Scots and Scots at heart, both at home and abroad will be coming together to celebrate the country's favourite cultural icon, Robert Burns on 25th January. Burns Night is the culmination of Scotland's Winter Festivals and with a jam-packed programme of events across the country there will be plenty for everyone to make the most of.
Please see below for details of events.
Monday 23 – Saturday 28 January - Burnsfest 2012 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
• Monday 23 – Wednesday 25th January, 7pm, £20 (18+) – Supper With Burns
A seasonal favourite, an alternative Burns Supper at Edinburgh’s famous Burns pub, The Tass.
• Friday 27th January, 7:30pm – Guid Crack
Glasgow Museum’s Storytelling Fellow, Kati Waitzmann takes to the stage with tales that haunt the Ayrshire coast.
• Saturday 28 January - Burns Family Festival Day
Join award-winning storyteller Tim Porteous and his friends for a fun-filled morning of getting to know Rabbie as he travels into Edinburgh for the first time.
Wednesday 25 January, 12noon - The World’s First Ceilidh Flash Mob, Edinburgh, Parliament Square
Join the world’s first Ceilidh Flash Mob amid the historic surroundings of Edinburgh’s Parliament Square. A live band will – weather permitting – play and call you through the steps of a dance programme featuring the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Canadian Barn Dance, St Bernard’s Waltz and Strip the Willow.
Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm – Alternative Burns Night with Babelfish & special guests
Another of the maverick line-ups spawned amid the late-night primal soup of Celtic Connections festival Club Babelfish – who released their debut almbum International Disgrace, in 2011 – will host a Burns Night with a difference.
Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 January: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr
• Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January – Alloway 1759
Music, drama and haggis hurling to celebrate the birth of Alloway’s bard, including the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, Farmers’ Market, horse and cart rides, children’s party and street performances
• Sunday 29 January – Sunday 4 March - Singing a Nation into Being to Celebrating the 150th anniversary of India’s national poet, Rabindranath Tagore, the exhibition will examine the connections between Scotland’s Bard and India’s Poet.
• Sunday 29 January, 7pm (£30) - A Robert Burns and Rabindranath Tagore Supper
Two great national heroes who captured the hearts of the world will be celebrated in a unique night of Scottish and Indian dining, music, dance and poetry.
Wednesday 25 January, 11am: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
• The Celtic Connections Schools Concerts Celebration of Burns
Celtic Connections will embrace the spirit of Robert Burns and celebrate with a special concert as part of the award-winning Education Programme which is free to school children. Children performing in the concert have been taking part in a series of workshops designed to teach them about their cultural heritage and the importance of Burns today.
Friday 27 - Saturday 28th January: The 2012 Big Burns Supper
The 2012 Big Burns Supper Programme is set to become the world’s largest Burns Festival and will involve an estimated 2,028 performers in 50 strange and wonderful venues throughout Dumfries, including the White Sands waterfront, inside Burns House and the historic Globe Inn.
More information can be found at www.scotland.org/winter.
Photo - Sheilagh Tennant 2008