Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries - unveiled their full programme today and included the man himself in proceedings
The acclaimed Scottish rock band Big Country will be among the highlights of an event which includes everything from carnival and cabaret to live music and theatre – plus lots of chances to enjoy a Burns Supper.
The events, which are a key part of the Homecoming Scotland and Scotland’s Winter Festival celebrations, take place over the weekend of 24-26 January – wrapping round Burns Night itself on Saturday 25th.
Graham Main, Festival Director, said: “The Big Burns Supper celebrates our national bard and all that’s best about contemporary Scotland. Burns loved life and lived it to the full, and that’s the spirit of our festival.
We have also focused on making BBS 2014 highly accessible so there is plenty to enjoy for revellers of every age and taste. There won’t be a bigger, better or more exciting way to enjoy the Burns Night weekend than with us in Dumfries.”
At the heart of the festival will be the magical Spiegeltent – a large 1920s-style mirrored tent where audiences can enjoy shows, cabaret and music including:
- The great Scottish rock sound of Big Country
- Sensual Spanish-born singer Buika
- The richly diverse Mull Historical Society
- Folk guitar genius Dick Gaughan and special guests
· Bagpipes, drums and guitars from the Dangleberries
· The Hackney Colliery Band
After 11pm Club Spiegel arrives, with two party nights plus a wild roller disco.
BBS 2014 events will be taking place at a variety of venues, and on the streets themselves as Dumfries hosts the first ever Homecoming Carnival.
This lantern-lit procession will be one of the first major events of the 2014 Year of Homecoming, and certainly among the most colourful – with 2,000 people expected to take part.
More coverage and great footage of the launch: