Celebrate Scotland's bard with the whole family at Burns&Beyond

Celebrate Scotland's bard with the whole family at Burns&Beyond

There's plenty of ceilidhs, gigs and activities to get the wee ones in on the fun at Edinburgh's new festival in honour of Robert Burns

As Scots around the world prepare to salute the great Ploughman Poet this Burns Night, Edinburgh's inaugural Burns&Beyond festival may be the perfect way to introduce the bairns to the work of the great Robert Burns. The festival, which celebrates the life and work of the famous Scottish poet, will offer audiences the chance to experience some of the country's brightest talent across the capital's most storied venues and hidden gems. And with a host of kid-friendly events programmed, families will have plenty of opportunities to partake in the creative spirit together.

Family Ceilidh
Since it wouldn't truly be a Burns Night celebration without a good old fashioned ceilidh, the Kilter Ceilidh Band will take their audience through their paces at this free family event. Suitable for Gay Gordons and Dashing White Sergeants young and old.
The Freemason's Hall, Sat 26 Jan, 11am–12pm, free.

Major Minor
Miss the days of going to a gig without the hassle of arranging childcare? Never fear, as Lost Map's Pictish Trail will be hosting a two-hour gig for music fans big and small. In addition to some incredible live music, there'll also be activities like face painting to keep the minors out of too much mischief while the parents decide what t-shirt to buy from the merch stand.
The Freemason's Hall, Sat 26 Jan, 2–4pm, £10 (£5).

Celebrate Scotland's bard with the whole family at Burns&Beyond

Rabbie Ramble
Learn about the fascinating life and career of the great man himself at the Rabbie Ramble, which sees the length and breadth of Rose Street play host a colourful family trail. Pick up a trail map and closely observe the store windows along the street, which will be festooned with fun facts about the poet and his beloved verses. All sharp-eyed participants who complete the questions on the map will win a small prize.
Rose Street, Tue 22 Jan–Sun 27 Jan, free.

Kindness Lane
Drawing from Burns' famous exhortation to 'take a cup of kindness yet', the Open Close Collective – a group of creatives, academics and scientists who work to redefine undervalued spaces – will transform Assembly Lane off George Street into a magnificent street mural populated by texts about kindness, with the hope that viewers will then carry out some much-needed acts of kindness in the world beyond.
Assembly Lane, Tue 22 Jan–Sun 27 Jan, free.

Burns&Beyond, various venues across Edinburgh, Tue 22–Sun 27 Jan, burnsandbeyond.com.


Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker returns to celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Burns through traditional and contemporary art and culture from across Scotland and beyond. The 2021 free online programme includes KT Tunstall, Aidan O’Rourke, Rachel Sermanni, Aidan Moffat, Kinnaris and more.

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