Celebrating the brilliant bard’s birthday

Programme of events planned to honour Robert Burns this month.

Burns Night on January 25 will see Scots and Scots at heart from around the world come together to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s beloved national Bard.

Six events will take place this month to celebrate Robert Burn’s Birthday as part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a 21 strong event programme that runs across Scotland every year from St Andrew’s Day on November 30 to Burns Night on January 25.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

Robert Burns’ words are recognised around the world and his poetry, writing and songs continue to be enjoyed by millions. Burns Night is a great opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s Bard and to enjoy Scotland’s poetry, music and wider culture.

“The celebrations are part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme which this year has been provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 21 key cultural events in 15 local authority areas across the country.”

The Burns events include Alloway 1759, The Big Burns Supper Festival in Dumfries, Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline, the Big Burns Stramash in Inverness, Burns Unplugged in Edinburgh and Burns Fest at the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.

Outside of Scotland, celebrations for Robert Burns’ birthday are held annually on an international level, with Burns suppers, ceilidh dancing, poetry and storytelling taking place across the globe, demonstrating the far reaching affection for our much loved poet.

After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Burns has more statues dedicated to him than any other non-religious icon.

To capture this worldwide warmth for Burns, social media users across the world are being asked to share a selfie, or a ‘Burnsie’, via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a Burns-related item, such as a statue, painting, book of poems or even a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties.

These ‘Burnsies’ will be collated into a massive mosaic image of Robert Burns and will be shared on social media and on www.scotland.org/burns

For more information on the events, please visit www.scotland.org/burns

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