•• Locals Takeover Eddi Reader’s Big Burns Supper ••

A special, free online event will go ahead on Burns Night – Tuesday 25th January – across YouTube and Facbook as Eddi Reader’s Big Burns Supper. As well as stars such as KT Tunstall, Skerryvore, Tide Lines and Colonel Mustard, local artists and members of the community are set to feature in the event.

The 2021 online event saw more than 320,000 viewers join Big Burns Supper for the free event hosted by Scottish comedian, Janey Godley. People in 50 countries tuned in to watch performances by special guests such as KT Tunstall, Donovan, Dougie McLean and Dervish.

This year’s event is set to be just as popular, and organisers are encouraging the local community to join the celebration and cheer on the local artists involved including David Bass and Chazz, and Dumfries Community Choir.

The event is in partnership with The Globe Inn and Annandale Distillery, which will host some of the featured artists, as a well fitted stage for Burns Night.

As well as the Burns Night celebration, the Big Burns Supper team have also decided to add shows to their online mix this month all the way until Saturday 29th January. All shows are entirely free to view, and will be broachast on their Facebook page, and website.

On Wednesday 19th January, at 6pm, Coinneach MacLeod – also known as the Hebridean Baker – will be taking over their Facebook page for an evening of honing in on your cooking skills. Focussing on small bakes that use simple ingrediants, viewers will also learn some Gaelic and find out more about Scottish heritage.

Thursday 20th January, at 10am, will see a collection of spoken word artists from all across South of Scotland take part in Poetic Brunch. The webinar is a chance for viewers to listen to a collection of work from multiple artists including Hugh McMillan, Stuart Patterson and Annie Wright.

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners will be joining the team to talk about the history of the group from the struggles that LGBTQ+ people have had to face, and helping the striking miners in the 80’s which eventually led to the film, Pride. The talk will go live at 7pm on Monday 24th January.

Concluding the run of online events at 10am on Saturday 29th January  is How to Save Your Planet One Object at a Time – which will see Dr Tara Shine draw on her experience as a climate adviser and negotiator to share her ideas on how each of us can have a positive impact on society and our planet.

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