Homecoming Burns Night
Borders Burns fans invite to 'The World Famous Burns Supper'
Borderers taking part in Burns Night celebrations across the region have
been invited to join The World Famous Burns Supper Celebration as part
of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 programme that will mark the 250th
anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet.
For the first time ever, The World Famous Burns Supper Celebration, a
partnership between Homecoming Scotland and The Famous Grouse, will
unite Burns enthusiasts around the world - encouraging them to come
together online, registering their celebrations; big, small, traditional
The aim is to show the world that Burns' legacy is still alive and
kicking today and that his message of friendship and common humanity
lives on, joining people all over the world.
A new website www.burnssupper2009.com
has been created to capture everyone's plans for celebrating this
landmark Burns Night and establish a new World Record for the greatest
number of Burns suppers ever held.
Every supper registered will be flagged on an interactive world map -
demonstrating the global reach of Burns today. To date there are more
than 2,100 suppers registered worldwide including everything from formal
sit down meals to the more unusual supper including a supper at the top
of the CN Tower, a supper on Balmoral Beach in Australia and a supper in
Times Square, New York.
The website also provides a range of Burns material including a Burns
Supper Pack complete with menu ideas, cocktail recipes, invitation
templates, poems, songs, film clips and music downloads.
The Scottish Borders hosts numerous Burns Suppers and organisers are
invited to add these to www.burnssupper2009.com
Two Borders-based theatre companies will be touring shows based on Burns
around the Borders from January to April. The first is a new show by the
talented Idioms Theatre Company called, 'Haughtie Hizzies and
Haughmagandy', which continues their very successful format of a Burns
show followed by a traditional Supper (minus the speeches) which kicks
off at Tower Mill Theatre in Hawick on Saturday 17 January.
Meanwhile, the Rowan Tree Theatre Company is preparing their new work, a
different slant on Burns' life as told by five women who cared for him
in different ways featuring the award-winning Scots actress, Gerda
Stevenson. 'The Lasses,O' will be performed around the Borders from 14
March to 3 April 2009.
Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrates the 250th anniversary of Robert
Burns' birth and the Scottish Borders Homecoming Scotland Programme
includes three major events: Return to the Ridings, a celebration of the
centuries old tradition and stunning spectacle of the Border Common
Ridings & Festivals; In the Footsteps of the Reivers - the Scottish
Borders Walking Festival, a fascinating look at the rich and bloody
history of the Border Reivers across the distinctive landscape that was
their home; the Clan Scott Gathering - an exciting four day programme
full of history, music, colour, drama and fun.
information on these major events and all the wide range of local events
Homecoming events taking place in the Scottish Borders.
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