ones aged 0-4 and their grownups, using Zoom. Only one ticket is required per household wishing to join us. Let's get our makeshift Lycra out and have fun sharing songs, rhymes and stories together! Click HERE or the image below to find out more.

Theatres 

Earlier this summer we made the difficult decision to postpone our theatre programme in all venues until spring 2021. We made this decision with heavy hearts but resolute in our commitment to reopen in 2021 safe, sound and strong.     

We are contacting customers who bought tickets for events in 2020 (in event date order) and would like to assure those affected that we are looking to re-schedule as many as events as possible, but should you prefer not to reschedule you can choose between a gift voucher or refund for your tickets. To see the current status of the event you had booked, click HERE. 

We continue to closely follow Scottish Government guidance on easing the lockdown and will continue to provide further updates in the coming weeks. 

Panto will be back bigger and better in 2021!

Such is the continuing uncertainty around how the coming months will unfold that, like many other cultural organisations and theatres, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend plans for Snow White at the Adam Smith Theatre this Christmas.

We know this will be as disappointing for customers as it is for us.

Panto is a fantastic seasonal celebration in the greatest tradition of theatre, creating memories across the generations, which is why we are determined to make ‘Panto 2021” even bigger and better and it will return with the all-time favourite Cinderella.

 

YOU make OnFife Shine.

When you make a donation – small or large – you're telling our community that you believe free and affordable learning and entertainment, from libraries and museums to galleries and theatres, are important to our lives and worth preserving in our present as well as our future.

Every bit of your donation goes to supporting culture in all its forms for our communities in Fife. Your generosity and community spirit helps people learn, laugh and brings them together. Your gifts ensure that we continue our work supporting people in vulnerable situations - from those living with dementia to people in dire circumstances who rely on us to access services.

It is simple, but powerful: smiles matter more now than ever.  

Right now our theatres are closed but we're giving visitors a warm welcome in libraries, museums and galleries. We're also connecting with thousands of people through our new online activities and events (#ShineOnFife) and we've been calling our communities with the OnFife Cares programme -letting them know we’re still here for them. Your financial support, now more than ever before, is an important piece in keeping our buildings and programmes open and available to all.

If you are able in these difficult times, please make a charitable gift to OnFife today. Gifts of any amount make a difference.

We look forward to sharing a bright future with you, one filled with the rich cultural experiences we all love and enjoy so much.  We are incredibly grateful for your support.

 

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