Thursday, 23 January 2014

Edinburgh Events: Things to Do on Burns Night

Burns Day is nearly upon us and there are plenty of ways you can celebrate the Great Bard's work in Edinburgh this Saturday, 25th January.  There are plenty of ceilidhs and Burns Supper's taking place across the city but these ones below are a gowd for a' that.
7pm / Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh Art College, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF / £5/6
An evening of Scottish indie music as some of the finest local acts provide their interpretation of the bard along with their own material to raise money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation - including awesome Edinburgh bands Gordon McIntyre from ballboy, David MacGregor from Kid Canaveral and Scott & Caroline from The Last Battle.

6.30pm / St Peter’s Church Hall, 14 Lutton Place, EH8 9PE / £16
An alternative vegan Burns Supper (featuring veggie haggis and cranachan), live music and ceilidh dancing, all in aid of rabbit welfare. The event is raising money for two local animal welfare charities, Buddies Bunny Rescue and Rabbits Require Rights - check out the super cute buns available to adopt from Buddies and the awesome RRR logo.  Toast to the bunnies and help them out!

Pilrig St Pauls Church, 1B Pilrig Street, EH6 5AH / £14
Neu! Reekie!'s first outing in Leith brings the usual blend of spoken word, film-animation and music fusion takes on a special Burns theme, featuring TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Ciaran Carson, Belle and Sebastian founding member Stevie Jackson and Vaselines head honcho Eugene Kelly, plus a multimedia interpretation of 'Tam o' Shanter' from Kevin Williamson and the Burns Troupe and a few Burns classics from Craig Lithgow/Emelle.  Ticket price also includes the launch of the Neu! Reekie! Whisky - a rare single cask of a very special single malt and haggis, neeps and tatties served canteen style.  It's sold out but there's some returns on the FB page.

7:30pm / Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR / £8
The night will begin with BAFTA winner Andrew Dallmeyer's play, The Mother of All Burns, featuring Anne Raitt as Rabbie's mother, and will include the songs of Burns performed by singer Coreen Scott and friends. The evening will continue with a celebration of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and music.  It's part of a fortnight of Burnsfest activities, finishing up the following Saturday 1 February and includes a workshop on understanding the epic Tam O'Shanter and Calum Colvin's mixed media exhibition, Burnsiana.

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