Major names and emerging talent head for Big Burns Supper

24 January 2015

Major names and emerging talent head for Big Burns Supper

Nina Nesbitt and Craig Hill will be among the top acts from Edinburgh to perform at Big Burns Supper this Year.

BBS, in Dumfries, is one of Scotland’s first major events of 2015. It’s a nine-day festival of contemporary and traditional culture and a huge public celebration of the birthday of Scotland’s national Bard, Robert Burns. BBS is also part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals (a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government) and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK and overseas.

Nina Nesbitt will appear on Friday, 23 January, followed by Craig Hill on Tuesday, 27 January, at the main venue, The Spiegeltent which is a 1930s-style circular marquee, lined with mirrors and stained glass, which can hold an audience of 500. Other acts playing there during the festival include Hector Bizerk, Hue and Cry and the Undertones.

Nina Nesbitt said: “I can’t wait to play at Big Burns Supper. It’ll be so nice to be back in my home country. As a lover of poems and lyrics I’m so glad it’s to celebrate the life of Robert Burns.”

Craig Hill said: “I’m just so chuffed to be part of such a great line up of events and what a brilliant idea to have a whole festival based around Rabbie Burns! I love that we’re celebrating our national bard and sharing his songs and poems with as many people as possible from far and wide….and it’s nine days long! Now that’s what I call a celebration! “

Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Festival Artistic Director, said: “Big Burns Supper is an amazingly colourful and fun festival – and we are really looking forward to welcoming Nina Nesbitt and Craig Hill as an important part of the mix. This will be a fabulous night out for all their Scottish fans, and will surely be a night to remember, filled with comedy and music.

“Lots of people travel from Edinburgh and the east to be part of an event which brings some real cheer to the dreich days of January. In 2015 we hope to welcome yet more people from the east of Scotland for an event which has now grown into Europe’s largest winter fringe festival.”

BBS features 140 events which are taking place during BBS from 23-31 January. A highlight will be the Burns Night street carnival on 25 January which will feature bands, huge interactive puppets and hundreds of costumed performers. As 2015 is the UNESCO Year of Light one of the main features of the carnival will be lanterns made and carried by people from all across the region.

Other acts with roots in the east include:

· Viewmaster – Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. Ryan is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2012 his show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel, was one of the top ten best-rated shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Dan is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany.

· Sanitise – Melanie Gordon and Caitlin Skinner (from Edinburgh and Glasgow) take a theatrical journey through the fantasy world of one woman alone in her bathroom. Combining physical theatre, dance, music and illustration, Sanitise is a quirky, imaginative production that follows one woman’s quest for domestic and sexual liberation.

Once again BBS has teamed up with other local festivals and promoters to present eclectic club nights which include the Eden Opening Party.

The carnival is supported by the Robertson Trust, Holywood Trust and Awards for All. Year of Food and Drink Scotland will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a series of exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland’s outstanding natural larder.

This year Big Burns Supper is proud to announce that it has teamed up with Barnardo’s Scotland as its first ever charity partner.

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