The big Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations kick off next weekend, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.
This major drive to give a huge boost to Scottish tourism invites anyone and everyone with even a hint of Scottish ancestry to descend on Scotland this year to celebrate ‘all things Scottish’. Although, even if you haven’t even got a single strand of Scottish DNA in your body, I’m sure they’ll still welcome you with open arms.
There’s a massive programme of events planned throughout the year, at the very heart of which is the Homecoming Burns Supper in Alloway, attended by Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland.
With some 300 plus events taking place during 2009, there are far too many to list here, although, with a focus on the life of Robert Burns, I’ve listed a few of the events taking place at the start of the year-long celebrations.
23 – 25 January: Burns Wha Hae
Taking place in Ayr Town Centre & Alloway Village, this is a whole weekend of theatre, live music and family fun including an Ayr Town Centre party with fairground, street entertainment, workshops, performance and activities suitable for all the family.
More information check out Burns Wha Hae
24 January: Iconic Burns
This is an outdoor, ticketed event in Alloway featuring some of the most original artists, performers and designers working in Scotland. Locations in the village include Burns Cottage, The Brig O’ Doon and The Auld Kirk will be brought to life for a one-off celebration.
For more information check here
25 January: Alloway 1759
This event will see the village transported back 250 years to celebrate birth of the Robert Burns again.
More information and a full timetable of events click here
25 January: Burns Light
An amazing Robert Burns inspired lantern procession through the heart of Dumfries, past the Bard’s house to St Michael’s Church, finishing at the River Nith for live music, a Ceilidh and fireworks.
In preparation for the event there’s a lantern making workshop taking place on 24 January.
For more information about the event including a timetable of the processions check out here: Burns Light