Media Release: Eden Court prepares for a smashing Stramash

Big Burns Stramash

Big Burns Stramash’ event to celebrate Burns Night

EDEN Court CREATIVE are delighted to have been awarded funding to participate in the Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2015/2016 programme.

For a fourth year, Eden Court CREATIVE will work with young people and artists from across the Highlands to deliver an event to celebrate Burns Night.

The Big Burns Stramash will take place on Saturday 23 January at Eden Court, and there will be a range of different Burns themed events throughout the day for families to get involved in.

The event will be made up of workshops and film screenings, a lantern procession and some outdoor performance too.

The day’s events will be rounded off with not one but two Burns Ceilidhs.

From 5.30pm, The Wee Burns Ceilidh is perfect for families with wee ones to come and dance with some special guests. Then, later on in the evening, the Ceilidh Commandos – Gary Innes (Manran), Ewen Henderson (Manran), Alec Dalglish (Skerryvore) and Martin O’Neill (Treacherous Orchestra) – will host The Big Burns Ceilidh for ages 14+.

For the first time, Eden Court have incorporated a schools project into the Burns Night celebrations.

The Stramash-up! project invited ten classes from Primary 4 and 5 to take part in an unique Tam O’Shanter film mash-up.

Each class worked with our drama team on a section of the poem, and transformed it into a creative film. Classes from Cradlehall, Smithton, Milton of Leys, Merkinch, Dornoch, Kilchumein, Millbank Primaries and Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis took part.

The film will be premiered at the cinema in Eden Court on 23 January.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Burns Night is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our Scottish identity including our creativity, pride and confidence. Robert Burns encapsulates this and I encourage friends, family and loved ones across the Highlands to come together to honour this great Scot.”

The Big Burns Stramash is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme, which has been provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 21 key cultural events in 15 local authority areas across the country. Events will run across Scotland from the lead up to St Andrew’s Day, through Hogmanay, to Burns Night, showcasing Scotland as a modern and creative nation with a rich heritage.

Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland regional partnerships director, said:

“I am delighted that the Big Burns Stramash is being held here in Inverness and I am sure it will attract families from around the area. With workshops, film screenings, a lantern procession and two ceilidhs, it is the perfect choice for an event that sets the stage for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

“2016 will be a year to remember in Scotland – from textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, events across the country will shine the spotlight on our greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems. This is tourism’s opportunity to showcase Scotland’s traditional and contemporary culture and cutting-edge design to the world.”

Eden Court CREATIVE manager, Lucy McGlennon, said:

“This year we are going for even more Burns Night fun than before, and we’ve started early! Our primary schools project; Stramash-up! began earlier this month. We are delighted to have been able to involve many primary school children in this part of Big Burns Stramash.

“We’ve also split our Burns Ceilidh into two events this year; The Wee Burns Ceilidh and The Big Burns Ceilidh so that everyone can get in on the dancing action!”

Tickets are available from the Eden Court box office by calling 01463 234 234 or online at

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Notes to editors:

Eden Court

  • Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
  • Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness. They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands. Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the Arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.
  • Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

Scotland’s Winter Festivals

  1. Scotland’s Winter Festivals, which runs from November until the end of January, is a Scottish Government initiative delivered in partnership with VisitScotland and a wide range of other organisations. Through the celebration of our three national days – St Andrews Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. Scotland’s Winter Festivals aims to boost Scotland’s economy and international profile and also enhance community engagement through a programme of funded and partner events.

Burns Night

  1. Burns, our national bard, is one of Scotland’s favourite icons encapsulating the very essence that makes Scots Scottish – creative, proud and confident.
  2. Robert Burns, or ‘Rabbie’ as he is affectionately known, was born in Alloway, South Ayrshire, in 1732. He began writing poetry and songs at an early age and became famous across Scotland for his writings.
  3. After his death at the age of just 37, Rabbie’s works became internationally renowned and to this day, people from all corners of the world sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to bring in the New Year.
  4. Every year on Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Scots and Scots at heart from across the globe celebrate his life in a variety of traditional ways, including addressing the haggis, toasting the lassies and a reciting of the Selkirk Grace.
  5. More information about how to celebrate Burns’ Day and the life of the Bard himself can be found at

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