December 2015

Dumfries Challenged to Make 4,500 Lanterns for 2016 Burns Carnival

01 December 2015

The public are being challenged to help light the streets of Dumfries with a record-breaking 4,500 lanterns for the 2016 Burns carnival.

A total of 24 lantern-making hubs are being set up across the region where people can drop in and learn how to make their own lanterns – materials are free, but makers need to provide their own LED lights.

Groups and organisations are also being invited to hold their own lantern-making workshops.

Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director, said: “The Burns carnival is one of the biggest winter festival events in Scotland and it’s a brilliant way to bring the whole community together. We want this carnival to be the best and brightest yet.

“Last year there were well over 3,000 lanterns and we are challenging the public to help us push it up to 4,500 in 2016.

“It’s great fun to make your own lanterns and then take part in the carnival procession to celebrate Burns Night. We’ve made it as easy as possible for people to get involved by popping along to our hubs, or by having workshops for groups and organisations they belong to at their own venues.

The hubs will be run from 4 to 23 January in Dumfries, Annan, Caerlaverock, Sanquhar and elsewhere – for full details check the Big Burns Supper website or brochure.

Big Burns Supper takes place from 22-30 January and the carnival is on Sunday, 24 January.

The 2016 event will be the fifth Big Burns Supper.

Each year there is a large-scale event involving the public, for the past two years this has been the carnival.

Anyone who would like to volunteer should register online at

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