Feast of events at Burns Supper

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The line-up for the Big Burns Supper – Dumfries’s newest multi-disciplinary festival which includes everything from theatre to comedy – has been announced.

With more than 100 events over three days, it makes it the world’s biggest Burns Night celebration.

In the festival line-up this year we’ve got massive names such as Deacon Blue, Eddi Reader and Dougie Maclean.

Now in its second year, with an additional day, the festival will run from January 25-27. With in excess of 100 events in 45 venues, the festival promises to be even bigger and better than last year. And the festival is becoming one of Scotland’s fastest growing cultural events.

Fresh for 2013 is the brand new Festival Village down at the old market on the Whitesands, including an original 1920s-style Speigeltent with shows suitable for all the family, Rabbie’s SpiegelGardens, a children’s tent with non-stop free stuff, as well as two fully licensed outdoor bars supplied by Rabbie’s favourite watering hole, The Globe.

Speaking at the launch, festival director Graham Main said: “Our 2013 programme is even bigger than last year – and the programme reflects not only the world’s biggest Burns Night celebration but a celebration of modern contemporary Scotland.

“The programme is twice the size it was last year – and the festival has been extended for an extra day to cope with the demand to see shows and events.”

Headlining this year’s festival are Scottish favourites Deacon Blue. Straight from their 25th anniversary tour, they are taking over the DG One Arena in Dumfries.

Set in the Speigeltent is the five-star sell-out show Piaf by Christine Bovill, a theatre and music show about the iconic star’s life. Bringing it back to traditonal roots are Fiddler’s Bid. Also in that venue is singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean, internationally renowned for his song “Caledonia”, and one of Scotland’s favourites, Eddi Reader.

The Big Burns Supper has also added an international element to the already eclectic folkrock line-up. From Mongolia, AnDa Union have been stunning audiences around the world with their ability to transfer any audience to another time, place and culture.

The festival’s opening show, We Can Be Heroes, takes place at the Midsteeple in Dumfries and includes some 700 children from schools all over the region. Supported by Creative Scotland and The Holywood Trust, it is Dumfries & Galloway’s largest theatre project to date.

A new children’s programme includes The Enormous Turnip. For the under-fives there is a special visit from CBeebies star Sid Sloane in Sid’s Show.

Pushing the boundaries of performance art is Donna Rutherford in Kin in a revealing camera close performance about children and their parents.

Not forgetting the Bard himself, there will be 10-minute Burns Suppers available round the clock at The Globe Inn for those who want a taste of what the festival is all. Alternatively, the Speigeltent will be serving 60-minute Burns Suppers througout January 25.

The festival is supported by Creative Scotland, Winter Festivals, Holywood Trust, Dumfries & Galloway Council, 8020 Ltd and EON.

Tickets can be bought from 28 Munches Street in Dumfries, online at www.bigburnssupper.com or by calling 0800 689 9405. Details on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest news and special offers.