Media Release: Big Burns Stramash


EDEN Court CREATIVE are excited to be hosting their fifth annual Burns night event, the Big Burns Stramash, this week as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme of events.

Honest men and bonnie lasses of all ages are invited to attend family workshops, film screenings and ceilidhs all held at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, in celebration of Robert Burns.

The fun began on Saturday 14th January, with the first of two family-friendly lantern making workshops. Eden Court CREATIVE’s accessible arts worker and prop making expert, Haley Savage, facilitated the class for families to create unique lanterns for the upcoming Lantern Lit Procession, which will take place on Sunday 22nd January at 5pm. There will be a second workshop on Saturday 21st in the Jim Love Studio, 10am – 12.30pm.

The Ceilidh Commandos will be returning to play at the Big Burns Ceilidh on Saturday 21st January.

The trad super-group includes Murdo Cameron from Dàimh, Martin O’Neill of Treacherous Orchestra, as well as Gary Innes and Ewen Henderson from Mànran. The sangs and clatter will start at 8pm, wi’ plenty of Scotland’s finest beverages on offer at the Eden Court bar, and a bowl of stovies is included with the ticket.

Sunday 22nd January boasts the main event of the Stramash with FREE family friendly workshops running from 12pm onwards.

Back by popular demand, two Wee Burns Ceilidhs will be happening: the first at 11am and the second at 3pm. This event is ideal for those with children under the age of eight, with big brothers and sisters welcome toofor lots of dancing, games and fun for all the family.

Premiere screenings of the Burns Stramash Up will be shown throughout the Sunday in Eden Court’s Cinema, showcasing the work of local school children.

Pupils from Daviot, Farr, Glenurquhart, Kirkhill and Lybster Primary schools have been working with the CREATIVE team to produce short films inspired by Burns’ poem, ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’.

The festivities will end with a lantern-lit procession along the River Ness. The City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band will lead the crowd on a short route close to Eden Court to finish the celebration in true Scottish style.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Robert Burns is recognised and commemorated the world over, and has become such an important cultural figure over 200 years after his death.

“He continues to touch people’s lives with his prose, works and songs, and marking his birthday on 25 January is the perfect opportunity for us to come together as a nation to celebrate this and, moreover, our rich heritage, culture and creativity.

“It’s great to see the return of the Big Burns Stramash event celebrating Robert Burns and his enormous contribution to Scotland and the world in song and poetry.”

Lucy McGlennon, Eden Court CREATIVE’s business and engagement officer, said: “This is event is getting bigger and better every year and it’s great to see families returning to celebrate the life and work ofRabbie Burns with us.”

The Big Burns Stramash is supported through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, managed by EventScotland.

Contact Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234 to book, or visit for more details.


For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact Lucy McGlennon / / 01463 239 841

Notes to editors:

  • 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 National 5 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.
  • Cashback for Creativity is part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme, which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. Cashback for Creativity aims to support a wide range of projects in dance, film and music – reaching communities where there is an identified and demonstrated need.

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 1759. 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 and cultural legacy by hosting a Burns Supper. The traditional components include addressing the haggis, toasting the lassies and reciting the Selkirk Grace, however there are often many modern variations and twists on these traditions.
  5. Learn how to hold your own Burns Supper as well as the meaning behind some of the most beloved words and phrases and more about the life of the Bard himself be visiting
  6. The Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund is managed by EventScotland.

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