Thursday, 22 January 2009

Rabbie Round-up

by Kathryn Hadley

Here is a selection of events organised in celebration of the 250th anniversary, on January 25th, of the birth of Robert Burns (1759–1796)…

Zig-Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns
Until January 25th 2009
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EW
Telephone: 0131 623 3700
A display of some of the 36,000 objects from Scotland’s national collections which explores how Robert Burns consciously created his own myth. The exhibition will also visit Aberdeen, Dumfries and Glasgow as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations.

Burns Day at the National Museum of Scotland
January 25th
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers St
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Telephone: 013 1247 4422
A full day’s program of events, including poetry, performers, art and music, to celebrate Scotland’s most famous bard and to mark the beginning of the museum’s programme of events for Homecoming 2009.

The Immortal Memory – The 250th Burns Night
January 25th
Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London SW10 9ED
An evening of poetry and music performed by the Live Canon ensemble including a Burns Night Supper in the Finborough Road Brasserie.

Burns Country has a comprehensive website ( with an encyclopedia, an online database of the complete works of the poet, a discussion group and links to Burns resources.

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