Burns Night 2012: Glasgow and Edinburgh highlights

Burns Night 2012: Glasgow and Edinburgh highlights

After a traditional homage to the big man of Scottish literature? Looking for a twist on your standard Burns Night? Read on for our round up of Burns-related events near you

Edinburgh gets its bard celebrations off to an impressive (and prompt) start with Burnsfest at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in association with Scotland’s Winter Festivals (17–28 Jan, times vary). From a ceilidh in the café to performances of the poet’s songs and work inspired by him, a puppetry workshop about the life of ‘Rabbie as a Laddie’ and several interactive storytelling workshops, this should be educational family fun.

Regular storytelling group, Guid Crack Club will have a special Burns-themed evening with Kati Waitzmann, storytelling fellow with Glasgow Museums, shedding light on the Ayrshire poet (27 Jan, 7.30pm), while the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will be hosting an Alternative Burns Night (26 Jan, 6pm), taking this traditional work into the multi-media age. Edinburgh’s Botanics will host their interpretation of a Burns Supper, a month long exhibition focussing on the fruit and veg mentioned in Burns’ work (5–31 Jan, 10am), whilst A Stand-up Burns Supper featuring Viv Gee, Billy Kirkwood and Vladimir McTavish will take place at the Voodoo Rooms (27 Jan, 7.30pm).

Dumfries will host two days of theatre, music, art, film and comedy in the shape of the Big Burns Supper, including appearances from Eddi Reader and Frisky and Mannish (various venues, 27 & 28 Jan, visit bigburnssupper.com for more details).

In Glasgow, you can take advantage of the Mitchell Library’s ever-growing Robert Burns Collection, featuring over 5000 items relating to the writer (year round, times vary). ENABLE Scotland use the occasion to drum up support and raise some money at their Burns Night Firewalk (Alea Casino, 25 Jan, 6pm). Get yourself a sponsor and take advantage of the training provided on the night to avoid a different kind of burn(s).

The Oran Mor will also host A Dinner, A Drama and a Dram (25 Jan, 7pm) – a chance to eat a three-course meal while enjoying Burns’ ‘The Jolly Beggars’, as performed by hip local choir, The Sirens of Titan. There will also be an alternative Burns night elsewhere in the building as part of Celtic Connections (25 Jan, 7.30pm) with live music from Babelfish, to complete their Burns double header.

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling club, which meets on the last Friday of the month.

Supper with Burns

Join storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns. Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow.

Oor Rabbie

Foolish Notion presents a family-friendly look at Robert Burns' best-known works through poetry and stories from Andy Cannon and live music from folk musician Wendy Weatherby.

Simply Burns

An evening of music, song and verse, all inspired by the national bard, with tons of guest storytellers and readers. Part of Burnsfest.

Burns Supper

An exhibition honouring Scotland's national poet and focusing on the plants and vegetables mentioned in his work. Please note this exhibition is held in the Library Foyer at 20a Inverleith Row.

Friday Fix: A Stand-Up Burns Supper

Celebrate Burns night in style with a very Scottish and very funny line-up. There's Vladimir McTavish blending cordial with caustic, Billy Kirkwood and his infectious high-energy, Viv Gee's masterful comedic poetry, and also Jamie Dalgleish and Eleanor Morton.

Alternative Burns Night

A Burns night with a difference hosted by Babelfish featuring fiddler Adam Sutherland, pianist Andy Thorburn, accordionist John Somerville, drummer Iain Copeland and rapper/poet Jock Urquhart for new renditions of Burns material. Part of Celtic Connections.

Burns Night Firewalk

Celebrate Burns Night (without actual burns) at this charity firewalking event for the Scottish Huntington's Association.

Portrait Gallery Salon: Alternative Burns Night!

If the thought of watching a man delivering a monologue to offal doesn't exactly raise your flag, take in an alternative Burns Night, featuring new perspectives on Burns' life from David Purdie, secretary of the Burns Club and former MD, and Ian Campbell, professor of Eng Lit at the University of Edinburgh; Bani…

Burns in the City!

Stories, songs, poems and laughter for ages 5+ with Tim Porteous, kicking off a whole day of Burns-related fun at the Storytelling Centre. Part of Burnsfest.

Burns Songs & Music

Live music and song in the storytelling court as part of the centre's flagship day of Burns-related fun. Part of Burnsfest.

Rabbie as a Laddie

Storytelling and puppetry suitable for everyone aged 8+, all about the early life of one Rabbie Burns. Part of Burnsfest.

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