The Big Burns Supper 2019 festival programme is set to be the biggest contemporary celebration of Scotland’s national poet in the town he called home, Dumfries.
From 24 January – 3 February, over 111 events will transform the historic town with a blistering cultural celebration and a warm welcome for all. Burns Night Live (25th Jan) is very far from the traditional formalities of a Burns Supper, as Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, award-winning contemporary Scottish folk band, The Peatbog Faeries and psychedelic cult rockers, Colonel Mustard & the Dijon Five join comedians, celebrity hosts and cabaret acts for a Burns celebration quite unlike any other in the world.
The 2019 line-up includes Frank Turner, Ed Byrne, Craig Charles, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Hebrides Ensemble, Bootleg Beetles and Brainiac Live
The Big Burns Festival Fringe runs every Friday and Saturday of the festival with an innovative and challenging programme designed to showcase emerging artists and new work from established companies. Performances are housed in the pop-up festival venue, The Container Theatre which was created by festival organisers last year as part of their continued commitment to support theatre performers, producers and directors with accessible performance space and programming. Programme highlights include; We know now Snowmen Exist, is a ground-breaking piece of new writing which has emerged from the festivals Creative Sparks programme for new ideas, and tells the story of four girls who go missing in the Scottish mountains.
No stronger example of its ability to provide a contemporary reflection of Burns can be found than through that of the home-grown cabaret smash-hit, Le Haggis. Expect a heart wrenching Celtic rock harmony laid on rhythmic tribal anthem from an incredible live band of Scottish musicians alongside an international host of variety acts. It’s not La Clique and it’s not La Soiree, it’s Le Haggis and it’s a Scottish national treasure. Returning after last year’s success is Queer Haggis (26 Jan),which this year welcomes a brand-new cast of the nation’s most celebrated LGBT artists peppered with a tight bondage of cabaret, aerial acrobatics, drag and disco.
24 January – 3 February 2019